Duration
Full-time: Varies
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2017 Semester Two – 24 July
2018 Semester One – 26 February
Available locations
City, Grafton, Leigh Marine, Tāmaki
Points
120 or 240
Programme type
Postgraduate
Research options available

Programme overview

Studying for an MSc is an opportunity for committed scientists to focus on a relevant area of interest or practise and pursue an advanced qualification. While a taught masters will provide you with specialist training in your chosen field, a research masters will develop advanced research skills, working alongside Faculty of Science researchers - many of whom are major contributors in their field.

This programme has guaranteed scholarships.

Programme structure

120-point MSc

Most students enter an MSc following completion of a PGDipSci. You will need to complete 120 points (maximum of 160 points) in a specialisation within one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study (research masters) or four years of part-time study (taught masters). Not all specialisations offer both taught and research options.

Taught masters

  • A taught masters comprises 120 points of coursework at 700-level (postgraduate level). This may include a dissertation

Research masters

  • A 120-point research thesis, or
  • A 90-point research thesis or research portfolio and 30 points of coursework at 700 level (postgraduate level)

 

240-point MSc

If you enter a MSc directly from an undergraduate degree you will need to complete 240 points (maximum of 280 points) in a specialisation in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study (research masters) or six years of part-time study (taught masters). Not all specialisations offer both taught and research options.

The first 120 points will comprise coursework. The second 120 points will follow the structure of the 120-point MSc (outlined above).

The Faculty of Science postgraduate specialisations page will provide you with more information about each specialisation’s course structure.

2017 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Taught 120 points GPA Grade Point Average 4.0

    Bachelor of Science (Hons) or Postgraduate Diploma in Science

  • Taught 240 points GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Science

  • Research 120 points GPA Grade Point Average 4.0

    Bachelor of Science (Hons) or Postgraduate Diploma in Science

  • Research 240 points GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Science

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree or Postgraduate Diploma in Science in a similar field to your intended specialisation with a GPA of 4.0 in 90 points. If you completed a Postgraduate Diploma at least 75 of those points must be in 700-level courses or a dissertation.

You must have completed a Bachelor of Science in a similar field to your intended specialisation with a GPA of 5.0 in 75 points at Stage III or above. At least 45 of those points must be in your intended specialisation.

You must have completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree or Postgraduate Diploma in Science in a similar field to your intended specialisation with a GPA of 4.0 in 90 points. If you completed a Postgraduate Diploma at least 75 of those points must be in 700-level courses or a dissertation.

You must have completed a Bachelor of Science in a similar field to your intended specialisation with a GPA of 5.0 in 75 points at Stage III or above. At least 45 of those points must be in your intended specialisation.

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the required GPA, the Postgraduate Diploma in Science is an appropriate pathway to the 120-point Master of Science.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Taught 120 points GPE Grade Point Equivalent 4.0

    One year of postgraduate study

  • Taught 240 points GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An undergraduate degree in science  

  • Research 120 points GPE Grade Point Equivalent 4.0

    One year of postgraduate study

  • Research 240 points GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An undergraduate degree in science  

  • IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System 6.5

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution), in a similar field to your intended specialisation. You will need a GPE of 4.0.

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science in a similar field to your intended specialisation at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0.

You must have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution), in a similar field to your intended specialisation. You will need a GPE of 4.0.

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science in a similar field to your intended specialisation at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0.

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the required GPE, the Postgraduate Diploma in Science is an appropriate pathway to the 120-point Master of Science.

How much does a Master of Science cost per year?

2017 fees

Domestic students
NZ$7,694 – $8,914*
International students
NZ$38,061.60 – $41,771*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2017 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.38 per point, estimated at $765.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

Find out about financial support options

Scholarships and awards

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Student loans and allowances

Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident? You could be eligible for a student loan and allowance.

Cost of living

Get an idea of how much accommodation and general living in Auckland will cost.

Key dates

Please note: The Semester One 2018 application closing date for Psychology specialisation is 1 December 2017, and the Forensic Science specialisation is 1 November 2017.

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

The date below is the closing dates for all other majors.

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester Two 2017
4 July 2017
Semester One 2018
8 December 2017

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

Where could this programme take you?

As a graduate of the MSc programme you will be skilled in a focused area of expertise, and better equipped to find employment in your chosen field. The MSc is a vital qualification if you want to pursue employment in a research-led area, or progress further academically.

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