Postgraduate study in Plastics

What can you study in Plastics?

Postgraduate courses that specialise in plastics are designed for current industry professionals who wish to continue their studies at an advanced level, develop an advanced technical foundation and gain industrial perspective in a specialised area. The course has strong links to the New Zealand plastics industry, which are reflected in both lectures and the practical components.

The topics covered include:

  • Understanding the structure, properties and processing inter-relationships of materials used in the plastics industry
  • The effect of additives on processing and degradation
  • Specialised topics and applications including fluoropolymers, silicones, film blowing, thermoforming, membranes and bioplastics

Entry requirements for the Master of Engineering Studies in Plastics

  • You will first need to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering (Plastics).
  • Before applying for this programme, please ensure that you meet the entry requirements for the Master of Engineering Studies.
  • Candidates should hold a Bachelor of Engineering with a minimum Second Class Honours Second Division and must have at least three years of industry experience.
  • An alternative pathway into this programme is open to applicants with appropriate backgrounds and professional experience, including those with a Bachelor of Technology or a Bachelor of Science.

Important requirements for international students

  • All international applicants should ensure that they meet all the programme’s entry requirements. You should only proceed with your application if your GPA matches or exceeds the requirements for your country listed in the engineering programme of your choice. Please do not apply if your GPA is below the minimum entry requirements, but rather consider the alternative study options that may be offered as a pathway into your preferred programme.
  • You are strongly advised to consider visa application times. Please be aware of the student visa processing times in your home country and submit the documentation needed well ahead of the Faculty of Engineering's programme application deadlines. For processing times, contact the New Zealand High Commission/Embassy or your education agent.
  • Applicants for their second masters degree need to be aware that additional assessment requirements will take extra time. The Faculty of Engineering must assess your previous masters degree courses to ensure that they do not overlap with your selected courses in the University of Auckland programme. You must therefore allow more time for your application to be processed, and be aware that further documentation may be required. Submit your application well in advance of the deadline if this is your situation, as you may also need to take into account visa application times.

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Plastics

A Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering (Plastics) is a two-year, part-time programme, and is the prerequisite to enrol in the Masters of Engineering Studies (Plastics).

The following courses are compulsory as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering (Plastics):

  • Semester One 2020: CHEMMAT 740 Advanced Polymer Materials (15 points)
  • Semester Two 2020: CHEMMAT 741 Processing of Plastics (15 points)
  • Semester One 2019: CHEMMAT 742 Plastic Materials Design (15 points)
  • Semester Two 2019: CHEMMAT 743 Selected Topics in Plastics Processing (15 points)

Courses required for Master of Engineering Studies (Plastics) are:

  • CHEMMAT 732: An advanced design project utilising the application of the specialised knowledge required for the design and manufacture of a sophisticated product based on multiple plastics materials. Detailed considerations will include material and process selection, mould design, costing and economics, and environmental impact. To complete this course, students must enrol in CHEMMAT 732 (one semester) or CHEMMAT 732 A and B (two semesters).
  • CHEMMAT 788 and 789: These are research papers and have no timetable. Please discuss the research topic with your supervisor and complete the FOE-PG02 form when you apply for enrolment concession. Please return to the completed and signed form to the Engineering Student Centre, or email to Students must enrol consecutively in both the A & B component of the course.

Where can postgraduate study in Plastics take you?

If you’re a current industry professional with a few years of experience, a postgraduate programme in Plastics is intended to give you the specialised knowledge necessary for the next step on your career pathway. Some of the intermediate and experienced roles this can lead to include:

  • Research Engineer
  • Injection Moulding Specialist
  • Plastics R&D Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Inspector
  • Factory Manager
  • Senior Product Analyst

Help and advice

For general student enquiries, please contact the Engineering Student Centre.

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