Employers recognise Waikato Chemistry graduates for their analytical and problem solving skills as well as for their high-level of practical abilities – including hands-on bench and modern instrumentation skills.
A Chemistry qualification from Waikato appeals to a wide range of employers including analytical, forensic, industrial, environmental and medical laboratories. There is a shortage of Chemistry graduates in New Zealand and overseas and a critical shortage of qualified Chemistry teachers.
Better building materials and textiles, improved medical aids, new alloys, more productive agriculture, better environmental control and remediation – all rely on the chemical expertise you'll gain from studying at Waikato.
The University of Waikato covers a wide range of specialist areas including analytical chemistry, geochemistry, environmental chemistry, forensic science, industrial chemistry, materials chemistry and biochemistry.
For students with an interest in Chemistry, the structure of our Chemistry major will provide a solid foundation of knowledge in the subject.
In your first year of study you'll need to complete two compulsory Chemistry papers. The remaining six papers required for the degree can be taken in other areas of science and engineering and from other faculties.
During your second year, Chemistry papers will become more specialised, allowing you to focus on analytical, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, with papers covering theory and practical laboratory work.
Chemistry as a supporting subject
For students in their first year of study who require a background in Chemistry for a major outside of this subject, our paper CHEM100 – 'Chemistry in Context' is an ideal first step. It places an emphasis on chemical concepts within the broader context of the world.
The University of Waikato’s School of Science is home to a suite of well-equipped laboratories. Most science papers include weekly laboratory sessions, giving you the chance to put what you’ve learnt in lectures and tutorials into practice. Our undergraduate students also have the opportunity to use complex research equipment and techniques, such as NMR spectroscopy.
- Biosecurity Officer
- Chemical Technologist
- Environmental Scientist
- Food Technologist
- Forensic Scientist
- Marine Studies
- Material Science
Study Chemistry in any of these qualifications
|Chemistry in Context||CHEM100||15.0 Points|
|Chemical Hazards: Safety and Legislation||CHEM106||15.0 Points|
|Structure and Spectroscopy||CHEM111||15.0 Points|
|Chemical Reactivity||CHEM112||15.0 Points|
|Environmental Science||ENVS101||15.0 Points|
|Analytical Tools for the Life and Environmental Sciences||CHEM200||20.0 Points|
|Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry 1||CHEM211||20.0 Points|
|Organic and Physical Chemistry 1||CHEM212||20.0 Points|
|Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1||CHEM213||10.0 Points|
|Organic and Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1||CHEM214||10.0 Points|
|Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry||CHEM261||20.0 Points|
Refer to the Work Placement section in the Calendar for more details.
|Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry 2||CHEM311||20.0 Points|
|Organic and Physical Chemistry 2||CHEM312||20.0 Points|
|Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 2||CHEM313||10.0 Points|
|Organic and Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2||CHEM314||10.0 Points|
|Applied Environmental Geochemistry||CHEM361||20.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the GradCert(Chem) and GradDip(Chem)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Chemistry at an advanced level in their first degree.
For further details, contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(Chem), PGDip(Chem), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc (Research) and MSc(Tech)
Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is by invitation of the Head of School. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Graduate Convenor.
To complete a BSc(Hons) in Chemistry, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the papers listed for Chemistry, of which at least 30 points must be in research (normally CHEM591).
|Advanced Organic Chemistry (Structural Characterisation)||CHEM511||15.0 Points|
|Topics in Advanced Physical Chemistry||CHEM512||15.0 Points|
|Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis||CHEM513||15.0 Points|
|Special Topics in Chemistry A||CHEM514||15.0 Points|
|Isotope Geochemistry||CHEM516||15.0 Points|
|Applied and Environmental Analytical Chemistry A||CHEM517||15.0 Points|
|Advanced Organic Chemistry||CHEM521||15.0 Points|
|Computational Chemistry||CHEM522||15.0 Points|
|Inorganic Materials Chemistry||CHEM523||15.0 Points|
|Structural Characterisation Techniques||CHEM524||15.0 Points|
|Applied and Environmental Analytical Chemistry B||CHEM527||15.0 Points|
|Directed Study: Chemistry Topics||CHEM589||15.0 Points|
|Directed Study||CHEM590||30.0 Points|
|Chemistry Thesis||CHEM593||90.0 Points|
|Chemistry Thesis||CHEM594||120.0 Points|
|Chemistry Thesis||CHEM595||150.0 Points|
|Research Methods in the Sciences||SCIE501||15.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the MPhil
The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
|Chemistry MPhil Thesis||CHEM800||120.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
|Chemistry PhD Thesis||CHEM900||120.0 Points|
Scholarships and prizes
For students who qualify to enrol at the University of Waikato, and are intending to enrol part or full-time in semester B 2016 in the School of Science in either a 180pt masters, the taught components of a masters degree or the research component of a masters degree. The Scholarship will have a value of $5,000 per year for two years.Closing Date: 2016-07-18 23:59:00
For school leavers who are intending to enrol full-time (120 pts) in the first year of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science(Technology) in the Faculty of Science & Engineering and are performing well academically in their final year of secondary school. The Scholarship has a value of up to $4,000.Closing Date: 2017-08-31 23:59:00
For students enrolling full-time in the first year MSc (research), MSc, MSc (Tech) ME or MEnvSci programme in the faculty of Engineering. Part-time applicants may be considered but any scholarship awarded will be on a pro-rata basis. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.Closing Date: 2017-03-15 23:59:00