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Chemistry

Chemistry is fundamental to our understanding of all branches of science and for a wide range of industries.  A degree in Chemistry from the University of Waikato means you'll gain an excellent grasp of Chemistry theory, supported by a strong emphasis on practical expertise.

Jamie Bridson

Master of Science
Scientist Jamie Bridson is researching how we can use biological materials from the forestry industry to create new environmentally friendly products such as biodegradable plastics.


Nisha Fernandez-Ritchie

Bachelor of Science
For Nisha Fernandez-Ritchie, the choice to study at Waikato University seemed like an obvious one. With both her parents having worked at Waikato, she says she “pretty much grew up on campus”.


Dylan Harrison

Master of Science (Technology)
For Waikato graduate Dylan Harrison, a career in science has always been on the cards.


Nick Irick

“Hearing about Waikato’s reputation for excellence in the Faculty of Science and Engineering from friends who had previously studied abroad at Waikato made me decide to take the plunge."


Nicholas Kaun

Bachelor of Science (Technology)
With an excellent reputation for chemistry research, a relaxed campus, and a handful of scholarships on offer, former Saint John's College student Nicholas Kuan knew the University of Waikato was the right choice for him.


Kirsty Kraakman

Master of Science (Research)
Making new discoveries in science is the ultimate goal for student Kirsty Kraakman.


Sanjay Patel

Bachelor of Science
Sanjay Patel found his passion in chemistry and finance at the University of Waikato after deciding an Otago health sciences degree wasn’t for him.


Jonathan Puddick

PhD
Jonathan specialises in analytical biochemistry and uses analytical techniques to understand the biochemistry of cyanobacteria and algae.


Alice Wang

Bachelor of Science (Technology), Master of Science
Waikato Masters Graduate Alice Wang spends a lot of her work life travelling throughout the world.


Cody Wright

Master of Science
A passion for chemistry has led Cody Wright to an exciting position with New Zealand’s leading analytical testing laboratory.


Chemistry

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 structure of our chemistry major includes a range of highly theoretical, highly applied, quantitative and qualitative aspects. It will develop your analytical and problem-solving skills, which can be applied to many other disciplines.

Facilities

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.

 Career opportunities

  • Biochemist
  • Biosecurity Officer
  • Chemical Technologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Food Technologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Marine Studies
  • Material Science
  • Microbiologist

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEMY100Chemistry in Context18A (Hamilton)
This is an introductory paper for students with a limited background in chemistry. There is a strong emphasis on teaching chemical concepts through real-world examples relevant to different science and engineering disciplines.
CHEMY101Structure and Spectroscopy18A (Hamilton), 18A (Secondary School - Unistart) & 18C (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Secondary School - Unistart)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEMY201Organic Chemistry18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of organic chemistry including reaction mechanisms with carbanion and radical intermediates; mechanisms of reactions of carbonyl groups and multiple electrophilic substitutions of aromatic rings; an introduction to carbohydrate chemistry.
CHEMY202Physical Chemistry18B (Hamilton)
This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.
CHEMY203Inorganic Chemistry18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of inorganic chemistry including structure and reactivity of the main-group elements; point-group symmetry; molecular orbital, crystal field theories; transition metal coordination complexes.
CHEMY204Analytical Chemistry18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of analytical chemistry including characterisation using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass-spectrometry (MS); qualitative and quantitative analysis of mixtures using gas chromatography (GC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEM311Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry 218B (Hamilton)
A theoretical paper covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This paper is required for the Chemistry major.
CHEM312Organic and Physical Chemistry 218A (Hamilton)
A theoretical paper covering aspects of organic and physical chemistry. This paper is required for the Chemistry major.
CHEM313Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 218B (Hamilton)
A laboratory paper in which the student will carry out independent, individual projects in analytical and physical chemistry. This paper is required for the Chemistry major.
CHEM314Organic and Physical Chemistry Laboratory 218A (Hamilton)
A laboratory paper in which the student will carry out independent, individual projects in organic and inorganic chemistry or a combined project. This paper is required for the Chemistry major.

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).

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEM511Advanced Organic Chemistry (Structural Characterisation)18A (Hamilton)
An advanced study of structural characterisation of organic modules. The course includes practical and theoretical aspects.
CHEM512Topics in Advanced Physical ChemistryThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
CHEM513Organometallic Chemistry and CatalysisThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
CHEM514Special Topics in Chemistry A18A (Hamilton)
An advanced study of topics relating to staff members' areas of research expertise, which may have organic, inorganic, physical, analytical or environmental themes.
CHEM516Isotope GeochemistryThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
CHEM517Applied and Environmental Analytical Chemistry A18A (Hamilton)
A critical examination of analytical methodologies for organic substances, eg pesticides, with special reference to the commercial context.
CHEM521Advanced Organic Chemistry18B (Hamilton)
An advanced study of carbohydrate and natural product chemistry.
CHEM522Computational Chemistry18B (Hamilton)
A practical introduction to modern computational chemistry and its increasing use in modern chemical research.
CHEM523Inorganic Materials Chemistry18B (Hamilton)
A study of inorganic materials.
CHEM524Structural Characterisation Techniques18B (Hamilton)
No description available.
CHEM527Applied and Environmental Analytical Chemistry B18B (Hamilton)
An advanced study of instrumental analytical techniques for organic and inorganic compounds and comparison of their efficacies.
CHEM589Directed Study: Chemistry Topics18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
This paper may involve a literature review or the preparation of a proposal.
CHEM590Directed Study18C (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
CHEM591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
CHEM592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
CHEM593Chemistry Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
CHEM594Chemistry Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
CHEM595Chemistry Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SCIE501Research Methods in the Sciences18B (Hamilton)
This paper will enable students to develop the necessary communication skills and familiarity with research methods and practice to allow them to progress to the thesis component of a masters degree in the sciences, or to extend communication and research skills in those not taking a full research degree.

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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEM800Chemistry MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEM900Chemistry PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

School of Science Postgraduate Study Scholarship

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

Science Admission Fees Scholarship

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

Science and Engineering Masters Fees Awards

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

Contacts

Faculty of Science & Engineering

Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254
Email: science@waikato.ac.nz
Website: sci.waikato.ac.nz
Facebook: facebook.com/WaikatoScienceEngineering