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Materials and Processing

Efficiently converting the world’s raw materials and commodity goods into products is important to the global economy.  To do this, we need to understand the properties of materials as diverse as food, wood, metals, plastics and fuel.

By studying Materials and Processing at the University of Waikato, you will learn how to add value to raw materials used to manufacture a number of useful products, while minimising waste.  These products can be as varied as dietary formulae, foods, ceramics that can withstand high temperatures, new metal alloys, pharmaceuticals, laminated boards, functional proteins, and composites.

Materials and processing skills are used in industrial and other activities where materials are undergoing chemical, biochemical or physical changes.

At Waikato you will learn about process science, which involves knowing how to prepare raw materials, how to make reactions occur, and how to separate and purify products. You will understand how to limit and treat wastes, minimise energy use, and consider sustainable processes.

Facilities

Students can work in specialised laboratories including the Large Scale Lab complex that features a suite of workshops and laboratories dedicated to engineering teaching and research, such as 3D printing, a mechanical workshop and computer labs with engineering design software.

Career Opportunities

  • Biotechnologist
  • Composite Engineer
  • Materials Scientist
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Developer

100 level

200 level

Engineering DesignENGG28210.0 Points
Materials 1ENMP21120.0 Points
Mechanics of Materials 1ENMP21320.0 Points
Manufacturing ProcessesENMP21410.0 Points
Manufacturing TechnologyENMP21510.0 Points
Engineering ThermodynamicsENMP22120.0 Points
Biotechnology: Food and BioresourcesENMP22220.0 Points
ThermofluidsENMP22320.0 Points
Environmental Technology 1ENMP24120.0 Points
Science and Engineering Management AENMP28210.0 Points
Science and Engineering Management BENMP28310.0 Points

300 level

Dynamics and MechanismsENME35120.0 Points
Machine Dynamics and ControlENME35220.0 Points
Mechanical Engineering DesignENME38020.0 Points
Special Topics in TechnologyENMP30120.0 Points
Materials 2ENMP31120.0 Points
Mechanics of Materials 2ENMP31320.0 Points
Process Engineering and DesignENMP32120.0 Points
BiotechnologyENMP32220.0 Points
Transport Processes and Unit OperationsENMP32320.0 Points
Engineering MicrobiologyENMP32520.0 Points
Environmental Technology 2ENMP34120.0 Points
Technological Innovation and its ManagementENMP38120.0 Points

400 level

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Mat&Proc) and GradDip(Mat&Proc)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Materials and Processing at an advanced level in their first degree.

Within the Graduate Diploma, a specialisation in Agricultural and Biosystems is available.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Mat&Proc), PGDip(Mat&Proc), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc(Research) and MSc(Tech)

Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. ENMP581 is compulsory for the MSc(Tech). Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Chairperson. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Chairperson of School.

To complete a BSc(Hons) in Materials and Processing, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the papers listed for Materials and Processing, of which at least 30 points must be in research (normally ENMP591).

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.

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.

DairyNZ Masters Scholarship

For students who are enrolled in the final year or have completed a Bachelors degree in Science, agricultural science, agricultural business or economics and are eligible to enrol in a masters degree at a New Zealand University. Up to three scholarships of $30,000 will be available each year + tuition fees.

Closing Date: 2016-08-08 23:59:00

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 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: 2016-08-31 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