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BSc - Materials Science as a major

If you're intrigued by the natural world around you, or enjoy understanding how things work, Waikato's Bachelor of Science (BSc) is what you're looking for. Putting into practice what you learn in your lectures is a major part of this degree. You will gain hands-on experience with some of the most up-to-date and high-tech computing facilities and laboratory equipment.

Explore the world of metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and semiconductors. From levitating trains to electronic paper, there are some exciting developments underway in the world of Materials Science that you could be a part of!


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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,130 (approx) per year
Fees (International): $29,705-$31,795 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Faculty:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Materials Scientist
  • Materials Consultant
  • Materials Selection Consultant
  • Materials Production Scientist/Consultant
  • Materials Failure Analyst
  • Life Cycle Analysis Scientist/Consultant
  • Sustainable Development Scientist/Consultant
  • Corrosion Consultant
  • Failure Analysis Consultant
  • Metallurgical Manufacturing Scientist/Consultant
  • Ceramic Manufacturing Scientist/Consultant
  • Composites Manufacturing Scientist/Consultant
  • Wood Manufacturing Scientist/Consultant
  • Sustainable Materials Scientist/Consultant
  • Research Scientist

Degree Planner

Degree planner — BSc in Materials Science

If no point value is listed, papers are worth 15 points.  This structure applies to study starting in 2019.

Year 1

100 Level Science
List A

100 Level Science
List A

100 Level Science
List C

Elective

Elective

Year 2

CHEMY201 or CHEMY203

200 Level
Science Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Year 3

CHEMY301, CHEMY303 or CHEMY304

Career Start
List B

Elective

Elective

Elective

  • Major
  • Elective
  • Compulsory

Note: CHEMY204 counts towards the BSc and BSc(Tech) numeracy requirements.

Papers

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Materials Science focuses on understanding the intrinsic structure of a material and the control of its structure through processing. It studies the relationship of the engineering properties of the three main classes of materials (metals, polymers and ceramics) as well as composites and semiconductors.

Materials Science is available as a major for the BSc and the BSc(Tech). Materials Science may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Materials Science as a single major for the BSc and the BSc(Tech), students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Materials Science, including CHEMY101, ENGEN112, CHEMY204, ENGME280, ENGMP211, 15 points from either CHEMY201 or CHEMY203, ENGMP311, ENGMP312 and 15 points from either CHEMY301, CHEMY303 or CHEMY304.

To complete Materials Science as part of a double major for the BSc and the BSc(Tech) or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from the papers listed for Materials Science, including CHEMY101, ENGEN112, CHEMY204, ENGME280, ENGMP211, 15 points from either CHEMY201 or CHEMY203 and 30 points from ENGMP311, ENGMP312, CHEMY301, CHEMY303 or CHEMY304.

To complete a minor in Materials Science, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Materials Science major, including at least 30 points above 100 level, and including ENGEN112, ENGEN180, ENGMP211 and ENGMP311.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEMY101Structure and Spectroscopy20A (Hamilton) & 20C (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
Introduction to engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors and biomaterials) and their atomic structure and mechanical properties. Includes; elastic and plastic deformation, fracture mechanisms, failure in service, iron-carbon phase diagram, redox reactions in corrosion, production of polymers, ce...
ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
Introduction to the engineering design process and computer aided design, fundamental principles of engineering analysis, open ended problem solving, engineering economics and the skills of a successful engineer. Includes a design-build-test experience.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEMY201Organic Chemistry20B (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, also an introduction to carbohydrate chemistry is provided.
CHEMY203Inorganic Chemistry20A (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 Chemistry20A (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)
ENGME280Design and Manufacturing 120B (Hamilton)
The paper focuses on the principles of fundamental manufacturing processes and engineering design methods. Practical aspects of selected major manufacturing processes via workshop and practical sessions give students the opportunities to build up their practical skills and apply their theoretical knowledge to solving practical prob...
ENGMP211Materials 120A (Hamilton)
This paper will provide a foundation for understanding the relationship between material structure, processing and behaviour to support engineering of materials and engineering with materials.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEMY301Advanced Organic Chemistry20A (Hamilton)
This paper covers advanced aspects of organic chemistry including pericyclic reactions, natural product chemistry, organic synthesis including retrosynthetic analysis and stereo-electronic influences in carbohydrate chemistry.
CHEMY303Advanced Inorganic Chemistry20B (Hamilton)
This paper covers advanced aspects of inorganic chemistry including heavy transition elements; f-elements; organometallic chemistry of main group and transition metals; bioinorganic chemistry; solid state chemistry.
CHEMY304Advanced Analytical Chemistry20B (Hamilton)
This paper covers advanced aspects of analytical chemistry including inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), Mossbauer and Raman spectroscopy, quality control and assurance, sampling techniques and method validation.
ENGMP311Materials 220B (Hamilton)
It will develop understanding of the relationship between material structure, processing and behaviour to support engineering of materials and engineering with materials.
ENGMP312Materials Manufacture20A (Hamilton)
This paper deepens the understanding of students on the relationships between processing conditions, microstructure and properties of materials manufactured via major materials processing technologies including solidification methods, ceramic processing, metallic powder consolidation, and fabrication of composite materials. The pap...

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