Master of Science (Research)

Masters Degree MSc(Research)

The Master of Science (Research) is an internationally-recognised qualification, suitable for students who want a complete research experience, coupled with taught papers.

180 points, 1 - 1.5 years

Hamilton, Tauranga

Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.

Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

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Why study a MSc(Research)?

A core feature of the degree is the development of independent research skills, including the collection and analysis of data and critical review of the relevant literature.

The MSc(Research) normally takes one and half academic years of full-time study to complete, but you have the option to complete on a part-time basis. In the first semester, you will complete 60 points of taught papers with the remaining period spent doing a 120 point research thesis.

Study an MSc(Research) at Waikato University and you will enjoy more lab and field work, more one-on-one time with top academics and access to world-class research equipment. Our great industry contacts will also mean exciting collaborations with local, national and international companies and organisations.


The University of Waikato’s School of Science is home to a suite of well-equipped, world-class laboratories.  You will have the opportunity to use complex research equipment and facilities such as NMR spectroscopy, DNA sequencing and the University of Waikato Herbarium.

Study in Tauranga

Depending on the focus of your research, you could complete that 120-point portion of your MSc(Research) in Tauranga. Facilities there include the Coastal Marine Field Station.

The taught portion of the MSc(Research), which is worth 60 points, is based in Hamilton only.

Practical experience

You will spend more time putting theory into practice in the laboratories and out in the field. Smaller class sizes in taught papers mean more one-on-one time with renowned academics.

The University of Waikato also boasts excellent industry collaborations with organisations such as NIWA, AgResearch, Plant and Food Research and Landcare Research. These strong relationships generate numerous research projects for MSc(Research) students, who are able to work on real issues with a real client.

Career Opportunities

  • Local and Regional Council
  • Crown Research Institutes
  • Energy Companies
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Government Departments
  • Biomedical/Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Private Research Companies
  • Food and Dairy Industries
  • Agriculture and Fisheries

180 points, 1 - 1.5 years

Hamilton, Tauranga

Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.

Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

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