The Master of Science is valued for its flexibility and excellence, and can be tailored to suit your needs. You can select your papers from a range of subjects and the mix of research and taught papers are customised to suit your interests and goals.

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)

Why study a MSc?

The Master of Science (MSc) normally takes 12-18 months of full-time study to complete. The degree requires 180 points, which is made up of 120 points in taught papers and a 60-point dissertation (research project).

Study a MSc 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.

This is an ideal degree for students wanting to improve their career opportunities, and seeking a qualification that is potentially not so research-heavy.

This qualification is taught at a level significantly in advance of undergraduate study, providing you with the challenges and knowledge needed to prepare for a successful career.

Facilities

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 (WAIK).

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)

Degree information

Subjects Plan your study Entry Requirements Fees and scholarships

Study in Tauranga

Depending on the focus of your research, you could complete that 60-point portion of your MSc in Tauranga. Facilities there include the Coastal Marine Field Station.

The taught portion of the MSc, which is worth 120 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 students, who are able to work on real issues with a real client.