Postgraduate study

postgrad students with MARS equipment

Graduate training at UC aims to develop a student's ability in creative scientific research. The student's own research topic is the most important facet of the postgraduate programme.

Opportunities for research are plentiful and all staff dedicate significant time to research, ensuring the department maintains its good reputation in the international scientific community.

Postgraduate qualifications


  • Talk to the department about your proposed research and obtain approval to enrol.
  • International students will need to apply for Admission Ad Eundem.
  • Students enrolling in a thesis for the first time in the Master’s awards listed above must enrol by phoning the University’s Contact Centre on 0800 827 748. You will need to advise the Contact Centre of your thesis start date. Typical start dates are the first day of semester one or semester two or, alternatively, the first Monday in any month. You will also need to advise the Contact Centre if you are studying part-time (78 points). Please note your thesis course enrolment cannot be approved until there is confirmation you have passed MSc Part I courses.
  • Once you are fully enrolled, your first task will be to complete your thesis proposal. The next step is for you to complete a Masters Research Proposal Application. This application must be completed with your supervisor and be approved by the college. Registration of a research proposal is due two months after the commencement date of the thesis if enrolled full-time and four months after the commencement date if enrolled part-time.
  • Progress reports are required every six months.
  • All guidelines can be found on the University's postgraduate pages and forms are available on the College of Science postgraduate site.


Jenni Adams

Postgraduate coordinator
Associate Professor
Physics 718
Internal Phone: 95989