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Postgraduate Physical and Chemical Sciences

03 November 2023

Graduates have several options to study further in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences. You might want to do independent research, get a fast-track conversion qualification, change career, or develop expertise in your professional field. Find out about Postgraduate Physical and Chemical Sciences at UC.


Postgraduate study at UC is flexible, challenging and hugely rewarding. You can study full or part-time and choose from six-month courses through to a four-year PhD. UC is the only university in Aotearoa New Zealand to offer Medical Physics programmes.

Most of the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences postgraduate courses include projects, lab or field work. Postgraduate study may open up opportunities for practical industry placements or internships too.

While some qualifications, such as a diploma, may offer more coursework-based learning, opportunities for research at UC are plentiful. All physical and chemical sciences staff dedicate significant time to research, ensuring the school maintains its strong reputation in the international scientific community.

We have excellent facilities and technology that meets international standards and staff and postgraduate students are engaged in internationally important projects.

Postgraduate training at UC aims to develop a student's ability in creative scientific research. The student's own research topic is an important facet. 

Postgraduate Research with Physics Equipment
Postgrad Students with MARS Equipment

See the Science Postgraduate Advice and Forms for how to enrol and our enrolment forms. 



  • Guidelines and policies can be found on the University's general postgraduate pages
  • The University Regulations page has all legal university guidelines and qualification requirements 
  • Some departments produce specific postgraduate qualification or subject brochures, handbooks or guides. Contact the relevant Postgraduate Coordinator for any further guidance. 


UC Master's and Doctoral scholarships are available as are many industry or research institute-funded scholarships. Search the Scholarships at UC database for those available each year.

Postgraduate Astronomy courses

Graduates can study Astronomy and astrophysics beyond undergraduate level at UC. Students with good honours or master's degrees can proceed to a PhD.

Research students have access to state-of-the-art technology and benefit from international collaborations. UC has research programmes in fields such as planet searching, gravitational lensing, stellar astrophysics, variable stars, the cosmic microwave background and neutrino astronomy. 

Postgraduate Biochemistry courses

Biochemistry graduates with good grades are able to progress in the subject, with options available in all postgraduate science qualifications at UC. These develop advanced research skills and provide the chance to specialise.

Some go on to prepare for a career through further training in, for example, teaching, communication, management, forensic science, or product formulation.

Research work related to Biochemistry is being actively carried out by UC staff and postgraduate students.

Postgraduate Chemistry courses

Students who are high-achievers in 300-level Chemistry may enrol in a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree. This involves a fourth year of study, which includes a research project. This can then lead to the research year of a Master of Science or into a Doctor of Philosophy. Other options are available.

See current department research.

Some graduates undertake further study for a particular career pathway for example, teaching, journalism, patent law or business management.

Postgraduate Physics courses

Graduates can progress into a number of higher programmes in Physics, from honours to master's and PhD level. These degrees provide advanced research and writing skills.

UC offers the study of Medical Physics at postgraduate level. This is a unique programme in Aotearoa New Zealand and includes a variety of qualifications — a postgraduate diploma, honours, master's and PhD. The extensive range of qualifications reflects the industry demand for skilled medical physicists.

Some graduates undertake further study for a particular career pathway for example, teaching, journalism, patent law or business management.

For enquiries about postgraduate study

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