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Master of Science (Research)

The MSc (Research) is an internationally-recognised qualification, valued for it's flexibility and general excellence in education and training.

MSc(Research) Benefits

  • Nationally and internationally recognised degree.
  • Taught by staff who perform radical and innovative research.
  • Strong collaboration with other research providers – NIWA, AgResearch, Hort Research, Landcare.
  • Honours may be awarded for those who perform with excellence.
  • May be completed part-time.

The MSc(Research) degree is tailored towards gaining its graduates excellent career opportunities while also providing a great background for further study. You will add to your knowledge of techniques as well as receiving training in specialist areas. While developing your research skills you will have the opportunity to contribute to existing areas of research or to begin to develop new areas. Research programmes exist across a wide range of disciplines, supported by the primary research interests of staff.

Practical Experience

The Master of Science (Research) is normally a two-year programme of study which combines taught papers with a research thesis. You will have the opportunity to undertake research with staff who are leaders in their field and will have the use of world-class laboratory facilities. A 12 month Master of Science (Research) degree by thesis research may be available to students who have already completed a qualification such as a Bachelor of Science (Honours) or a Postgraduate Diploma.

Entry requirements

Please refer to the relevant regulations in the University of Waikato Calendar for official details of admission and degree requirements, available subjects, honours eligibility and more.

If you do not hold the appropriate qualifications required for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for a pathway via a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. Contact the Faculty for advice on the possibilities.

Contact Us

All masters students must submit an application to enrol and liaise with the appropriate department to complete a Graduate Planner form before their programme may be approved and their enrolment can be finalised. This is to ensure that you and your supervisor are aware of your final submission date. Contact us for a copy of the Graduate Planner

Degree Structure

2 years - 240 points

Year 1 Year 2
120 Points 120 Points
Grad Papers Thesis
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