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Massey University’s Master of Science (Nanoscience) is a unique degree in New Zealand. It gives you the opportunity to use the latest equipment across a broad range of disciplines to make your own discoveries in the field of science.

You could use the degree as an opportunity to change direction from your undergraduate qualification. If you have a background in disciplines like chemistry, physics, biology or engineering you may be eligible to enrol in Massey’s nanoscience postgraduate programmes.

Globally-renowned multi-disciplinary expertise

Let our experts help you develop your own expertise. Massey’s nanoscience lecturers have an extensive range of experience in the area of nanoscience. The department also has strong links to related areas like chemistry, biological science and material science. Massey itself also has expertise in a broad science disciplines – from fundamental science to applied agricultural science and business skills. This means no matter what your research interest you will have access to a broad range of experts to assist you develop your own research and expertise.

Broad range of equipment and facilities – or make your own

Unlike some other institutions you will have easy access to a range of techniques and equipment, making it easier to progress your research in a timely and comprehensive fashion. Massey has the specialist equipment to help your research meet global standards . From a fluorescence spectometer and 700 and 500 MHz NMR instruments, to atomic force microscopy, access to scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Raman microscopy we have all the equipment you will need. There is even the opportunity to construct your own apparatus. For instance a recent student project saw a microscope modified in-house to collect Raman spectra on graphene nanoribbons.

Where great discoveries occur

Nanoscience gives you the opportunity to try new combinations of techniques and technologies to solve old, and new problems. At the nanoscale the distinctions between chemistry, physics and biology are blurred. Chemistry on graphene nanoribbons uses techniques borrowed from molecular biology and biological materials such as bacteriophages have similar dimensions to graphene nanoribbons. The theories of properties of graphene nanoribbons is given in the language of solid-state physics and quantum chemistry. These disciplines meet to create an environment where you can think innovatively.

Friendly environment – passionate scientists

There is a well-established community of fundamental scientists and students at Massey. We have a large active student group – the Fundamental Science Students Association (FUSSTA) – where we work together to share discoveries and research and provide peer support.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Science will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning, time management, setting goals and milestones and undertaking research.

In-depth research

We have a 180 credit and 240 credit option for the Master of Science, but we do encourage those who are looking at a research project to consider the more in-depth 240 credit option. This takes two years to complete and will enable a more comprehensive project at a more detailed level.


Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well,especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings
  • Young masters graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

International chemistry and engineering publications have run surveys showing clearly that the more postgraduate study you complete, the higher your salary in the workforce.

Visit the Nanoscience (MSc) page on the Massey University website for more details!




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