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Help improve human or animal health through creating new or more effective drugs and medicines. Learn the research processes used to identify drug targets and develop new therapeutics. Read more

Help improve human or animal health through creating new or more effective drugs and medicines. Learn the research processes used to identify drug targets and develop new therapeutics.

Your studies will combine the biological sciences with chemistry, giving you the skills to target, design, synthesise, create and assess new drugs. You'll also learn about protecting intellectual property, assessing the financial viability of drugs and the pre-clinical and clinical trial processes.

Tailor your studies to your strengths, interests and career goals. You'll learn a mix of academic and practical skills that are closely aligned to the needs of industry.

The Master of Drug Discovery and Development is best suited to very able students with backgrounds in chemistry or relevant life-science subjects such as biochemistry, biomedical science, pharmacy or pharmacology. It is an intensive one-year taught programme, unique in New Zealand.

Learn from the best

Learn from academics and professionals who are leaders in the field and have experience in successfully taking drugs to market. Each course is taught by at least three academics so you'll be exposed to a wide range of expertise.

Drug Discovery and Development is taught by the Schools of Chemical and Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences in collaboration with the University's Ferrier Research Institute and the Centre for Biodiscovery.

You'll be able to take advantage of the research expertise of the Ferrier Research Institute in drug design and development, and if you're doing a Master's, you'll be working alongside the more than 30 scientists who make up the largest carbohydrate research team in the world. The Institute also has its own manufacturing facility so you'll have the opportunity to observe the drug development process from discovery to product.

You'll also benefit from the programme's links with the Centre for Biodiscovery where you will interact with the research teams that are actively discovering, designing and assessing novel bioactive compounds.

Drugs in the real world

Get wise to the real-world issues facing pharmaceutical development and make the most of the hard-earned experiences of staff who have worked in the local and international biotech industry. Learn not only how to handle chemicals on a large scale, but to develop the mindset to do this in a way that is safe, reliable and robust—so you end up providing medicines that will change people’s lives.

Victoria offers three postgraduate qualifications in Drug Discovery and Development. Choose the one that suits your career goals, time constraints and financial situation.

  • Master of Drug Discovery and Development
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Drug Discovery and Development
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Drug Discovery and Development

If you begin by enrolling in the Certificate or Diploma programme you can continue on to complete your Master's. Or if you enrol in the Master's but can't complete it, for whatever reason, you may have completed enough points to be awarded a Certificate or Diploma.

What you'll study

Each qualification includes the core courses DRGD 401 Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, and a choice between DRDG 402 Drug Design or CHEM 421 Organic Chemistry and Bio-organic Chemistry.

After that you'll choose from selected courses from the study areas of Drug Discovery and Development, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Clinical Research and Microbiology.

All three qualifications give you the opportunity to do at least some research.

Postgraduate Certificate

You'll complete four courses worth 60 points made up of the two core courses and two further choices.

Postgraduate Diploma

You're likely to take seven courses that will include the two core courses, your elective options and the 30-point Research Preparation course.

Master's

You'll study for your Master's in two parts over three trimesters. In Part 1, the first two trimesters, you're likely to take seven courses that will include the core courses and a 30-point Research Preparation course.

In Part 2, you'll complete a full research project. Choose between DRDG 561 Applied Research Project, where you'll complete one or more problem-solving projects, or DRGD 590 Research Project, where you'll focus on medicinal chemistry and the formulation of active pharmaceutical products. In some cases you may be able to replace the research project with the thesis course DRGD 595.

Your Master's may be endorsed with a specialisation in either Drug Discovery, Drug Development or Chemical Biology. Check the requirements to find out what you need to do for these.

Workload and duration

You can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of your studies.

The MDDD can be completed in 12 months full time, or in two years of part-time study but you'll need to discuss this option with the programme directorfirst. The Diploma will take you two trimesters and the Certificate one trimester.

Location

You'll study at Wellington's Kelburn campus where you will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities. Students doing a research programme will also work in partnership the world-renowned Ferrier Research Institute in Lower Hutt.

Research topics

Be part of a dynamic and collaborative scientific research community. Past students' research areas in drug discovery and development have included:

  • development of a new scaled-up catalytic process for a high value fine chemical
  • isolation and characterisation of a novel bioactive from a New Zealand marine organism
  • formulation of a novel therapeutic for cancer immunotherapy.

Community

Become part of an active community of scientists. Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues. You'll have unprecedented access to world industry leaders who visit as guest lecturers and run seminars with students.

Careers

You'll have the broad skills you need to work in drug discovery in companies, universities, research institutes or with drug regulatory authorities. You might work within the pharmaceutical, bioanalytical or chemical industries, or take your skills into nutraceuticals or agrichemicals.



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Turn your passion into your profession with nutrition at Massey. Massey’s MSc (Human Nutrition) will give you the knowledge and experience you need to interpret and contribute to current issues in human nutrition. Read more

Turn your passion into your profession with nutrition at Massey

Massey’s MSc (Human Nutrition) will give you the knowledge and experience you need to interpret and contribute to current issues in human nutrition.

Find out more about the Master of Science parent structure.

WHAT IS IT LIKE?

Massey’s MSc (Human Nutrition) will give you in-depth knowledge and understanding of the latest issues in the field of human nutrition. 

You’ll study nutrition principles in four core courses, then choose areas of interest for remaining courses, or a special topic, tailored to your requirements.

Develop your research skills

You’ll develop your scientific research skills to an advanced level with a high-quality, student-led research project under the supervision of experienced and dedicated staff. You’ll investigate the links between diet and health, and the factors affecting them, by evaluating the underlying research and nutritional mechanisms.

You choose how and where

Your research project can be completed in the nutrition research facilities on our campuses, in the community or in your workplace. Research projects may be part of existing research within the University, or designed specifically for your needs and interests. Your MSc (HumNutr) can have a particular focus, such as public health nutrition, sports nutrition or nutritional physiology.

Flexible study options to suit you

Study hours are flexible to fit in with your busy life, with courses offered in block mode. You can study full-time or part-time, combining study with your work and other commitments. 

Teaching is a mixture of self-directed learning (supported by the Stream virtual classroom environment) and block courses (usually two eight-hour block courses for core courses and two four-hour, half-day block courses for elective courses). The block courses are video-linked and you can attend in Palmerston North or Auckland, regardless of where the course is hosted. 

If you don’t have a science or nutrition background, you can take a conversion course, such as the graduate certificate or graduate diploma, to transition to postgraduate study. If you have postgraduate qualifications in nutrition or dietetics, you may be eligible to enrol in an MSc(HumNutr) by thesis or a PhD.

Careers

With internationally marketable skills, you’ll be able to select from a wide range of career opportunities as a human nutrition postgraduate, including:

  • Health promotion/public health (such as District Health Boards, Ministry of Health, NZ Heart Foundation)
  • Sport and exercise nutrition (such as elite and recreational sports teams, fitness industry)
  • Research in universities and Crown Research Institutes (like AgResearch, Plant & Food Research)
  • Teaching in secondary and tertiary educational institutions
  • Consultancy in industry (for example, for food companies and industry), corporate health and wellness and in private practice
  • Government adviser on policy, education or nutrition
  • Media (writing publications, television, marketing)
  • International relief work
  • Medical nutritional companies (nutrition advisor, nutritional representative)


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The MSc in Medical Laboratory Science is equivalent to just over one year of full time study. It is designed for professional Medical Laboratory Scientists working full time so it is expected that all candidates will study part time and take three or four years to complete the degree. Read more

The MSc in Medical Laboratory Science is equivalent to just over one year of full time study. It is designed for professional Medical Laboratory Scientists working full time so it is expected that all candidates will study part time and take three or four years to complete the degree.

Careers

Suitable for Medical Laboratory Scientists interested in advancement within health-related areas.



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If you enjoy working with people, have a passion for food, and are fascinated by the relationships between food, nutrients, health, and disease, then the Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics is for you. Read more

If you enjoy working with people, have a passion for food, and are fascinated by the relationships between food, nutrients, health, and disease, then the Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics is for you. Study at Massey and turn your passion into your profession.

Dietetics is the application of nutritional science to individuals and groups in health and various states of disease. As a Registered Dietitian (RD), you will be uniquely qualified to translate the latest nutritional science into practical dietary advice. Dietitians promote good health, advise about prevention of nutrition-related problems, and are able to treat disease and ill health. Working as part of a community or healthcare team, you will have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as diabetes or paediatrics, or you can employ your skills in the food or sports industries, education, research, or journalism.

MSc (Nutrition and Dietetics) graduates will meet the registration competency requirements of the New Zealand Dietitians Board. They will develop the attributes, qualities, and skills considered essential for gaining employment and making an important contribution in the community they will serve.

The programme provides students with sound knowledge of nutrition and dietetics science, theories underpinning current practices, and excellent understanding of professional and ethical practice. Students will improve their analytical thinking, gain effective communication and information management skills, and develop self-directed and independent learning abilities.

Careers

Graduates are eligible to apply to be registered with the New Zealand Dietitians Board to practise as a dietitian in New Zealand (NZRD), and will become eligible to apply for registration in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

DietitiansNZ is a professional association that represents dietitians practising in diverse areas of dietetics.

Career opportunities include:

  • Clinical Dietetics (e.g. hospitals, clinics, private practice)
  • Community Dietetics (e.g. Marae, public health, rest homes, schools)
  • Consultancy and Private Practice
  • Food Companies and Food Industry
  • Foodservice Management
  • Industry (e.g. corporate health and wellness, private consulting)
  • Health Promotion / Public Health Agencies (e.g NZ Ministry of Health, NZ Heart Foundation)
  • Media (e.g. writing publications, television, marketing)
  • Medical Nutritional Companies (e.g. nutrition and dietetics advisor, nutritional representative)
  • Research and Education
  • Sports and Exercise Nutrition (e.g. elite and recreational sports teams, fitness industry)


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Studying towards your masters is a challenging and satisfying postgraduate experience. Massey University’s Master of Science will give you the knowledge and skills you need to gain a more in-depth understanding of an area of scientific study and advance your career. Read more

Studying towards your masters is a challenging and satisfying postgraduate experience.

Massey University’s Master of Science will give you the knowledge and skills you need to gain a more in-depth understanding of an area of scientific study and advance your career.

When you graduate with a Master of Science you will have learned how to work at a high level of academic achievement, work to deadlines under pressure and communicate effectively.

Complete in a shorter time-frame

Massey University’s Master of Science is a 180 credit master qualification (a 240 credit MSc is also available). The 180 credit masters offers a rigorous programme of learning yet can be achieved in one and a half years.

Research-led learning

Massey teaching is research-led and our academics are ranked among the best in the world. Our teaching staff are widely published and are in demand as keynote speakers on topical global issues. International visitors regularly seek out visits to our science facilities to learn more about what we do.

Accessible lecturers

We work to help you succeed. Massey University offers smaller classes and more personalised learning, giving you greater access to lecturers and the help you need to succeed and thrive during your master’s study.

Relevant learning

Your lecturers and supervisors at Massey have strong connections with the industry. We work to ensure that our teaching fits with the changing environment, which means you will emerge with a relevant qualification valued by potential employers.



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Turn your passion into your profession with nutrition at Massey. Massey’s MSc (Human Nutrition) will give you the knowledge and experience you need to interpret and contribute to current issues in human nutrition. Read more

Turn your passion into your profession with nutrition at Massey

Massey’s MSc (Human Nutrition) will give you the knowledge and experience you need to interpret and contribute to current issues in human nutrition.

Find out more about the Master of Science parent structure.

Massey’s MSc (Human Nutrition) will give you in-depth knowledge and understanding of the latest issues in the field of human nutrition. 

You’ll study nutrition principles in four core courses, then choose areas of interest for remaining courses, or a special topic, tailored to your requirements.

Develop your research skills

You’ll develop your scientific research skills to an advanced level with a high-quality, student-led research project under the supervision of experienced and dedicated staff. You’ll investigate the links between diet and health, and the factors affecting them, by evaluating the underlying research and nutritional mechanisms.

You choose how and where

Your research project can be completed in the nutrition research facilities on our campuses, in the community or in your workplace. Research projects may be part of existing research within the University, or designed specifically for your needs and interests. Your MSc (HumNutr) can have a particular focus, such as public health nutrition, sports nutrition or nutritional physiology.

Flexible study options to suit you

Study hours are flexible to fit in with your busy life, with courses offered in block mode. You can study full-time or part-time, combining study with your work and other commitments. 

Teaching is a mixture of self-directed learning (supported by the Stream virtual classroom environment) and block courses (usually two eight-hour block courses for core courses and two four-hour, half-day block courses for elective courses). The block courses are video-linked and you can attend in Palmerston North or Auckland, regardless of where the course is hosted. 

If you don’t have a science or nutrition background, you can take a conversion course, such as the graduate certificate or graduate diploma, to transition to postgraduate study. If you have postgraduate qualifications in nutrition or dietetics, you may be eligible to enrol in an MSc(HumNutr) by thesis or a PhD.



Read less
If you enjoy working with people, have a passion for food, and are fascinated by the relationships between food, nutrients, health, and disease, then the Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics is for you. Read more

If you enjoy working with people, have a passion for food, and are fascinated by the relationships between food, nutrients, health, and disease, then the Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics is for you. Study at Massey and turn your passion into your profession.

Dietetics is the application of nutritional science to individuals and groups in health and various states of disease. As a Registered Dietitian (RD), you will be uniquely qualified to translate the latest nutritional science into practical dietary advice. Dietitians promote good health, advise about prevention of nutrition-related problems, and are able to treat disease and ill health. Working as part of a community or healthcare team, you will have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as diabetes or paediatrics, or you can employ your skills in the food or sports industries, education, research, or journalism.

MSc (Nutrition and Dietetics) graduates will meet the registration competency requirements of the New Zealand Dietitians Board. They will develop the attributes, qualities, and skills considered essential for gaining employment and making an important contribution in the community they will serve.

The programme provides students with sound knowledge of nutrition and dietetics science, theories underpinning current practices, and excellent understanding of professional and ethical practice. Students will improve their analytical thinking, gain effective communication and information management skills, and develop self-directed and independent learning abilities.



Read less
Studying towards your masters is a challenging and satisfying postgraduate experience. Massey University’s Master of Science will give you the knowledge and skills you need to gain a more in-depth understanding of an area of scientific study and advance your career. Read more

Studying towards your masters is a challenging and satisfying postgraduate experience.

Massey University’s Master of Science will give you the knowledge and skills you need to gain a more in-depth understanding of an area of scientific study and advance your career.

When you graduate with a Master of Science you will have learned how to work at a high level of academic achievement, work to deadlines under pressure and communicate effectively.

Complete in a shorter time-frame

Massey University’s Master of Science is a 180 credit master qualification (a 240 credit MSc is also available). The 180 credit masters offers a rigorous programme of learning yet can be achieved in one and a half years.

Research-led learning

Massey teaching is research-led and our academics are ranked among the best in the world. Our teaching staff are widely published and are in demand as keynote speakers on topical global issues. International visitors regularly seek out visits to our science facilities to learn more about what we do.

Accessible lecturers

We work to help you succeed. Massey University offers smaller classes and more personalised learning, giving you greater access to lecturers and the help you need to succeed and thrive during your master’s study.

 Relevant learning

Your lecturers and supervisors at Massey have strong connections with the industry. We work to ensure that our teaching fits with the changing environment, which means you will emerge with a relevant qualification valued by potential employers.



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