Bachelor of Science (Nanoscience) (BSc(Nanosci))

Key facts

  • Some papers available at Auckland
  • Major and minor available at Manawatū
  • Equivalent to 3 years of full-time study
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Join the tiny revolution

Nanoscience is creating revolutionary new products and processes in a huge range of industries. A career in this fast-moving industry will be exciting and challenging.

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What is it like?

If you would like to be involved in a field at the cutting edge of physics, chemistry and biology, then the nanoscience major is for you.

A revolution is occurring in science and technology. A tiny revolution based on the recently developed ability to measure, manipulate, and organise matter on the nanoscale: 1 to 100 billionths of a meter. At the nanoscale, physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, and engineering converge toward the same principles and tools. As a result, progress in nanoscience is having a very far-reaching impact.

Solving the big issues

From climate change and water quality, to new and improved cures for diseases, nanoscience is working towards solutions to the big issues the world faces today.

Massey’s Bachelor of Science (Nanoscience) will provide you with a modern, interdisciplinary approach to science, with a multitude of career opportunities. You’ll be at the exciting, cutting edge of the physical and biological sciences.

Gain the fundamentals - and more

The Bachelor of Science (Nanoscience) provides you with a solid foundation in physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology, before going on to study the principles of nanoscience. Your emphasis could be either the chemical and physical properties of modern nanoscale materials or on biological macromolecules and nanostructures in biological systems, or some other combination. Each nanoscience student plans their degree programme with the Nanoscience Major Leader to tailor a degree that suits your interests and goals.

It is a fascinating, ever-changing area - you will discover the amazing new properties of matter that emerge at the nanoscale and the many challenges in fabricating, measuring, and understanding matter at this scale.

A good fit if you:

  • Enjoy a broad range of sciences
  • Have thought about a career combining science and commerce
  • Would like to have a career at the cutting edge of science
  • Enjoy figuring out how things work
  • Like to explore how scientific theories explain the world around us
  • Are interested in creating new materials and technologies
Shaune Blackwell
PGDip Science (Nanoscience)

“Discovering how things work at the nano level is incredibly intriguing and has changed the way I look at everything from a rainbow to champagne bubbles…”

I chose to pursue nanoscience because it covers the wide range of fields I am interested in including molecular biology, quantum physics and biophysics to name a few. The flexibility and freedom of Massey’s PGDip (Nanoscience) meant that I didn’t have to choose one are over another and I was able to study nanoscience as well as biology.

As an interdisciplinary area of study, nanoscience can lead to many different careers or further study. My degree established a good platform for whichever route I wanted to take, and my professors were always accessible when I needed the extra help.

After completing my PGDip, I gained some work experience as a Tech Transfer Advisor before deciding to continue on with nanoscience and work towards a PhD.  Although I’ve already had offers of employment from businesses that need someone who can work in more than one field of science, I hope to go from my PhD into business, most likely a technology start up.


As nanoscience inevitably makes a greater impact in our future society, nanoscience graduates will have an opportunity to be marketplace pioneers.

Law firms, business ventures, startup companies, the media, investment banks, hospitals and government organisations will all need people with expertise in nanoscience. Existing research organisations in New Zealand, and globally, have stated a desire for graduates with interdisciplinary expertise like that gained in the nanoscience major.

Any career opportunities applicable to chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biology are also applicable to you as a graduate in nanoscience.

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