Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Physics)

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Pathway to masters

A postgraduate diploma is the stepping stone to a research-based degree such as a masters

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What is it like?

Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Physics) gives you the opportunity to join the pathway to in-depth research at a masters level. The programme consists of 90 credits of taught programmes and 30 credits of research.

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 modern biophysics research facilities and access to specialist equipment like optical tweezers and a Bio-NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) to help your research meet global standards.

Accessible lecturers

At Massey you will have the advantage of small classes, giving you more access to your lecturers and supervisors.

Deepen your knowledge

Take your undergraduate science study and progress your knowledge in areas you are interested in like: mathematical physics, particle physics, biophysics or chemical physics.

Friendly environment - passionate scientists

There is a well-established community of scientists and postgraduate science students at Massey. 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. This qualification 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. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning, time management, setting goals and milestones and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate physics degree, or are near completion (one or two courses to go)
  • Are interested in postgraduate physics study, but do not have a research background
  • Would like to undertake a predominantly taught postgraduate programme

Careers

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 reportĀ Moving on up: What young people earn after their tertiary education found that in New Zealand:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s physics staff are internationally-renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with internationally-recognised specialists, for example:

Professor Bill Williams

Dr Williams’ research group is pushing the envelope to illuminate the complexity of biology with the quantitative experimental and computational tools of physics. Understanding processive polysaccharide enzymes as Brownian ratchets, measuring the viscoelastic properties of mucus around villi in the guts of possums, and characterizing polysaccharides from native plant-life to unearth the structure-function relationships that nature exploits are a few recent highlights of his group’s work.

Dr Williams obtained an honours degree in physics with astrophysics from Leeds University, UK. His PhD was in NMR relaxation behaviour and he went on to spend a number of years as a postdoctoral fellow in the chemistry department at York University, UK. Here he primarily worked on biopolymers, in particular studying gelation and phase separation. Subsequently he spent four years with Unilever Research, before coming to Massey University, where his research focus is on biophysics and soft-matter.

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