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Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Nanoscience)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū

Take your excellence and turn it into something more

If you are interested in further in-depth research, this qualification gives you the skills to progress to a PhD.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Science (Honours) parent structure.

What is it like?

Massey University’s Bachelor of Science (Honours) with a major in nanoscience is a prestigious qualification for those that are interested in progressing to further, in-depth research. This postgraduate qualification will also give you a career advantage.

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 spectrometer and 700 and 500 MegaHertz NMR instruments, to atomic force microscopy, access to scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Ramen 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 Ramen 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. The theories of properties of graphene nanoribbons is given n 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. 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.

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.

A good fit if you:

  • Are passionate about science
  • Excelled in your undergraduate degree
  • Are interested in going on to more in-depth research, such as a PhD
Haidee Gao
BSc (Hons) Nanoscience
Graduated in 2013
PhD student

“The flexibility of the BSc programme at Massey was one of the big positives of Massey for me. It allowed me to take a rather circuitous route to choosing my major, switching a couple times, from nutrition to biochemistry, before finally deciding to go with nanoscience, which is now my passion…”

A large part of what saw me ending up in nanoscience was the contagious enthusiasm of one of my nanoscience course lecturers, Mark Waterland, who is now my PhD supervisor.

Convenience was the biggest reason I came to Massey (Manawatu campus) but my dad had also studied and worked there, and my older brother had had a great experience there.

I found the experience of studying a bit challenging in the beginning, but settled into a good study pattern quite quickly. I found that I needed to be quite self-motivating, which is a really good skill to have. Hard work, but very rewarding.

Some of the most enjoyable parts of the course for me were my individual research projects in my third and honours year. I really enjoyed it and it inspired me to want to continue in research by doing a PhD.

I am currently working towards my PhD in nanoscience. My project is on graphene, the all-carbon material with the thickness of a single atom and many extraordinary properties. In particular, I am working with graphene at the nanoscale and looking at how we can modify it to give it new properties that will make it useful in areas such as photovoltaics.


Setting you apart

An honours degree is a sign of your excellence and in-depth understanding of the field of nanoscience. Should you pursue a career after qualifying, the Bachelor of Science with Honours with a major in nanoscience will give you a head start on other potential employees with undergraduate degrees.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

A step into further study

The honours programme also gives you the research and analytical skills you need to progress into further high-level research/study, such as at a PhD level.

World-leading lecturers

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

Associate Professor Shane Telfer

Dr Telfer has broad interests in all aspects of supramolecular chemistry and functional materials, especially those involving transition metals.  He has completed postdoctoral study in Tokyo, Canada and Switzerland and in 2012 was awarded a Fulbright New Zealand Senior Scholar Award to the University of California, Berkeley.

His group, part of the world-leading MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, currently focuses on metal-organic frameworks. These crystalline ‘molecular sponges’ have applications in gas storage, separations and catalysis.  His group is exploring new ways to design and synthesise these materials and to enhance their functional properties.  

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