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Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Nanoscience)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Pathway to further study

A postgraduate diploma is the stepping stone to a research-based qualification such as a master’s degree.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology parent structure.

What is it like?

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

The programme gives you the opportunity to show your analytical thinking and high-level research capability. If you complete the programme at a satisfactory level you may be able to proceed to the Master of Science (Nanoscience). If so, credits you have gained through this qualification may be credited to the master's programme.

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 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. 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. The Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology’s 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 and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

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


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

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.

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