New information following the change in COVID-19 alert levels. massey.ac.nz/coronavirus

Overview

Gain a sought-after qualification

A chemistry degree gives you sought-after scientific, analytic and problem solving skills.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ

This is an exciting and challenging time for chemistry. Solutions to global challenges such as sustainability, energy supply and health and medicine will all require new materials and molecules. These will be developed by chemists.

The study of chemistry is fun and interesting and the topics you will cover are stimulating and relevant. Your lecturers are passionate, engaging and internationally recognised researchers.

Learn the fundamentals

The Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) at Massey University will provide you with a foundation in chemistry’s fundamental principles. You’ll learn theories of structure of molecules and materials and how structure determines their properties and reactivity. You’ll also learn how to synthesise new compounds and analytical methods.

We have slightly different applications on our different campuses. For instance, fundamental principles are applied to modern research and applications in chemical biology, chemical synthesis and materials/nanoscience if you study at Manawatū. On our Auckland campus, they are applied more to computational, environmental and biological chemistry.

Real-world problem solving

You’ll be able to carry out experiments and projects applying fundamental chemistry knowledge to solve real-world problems. Previous students have:

  • developed new porous materials that can capture carbon dioxide to combat global warming
  • worked with veterinarians to develop new materials for controlled anaesthetic release
  • applied machine-learning methods for fast and accurate spectroscopic analysis of forage feeds and pasture types
  • built their own scientific instrumentation.

Get connected

You’ll gain connections and experience within industry while studying including summer internships with Crown Research Institutes.

State-of-the-art equipment

You’ll receive training and learn techniques for instruments. These include:

  • molecular analysis
  • x-ray crystallography
  • nuclear magnetic resonance
  • FTIR
  • Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy
  • mass spectrometry
  • ultra high performance liquid chromatography
  • gas absorbtion and membrane testing.

Careers and further study

Careers

Upon graduating you’ll be able to apply your fundamental knowledge to challenging global issues. You will develop critical thinking skills which, combined with analytical and problem solving skills and your understanding of the principles of chemistry will allow you to make valuable contributions to public debates. These include climate change, water quality and sustainable use of resources.

For example chemists are developing materials to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They are developing batteries that use earth-abundant elements. And they are investigating magnetic molecules for sustainable computing and quantum computing applications. Chemists work with biologists, physicists and biochemists to design and synthesise new pharmaceuticals for treating cancer and other diseases.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication, The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, agriculture, technology, computer science, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study compared to the national median. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

There are no specific entry requirements for this programme outside of university admission regulations. However there is some expected background knowledge.

Expected high school preparation

Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subjects (or the equivalent in Cambridge International Examinations, International Baccalaureate, or similar) will give you the expected background knowledge to take this major.

  • At least 16 credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics from the following list of standards: 91256, 91257, 91258, 91259, 91260, 91261, 91262, 91269.
  • At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chemistry.

If it’s some time since you studied mathematics at school you can find out if you have the required background by taking this maths quiz.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Recommended

To be successful in your studies we recommend that you have the following NCEA subjects (or equivalent). These will help your study in this major but are not essential.

  • At least 16 credits in NCEA Level 3 Mathematics from the following list of standards: 91573, 91574, 91575, 91576, 91577, 91578, 91579, 91587.
  • NCEA Level 3 Biology or NCEA Level 3 Physics.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

The following pathways will prepare you for studying this major. If you have not studied NCEA Level 2 Mathematics (or equivalent) take one of the following courses first:

  • 124.103 Biophysical Principles, or
  • 160.104 Introductory Mathematics for Science.

If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Chemistry (or equivalent) take the following course first:

  • 123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences.

These courses (or equivalents) are available in the summer semester and will count towards credits in your degree.

Pathway tool

If you are unsure whether you have the right background/subjects to study this programme, our tool will help you to figure out what you might need to do before starting your qualification.

Find your pathway

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Courses for this specialisation

200-level courses (60 credits)

60 credits
123201 Chemical Energetics 15
123206 Environmental and Analytical Chemistry 15
123207 Molecular Chemistry 15
123208 Chemical Analysis 15
123210 Organic Chemistry Perspectives 15
123271 Molecules to Materials 15

300-level courses (60 credits)

60 credits
123306 Molecular Structure and Dynamics 15
123307 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 15
123308 Advanced Organic Chemistry 15
123309 Modern Methods for Chemical Analysis 15
123331 Advanced Physical and Computational Chemistry 15
123333 Advanced Topics in Chemistry 15
123334 Research in Chemical Science 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, in your first year you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

The first year structure is designed to provide you with a broad knowledge and skill set which will equip you to go on to more advanced courses in the second and third years.

Chemistry has similar first year core courses to several other majors available in the Bachelor of Science, allowing you to change your major before your second year. Changing your major may incur an increase in completion time.

Auckland

100-level courses

Take these in any order:

  • 247.113 Science and Sustainability for Science
  • 161.111 Applied Statistics or 161.122 Statistics
  • 160.101 Calculus or 160.102 Algebra or 160.105 Methods of Mathematics
  • 123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems
  • 123.105 Chemistry and the Physical World.
200-level courses in the major

Take all four:

  • 123.206 Environmental and Analytical Chemistry
  • 123.210 Organic Chemistry Perspectives
  • 123.201 Chemical Energetics
  • 123.271 Molecules to Materials.
300-level courses in the major

Take all four:

  • 123.331 Advanced Physical and Computational Chemistry
  • 123.333 Advanced Topics in Chemistry
  • 123.334 Research in Chemical Science
  • 123.308 Advanced Organic Chemistry.

Manawatū

100-level courses

Take these in any order:

  • 247.113 Science and Sustainability for Science
  • 161.111 Applied Statistics or 161.122 Statistics
  • 160.101 Calculus or 160.102 Algebra or 160.105 Methods of Mathematics
  • 123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems
  • 123.105 Chemistry and the Physical World.

Plus choose three 100 level elective courses. One of these electives must be from the BSc Schedule A courses. The remaining two electives can be from a subject area other than Science.

200-level courses in the major

Take all four:

  • 123.201 Chemical Energetics
  • 123.271 Molecules to Materials
  • 123.208 Chemical Analysis
  • 123.207 Molecular Synthetic Chemistry.
300-level courses in the major

Take all four:

  • 123.308 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • 123.307 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • 123.306 Molecular Structure and Dynamics
  • 123.309 Modern Methods for Chemical Analysis.

Not sure of your major yet?

You can change to any BSc major at the end of your first year. Moving from the first year of chemistry to one of the majors below is particularly simple, as the required first year courses are similar. By choosing your courses and electives carefully to cover both majors you could easily swap over at the end of first year. Include the below courses if you are interested in the below topics. Changing your major may incur an increase in completion time.

Majors:
  • Computer Science (include 159.101 and 159.102, or 159.171 and 159.172 in your first year)
  • Data Science (Auckland only) (include 159.101 and 159.102 in your first year)
  • Environmental Science (Manawatū only) (include 189.151, 233.105 and 196.101 in your first year)
  • Earth Science (Manawatū only) (include 189.151 and 233.105 in your first year)
  • Human Nutrition (Auckland only) (include 162.101, 122.102 and 194.101 in your first year)
  • Integrative Biology (Auckland only) (include 161.101 and 199.103 in your first year)
  • Mathematics (include 160.101 and 160.102; and either 159.101 or 159.171 in your first year)
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology (Auckland only) (include 162.101 and 122.102 in your first year)
  • Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry (Manawatū only) (include 162.101 and 122.102 in your first year)
  • Nutrition Science (Manawatū only - subject to CUAP approval) (include 162.101, 122.102 and 194.101 in your first year)
  • Physics (Manawatū only) (include 160.101, 160.102, 124.104 and 124.105 in your first year)
  • Physiology (include 162.101, 122.102 and 194.101 in your first year)
  • Plant Science (Manawatū only) (include 189.151, 120.101 and 162.101 in your first year)
  • Statistics (Manawatū only) (include 159.101 or 159.171 in your first year).
Combine with other sought-after subjects

Match your degree with a second major or minor (eg in Mathematics, Environmental Science, Agricultural Science) to develop a unique blend of skills that will set you apart from the rest.

Minors

Completing a minor is optional. Minors increase the breadth of your degree. They give you extra knowledge, attributes and capabilities.

A minor must be in a different subject from your major.

A Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) with a minor

You may choose a minor from any university undergraduate degree that has recognised minors. If the minor is from another undergraduate degree, the regulations of that programme will apply.

Some BSc minors that are particularly compatible with chemistry include those shown below. Timetabling will prioritise these combinations to minimise clashes.

  • Mathematics (160.101 Calculus).
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology (Auckland only) (courses: 122.102 and 162.101).
  • Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry (Manawatū only) (courses: 122.102 and 162.101).
A Chemistry minor (for students who are studying a different degree)

If you are not studying a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and wish to complete a minor in Chemistry see the BSc regulations for the requirements of this minor. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • enjoy the challenge of problem solving and have an analytical mind
  • are curious about the fundamental nature of matter and the world around you
  • enjoy experimental science and synthesis.

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.

Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

 

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. You can go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

There is a webpage with information on changes that took place in 2020, which may affect you if you are a current BSc student.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships