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Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Materials and Processing

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023

Campus

Hamilton Campus

Summary

Postgraduate diplomas provide the opportunity for continuing professional development in the same area as an original degree. A postgraduate diploma can often lead to a masters degree.

Materials and Processing

Efficiently converting the world’s raw materials and commodity goods into products is important to the global economy. To do this, we need to understand the properties of materials as diverse as food, wood, metals, plastics and fuel.

By studying Materials and Processing at the University of Waikato, you will learn how to add value to raw materials used to manufacture a number of useful products, while minimising waste. These products can be as varied as dietary formulae, foods, ceramics that can withstand high temperatures, new metal alloys, pharmaceuticals, laminated boards, functional proteins, and composites.

Materials and processing skills are used in industrial and other activities where materials are undergoing chemical, biochemical or physical changes.

At Waikato you will learn about process science, which involves knowing how to prepare raw materials, how to make reactions occur, and how to separate and purify products. You will understand how to limit and treat wastes, minimise energy use, and consider sustainable processes.

Career opportunities

  • Biotechnologist
  • Composite Engineer
  • Materials Scientist
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Developer

Entry criteria

  • A bachelors degree from the University of Waikato, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
  • Previously completed study at an advanced level in the subject to be taken.

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - 58 with no less than 50 for each communicative skill.; Waikato Pathways - successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.

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