School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Study Options

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Victoria University offers the following Heritage Materials Science programmes:

  • Master of Science
  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • Postgraduate Certificate

Students require a Bachelor's degree with a B grade average or higher at 300 level to enter the programme.

Non-science students should take CHEM191, an introductory chemistry course held in the summer trimester. The course can be completed extramurally, apart from a practical laboratory week, held at the end of February. More information can be found on the Victoria University website.


Master of Science (MSc) in Heritage Materials Science

A Masters is a research degree. As such, it is suited to students with some previous scientific laboratory experience. It consists of two parts and is normally completed in two calendar years.

Part 1 (the first year) is coursework, and assessed by assignments, seminar presentations, an examination and a practicum report.

Course requirements:

  • Heritage Materials Science: Principles (HMSC 501)
  • Heritage Materials Science: Technology and Analysis (HMSC 502)
  • Internship/ Practicum (HMSC 561)
  • 30 points of elective courses to complement your academic background

Part 2 (the second year) is a full-time research project, leading to a thesis.


Postgraduate Diploma (PGDipSc) in Heritage Materials Science

A Postgraduate Diploma can be completed in one year full time or up to 4 years part time. Students should have already completed a Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline - not necessarily in science. Students without previous tertiary-level science must undertake an introductory chemistry course such as CHEM 191 prior to admission to the course.

Course requirements:

  • Heritage Materials Science: Principles (HMSC 501)
  • Heritage Materials Science: Technology and Analysis (HMSC 502)
  • Internship/ Practicum (HMSC 561)
  • 30 points of elective courses to complement your academic background

Postgraduate Certificate (PGDipSc) in Heritage Materials Science

A postgraduate Certificate can be completed in one year part time. Students should have already completed a Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline - not necessarily in science. Students without previous tertiary-level science must undertake an introductory chemistry course such as CHEM 191 prior to admission to the course.

Course requirements:

  • Heritage Materials Science: Principles (HMSC 501)
  • Heritage Materials Science: Technology and Analysis (HMSC 502)

All course details are listed on the School course page.