Category Archives: Postgraduate study

Masters scholarship

Apply for a Masters scholarship, 28K tax free for up to 18 months.

This is an exciting project with potentially high conservation impact with a commercial partner and supported by UC Biosecurity Innovations (UCBI).

Design a chemical to humanely kill introduced vertebrates. 
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You will have

  • a chemistry or chemistry engineering background
  • a first or second-class honours
  • an interest in  conservation and pest control
  • and ideally an  understanding of reaction kinetics of NMR  however training will be provided.

Your Masters in Chemical Process Engineering or Masters in Science will develop a novel vertebrate toxic agent (VTA). The VTA is a mixture of two compounds and there is a possible production route for the active species.  You will develop a process design on the reaction kinetics or mechanism.  The measurements will be used to inform a New Zealand company, your funders, and to determine whether or not the production is commercially viable.

Key objectives are

  • To identify whether the reaction an equilibrium reaction.
  • To determine the reaction rate constants, and how these vary with temperature.
  • Recommend a probable reactor type for small scale production of the substance.

We will address these objectives using a novel benchtop NMR spectroscopy setup to perform online monitoring of the reaction kinetics. We will use NMR to perform structural identification of the products of the reaction, and to perform quantitative analysis of the changing composition throughout the reaction.  We will also design and build a system to enable real-time sampling of the reaction mixture.

Find out more and get in touch!

Establishment of Te Kura Tāura | UC Graduate School

The UC Council has approved the establishment of Te Kura Tāura |UC Graduate School. This will mark a significant transition from a primarily administrative Postgraduate Research Office to a School that is dedicated to providing wraparound support for our research Master’s and Doctoral students throughout their journey at UC.

Over the next few months, we’ll welcome the first cohort of research students to be co-supported by the new School. You will start to see changes to our website and the services that are offered to research students and staff. Te Kura Tāura | UC Graduate School has been a long time in the making, and we are proud to celebrate its launch alongside UC’s 150th anniversary celebrations, including a date for a hui whakanui to formally recognise the many people involved in its development.

We look forward to building upon the university’s long and successful history as we look ahead to the next 150 years.  We anticipate that Te Kura Tāura will deepen the development of research students and enhance UC’s portfolio of research that has impact globally and locally.

As the first school to be established since UC affirmed its commitment as a Treaty University in 2021, Te Kura Tāura | UC Graduate School is dedicated to upholding a meaningful and authentic Treaty partnership. We are proud of the co-design and co-governance processes that have informed the development and oversight of Te Kura Tāura | UC Graduate School and are committed to exemplifying the UC values of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga and tiakitanga.

Megan McAuliffe & Liz Brown


ResBaz Aotearoa 2022


See below for your invitation to ResBaz Aotearoa 2022, 14-18 November, run by the Centre for eResearch.

Introducing the ResBaz – a week-long series of digital research skills sessions aimed at all researchers across Aotearoa New Zealand and brought to you by academic and professional staff and postgraduate students across the research community.

Join any of the 45+ FREE and ONLINE sessions

Our very own Research Systems & Data Librarian, Anton Angelo, will be leading an advanced class on “Doing Even More with Open Refine”.


Short sessions offer a brief practical introduction to a broad selection of topics and tools related to digital research practice relevant across disciplines – research data management, Linux commandline, open access, writing in LaTeX, research compute, Tidy Data, Open Refine, creating surveys with Qualtrics, qualitative analysis with NVivo, working with social media data, cybersecurity, and Māori Data Sovereignty.

Longer sessions provide a hands-on learning experience delivered by research staff and postgraduate students in a range of topics – Google Earth Engine, R and RStudio, HPC, building personal websites, Julia programming language, visual abstracts… and much more.

ALL Aotearoa NZ researchers and postgraduate students from ANY discipline are welcome to look at the schedule and book for individual sessions. Research technologists, librarians and those who support researchers should also come along!

All registrants will be provided all available session recordings after the event. Please book capacity limited sessions only if you plan to attend.

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