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Biological Sciences - Postgraduate options

Subject description

Biological Sciences student

Biology is a science which is concerned with the study of life. Its scope is extensive, covering the structure and function of all living organisms, their relationships and evolutionary origins, and their interactions with each other and with the physical and chemical worlds about them.

The School of Biological Sciences covers a wide range of disciplines from biotechnology and biomedical science to marine biology and terrestrial ecology. Broad research areas include cell biology and biochemistry, ecology, evolution and behaviour, microbiology, molecular genetics and development, plant sciences, proteomics and biomedicine and structural biology.

There are opportunities for work on projects jointly supervised by staff in other departments in the Faculty of Science, as well as cross-faculty collaborations. Research projects can also be undertaken by joint supervision with staff in the biotechnology company Protemix Corporation and the AgResearch Laboratory for Structural Biology, at various Crown Research Institutes, the Department of Conservation, the Auckland Museum and other outside organisations.


Structure and prerequisites

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) - Biological Sciences

The prerequisite is at least 90 points at Stage III including at least 60 points from Stage III Biological Sciences. With the permission of the Director of the School of Biological Sciences, up to 15 points at Stage III in related courses may be substituted.




Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) - Biological Sciences

The prerequisite is a major in Biological Sciences, or equivalent as approved by the Director.



Master of Science (MSc) - Biological Sciences

The prerequisite is a BSc(Hons) in Biological Sciences, or a PGDipSci in Biological Sciences including BIOSCI 761, or an equivalent qualification as approved by the Director.

Requirements: Research Masters

  • 120 points: BIOSCI 796 MSc Thesis in Biological Sciences

Career opportunities

Careers in biological sciences reflect the various branches of biology which you may choose to study.

Those who opt for an ecological path will find employment in the agencies which have a responsibility for monitoring the environment such as the Department of Conservation, Ministry for Education, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, as well as large companies such as those in the fisheries industry, or eco-tourism. Much work is done in monitoring species and in conservation ecology.

The growth in biotechnology options mean that well-qualified people are in demand in fields such as gene technology and microbiology. Biochemists find work in the food industry and medical research.

Developmental biology is an important field in opening up opportunities to work with and investigate the origins of developmental abnormalities in plants and animals, including such human conditions as Alzheimer's disease and cancer.


Help and advice

For further information, please refer to the Biological Sciences Postgraduate Handbook or contact:

Karen Jennings
Manager (Academic Administration)
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87215
Email: k.jennings@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.sbs.auckland.ac.nz