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Biotechnology


Subject Description


Biotechnology, in its broadest sense, is the commercial exploitation of living organisms or their components, such as proteins. Traditionally, these technologies have encompassed industrial microbiology, and dealt with ancient processes such as brewing or the microbial production of cheese and yoghurt, for instance. However, there has been an explosion of genetic, metabolic, and protein information now available that increasingly enables us to address major issues faced by society. In parallel it is also important for scientists operating within the life sciences to have knowledge of the business skills needed to translate scientific research into the commercialisation.

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Structure and prerequisites

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) - Biotechnology

The prerequisite is a major in Biotechnology and at least 90 points at Stage III.

Requirements:

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) - Biotechnology

The prerequisite is a major in Biotechnology and at least 90 points at Stage III.

Requirements:

Master of Science (MSc) - Biotechnology

The prerequisite is a BSc(Hons) or a PGDipSci in Biotechnology, or an equivalent qualification as approved by the Director.

Requirements: Research Masters

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Career Opportunities


A BSc major in Biotechnology provides students with a strong foundation in biological sciences, biotechnology and entrepreneurship. The programme enables you to be taught by specialists from the Faculties of Science, Business and Economics and Medical and Health Sciences. You will be instructed in areas of fermentation technology, aspects of medical technology, down-stream processing and protein purification, managing technology and the appreciation of biotechnology’s social, legal and ethical place in society.  

Graduates are likely to qualify for technical and research assistant positions within fundamental and applied research programmes in Crown Research Institutes, universities, biotechnology companies; the brewing, dairy and other traditional fermentation industries; pharmaceutical companies; and diagnostic facilities in medicine and agriculture. Employment in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies is especially buoyant in the United States and Europe, with significant growth expected in New Zealand.

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Help and advice


For further information, refer to the Biological Sciences Postgraduate Handbook or contact one of our Academic Advisers.

Alternatively, you are welcome to call at the Student Resource Centre, located on Level 2 of the Biology Building (5 Symonds Street). SRC staff can help you with general enquiries and refer you on to the relevant academic advisors. Our opening hours are 9am - 4pm.

Phone: + 64 9 373 7599 ext 87297
Email: ugadvice-biosci@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.sbs.auckland.ac.nz

You can also contact our Science Student Centre:

Science Student Centre
Room G016, Ground Floor
Building 303 (Maths/Physics Building)
38 Princes Street
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88199
Email: scifac@auckland.ac.nz

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Further Information


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