School of Biological Sciences


Combined postgraduate programmes

There are a number of specialized programmes that the School of Biological Sciences offers in conjunction with other departments and faculties across the University

The School of Biological Sciences also offers the following postgraduate diplomas and degrees:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Biomedical Sciences, Biosecurity and Conservation, Wine Science)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc Hons) (Bioinformatics, Biomedical Science)
  • Master of Science (MSc) (Bioinformatics, Biomedical Science, Biosecurity and Conservation, Wine Science)
  • Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Bioscience Enterprise

To ensure your spot in one of our postgraduate programmes plan ahead and get in touch today.

Biomedical Science


Biomedical Science is designed for students with a keen interest in emerging areas of medical science and its applications to improve human and animal health. It is currently the most rapidly developing area in basic biological science. The University of Auckland is acknowledged as a centre of excellence in this field, reflecting the high quality of biomedical research carried out between the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science. 

BSc(Hons)

Prerequisite: A major in Biomedical Science and at least 90 points at Stage III

Requirement: Research Masters

  • 90 points: BIOMED 791 Research Portfolio
  • 30 points from BIOINF 701, BIOSCI 736, 737, 741, 755-759, HLTHPSYC 716, MEDSCI 701-723, 725-734, 737-739

PGDipSci

Prerequisite: A major in Biomedical Science, or equivalent as approved by the Board of Studies (Biomedical Science)

Requirement:

  • 90 points: BIOMED 791 Research Portfolio
  • 30 points from BIOINF 701, BIOSCI 736, 737, 741, 755-759, HLTHPSYC 716, MEDSCI 701-723, 725-734, 737-739

MSc

Prerequisite: A BSc(Hons) in Biomedical Science, or a PGDipSci in Biomedical Science, or an equivalent qualification as approved by the Board of Studies (Biomedical Science)

Requirement:
Research Masters

  • 120 points: BIOMED 796 MSc Thesis in Biomedical Science

Visit the Biomedical Science page

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Biosecurity and Conservation


Do you want to play a vital role in protecting New Zealand’s natural treasures? Pursue a postgraduate qualification in biosecurity and conservation in a school that is a global leader in biosecurity and conservation education.

You’ll undertake advanced training in ecology, and the science behind current biosecurity and conservation issues alongside leaders in the fields. You’ll work on real-life research and management scenarios and network with future employers, gaining the confidence and skills to contribute to the rapidly growing fields of biosecurity and conservation.

Courses
Biosecurity and invasion biology
Weed and pest management
Biodiversity management and conservation
Assessing environmental change and effects
Entomology and biosecurity
Advanced plant pathology
Marine ecology
Landscape and restoration ecology
Advanced behavioural ecology
Environmental policy and governance
Research planning and communication
Aquatic ecological assessment
Collaborative conservation and indigenous rights
Terrestrial plant ecology
Molecular ecology and evolution

The qualifications are jointly offered by the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Environment in partnership with Landcare Research through the Centre of Biodiversity and Biosecurity (CBB). More information.

Career opportunities
Both qualifications prepare employment in the biosecurity and conservation sector in organisations such as the Ministry for Primary Industries, local government, research consultancies, private pest-control companies, non-governmental conservation organisations, the Department of Conservation, Crown Research Institutes and the tertiary education sector.
 

PGDipSci

This consists mainly of intensive modular courses that can be taken in one year as a full-time student or over a longer period as a part-timer. Candidates for entry to the PGDipSci in Biosecurity and Conservation must have a BSc (some undergraduate ecology courses preferred) or equivalent experience, subject to approval. To gain the PGDipSci in Biosecurity and Conservation, students need to take all three prescribed courses plus five other approved courses.

Prerequisite: An approved BSc or equivalent experience subject to approval by the Programme Director

Requirement:

  • 45 points: BIOSCI 747, 748, ENVSCI 733
  • 45 points from BIOSCI 761 or ENVSCI 701, BIOSCI 724, 730, 733, 734, 735, 738, 751, ENVMGT 742, 743, 746, ENVSCI 716, 734, 737
  • 30 points from approved 700 level courses in the Faculty of Science

MSc

To achieve the Master of Science in Biosecurity and Conservation, the student must first successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma, then complete a research project that can be carried out in a university, company or government environment.
Prerequisite: A PGDipSci in Biosecurity and Conservation including BIOSCI 761 or ENVSCI 701, or an equivalent qualification as approved by the Director, School of Biological Sciences, or the Director, School of Environment.

Requirement:
Research Masters

  • 120 points: BIOSEC 796 Thesis in Biosecurity

For more information please see the Biosecurity and Conservation Handbook or contact:

Dr Margaret Stanley
Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity
Phone: +64 9 923 6819
Email: mc.stanley@auckland.ac.nz

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Bioscience Enterprise


Business and science often seem like two different worlds. The Postgraduate Diploma in Bioscience Enterprise and Master of Bioscience Enterprise represent an interdisciplinary programme which aims to give science graduates the skills to move with confidence in both. You will gain skills in the financial, marketing and legal aspects of science which will prepare you for a wide range of job opportunities in science and business enterprises. Scientists graduating from this programme will be business-savvy and comfortable in a business environment, and may give a company a competitive edge or be the key to a successful start-up.
 

PGDipBioEnt

Prerequisite: A BSc or BSc(Hons) with a major or specialisation in Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Science, Food Science, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology or Physiology, or a BE in Biomedical Engineering; or a BPharm; or a BTech in Biotechnology

Requirement:

  • 90 points: SCIENT 701–706
  • 30 points from approved 700 level courses in Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics, Medical Science, Food Science or Bioscience Enterprise listed in the Postgraduate Diploma of Science Schedule, or courses from other approved programmes

MBioEnt

Prerequisite: Postgraduate Diploma in Bioscience Enterprise

Requirement: Research Masters

  • 90 points: SCIENT 794 Thesis
  • 30 points SCIENT 720-722

For further information visit the website www.biotech.co.nz (Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology).

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Bioinformatics


Bioinformatics is the application of computing, mathematics and statistics to the analysis of biological information. The discipline of bioinformatics is an integral part of mainstream biology. The Bioinformatics Institute has a wide variety of research interests, such as Bioinformatics of Disease, Cultural Evolution, Phytogeography, Genomics, Evolutionary Bioinformatics, Genetic Epidemiology and Applied Bioinformatics

BSc(Hons)

Prerequisite: A major in Bioinformatics and at least 90 points at Stage III.

Requirement:

  • 45 points: BIOINF 702, 703, 704
  • 45 points: BIOINF 789 Project
  • 30 points from BIOSCI 733, 737, 752, 755–758, COMPSCI 715, 720, 732, 760, 767, MATHS 764, STATS 720, 721, 730, 731, 761, 783, 784.

 

PGDipSci

Prerequisite: A BSc with a major in Biological Sciences and COMPSCI 220, or equivalent as approved by the Programme Director

Requirement:

  • 45 points from BIOINF 702, 703, 704
  • 75 points from BIOINF 701, 761, BIOSCI 733, 737, 752, 755-758, COMPSCI 715, 720, 732, 760, 767, MATHS 764, STATS 720, 721, 730, 731, 732, 761, 783, 784, or related 700 level courses, as approved by the Programme Director.

 

MSc

Prerequisite: A BSc(Hons) in Bioinformatics, or a PGDipSci in Bioinformatics including BIOINF 761, or an equivalent qualification as approved by the Programme Director

Requirement:

Research Masters

  • 120 points: BIOINF 796 MSc Thesis in Bioinformatics

Taught Masters

  • 120 points from BIOINF 701–704, BIOSCI 733, 737, 752, 755–758, COMPSCI 715, 720, 732, 760, 767, MATHS 764, STATS 720, 721, 730, 731, 732, 761, 783, 784, or related 700 level courses as approved by the Programme Director.
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Wine Science


The Wine Science Programme caters for the demands of the New Zealand and international wine industry for highly skilled participants and scientific research of the highest standards. In July 2011 The University of Auckland was given the beautiful and historic Goldwater Vineyard for use as a teaching facility for its Wine Science programme. This 14 hectare vineyard and winery provide a unique venue for students to live, study and work in a boutique winery in an important winegrowing region of New Zealand. The vineyard is planted in classical varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay. Research is coordinated with the commercial operation so that students can take full opportunity of the facility. Students also have the opportunity to learn about the organisation and operation of wine businesses and the industry as a whole

PGDipSci

Prerequisite: A BSc, or other relevant degree as approved by the Programme Director

Requirement:

  • at least 75 points from WINESCI 701–708
  • up to 45 points from approved 600 and 700 level courses in Biological Sciences, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chemistry, Food Science or Geography

MSc

Prerequisite: A PGDipSci in Wine Science

Requirement:
Research Masters

  • 120 points: WINESCI 796 MSc Thesis in Wine Science
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