Postgraduate study in Biological Sciences

Postgraduate study in Biological Sciences

What can you study in Biological Sciences?

Postgraduate study in Biological Sciences focuses on research. Due to the school’s strong links with industry, there may be opportunities to collaborate on research projects with other faculties, or companies such as AgResearch, the Department of Conservation and Crown Research Institutes.

You may pursue a wide range of disciplines, from biomedical, microbial and plant biotechnology to environmental, ecological and conservation science. Research interests open for exploration include:

  • Biomedical and Applied Biology
    Metabolism and Physiology, Applied Biochemistry, Genetics and Metagenomics, Cell Biology, Immunology, Stem Cell Biology, Neuroscience
  • Cellular, Molecular and Organismal Biology
    Biochemistry, Plant Molecular Science, Microbiology, Genetics, Structural Biology, Mass Spectrometry
  • Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour
    Ecology and Evolution, Behaviour, Conservation and Biosecurity, Ecophysiology, Systematics and Biodiversity

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Biological Sciences

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

15 points:

45 points from:


60 points from:


45 points from:

  • BIOSCI 700-704, 724–765 (as above)

And a further 15 points from 700 courses in a related subject, for example:

Master of Science (MSc) in Biological Sciences 120-point (one-year) research masters

Master of Science (MSc) in Biological Sciences 240-point (two-year) research masters

15 points:

At least 75 points from:

Up to 30 points from approved 700-level courses in related subjects:

120 points:

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Biological Sciences

At least 90 points from:

Up to 30 points from 600 and 700-level courses in related subjects:


Explore the postgraduate courses you can take for a Biological Sciences specialisation:

Where can postgraduate study in Biological Sciences take you?

Postgraduate study in the Biological Sciences prepares you for a career in biodiversity, biosecurity and biotechnology.

Jobs related to Biological Sciences

  • Biotechnologist
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Marine biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physician associate
  • Research scientist (life sciences)
  • Research scientist (medical)
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Soil scientist
  • Zoologist

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(Beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020

To find a supervisor to work with you on your research project please see Postgraduate research topics, or contact or Dr Suzanne Reid.