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 opportunity to collaborate on research projects with other faculties, or companies such as AgResearch, the Department of Conservation and the 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:

  • BIOSCI 762 BSc(Hons) Dissertation Proposal

45 points from:

  • BIOSCI 788 BSc(Hons) Dissertation in Biological Sciences

60 points from:

  • BIOINF 701 Bioinformatics
  • BIOSCI 724 Marine Ecology
  • BIOSCI 725 Ecological Physiology
  • BIOSCI 727 Aquaculture
  • BIOSCI 728 Neuroethology
  • BIOSCI 729 Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOSCI 730 Entomology and Biosecurity
  • BIOSCI 731 Biogeography
  • BIOSCI 733 Molecular Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOSCI 734 Terrestrial Plant Ecology
  • BIOSCI 735 Advanced Behavioural Ecology
  • BIOSCI 736 Microbial Genomics and Metabolism
  • BIOSCI 737 High Resolution Imaging of Biological Molecules
  • BIOSCI 738 Advanced Biological Data Analysis
  • BIOSCI 739 Dialogues in Biology
  • BIOSCI 741 Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • BIOSCI 746 The Molecular Machinery of The Cell
  • BIOSCI 749 Ecology of Microbial Interactions
  • BIOSCI 751 Plant-microbial Interactions
  • BIOSCI 752 Plant Genomics and Biotechnology
  • BIOSCI 753 Synthesis of Plant Products and Foods
  • BIOSCI 754 Plant Genomes and Gene Expression
  • BIOSCI 755 Genomics and Gene Expression
  • BIOSCI 756 Proteomics
  • BIOSCI 757 Structural Biology
  • BIOSCI 758 Development, Differentiation and Disease
  • BIOSCI 759 Molecular Cell Biology and Biomedicine
  • BIOSCI 761 MSc Thesis Proposal

Or 45 points from:

  • BIOINF 701 Bioinformatics and,
  • BIOSCI 724–759 (as above)

And a further 15 points from 700 courses in related subjects:

  • Bioengineering, Biosecurity and Conservation and Marine Science

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

  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences: BIOSCI 796 Thesis in Biological Sciences

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Biological Sciences

At least 90 points from:

  • BIOINF 701 Bioinformatics
  • BIOSCI 724 Marine Ecology
  • BIOSCI 725 Ecological Physiology
  • BIOSCI 727 Aquaculture
  • BIOSCI 728 Neuroethology
  • BIOSCI 729 Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOSCI 730 Entomology and Biosecurity
  • BIOSCI 731 Biogeography
  • BIOSCI 733 Molecular Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOSCI 734 Terrestrial Plant Ecology
  • BIOSCI 735 Advanced Behavioural Ecology
  • BIOSCI 736 Microbial Genomics and Metabolism
  • BIOSCI 737 High Resolution Imaging of Biological Molecules
  • BIOSCI 738 Advanced Biological Data Analysis
  • BIOSCI 739 Dialogues in Biology
  • BIOSCI 741 Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • BIOSCI 746 The Molecular Machinery of The Cell
  • BIOSCI 749 Ecology of Microbial Interactions
  • BIOSCI 751 Plant-microbial Interactions
  • BIOSCI 752 Plant Genomics and Biotechnology
  • BIOSCI 753 Synthesis of Plant Products and Foods
  • BIOSCI 754 Plant Genomes and Gene Expression
  • BIOSCI 755 Genomics and Gene Expression
  • BIOSCI 756 Proteomics
  • BIOSCI 757 Structural Biology
  • BIOSCI 758 Development, Differentiation and Disease
  • BIOSCI 759 Molecular Cell Biology and Biomedicine
  • BIOSCI 761 MSc Thesis Proposal

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

  • Bioengineering, Biosecurity and Conservation and Marine Science

Courses

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

  • Postgraduate Biological Sciences courses
  • Postgraduate Bioinformatics courses
  • Postgraduate Biosecurity and Conservation courses

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
Email: pgscience@auckland.ac.nz

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