Biomedical Science


Research-led training in biomedical science is seen to be an important component of the development of a knowledge-based economy in New Zealand. Biomedical science and biotechnology have revolutionised research over the past decade, stimulating growth in a wide range of industries including farming, pharmaceuticals, veterinary science and medical research.

Areas of study

Biomedical science deals with the scientific basis of health and disease in humans and animals, and is currently the most rapidly developing area in basic biological science. As well as core courses, students choose from one of the following options: cancer biology and therapeutics; cardiovascular biology; cellular and molecular biomedicine; genetics and development; microbiology and immunology; neurobiology; nutrition; reproduction, growth and metabolism.

You can study Biomedical Science in the following programmes:

What you will learn

The Biomedical Science programme is designed for very able students with an interest in emerging areas of basic medical science - such as genomics, microbiology and neural science - and their application to improve human and animal health.

Career opportunities

Biomedical Science graduates can expect to find employment within biomedical and biotechnology companies as laboratory technicians and scientific officers, or as researchers in universities and government agencies such as the Department of Conservation, or in Crown Research Institutes. It is expected that most honours graduates in Biomedical Science will move on to careers as research leaders after further graduate training in the field.

More information

For more information see Biomedical Science.