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Biotech Education

There are a variety of options when it comes to studying biotechnology in New Zealand. A selection of courses follows:

Courses at Massey University

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Biotechnology)

Emphasis on research, design, development, implementation and management of modern biotechnology-based production processes. Students have the possibility to study areas such as biological catalysts, biopharmaceuticals, vaccines, biofuels, bioplastics, and fine chemicals.

Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry)

With a strong basis in chemistry, this degree allows students to learn about chemical components, chemical reactions, and physiological processes that occur in living systems, along with studies in cell biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology and physiology.

Bachelor of Science (Genetics)

A science degree that specialises in genes, their structure, function and inheritance.

Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biosciences)

A study of biological sciences, including genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, and developmental biology.

Bachelor of Technology with Honours (Industrial Bioscience)

This degree is a bridge between science and engineering and business, where students learn about biology, chemistry, business and product development.


Courses at Waikato University

Bachelor of Engineering in Biochemical Engineering

A comprehensive degree which blends studies in engineering science, mathematics, processes, biology, systems and management.


Courses at Auckland University

Bachelor of Technology, majoring in Biotechnology

Provides a strong grounding in the biological and engineering basis of biotechnology. Specialist topics include fermentation technology, medical technology, down-stream processing and protein purification.


Courses at Victoria University

Bachelor of Science major in Biotechnology

This science degree provides a grounding in biotechnology, biology and chemistry. Specialisations include bioactives and biodiscovery, protein and nucleic acid biotechnology, and bioprocessing and microbial biotechnology.


Courses at Canterbury University

Bachelor of Science majoring in Plant Physiology & Biotechnology

The study of the physical and chemical processes that occur within plants. Other biotech related majors include animal behaviour, animal physiology, biochemistry, cell biology and molecular genetics, ecology, and evolutionary biology.


Courses at Otago University

BIOTECHNOLOGY - Strategies for Innovation and Growth

Otago University offer a series of courses under their executive education programme.


Advanced degrees

Most of New Zealand's universities also offer the possibility to study biotechnology or bio-sciences at a Masters or PhD level. For research-based degrees it is best to approach each university directly to find out their areas of specialisation and current research interests.

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