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Degree

Bachelor of Science (Molecular Cell Biology)

About the program

  • 34,790 NZD

    Tuition
  • 3 years

    Years of study
  • 3 years

    PGWP Duration
  • 60 out of 100

    Minimum required GPA

DeadLines

START & DEADLINE TERM DEADLINE APPLICATION
Fall-February 31-October-2021 31-October-2021
Winter-July 01-May-2022 01-May-2022
Fall-February 31-October-2022 31-October-2022
Winter-July 01-May-2023 01-May-2023

Bachelor of Science (Molecular Cell Biology)

Change the face of our world

Learn how advances in molecular analysis are changing the face of medicine, agriculture, horticulture and ecology – and how you can help.

Molecular cell biology encompasses a hugely important area of study for the 21st century. 

It unifies many disciplines, ranging from cell biology, physiology and chemistry to computer science, and from patent law and medicine, to bioprotection and food production. It underpins many exciting and dynamic industries that are changing rapidly.

Join world-leading researchers

Your lecturers in the BSc will present relevant cutting-edge examples from their own research. They will help you develop the skills and knowledge to become molecular biological scientists of the future.

Get connected

The university Manawatū campus will connect you with a wider teaching and research environment of applied (biomedical, veterinary science, food science, agriculture) and traditional biology disciplines. 

You will have many elective (optional courses in areas of your interest) choices and the interactions and excitement of being part of a large group of biology-focused students.

Make industry connections

Your study will benefit from the breadth of strong connections between Massey and research and development agencies including Fonterra, Leather and Shoe Research Association, AgResearch, Plant & Food Research – all of which are located across the road from the university campus. 

The university also works with the Mid Central District Health Board and New Zealand Pharmaceuticals. The university formal research collaborations are spread throughout New Zealand as well as the Pacific Islands, USA, United Kingdom, Europe and Asia.

Note: July start will take 3.5 years to complete.

Smart Cost Estimator

Count of person
Accommodation

$51,194

Total costs

yearly

$9,252

Cost of living

1 person

$7,152

Accommodation

1 bed room

$34,790

Tuition

1 person

Academic Requirements

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

China:

  • Senior High School graduation plus successful completion of one year bachelors level study from a recognised institution; or
  • Successful completion of a two year Diploma, or a minimum of two years out of a three year Diploma from a recognised institution; or
  • Completed Gaokao with a tier one score from the related province

India: All India Senior School Certificate (AISSC) or Indian School Certificate (ISC) Year 12 with an overall average of 75% and a minimum of 60% in English.

Expected high school preparation

  • At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Biology
  • At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chemistry

 

If you do not have the entry requirements

The following pathways will get you prepared to study this major. If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Biology (or equivalent) take the following course first:

  • 162.103 Introductory Biology.

If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Chemistry (or equivalent) take the following course first:

  • 123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences.

These courses are available in the summer semester and will count towards credits in your degree.

Foundation

Full Foundation - Certificate in Foundation Studies: Successful completion of this qualification will give you admission to university and prepare you for undergraduate study.

Required documents

  • Birth certificate or current passport
  • High School graduation certificate
  • Academic transcripts
  • English Language proficiency
  • Course outlines, if applying for credit assessment
  • Evidence of any scholarships
  • A statement of any disability or health condition (If applicable)
  • Official translations of documents in a language other than English

Language Requirements

GRE
GMAT

IELTS

6
6
listening
6
writing
6
speaking
6
reading

TOEFL

80
-
listening
19
writing
-
speaking
-
reading

PTE

50
42
listening
42
writing
42
speaking
42
reading

Cambridge

170
-
listening
-
writing
-
speaking
-
reading
Language pathway (conditional offer) is available

Alternative methods for English requirements during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 impact the university is accepting online testing sites as alternative methods for students to obtain the necessary English requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
  • IELTS Indicator

If you do not have the entry requirements

EAP provides you with flexibility of two entry and exit points depending on your individual goals and pathways: 

Entry pointEntry requirementExit pointExit
Week 1Minimum equivalent to IELTS 5.0 overallWeek 10Foundation Studies – entry requirement equivalent to IELTS 5.5 overall
Week 11Minimum equivalent to IELTS 5.5 overallWeek 20Direct entry into University - entry requirement equivalent to IELTS 6.0 to 7.0 overall
Programme LevelIELTSTOEFL iBT PTE AcademicCambridge English
English for Academic Purposes 1 (EAP 1)5.0 overall61 overall 36 overall 155
English for Academic Purposes 2 (EAP 2)5.5 overall70 overall42 overall 165

Career Opportunities

  • Agriculture
  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Chemist
  • Chemical laboratory technician
  • Clinical research specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Food scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Geneticist
  • Materials scientist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Pharmaceutical researcher
  • Researcher
  • Toxicologist
  • Secondary and tertiary teacher

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