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Bachelor of Science (Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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.

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What is it like?

Molecular genetics and biochemistry 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.

In the Bachelor of Science (Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry) you will study the big questions of life:

  • What are we made of?
  • How do we work?
  • Where did we come from?
  • How are we and our world changing and adapting?
  • How are organisms related and how does evolution work at a molecular level?
  • Why do diseases or disorders develop and how can we treat them?
  • How can we create better medicines and more efficient agriculture?
  • How can we protect ourselves and our environment from disease?

Join world-leading researchers

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

Get connected

Our 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 and Food Research – all of which are right across the road . We also work with Mid Central District Health Board and New Zealand Pharmaceuticals. Our formal research collaborations are spread throughout New Zealand as well as the Pacific Islands, USA, United Kingdom, Europe and Asia.

Develop the skills employers are looking for

As a graduate of Massey’s BSc (Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry) you will have developed a sound working knowledge of the fundamental aspects of the combined disciplines. You will also develop skills in written and oral communication, and we will help you develop an analytical approach to problem-solving. These skills are all sought after by employers, and will ensure that you will have options from a wide range of careers, and will have the ability to progress quickly.


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Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, agriculture, technology, computer science, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study compared to the national median. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.

A good fit if you:

  • Enjoy sciences, especially biology and the life sciences
  • Are interested in genes and genomes
  • Would like to study on the Manawatū campus
Georgia Richardson
Food Safety - Ministry for Primary Industries

“In addition to the knowledge gained from the degree, it provides a large skill set, such as time management, verbal skills and laboratory techniques…”

My degree helped me to gain a position in the Ministry for Primary Industries Graduate Development Programme. My current role is in the food safety area, working under the Plants, Food and Environment directorate.

In the graduate development programme, I have potential opportunities in laboratory work involved in disease prevention, fisheries, animal welfare, biosecurity, food safety and many more. In addition to the knowledge gained from the degree, a biochemistry major provides a large skill set, such as time management, verbal skills and laboratory techniques. These skills combined with the diverse role I have in the Graduate Programme, increase the opportunities I have and will allow me to further my career.


A degree in molecular genetics and biochemistry will provide you with internationally-marketable skills. Many of our graduates spend a period of time outside New Zealand, either furthering their studies at leading universities or in employment.

Possible career opportunities for you include pure and applied research, quality control, product development and work in medical, forensic, and analytical laboratories. You could also work in information services such as libraries and scientific publishing organisations.

Molecular genetics and biochemistry graduates also have jobs in sales and marketing – especially of scientific equipment, chemicals, and reagents for biological research and drugs. Jobs in these areas can lead to high-level careers in management and administration in science and health-related fields.

Potential employers include:

  • Medical Laboratories
  • NZ Crown Research Institutes (AgResearch, HortResearch, Plant and Food Research, Scion, Landcare Research, Environmental Science and Research) as well as international research institutes
  • Agricultural and Horticultural sectors: Dairy, Meat, Wool, Wheat, Forestry, Leather
  • Wineries, breweries and food industries
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing and scientific supply companies
  • Secondary and tertiary educational institutions (education and research)
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Scientific publishers
  • New Zealand government (Ministry of Primary Industries, Ministry of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Regional and Local Councils, Tertiary Education Commission)

If you continue you studies to a higher degree (BSc(Hons), MSc, and PhD) there are careers in scientific research, tertiary teaching and higher level management.

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