Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Microbiology)

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Pathway to masters

A postgraduate diploma is the stepping stone to a research-based degree such as a masters’

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What is it like?

Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Microbiology) gives you the opportunity to join the pathway to in-depth research at a masters level. The programme consists of 90 credits of taught programmes and 30 credits of research.

The programme gives you the opportunity to show your analytical thinking and high-level research capability. If you complete the programme at a satisfactory level you may be able to proceed to the Master of Science (Microbiology). If so, credits you have gained through this qualification may be credited to the masters programme.

An essential science

Microbiology is an essential science that could hold the key to the transition to a sustainable bio-based economy. Microbiology aims to prevent and treat infectious diseases and provides an understanding, and even the curing, of ill health and diseases such as cancer.


You will gain the advantage of learning in a multi-disciplinary environment. Massey has world-leading expertise in many areas of science, especially veterinary, animal, health and environmental science. You can take advantage of this for your learning and research to look at microbiological sub-disciplines, such as environment/ecology, food and biotechnology.

Let our expertise become yours

You will learn from world-leading specialists in microbiology and related areas like biochemistry, biotechnology, immunology and epidemiology.

At Massey we use a diverse range of molecular, cellular, and animal model tools to investigate the molecular biology of diseases. Our biomedical interests are diverse. We research mechanisms of neurological, skeletal and muscular disorders, infectious microbial diseases and cancer.

Research areas active in our labs include genetic testing, display technologies, vaccine development, production of biopharmaceuticals and nanomaterials from biological systems and the bioengineering of environmentally friendly materials and processes.

World-leading facilities

Facilities available to you include our microscopy and imaging centre, genome sequencing (including DNA sequencing), bioreactors, protein analysis and fermentation facilities.

Relevant learning

During your study you will gain a contemporary, relevant view of microbiology, which is inline with topical research and developments in the area. You will be exposed to the latest discoveries and research.

Friendly environment - passionate scientists

There is a well-established community of fundamental scientists and students at Massey. We work together to share discoveries and research and provide peer support.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload of the Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Microbiology) replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ as undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in a microbiology-related area
  • Have an undergraduate science degree, or are near completion (one or two courses to go)
  • Are interested in postgraduate microbiology study, but do not have a research background, or
  • Would like to undertake a predominantly taught postgraduate programme


If you are interested in pursuing further research, microbiology is a key discipline of biological studies and is a particularly useful skill for work in medical, dental and veterinary schools.

There are also roles in the legal sector, for instance assisting with the drafting of patents and technology transfer agreements.

Big pharma and biotechnology industries are key employers, however there are numerous other opportunities in cosmetics, breweries, and oil industries. For instance industrial microbiology (production of antibiotics, microbial products), vaccines,, cosmetics and toiletries, food and beverage production, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, oil industry and mining, breweries, the dairy industry.

Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well,especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report Moving on up: What young people earn after their tertiary education found that in New Zealand:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

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