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Bachelor of Science

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 3 year full-time programme
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.
  • Some distance courses contain compulsory contact workshops.

Make a difference with an exciting and challenging career

The study of science in the Bachelor of Science (BSc) at Massey University provides a flexible programme that will challenge you, while giving you the satisfaction of discovery.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Massey University’s Bachelor of Science degree provides you with solid, integrated, foundational knowledge in sciences and a depth of major-specific knowledge.

Leaders and influential thinkers around the world see the training, nurturing and appointment of well-qualified scientists and technologists as instrumental for the health of people and the environment and the prosperity of the country. Studying science will put you in sync with this thinking, and set you up to play a part in an exciting and prosperous future.

A flexible programme of study

Bachelor of Science degree provides you with an adaptable base from which to continue to develop in your chosen career.

You can select from a wide variety of majors and minors, or complete a double degree over a longer period of time, by combining your Bachelor of Science with a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Business.

With the right choices of first year courses, you can keep open a selection of majors to choose from for second-year study.

The skills employers are looking for

You will learn how to apply knowledge of concepts, principles and theories that you can apply in your chosen career field. You’ll know how to interpret, summarise, evaluate and present data and information. You will learn to solve problems and create solutions.

As part of your studies you will also learn the communication and quantitative skills that are important for many careers. These include time management, technology and project-planning skills useful across a wide range of industries and science-related organisations.

Learn from the best

You’ll learn from some of the top science researchers and teachers in the world, and get to learn about, and use, some of the best facilities in New Zealand. You’ll gain a broad scientific education while also being able to study one or more specialist areas in depth (the majors).

Massey is world-ranked and New Zealand’s No 1 university in agriculture according to the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings and ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects and we are highly ranked in many other areas.

Practical application

You will acquire the relevant technical skills through practical experience, in addition to the non-technical knowledge, skills and attitudes that are essential to success in New Zealand and international workplaces.

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.

Postgraduate study ­– fast track or take your time

Top graduates can proceed to a one-year Bachelor of Science with Honours BSc(Hons) and from that directly into a PhD programme. We also have a fast-track BSc/BSc(Hons) pathway for excellent students that could see you starting a PhD after just three years at Massey!

Alternatively you can study a Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (PGDipScTech) or our Master of Science, or go job hunting with your world-recognised BSc. Many of our subject areas provide opportunities for postgraduate study while in work, so you can start earning and keep on becoming more qualified.


Most BSc majors are available as minors. To see what courses are needed for a minor, click the 'View regulations' button on the BSc planning tab and scroll to the subject you are interested in.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in sciences
  • Want to specialise, or prefer breadth – or are not sure yet
  • Like making discoveries
  • Want to have a career where you can make a difference in the world
Holly Scott
Environmental Scientist - BECA
Bachelor of Science with Honours (Chemistry)
“I think it’s important for us to look after the environment because what we have now won’t be what we always have in the future…”

Furthering our knowledge in science can offer us new insights into solving problems. That is one of the main reasons I love science so much – it really does help us get a deeper understanding of the world around us. We need to try to be more sustainable and look after our resources so that future generations can live in a world as good as the one that we are living in now.

Hamish Best
Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Science). Agriculture major is now International Agriculture
Technical Field Representative, PGG Wrightson Ltd
“I use the research techniques and technical information from my degree on a daily basis…”

I decided to study a BSc for two reasons, I had a passion for agriculture, and I enjoyed the sciences during secondary school. After graduating I started working for Agricom – one of New Zealand’s top seed companies – in a sales-based role involving lots of after-sales service and advice.

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Shanna Hickling
Bachelor of Science (Microbiology), Bachelor of Science (Genetics)
Deputy Laboratory Manager, Linnaeus Laboratory
“This degree was a great mixture of theory and practical experience, with majority of my time at university spent in the labs…”

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Massey and feel it provided the necessary basis to enter the workforce in my chosen field. It is a well-structured course with knowledgeable and supportive staff.

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