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Bachelor of Science in Microbiology Major

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Auckland University of Technology


Studying a Bachelor of Science is guaranteed to quench your thirst for knowledge about the world, and will be the start of a lifelong career in science.

Study with us and you have access to some of the best lecturers in New Zealand and state-of-the-art equipment. You’ll have lots of opportunities to apply your knowledge in the lab or on field trips. Our strong links with the scientific community extend right across the world – making it easy for you to transition from university to your career.

Microbiology is the study of living organisms and infectious agents that can’t be seen by the naked eye. You explore the role of microorganisms across many areas – human health, industry, agriculture and the environment.

You develop the skills for careers in a wide variety of settings in industry, research or government organisations. Graduates of the Microbiology major could also be involved with the industries that produce antibiotics, foods and drinks, or alternative fuels.
Key features:

  • Transferable skills for multiple industries
  • Diverse career options in human health, food, agriculture and biotech
  • Opportunities for research projects and industry placements

Career opportunities:

  • Environmental microbiologist
  • Food quality assurance scientist
  • Food microbiologist
  • Scientific laboratory technician
  • Research scientist
  • Technical brewer
  • Science teacher (After completing a graduate diploma in education.)

Entry criteria

All applicants need to meet AUT’s minimum entry requirements qualification equivalent to New Zealand year 13 or University Entrance.

Useful New Zealand school subjects: Biology, Level 3 Chemistry and other science subjects

English Language requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 80; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with B/B+ grade; GIE with B grade; CAE minimum overall score of 169; PTE minimum overall score of 50.

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