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Bachelor of Applied Science (Laboratory Science) (Level 7)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)


Prepare for a career in laboratory science with the Bachelor of Applied Science (Laboratory Science) (Level 7)

As a graduate of the degree you will demonstrate intellectual independence, critical thinking and analytic rigor. You will be able to work with confidence, both independently and collaboratively as part of a team in a science laboratory.

You will develop knowledge and skills related to the ideas, principles, concepts, research methods, and problem-solving techniques in laboratory science. You will also develop knowledge and skills in data collection, computation, processing, and management systems, along with a range of transferable laboratory practice skills.

Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates will have the skills to be employed as measurement technicians, research technicians, field technicians, or education/laboratory technicians in:

  • Private and government funded laboratories
  • Crown Research Institutes
  • Education institutes
Course Information
  • Professional Skills in Science (15 Credits)
  • Bioscience in Industry 1 (15 Credits)
  • Biostatistics I (15 Credits)
  • Quality Assurance (15 Credits)
  • Chemistry for Applied Science (15 Credits)
  • Industrial Biomolecules (15 Credits)
  • Practical Skills (15 Credits)
  • The Chemical Basis of Biology and Separation Science (15 Credits)
  • Bioscience in Industry 2 (15 Credits)
  • Environmental Quality Assessment (15 Credits)
  • Biostatistics II (15 Credits)
  • Laboratory Instrumental Analytical Techniques (15 Credits)
  • Advanced Culture Techniques (15 Credits)
  • Applied Science Investigation (15 Credits)
  • Work Placement (30 Credits)
  • Research Methods (15 Credits)
  • Biological Tissue Analysis (15 Credits)
  • Advanced Spectroscopic and Electroanalytical Techniques (15 Credits)
  • Advanced Molecular Techniques (15 Credits)
  • Bioscience in Industry 3 (15 Credits)
  • Laboratory Management (15 Credits)

Elective 1

  • Industry Project/ Internship (30 Credits)
  • Laboratory Project (30 Credits)

Entry criteria

Under 20 years of age applicants:

Applicants under the age of 20 years must have University Entrance, including 30 credits at NCEA Level 2 from Science, Biology or Chemistry.
Equivalent academic achievement
On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean
Provisional enrolment OR

In accordance with Section 2.7.

Academic entry criteria:
At least two academic subjects with a score of 60% or more, and background in at least two science subjects.

English language Requirement: IELTS - Academic: Score of 6 with no band lower than 5.5; TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); Cambridge English Qualifications - B2, C1, or C2 with score of 169; no less than 162 in each skill; OET - Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; NZCEL - Level 4 (Academic); and Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Score of 50 with no band less than 42.

Under 20 years of age
In addition to the stated academic entry requirements, international applications under the age of 20 must have NCEA equivalency (refer to Business Development International).

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