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Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Biological Sciences)

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Auckland Campus


Specialise in Biological Sciences for your Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology at Massey

Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Biological Sciences) gives you the opportunity to join the pathway to in-depth research at a master's level. The qualification consists of 90 credits of taught courses and 30 credits of research.

World-class facilities

Our world-class facilities include:

the Manawatu Microscopy and Imaging Centre

the Massey Genome Service (part of New Zealand Genomics Limited)

controlled environment plant growth facilities

unique and extensive university orchards

state-of-the-art plant physiology and biology equipment.

Massey has a dedicated tissue culture facility, real-time PCR instruments, specialised fluorescence microscopes and plate readers. It also has a microscopy centre offering confocal and scanning, transmission and epifluorescence microscopy services.

Genome sequencing services are also readily accessible with both the Massey Sequencing Service and a New Zealand Genome Limited laboratory. They are on the university’s Manawatu campus. This service centre is equipped with ABI3730 and Illumina MiSeq instruments and associated expertise. We also have a full suite of protein purification, separation and analysis equipment including DIGE imaging, and access to mass spectrometers.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology in Biological Sciences is a good fit if you:

would like a broad-based science postgraduate qualification that doesn’t constrain you to one particular subject

are interested in postgraduate sciences study, but do not have a research background

would like to undertake a predominantly taught postgraduate qualification.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Biological Science) you will have been awarded or qualified for:

a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, with a major in the intended postgraduate subject, or equivalent, with a minimum B- average in the majoring 300-level courses, or

a postgraduate certificate that includes 30 credits of courses from the schedule to the Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology, or equivalent.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.5 overall and minimum 6.0 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT – Overall score 90, minimum 20 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 5
  • PTE - 58 overall and minimum 50 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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