New Zealand Education - Think New Logo


Massey University
Massey University logo

Bachelor of Science (Molecular Cell Biology)

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Molecular Cell Biology for your Bachelor of Science at Massey

Molecular cell biology encompasses a hugely important area of study for the 21st century. It unifies many disciplines, ranging from cell biology, physiology and chemistry to computer science, and from patent law and medicine, to bioprotection and food production. It underpins many exciting and dynamic industries that are changing rapidly.

In the Bachelor of Science (Molecular Cell Biology) you will study the big questions of life:

What are we made of?

How do we work?

Where did we come from?

How are we and our world changing and adapting?

How are organisms related and how does evolution work at a molecular level?

Why do diseases or disorders develop and how can we treat them?

How can we create better medicines and more efficient agriculture?

How can we protect ourselves and our environment from disease?

Join world-leading researchers

Your lecturers in the BSc will present relevant cutting-edge examples from their own research. They will help you develop the skills and knowledge to become molecular biological scientists of the future.

Get connected

We will connect you with a wider teaching and research environment of applied (biomedical, veterinary science, food science, agriculture) and traditional biology disciplines. You will have many elective (optional courses in areas of your interest) choices and the interactions and excitement of being part of a large group of biology-focused students.

Make industry connections

Your study will benefit from the breadth of strong connections between Massey and research and development agencies including Fonterra, Leather and Shoe Research Association, AgResearch, Plant & Food Research – all of which are located across the road from our campus. We also work with the Mid Central District Health Board and New Zealand Pharmaceuticals. Our formal research collaborations are spread throughout New Zealand as well as the Pacific Islands, USA, United Kingdom, Europe and Asia.

Develop the skills employers are looking for

As a graduate of Massey’s BSc (Molecular Cell Biology), you will have developed a sound working knowledge of the fundamental aspects of the combined disciplines. You will also develop skills in written and oral communication, and we will help you develop an analytical approach to problem-solving. These skills are all sought after by employers, and will ensure that you will have options in a wide range of careers, and the ability to progress quickly.

A Bachelor of Science in Molecular Cell Biology is a good fit if you:

enjoy sciences, especially biology and the life sciences

are interested in genes and genomes

Entry criteria

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

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, outside of university admission regulations. However there is some expected background knowledge.

Expected high school preparation

Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subjects (or the equivalent in Cambridge International Examinations, International Baccalaureate, or similar) will give you the expected background knowledge to take this major. However, if you have not studied these subjects we have a pathway for you to progress to your major (see below).

At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Biology

At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chemistry

The following pathways will get you prepared to study this major. If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Biology (or equivalent) take the following course first:

162103 Introductory Biology.

If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Chemistry (or equivalent) take the following course first:

123103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences.

These courses are available in the summer semester and will count towards credits in your degree.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

Studying in NZ

Border reopeningPlan your study experience

Share this course

Share this course