UniversityUniversity of Auckland
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Level of Study
Next start date
Expected Jul 2023
University of Auckland
If you have a clear idea about the direction you want to take in science, and you’re ready to undertake a four-year programme, the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) could be for you.
We have designed this programme with budding scientists in mind. It’s for students who want to pursue postgraduate research. From Chemistry to Computational Biology, and Ecology to Environmental Change, the 13 specialisations available in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) span the spectrum of the sciences.
You’ll develop advanced disciplinary knowledge and relevant research skills, and you’ll undertake original research in your chosen area. Depending on how well you do in your courses, you may be able to progress straight to a PhD.
You may be able to transfer between the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), with faculty approval.
You can also study for a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) as a conjoint programme, which means you can take two undergraduate programmes at the same time.
The programme comprises three core courses, courses from your chosen specialisation, including a research project, and some freedom to choose other courses from the Science schedules. In your first year you’ll enrol in eight courses. You should include courses from your chosen specialisation, as well as a core course and other courses in the Science schedules.
In your second and third year you’ll enrol in a range of more advanced courses from your chosen specialisation – as well as additional core courses, and other courses within the Science schedules to add depth to your knowledge. In your final year you’ll enrol in a range of postgraduate-level courses from your specialisation, and you’ll complete your own research project in collaboration with one of our researchers.
Learn how to develop algorithms, methods and models to understand biological systems, evolution and relationships.
The research conducted by biologists and life scientists now routinely requires computation and complex data analysis.
Computational Biology is designed to equip people with fundamental knowledge and skills across biology, computer science, mathematics and statistics in order to develop computational biology, genetics and bioinformatics skill sets.
Where can Computational Biology take you?
Graduates can expect to find employment within academia, government agencies, and pharmaceutical, life sciences or biotechnology companies.
Where could this programme take you?
While your Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) will prepare you for doctoral study, you’ll also emerge with the advanced knowledge and skills demanded by employers in your sector of interest.
Further study options
Secondary school qualifications
You need to have one of the following:
International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects.
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). You must have completed a minimum of three A-level subjects.
GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.
IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands below 5.5; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 80 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 60 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 50 and no PTE Communicative score below 42; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of C-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.