Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Microbiology)

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Take your excellence and turn it into something more

If you are interested in further in-depth research, the Bachelor of Science with Honours (Microbiology) gives you the skills to progress to a PhD in this area.

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What is it like?

Massey University’s Bachelor of Science with Honours with a major in microbiology is a prestigious qualification for those that are interested in progressing to further, in-depth research. This postgraduate qualification will also give you a career advantage.

An essential science

Microbiology is an essential science that could hold the key to the transition to a sustainable bio-based economy. Microbiology aims to prevent and treat infectious diseases and provides an understanding, and even the curing, of ill health and diseases such as cancer.


You will gain the advantage of learning in a multi-disciplinary environment. Massey has world-leading expertise in many areas of science, especially veterinary, animal, health and environmental science. You can take advantage of this for your learning and research to look at microbiological sub-disciplines, such as environment/ecology, food and biotechnology.

Let our expertise become yours

You will learn from world-leading specialists in microbiology and related areas like biochemistry, biotechnology, immunology and epidemiology.

At Massey we use a diverse range of molecular, cellular, and animal model tools to investigate the molecular biology of diseases. Our biomedical interests are diverse. We research mechanisms of neurological, skeletal and muscular disorders, infectious microbial diseases and cancer.

Research areas active in our labs include genetic testing, display technologies, vaccine development, production of biopharmaceuticals and nanomaterials from biological systems and the bioengineering of environmentally friendly materials and processes.

World-leading facilities

Facilities available to you include our microscopy and imaging centre, genome sequencing (including DNA sequencing), bioreactors, protein analysis and fermentation facilities.

Relevant learning

During your study you will gain a contemporary, relevant view of microbiology which is in line with topical research and developments in the area. You will be exposed to the latest discoveries and research.

Friendly environment - passionate scientists

There is a well-established community of fundamental scientists and students at Massey. We work together to share discoveries and research and provide peer support.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload of the Bachelor of Science with Honours (Microbiology) replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ as undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Are passionate about microbiology, biochemistry or genetics
  • Excelled in your undergraduate degree
  • Are interested in going on to more in-depth research, such as a PhD


Setting you apart

An honours degree is a sign of your excellence and in-depth understanding of the field of microbiology. Should you pursue a career after qualifying, the Bachelor of Science with Honours with a major in microbiology will give you a head start on other potential employees with undergraduate degrees.

A step into further study

The honours programme also gives you the research and analytical skills you need to progress into further high-level research/study, such as at a PhD level.

If you are interested in pursuing further research, microbiology is a key discipline of biological studies and is a particularly useful skill for work in medical, dental and veterinary schools.

There are also roles in the legal sector, for instance assisting with the drafting of patents and technology transfer agreements.

Big pharma and biotechnology industries are key employers, however there are numerous other opportunities in cosmetics, breweries, and oil industries. For instance industrial microbiology (production of antibiotics, microbial products), vaccines,, cosmetics and toiletries, food and beverage production, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, oil industry and mining, breweries, the dairy industry.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings.
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

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