Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry)

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An exciting career in a dynamic industry

Biochemistry is an exciting, dynamic industry that offers a wide variety of careers.

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What is it like?

Biochemistry is the chemistry of life. It is an exciting, dynamic industry that is changing rapidly.

When you study the Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) at Massey, you will learn about the chemical components, chemical reactions and physiological processes that occur in the living systems essential for life.

An essential part of biological research

You will learn how nucleic acids, proteins, enzymes, lipids and carbohydrates function in living cells and organisms. The availability of the total genome DNA sequence for an increasing number of organisms, combined with the rapidly developing subject of bioinformatics (analysis of nucleic acid and protein sequences using computers), provides an enormous resource for future biochemists. Studying biochemistry at Massey will give you a skill-set encompassing both traditional and modern biological disciplines, including the tools of bioinformatics and biotechnology that are essential for modern biological research.

Full breadth of biochemistry

Develop skills in both traditional and modern biological disciplines, including the tools of bioinformatics and biotechnology essential for research. You’ll study all kingdoms and gain knowledge relevant to genetics, microbiology, animal and plant physiology, biotechnology, ecology, as well as the medical, agricultural, and veterinary sciences. You can also take courses in chemistry and physiology to gain added skills of value to your future employers.

Get connected

Our Manawatu campus puts you in the best location as a biochemistry student. We have strong connections with research and development agencies including Fonterra, Lazra, AgResearch, Plant and Food Research. We also have guest lecturers from these institutes, giving you the opportunity to learn from, and engage with, leading industry professionals.

Multi-disciplinary knowledge

Biochemistry overlaps with or underpins other disciplines including cell biology, exercise and sport science, genetics, immunology, microbiology, nutrition, pharmacology and physiology. This means that when you study biochemistry you will also gain knowledge relevant to genetics, microbiology, animal and plant physiology, biotechnology, ecology, as well as the medical, agricultural, and veterinary sciences. Biochemistry can help us to understand adaptation to environmental change and is central to tackling human and animal diseases.

Some of the topics taught in biochemistry courses include:

  • Cell signalling
  • Chromatin structure and function
  • DNA technology
  • Enzymology
  • Introductory bioinformatics
  • Metabolic biochemistry
  • Molecular immunology
  • Nucleic acid biochemistry
  • Protein structure and function
  • Regulation of gene expression

Sought-after by employers

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

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report, undertaken over nine years, showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.

Scholarships

New Zealand’s science institutions want employees who know their industry.So they invest in the future workforce by providing scholarships to students. You could help fund your own study with a share of hundreds of thousands of dollars on offer every year. For more information visit: awards.massey.ac.nz

A good fit if you:

  • Enjoy sciences, especially chemistry and biology
  • Like to look into how things happen in living cells and organisms
Georgia Richardson
Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry)
Graduated 2015
Food Safety - Ministry for Primary Industries

“In addition to the knowledge gained from the degree, a biochemistry major provides a large skill set, such as time management, verbal skills and laboratory techniques…”

My biochemistry degree helped me to gain a position in the Ministry for Primary Industries Graduate Development Programme. My current role is in the food safety area, working under the Plants, Food and Environment directorate. In the graduate development programme, I have potential opportunities in laboratory work involved in disease prevention, fisheries, animal welfare, biosecurity, food safety and many more. In addition to the knowledge gained from the degree, a biochemistry major provides a large skill set, such as time management, verbal skills and laboratory techniques. These skills combined with the diverse role I have in the Graduate Programme, increase the opportunities I have and will allow me to further my career

Careers

As a graduate in biochemistry you will have a wide range of career opportunities. These include pure and applied research, quality control, product development, and work in medical, forensic, and analytical laboratories.

You could also work in information services such as libraries and scientific publishing organisations. Biochemistry graduates also have jobs in sales and marketing, especially of scientific equipment, chemicals, and reagents for biological research and drugs. Jobs in these areas can lead to high-level careers in management and administration in science and health-related fields.

Potential employers include:

  • Crown Research Institutes (AgResearch, HortResearch, Plant and Food Research)
  • Industry-based research institutes (Dairy, Meat, Wool, Wheat, Forestry, Leather)
  • Wineries, breweries, food and animal feedstuff industries
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing and scientific supply companies
  • Secondary and tertiary educational institutions
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Scientific publishers
  • District health Boards
  • Banks and finance companies

For those students who continue their studies to a higher degree (BSc(Hons), MSc, and PhD) there are careers in scientific research, tertiary teaching and higher level management.

A degree in biochemistry provides graduates with internationally-marketable skills. Many of our graduates spend a period of time outside New Zealand, either working or furthering their studies.

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