Bachelor of Science (Zoology)

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You’ll be in demand

Massey’s zoology graduates are in high demand throughout New Zealand.

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What is it like?

Zoology is the animal science of the natural world. It examines animals on a variety of scales from biological knowledge at the molecular level to animals as components of systems; looks at both vertebrate and invertebrate and their impact on New Zealand plants and animals; and includes the study of animal behaviour.

The latest thinking

As one of the only universities in New Zealand to offer a specialised course in zoology, our programme is unique.

You’ll learn about land-based animals and environments. You will also develop a strong foundation including the latest thinking in genetic and physiological processes, animal development, anatomy and behaviour. You’ll explore freshwater and marine systems, and our wide range of speciality fields including conservation of biodiversity.

In high demand

From mapping animal migrations to driving conservational change in foreign countries, Massey’s zoology graduates are in high demand all over the world working in places like Samoa, South Africa, the Netherlands and United States. You’ll graduate ready to join them and take the best of your knowledge to the rest of the world.

World-leading lecturers

At Massey, our lecturers are passionate about what they do. They have examined bird migration pathways from New Zealand to Alaska and the USA. They have investigated species interactions in the alpine and unlocked knowledge about morphology through examining fossils and lineages in rocks. They bring this knowledge and love for what they do into their teaching to help you uncover what truly inspires you.

What will you study?

A zoology major offers you a wide range of specialisations in interest areas, as well as in mainstream zoology. The core zoology qualification looks at animals on a variety of scales.

You will gain skills in a broad range of related sciences including ecology, conservation diversity and evolution.

It is not just about land-based animals and environments - you will also explore freshwater and marine systems.

An exciting and practical subject

The most exciting advances in biological knowledge are probably at the molecular level, which we cover in the second year. Also at the level of animals as components of systems, which we cover in the third year.

A key speciality in your study will be the fascinating and practical field of conservation of biodiversity. This looks at both vertebrates (birds, predators) and invertebrates and at their impact on New Zealand indigenous plants and animals. Another interesting area is the study of animal behaviour. This speciality also has an applied side.

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 and therefore invest in the future workforce by providing scholarships to students. Why not have a crack at helping fund your 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:

  • Are passionate about the natural world
  • Have a passion for animals
  • Want to understand and know everything about animals
Ciaran Campbell
Bachelor of Science
(Zoology)
Freshwater Ranger - Department of Conservation

“I would not be able to do this without having a fundamental understanding of the ecological science behind conservation, acquired during my tertiary studies at Massey…”

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in ecology and zoology, the Department of Conservation offered me a position as a Freshwater Ranger.

I am currently working on the conservation of threatened and endangered freshwater fish in Otago, Southland and Canterbury, restoring whitebait fisheries in the Clutha River and monitoring the growth of didymo. I would not be able to do this without having a fundamental understanding of the ecological science behind conservation, acquired during my tertiary studies at Massey.

Careers

From mapping trans-hemispheric animal migrations to driving conservational change in foreign countries, Massey’s zoology graduates are in high demand all over the world working in places like Samoa, South Africa, the Netherlands and United States. You’ll graduate ready to join them and take the best of your knowledge to the rest of the world.

Massey Bachelor of Science (Zoology) graduates are employed widely. You could contribute your skills to central and regional government organisations, conservation groups, teaching, private consultancy firms, or through the media (for instance making television documentaries). Places of work include:

  • Department of Conservation
  • Regional councils
  • Crown Research Institutes
  • Ministry of Primary Industries
  • Biosecurity in New Zealand
  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Environmental Risk Management Authority
  • Fish & Game New Zealand
  • SCION (formerly Forest Research Institute)
  • Private environmental consultancy firms
  • Private conservation initiatives
  • Schools teachers
  • News media including magazines, newspapers, websites, radio, television and documentary making
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