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Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Zoology)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū

Take your excellence and turn it into something more

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

Find out more about the Bachelor of Science (Honours) parent structure.

What is it like?

Massey University’s Bachelor of Science (Honours) with a major in zoology 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.

Take advantage of our expertise

You will be able to take advantage of Massey’s expertise in animal-related disciplines. We have a wide and relevant group of expertise within the university, from zoology, veterinary science, ecology, wildlife health and conservation biology, to agriculture, physiology, animal science, environmental management and social sciences.

You will learn from, and research with, highly-skilled internationally-recognised and active researchers in these fields, with a huge depth of knowledge and experience. Whatever focus you’d like to have in your postgraduate study and research, there is likely to be an expert at Massey who can help you dig deeper into your area of interest.

Relevant and topical

We work to ensure that our teaching fits with the changing environment, which means that you will emerge with a relevant qualification valued by potential employers. Massey has strong links with industry, used to help our students find relevant and topical research projects. These projects are often focused on end-user results – you will work with organisations like the Department of Conservation and regional councils to solve real problems that our communities and environment are facing today.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, agriculture, technology, computer science, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study compared to the national median. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ 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 science
  • 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 zoology. Should you pursue a career after qualifying, the Bachelor of Science with Honours with a major in zoology will give you a head start on other potential employees with undergraduate degrees.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

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.

World-leading lecturers

Massey’s zoology staff are internationally renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with nationally and recognised zoology specialists, for example:

Dr Phil Battley

Dr Battley works principally on the biology of migratory shorebirds, particularly those that make trans-hemispheric journeys. His research interests focus on national and international movements of individual shorebirds, the timing of migration, avian moult, body composition and plumage colouration.

Following an MSc looking at the ecology of shorebirds at the end of Farewell Spit, he completed a PhD on the ecophysiology and behaviour of migrating Great Knots at Broome, NW Australia (including sampling knots at the mouth of the Yangtze River, China). From 2013-2015 he worked on a Marsden-funded project in conjunction with the Cawthorn Institute to explore the individual photoperiodic responses that may drive the departure time of bar-tailed godwits in their epic journey from New Zealand to Alaska.

A member of the National Oiled Wildlife Response Team, Dr Battley is also on the editorial board for Ibis, the journal of the British Ornithologists' Union, and The Stilt (Australasian Wader Studies Group).

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