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Study a Diploma in Border and Biosecurity – DipBBiosec
Massey’s Diploma in Border and Biosecurity is a part-time, multi-disciplinary border and biosecurity qualification.
Follow your interests
You can choose from a wide range of subject areas including plant and animal science, border security, biosecurity, organisational behaviour, law, globalisation and trade, data management and decision-making, logistics and supply-chain management.
Study to suit you
Your first year will include two compulsory courses relating to border and biosecurity studies. The rest of your qualification will be made up of elective courses that you choose to suit your interests.
Massey excels at distance learning, and all your teaching will be provided by distance and/or block courses. This offers flexibility for students with jobs or other commitments.
What you’ll learn
You’ll learn about:
- the concepts of border security and biosecurity
- contemporary border and biosecurity issues and practices
- the implications of these for countries’ national security and the economic and social wellbeing of their people.
You may also gain specialist knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
- advanced theoretical frameworks and government policies for a range of biosecurity challenges
- the sources of New Zealand law, legal principles and basic rules of interpretation
- the range of security challenges that face global and New Zealand borders
- the evaluation of international transportation systems and the global food system from different perspectives
- the fundamental features of the main classes of micro-organisms, insects, plants and/or animals and their relevance to biosecurity practices
- data analysis, research, fieldwork, and report and summary writing
- analysis of organisational decision-making strategies and evaluation of the potential effects of globalisation and technological advances on organisational behaviour.
Protect New Zealand’s economy, taonga and way of life
Biosecurity is a multi-disciplinary practice concerned with protecting valued life from pests and diseases. New Zealand’s primary industries are critical to the economy at a local scale and play an important role in food security at a global one. Protecting the biodiversity of indigenous flora and fauna is equally important. The qualification has a distinctly New Zealand focus while maintaining global relevance.
Massey University offers knowledge and expertise across the breadth of disciplines required for a border and biosecurity qualification. Massey provides a high level of prestige and international recognition for the provision of this qualification, including associated research opportunities.
Massey is well connected within the government sector. Both the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the New Zealand Customs Service (Customs) are members of Massey University’s Strategic Advisory Board, along with other key government security and intelligence agencies. You’ll be able to specialise in border management and biosecurity issues that focus on government-relevant skills.
You’ll have the opportunity for applied learning and/or community and civic engagement that will connect you with the wider community and authenticate your study through real-world application.
On completion of this diploma, you could go on to further university undergraduate study, such as a Bachelor of Arts (Security Studies).
A DipBBiosec is a good fit if you:
- work, or wish to work, in a government agency, local council or the primary production sector
- aspire to be part of New Zealand’s biosecurity frontline
- want to preserve New Zealand’s cultural heritage and natural taonga.
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Border and Biosecurity, outside of university admission regulations.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Get advice button on this page.
English language skills
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.
You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.
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Structure of the Diploma in Border and Biosecurity
The Diploma in Border and Biosecurity is awarded without an endorsement.
Courses and specialisations
- Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
- Course code
- Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
- Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
- Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.
- Compulsory courses – 30 credits
- Courses from the Schedule – 90 credits
Course planning key
- Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
- Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
- Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.
Compulsory courses (Choose 30 credits from)
Course code: 294101 Introduction to Biosecurity credits 15
This course exposes students to a range of contemporary biosecurity issues and practices and incorporates a preliminary understanding of conceptual approaches to the management of pest and diseases.View full course details
Course code: 294170 Introduction to Border Security credits 15
An introduction to the concept of border security. It will explore security challenges and the implications of these to border security both internationally and for New Zealand. It will also look at the various border security agencies and their responses to managing border security risks with a focus on interagency collaboration, risk management and the impact of policy.View full course details
Compulsory course selection (Choose at least 75 credits from)
Course code: 114240 Organisational Behaviour credits 15
A theoretical and practical examination of the behaviour of people in the work environment. Students develop a basic understanding of individual behaviour and team dynamics, exploring issues of motivation, communication, leadership, decision making, power and organisational change.View full course details
Course code: 117301 Animal Biosecurity and Health credits 15
The importance of biosecurity to New Zealand and its relationship to human and animal health, and farm productivity will be highlighted. Identification, prevention and treatment of selected companion and production animal diseases in New Zealand. Knowledge of biosecurity will be used to develop biosecurity plans for animals with recent biosecurity failures used to illustrate concepts.View full course details
Course code: 146209 Food and Eating credits 15
This course explores the food chain, from production, through consumption, to exchange. It considers the ways in which food is implicated in the reproduction of identities and inequalities.View full course details
Course code: 155202 Essentials of Law credits 15
Introduction to the New Zealand legal system, legal interpretation and substantive law.View full course details
Course code: 157216 Management, Analytics and Decision Making credits 15
Introduction to techniques and issues involved in using data to support organisational decision making.View full course details
Course code: 199310 Entomology credits 15
Insect diversity, anatomy, physiology, behaviour, plant-insect relationships, biosecurity, and integrated pest management in agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Insect identification and curation skills are taught in the laboratories. An insect collection is required.View full course details
Course code: 240260 Logistics and Supply Chain Fundamentals credits 15
A study of logistics and supply chain management fundamental concepts. The supply chain management paradigm that underpins modern business is fully explored with a specific focus on customer service, forecasting, process integration, relationship management, and performance measurement.View full course details
Course code: 285201 Understanding Plant Protection credits 15
The importance of diseases, pests and weeds to horticultural, agricultural and forestry production, trade, gardening and conservation is outlined. The course introduces the biology of these organisms and gives an understanding of their management and control. An introduction to strategies available for chemical, non-chemical and integrated control methods is included together with examples. A course of practical work.View full course details
Course code: 294201 States, Borders and Resource Security credits 15
This course examines the dynamics of states seeking to secure resources for their own requirements, alongside the need to sustain and protect global resources such as oceans and the poles.View full course details
Course code: 294382 Advanced Biosecurity credits 15
This course provides an advanced exploration of biosecurity from a social science perspective and exposes students to a range of contemporary biosecurity issues and their management.View full course details
Elective courses (Choose no more than 15 credits from)
Course code: 117153 Introduction to Animal Production in New Zealand credits 15
An introduction to animals and animal science in New Zealand, covering a broad range of animal species and incorporating the principles of nutrition, reproduction, lactation, genetics and growth. A brief overview of New Zealand’s livestock production systems and consideration of animal ethics, welfare and biosecurity issues.View full course details
Course code: 119120 Plants for Agriculture and Horticulture credits 15
An introduction to the agricultural and horticultural species important to New Zealand's economy. Growth and development of agricultural and horticultural plants; their responses to the environment and management, and implications for production. Identification and biology of agricultural and horticultural plants, including weeds, pests and pathogens important to plant production.View full course details
Course code: 120101 Plant Biology credits 15
This course is an integrated introductory study of plants. Major themes include: plant form and function (anatomy, morphology, photosynthesis, respiration, transport systems, mineral nutrition); regulation of growth and development, especially in response to the environment; plant diversity (systematics, evolution, life cycles, New Zealand flora); and plants and people (crop domestication, plant breeding and production, Māori plant use).View full course details
Course code: 162103 Introductory Biology credits 15
An introductory course in biology suitable for students with little previous experience in the subject. Topics include: the diversity of life; cells as the basic unit of life; form and function of cells, microbes, animals and plants; DNA and molecular genetics; classical genetics; evolution and ecology.View full course details
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Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
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Careers and job opportunities
The Diploma in Border and Biosecurity will enhance your career prospects in the primary industries, local bodies and government agencies. You’ll have an edge when applying for sought-after roles within organisations such as MPI, Customs, and Maritime New Zealand. Primary sector employees, such as packhouse staff, farm managers and labourers, council staff undertaking pest control, and horticulturalists, will all benefit from this qualification.
Work here, or overseas
This diploma is highly relevant to the domestic situation and will enhance your career prospects within New Zealand. In addition, as New Zealand is a world leader in border and biosecurity expertise, graduates with this knowledge will also be sought-after internationally.
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