Whether you enjoy solving problems in a laboratory or working outdoors, our Biological Sciences programme will provide you with the ultimate learning environment. Surrounded by lakes, rivers, intriguing ecosystems, and many important biological industries, the University of Waikato is uniquely placed in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island.
Biological Sciences incorporates the traditional biological disciplines of botany, microbiology and zoology with the interdisciplinary subjects of biochemistry, physiology, genetics and ecology.
Waikato University’s Biological Sciences research is highly regarded internationally. Our projects are supported by multi-million dollar investments from government and industry, many of which have significant iwi and other community involvement. These include lakes management, freshwater ecology, horticultural and agricultural research, coastal marine science and aquaculture, urban restoration, animal behaviour and physiology, medical microbiology and Antarctic ecosystems. This funding supports many student and collaborative projects, together with scholarship and postgraduate opportunities.
The University of Waikato’s School of Science is home to a suite of well-equipped laboratories. Most science papers include weekly laboratory sessions, giving you the chance to put what you’ve learnt in lectures and tutorials into practice. Our undergraduate students also have the opportunity to use complex research equipment and techniques, such as DNA sequencing.
Research units and facilities within Biological Sciences include the Waikato Stable Isotope Unit, the Waikato DNA Sequencing Facility, the Thermophile & Microbial Biochemistry & Biotechnology Unit, the International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research and the University of Waikato Herbarium (a controlled environment glasshouse facility), and field centres for freshwater and coastal marine science.
Build a successful career
Careers in Biological Sciences come in many shapes and sizes, with many offering opportunities for travel. From managing the Savannah animals at Hamilton Zoo, to working with embryos at a London fertility clinic, our graduates find jobs in exciting and challenging industries in New Zealand and overseas. You could find a career as an ecologist managing the restoration of natural ecosystems, a physiologist aiming to understand how organisms function, or a geneticist using DNA as the key to identifying diseases or organisms.
- Agricultural Researcher
- Biosecurity Officer
- Environmental Microbiologist
- Conservation Officer
- Fisheries Scientist
- Forensic Technician
- Marine Biologist
- Medical Sciences Technician
- Plant Physiologist
Study Biological Sciences in any of these qualifications
|Cellular and Molecular Biology||BIOL101||15.0 Points|
|The Biology of Organisms||BIOL102||15.0 Points|
|Environmental Science||ENVS101||15.0 Points|
|Behavioural Ecology & Conservation||BIOL200||20.0 Points|
|Evolution and Diversity of Life||BIOL201||20.0 Points|
|Introduction to Genetics||BIOL210||20.0 Points|
|Plant Biology and Ecology||BIOL223||20.0 Points|
|Flora of Aotearoa/New Zealand||BIOL226||20.0 Points|
|Flora of the Pacific||BIOL227||20.0 Points|
|Functional Animal Biology||BIOL234||20.0 Points|
|Biomedical and Molecular Physiology||BIOL235||20.0 Points|
|Biotechnology: Food and Bioresources||ENMP222||20.0 Points|
|Advanced Genetics||BIOL310||20.0 Points|
|Applied Terrestrial Ecology||BIOL312||20.0 Points|
|Applied Freshwater Ecology||BIOL313||20.0 Points|
|Marine Biology and Monitoring||BIOL314||20.0 Points|
|Aquaculture Reproduction and Early Life Stages||BIOL324||20.0 Points|
|Plant Function||BIOL325||20.0 Points|
|Advanced Topics in Plant Biology||BIOL326||20.0 Points|
|Advanced Animal Behaviour||BIOL333||20.0 Points|
|Mammalian Physiology||BIOL335||20.0 Points|
|Advanced Zoology||BIOL338||20.0 Points|
|Microbial Physiology and Ecology||BIOL341||20.0 Points|
|Advanced Biochemistry||BIOL351||20.0 Points|
|Molecular Biology and Biotechniques||BIOL362||20.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the GradCert(BioSc) and GradDip(BioSc)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Biological Sciences at an advanced level in their first degree.
For further details, contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(BioSc), PGDip(BioSc), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc (Res) and MSc(Tech)
Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Graduate Convenor. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Graduate Convenor.
To complete a BSc(Hons) in Biological Sciences, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the papers listed for Biological Sciences, of which at least 30 points must be in research (normally BIOL591).
Prescriptions for the MPhil
The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
|Biological Sciences MPhil Thesis||BIOL800||120.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
|Biological Sciences PhD Thesis||BIOL900||120.0 Points|
Scholarships and prizes
For students who are studying towards a degree with a major in Biological Sciences or are enrolled in a specified programme including a major in Biological Sciences at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of $2,500 per year for two years.Closing Date: 2017-03-31 23:59:00
For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.Closing Date: 2016-04-15 23:59:00
For students who are enrolled in the final year or have completed a Bachelors degree in Science, agricultural science, agricultural business or economics and are eligible to enrol in a masters degree at a New Zealand University. Up to three scholarships of $30,000 will be available each year + tuition fees.Closing Date: 2016-08-08 23:59:00
For students who are enrolled full-time and have completed the second year of the Bachelor of Science (Technology) degree. The scholarship will have a value of $14,000 and a one year placement with the Hamilton Zoo.Closing Date: 2016-09-01 23:59:00
For New Zealand citizens and permanent residents enrolling at master’s or doctoral level at the University of Waikato. Candidates will undertake research with a focus on the the agricultural sector. This Scholarship has a value of up to $22,000.Closing Date: 2017-03-31 23:59:00
For students who are enrolled or intend to enrol at any New Zealand University to undertake the research portion of their Masters degree in agriculture, horticulture, arborculture, viticulture or animal husbandry. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $15,000.Closing Date: 2014-08-23 23:59:00