Biotechnology applies science and engineering to biological systems for developing useful products and technologies. It touches every aspect of modern life and is crucial in feeding, fuelling and healing the world, both now and for future generations.

Erena Calder Hawkins

Bachelor of Science
Erena has played badminton since she was eight years old and has gained many achievements in her passion. Her biggest achievement to date is competing at World Junior Championships in Peru 2015.

Alice Wang

Bachelor of Science (Technology), Master of Science
Waikato Masters Graduate Alice Wang spends a lot of her work life travelling throughout the world.


The applications of Biotechnology are broad and diverse, ranging from cloning human cells and creating antibiotics, through to cheese-making and beer brewing, and waste management and biofuels production.

Studying Biotechnology at the University of Waikato involves understanding the underlying biology and engineering, then examining the extraction, recovery and purification of biochemicals in the meat, dairy and other industries. You will explore the use of technology for these purposes at both a molecular and an industry level.

The field of biotechnological research is thriving, and there are many career opportunities.  In New Zealand, where the economy relies heavily on agriculture, biotechnologists help develop new products from livestock and horticulture materials, work to identify biological methods of minimising the impact of people, farming and manufacturing on the environment, and transfer scientific discoveries from the lab to large-scale.


As a Biotechnology student at the University of Waikato, you will have access to the University's well-equipped laboratories, becoming familiar with complex research equipment and techniques. You'll be working alongside, and learning from, well-respected researchers, industry professionals and academics.

Career Opportunities

  • Bioengineer
  • Biotechnologist
  • Food Technologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Technologist
  • Quality Assurance Officer

100 level

Cellular and Molecular BiologyBIOL10115.0 Points
The Biology of OrganismsBIOL10215.0 Points
Structure and SpectroscopyCHEM11115.0 Points
Chemical ReactivityCHEM11215.0 Points
Foundations of EngineeringENGG18015.0 Points
Introduction to Materials Science and EngineeringENMP10215.0 Points
General MathematicsMATH16515.0 Points
Statistics for ScienceSTAT11115.0 Points
Introduction to Statistical MethodsSTAT12115.0 Points

200 level

MicrobiologyBIOL24120.0 Points
BiochemistryBIOL25120.0 Points
Engineering ThermodynamicsENMP22120.0 Points
Biotechnology: Food and BioresourcesENMP22220.0 Points

300 level

Microbial Physiology and EcologyBIOL34120.0 Points
Advanced BiochemistryBIOL35120.0 Points
Process Engineering and DesignENMP32120.0 Points
BiotechnologyENMP32220.0 Points

Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science & Engineering

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: 2017-05-31 23:59:00

CRF Heinold Memorial Award

For students who are enrolled in the second or third year of a BSc(Tech) or BE(Hons) and are enrolled in as least one of the prescribe placement papers as outlined in the regulations. The scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000 plus a placement in the area of meat production.

Closing Date: 2016-10-31 23:59:00

DairyNZ Masters Scholarship

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

Dr Zena Daysh Doctoral Fellowship in Sustainability

For students to undertake research in the field of sustainability towards a doctoral degree at the University of Waikato. Candidates may come from a range of academic disciplines, provided their research focuses on sustainability. This scholarship will have a value of up to $22,000 pa, plus domestic tuition fees, for up to three years.

Closing Date: 2014-11-30 23:59:00

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Graduate Scholarship in Biophysics

For students who are enrolled in full-time study towards an MSc or a PhD with a thesis topic in Biophysics or Cortical Modelling. The scholarship will have a value up to $5,000 for one year.

Closing Date: 2016-05-15 23:59:00

NZ National Agricultural Fieldays Sir Don Llewellyn Scholarship

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

School of Science Postgraduate Study Scholarship

For students who qualify to enrol at the University of Waikato, and are intending to enrol part or full-time in semester B 2016 in the School of Science in either a 180pt masters, the taught components of a masters degree or the research component of a masters degree. The Scholarship will have a value of $5,000 per year for two years.

Closing Date: 2016-07-18 23:59:00

Science Admission Fees Scholarship

For school leavers who are intending to enrol full-time in the first year of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science(Technology) in the Faculty of Science & Engineering and are performing well academically in their final year of secondary school. The Scholarship has a value of up to $4,000.

Closing Date: 2016-08-31 23:59:00


Faculty of Science & Engineering

Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254