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MSc - Molecular and Cellular Biology as a main subject

The Master of Science is valued for its flexibility and excellence, and can be tailored to suit your needs.  You can select your papers from a range of subjects and the mix of research and taught papers are customised to suit your interests and goals.

Molecular and Cellular Biology is an interdisciplinary field combining biochemistry, microbiology, genetics and physiology to study how cells function at the molecular level.


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Key information

Years: 1 - 1.5
Points: 120 - 180
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,098-$8,505 per year
Fees (International): $35,980 (120 pts) or $53,970 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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Prescriptions for the PGCert(Molec&CellBio), PGDip(Molec&CellBio), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc(Res) and MSc(Tech)

Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Postgraduate Convenor. To complete a BSc(Hons) in Molecular and Cellular Biology, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the papers listed for Molecular and Cellular Biology, of which at least 30 points must be in research (normally BIOL591).

Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers.

Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Postgraduate Convenor.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
BIOMO501Biomolecular Structure and Cellular Pathways15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper is an in-depth examination of biomolecular structure, function, and molecular metabolism using selected examples from the biochemistry literature.
BIOMO502Molecular Genetics in Health and Disease15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper explores how modern molecular approaches are contributing to our understanding of molecular genetics and how this information can be exploited to benefit animal and human health.
BIOMO503Microbiomes15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper explores microbiomes in the environment and in association with multicellular organisms, including humans, to understand their critical ecological roles in ecosystem and host function and health.
BIOMO504Biomedical Physiology15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper examines select topics in human/animal physiology in the context of functioning of the organism in health and disease. Elements of molecular biology, genetics, animal models of diseases, and pharmacology are used to present students with an integrated approach to physiological research.
BIOMO511Current Topics in the Biomedical Sciences15.022A (Hamilton)
There is a significant amount of research addressing global biomedical challenges such as obesity, cancer, neurological diseases, cardiovascular disease and microbial infections. This paper will introduce students to the issues faced by researchers in the biomedical space and the current approaches being used to come up with soluti...
BIOMO512Molecular Techniques for Environmental Science15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper will introduce students of diverse scientific backgrounds to current and emerging molecular analytic and diagnostic techniques used across biological and environmental sciences.
BIOMO592Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
BIOMO593Molecular and Cellular Biology Thesis90.022X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
BIOMO594Molecular and Cellular Biology Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
CHEMY511Structural Characterisation I15.022A (Hamilton) & 22G (Hamilton)
Using a combination of lectures viewed online and instrumental work, students master the skills required to acquire NMR and mass spectra and interpret these to identify an unknown compound. Students should have received basic instruction in carbon and proton NMR before considering enrolling in this course.
COMPX555Bioinformatics15.022B (Hamilton)
An introduction to bioinformatics, open to students majoring in computer science or biology. It includes an overview of molecular biology, genomics, script language programming, algorithms for biological data, an introduction to machine learning and data mining, and relevant statistical methods.
SCIEN511Scientific Supercomputing15.022B (Hamilton)
A practical introduction to undertaking scientific research on a supercomputer. The paper assumes no prior computing knowledge.
SCIEN512Data Analysis and Experimental Design15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of research design for experiments, and methods for analysis of scientific data using modern statistical techniques.
SCIEN589Directed Study15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga), 22C (Hamilton) & 22C (Tauranga)
No description available.
SCIEN592Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton) & 22X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SCIEN593Thesis90.022X (Hamilton) & 22X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SCIEN594Thesis120.022X (Hamilton) & 22X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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