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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.

Please note:

There will be no new enrolments in the Biotechnology major from 2018. If you have any questions regarding this change please contact the Faculty of Science & Engineering


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.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.

Career opportunities

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

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOMO301Advanced Biochemistry19B (Hamilton)
This paper builds on the principles of biochemistry introduced in BIOMO201 to examine molecular mechanisms underlying cellular communication and trafficking of proteins between organelles, cellular stress responses, cell death, and the degradation of biomolecules. Students will also examine the molecular basis of human diseases suc...
BIOMO302Advanced Genetics19A (Hamilton)
A study of advanced microbial and eukaryotic genomes, DNA topology, next generation sequencing, the expression of genes, genetic variation, inheritance patterns, human disease, complex traits, bioinformatics, population genetics, and protein evolution.
BIOMO303Advanced Microbiology19B (Hamilton)
The paper will provide knowledge of microbial functions and the role of the microbiome in human and ecosystem health.
ENGCB322Chemical and Biological Operations19B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the principle and application of enzymes, concepts of fermentation technology, principles of bioreactor operation, bioprocess variables and their measurement, key product separation techniques, and bioprocess economics.

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science & Engineering  Open

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 $3,000.
Closing Date: 15 Jul 2019

DairyNZ Masters Scholarship  Closed

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.

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Graduate Scholarship in Biophysics  Closed

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.

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