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In Massey’s Bachelor of Science (Genetics) you will learn about the discoveries that are changing how we think about who we are as humans. Genetics is a rapidly-changing and fascinating area of science.
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Become part of the spectacular advances being made in medicine, agriculture and environmental science through modern genetic analysis and next generation technologies.
Genetics is a hugely-relevant area of study to the world today and a discipline that unifies many others. The Bachelor of Science (Genetics) will teach you how genetics helps us understand the big questions of life: Where did we come from? How are we and our world changing and adapting? How can we create better medicine, create more efficient agriculture and protect ourselves and our environment from disease and destruction?
The explosion of information concerning the dynamic nature of our world comes from so called “next generation DNA sequencing technologies” that are helping us to answer big questions of our time. These discoveries are changing our understanding of the world around us and what we know about who we are as humans. Today sequencing the genome of organisms is a basic activity behind much scientific research.
Massey was the first university in New Zealand to offer a programme in genetics. With Manawatū campus’ strengths in agricultural sciences students with an interest in that general area can combine genetics with courses in animal and plant breeding. Massey Auckland and Manawatū have a very strong reputation in molecular evolution and studies of molecular phylogenies which marry with genetics particularly well.
Your Bachelor of Science (Genetics) lecturers are active researchers across a range of topics from the impacts of climate change to the study of complex human disease. You’ll learn about the newest developments in genetics and have access to New Zealand Genomics Limited. This service provides scientists from New Zealand and around the world help with interpretation of data generated by “next generation DNA sequencing technology”.
Some of the topics taught in genetics courses include:
Genes have helped unlock the secrets of our past, present and future. Ten years ago we would sequence one piece of DNA or RNA at a time – and this was how the human genome was deciphered. Today scientists can sequence millions of pieces of DNA simultaneously. The past
Solving the big problems of today is increasing a multidisciplinary endeavour. We recommend that you include other disciplines in your study, so you can more easily work with others. The BSc at Massey allows you to do this. Relevant subjects include ecology, nutrition, chemistry, information sciences and statistics.
If you are a top graduate you can proceed to a one-year Bachelor of Science with Honours BSc(Hons)) and from that directly into a PhD programme. We also have a fast-track BSc/BSC(Hons) pathway for excellent students that could see you starting a PhD after just three years at Massey.
Alternatively you can study a Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc) or our Master of Science programme. Or you can go job hunting with your world-recognised BSc. Many of our subject areas provide opportunities for postgraduate study while in work, so you can start earning and continue to add to your qualifications.
New Zealand’s science institutions want employees who know their industry and therefore invest in the future workforce by providing scholarships to students. Why not have a crack at helping fund your study with a share of hundreds of thousands of dollars on offer every year? For more information visit: awards.massey.ac.nz
“My studies gave me a broad scientific knowledge-base to work on, as well as research and communication skills that have proven invaluable in my position…”
A Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in genetics plus physiological and molecular plant biology, has opened many doors and accelerated my career. After being lucky enough to work in a leading fungal genetics laboratory and a plant molecular biology unit in two different institutes during my studies, I decided to go towards the business side of science, as opposed to research.
I now manage key accounts for a leader in the scientific supplies field. I deal with people at all levels of the scientific profession, and am able to relate to the goals they are trying to achieve because of my background in science from Massey. My studies gave me a broad scientific knowledge-base to work on, as well as research and communication skills that have proven invaluable in my position. My job is different every day - it gives me independence and keeps me interested.
At Massey we incorporate the structure, function and history of genetics in your learning so you gain skills and knowledge of cutting-edge techniques, developments and research all relevant to your future job. For example, you’ll learn about the new era of personal genomics - an area with vast opportunities and equal controversy. By understanding the science and the debate on personal genetic information, corporate access to it and the bioethics you will learn to evaluate and create solutions to meet future needs.
As part of your studies you will also develop the communication and quantitative skills that are important for many careers. These are skills that employers are looking for across a wide range of industries and science-related organisations.
Graduates in genetics from Massey University hold a wide range of positions both in New Zealand and overseas, such as:
As a graduate you may also find employment in a variety of industries whose core business involves biological products.
If you continue to a BSc(Hons) or MSc degree you will be even more marketable for positions in industry and government-funded institutions.
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