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Biochemistry

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06 November 2023
Postgraduate Biochemistry examines subjects as diverse as pharmaceuticals and nanotechnology.
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Biochemistry

Introduction

Biochemistry brings together chemistry, physics and molecular biology with a view to understanding the chemistry of life. Such a unique and privileged position at the interface of the traditional sciences makes for a dynamic and exciting discipline. It provides basic insight into biological processes such as enzyme action, drug discovery and design, the molecular basis for disease, gene expression and control, and food biochemistry such as protein biosynthesis.

Biochemistry is at the cutting edge of contemporary science, research, and industry. Biochemical innovation is critical in adding value to Aotearoa New Zealand's agricultural production, advancing medicine, and understanding the fundamentals of the biological world around us.

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What will my study involve?

  • UC has modern state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.
  • Our postgraduate courses are taught by leading national and visiting international researchers. Many of our staff have received University and or National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.
  • Biochemistry is taught by active research staff from Te Kura Matū | School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, and Te Kura Pūtaiao Koiora | School of Biological Sciences. They bring the latest knowledge from their research to a coordinated Biochemistry programme.
  • The Biomolecular Interaction Centre is a collaborative research centre with state-of-the-art equipment that features direct ties to other universities and to industrial research organisations.

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Courses

UC offers the following postgraduate programmes in Biochemistry:

See the individual qualification pages for more information on degree requirements.

Graduate Diploma in Science specialising in Biochemistry

To complete a GradDipSc with a Biochemistry focus, you will need to complete at least 60 points in 100-300 level BCHM courses throughout the degree. In total 90 points must be at 300-level in the GradDipSc from Biochemistry and/or other Science courses.

Bachelor of Science with Honours majoring in Biochemistry

Complete BCHM480 Project, and another 90 points of 400-level BCHM courses.

Some BIOL and CHEM courses may also be included.

Postgraduate Certificate in Science majoring in Biochemistry

Complete at least 45 points in 400-level BCHM courses for the major. In total 60 points must be completed for the PGCertSc from Biochemistry and/or other Science courses.

Postgraduate Diploma in Science majoring in Biochemistry

At least 120 points (8 courses) from 400-level BCHM is required for the major.

Some BIOL and CHEM courses may also be included.

Master of Science majoring in Biochemistry

Part I of the MSc in Biochemistry is 120 points (8 courses) from 400-level BCHM. Some BIOL and CHEM courses may also be included.

You will need a B+ Grade Point Average to proceed to Part II of the degree.

Part II requires BCHM690 MSc Thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biochemistry

In the PhD, you will complete a thesis of original research in the Biochemistry field (BCHM790 Biochemistry PhD).

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Career opportunities

Biochemical innovation is critical in adding value to Aotearoa New Zealand's agricultural production, as well as in understanding the fundamentals of the biological world around us. Biochemistry graduates are sought after all over the world.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Biochemistry.

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