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Massey’s zoology graduates are in high demand throughout New Zealand. This is a unique degree in New Zealand.
Find out more about the Bachelor of Science parent structure.
Zoology is the animal science of the natural world. It examines animals on a variety of scales from biological knowledge at the molecular level to animals as components of systems. It also includes the study of animal behaviour.
As one of the only universities in New Zealand to offer a specialised course in zoology, our programme is unique.
You’ll learn about land-based animals and environments. You will also develop a strong foundation including the latest thinking in genetic and physiological processes, animal development, anatomy and behaviour. You’ll explore freshwater and marine systems, and our wide range of speciality fields including conservation of biodiversity.
From mapping animal migrations to driving conservational change in foreign countries, Massey’s zoology graduates are in high demand all over the world working in places like Samoa, South Africa, the Netherlands and United States. You’ll graduate ready to join them and take the best of your knowledge to the rest of the world.
At Massey, our lecturers are passionate about what they do. They have examined bird migration pathways from New Zealand to Alaska and the USA. They have investigated species interactions in the alpine and unlocked knowledge about morphology through examining fossils and lineages in rocks. They bring this knowledge and love for what they do into their teaching to help you uncover what truly inspires you.
A zoology major offers you a wide range of specialisations in interest areas, as well as in mainstream zoology. The core zoology qualification looks at animals on a variety of scales.
You will gain skills in a broad range of related sciences including ecology, conservation diversity and evolution.
It is not just about land-based animals and environments - you will also explore freshwater and marine systems.
The most exciting advances in biological knowledge are probably at the molecular level, which we cover in the second year. Also at the level of animals as components of systems, which we cover in the third year.
A key speciality in your study will be the fascinating and practical field of conservation of biodiversity. This looks at both vertebrates (birds, predators) and invertebrates and at their impact on New Zealand indigenous plants and animals. Another interesting area is the study of animal behaviour. This speciality also has an applied side.
A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, agriculture, technology, computer science, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study compared to the national median. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.
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“Massey’s zoology programme was exceptionally appealing to me due to the significant practical component to it. …”
The course is designed to help find your passion, while developing key skills to contribute to the workforce. I also studied an additional major, Ecology, which gave me a wider understanding of our unique biota here in New Zealand and what is being done to conserve these species.
In my current role as a Quarantine Officer, it is my responsibility to mitigate any potential biosecurity risks such as unwanted pests and diseases at the border which may have a detrimental effect on our environment, human health, and the economy. I am very proud to be doing my part to protect New Zealand’s environment and the primary industries in which our economy thrives upon.
From mapping trans-hemispheric animal migrations to driving conservational change in foreign countries, Massey’s zoology graduates are in high demand all over the world working in places like Samoa, South Africa, the Netherlands and United States. You’ll graduate ready to join them and take the best of your knowledge to the rest of the world.
Massey Bachelor of Science (Zoology) graduates are employed widely. You could contribute your skills to central and regional government organisations, conservation groups, teaching, private consultancy firms, or through the media (for instance making television documentaries). Places of work include:
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