School of Biological Sciences

Cell and Molecular Bioscience

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

This subject is taught by the School of Biological Sciences.


Science is at the heart of a knowledge-based economy, and in the new century bioscience is leading the way in innovation, enterprise and expansion. At Victoria, Cell and Molecular Bioscience is offered as a major within the Bachelor of Science (BSc) and subject concentrates on five areas:

  • biochemistry and molecular biology: science of living organisms at the molecular level
  • cell biology: structure and function of cells in animals, plants, and bacteria
  • chemical genetics: discovery, synthesis and use of small compounds coupled with genetic interation analysis in high throughput screens to understand cell networks
  • genetics: the structure, function, and regulation of genetic material
  • physiology and pharmacology: the integrated function of human organ systems and the effect of drugs.

One of the most in-demand and exciting areas in modern science, Cell and Molecular Bioscience is a truly relevant area of study for economies like New Zealand.

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Undergraduate information

Cell and Molecular Bioscience major requirements

  1. BIOL 111, 113, 114, CHEM 114
  2. BIOL 241, 243, 244, 252
  3. BIOL 340, BMSC 339; one course from BMSC 334, 335, 343, 354, BTEC 301

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Postgraduate information

Information about postgraduate study in Cell and Molecular Bioscience can be found on the School of Biological Sciences website.

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How to find out more

Want to find out more about studying at Victoria? Register now to find out more about your study options and keep updated on application and enrolment information, open days and events.

If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

Biological Sciences courses are taught within the School of Biological Sciences. The School office is located on Level 5, New Kirk Building, Kelburn campus.

Associate Professor Paul Teesdale-Spittle
Programme Director Cell and Molecular Bioscience
Phone: 04 463 6094

Mary Murray
School Administrator
Phone: 04 463 5339

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