School of Biological Sciences

Cell and Molecular Bioscience

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 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 one of the five majors offered by the School of Biological Sciences within the Bachelor of Science (BSc).

The 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
  • genetics: the structure, function, and regulation of genetic material
  • physiology and pharmacology: the integrated function of human organ systems and the effect of drugs
  • chemical genetics: discovery, synthesis and use of small compounds coupled with genetic interation analysis in high throughput screens to understand cell networks

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 339, 340; one course from (BIOL 334, 335, 343, BMSC 354, BTEC 301)

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

You can order more information on this subject by registering on our Request for Study Material database.

Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Science Faculty Office for information on Admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites and your Application to Study.

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
Phone: 04 463 5339

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