Master of Science

A Master of Science (MSc) at Victoria University of Wellington normally follows an undergraduate degree such as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BBmedSc). A Master's degree is recognised worldwide.

Victoria University offers a range of traditional research Master's programmes as well as a range of specialist Master's programmes, including a separate programme for the Master of Biomedical Science.

A Master of Science degree will equip you for a career in science with well-developed technical and laboratory skills as well as academic writing practice. You will carry out in-depth supervised research for a year, write a thesis and probably author some publications for peer-reviewed journals.


Two to two and half years full time or equivalent part time.


A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field, with an average grade of B+ or higher in relevant 300 level courses.

Students may also qualify for entry if they have appropriate work or other experience, as approved by the Associate Dean (Students).

Course requirements

  • Part 1 (the first year) is equivalent to an Honours programme, but the Research course is replaced with a Research Preparation course.
  • Part 2 is a thesis, presented after a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 15 months of research.


The Faculty offers a Master of Science degree in:


For more information, please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator of the relevant school or the Science Faculty Office.