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Bachelor of Science 3 Years
1st Year @ GISM
2nd & 3rd Years @ Massey University, NewZealand.
Master of Science 2 Years
1st Year @ GISM
2nd Year @ Massey University, NewZealand.

Microbiology is an essential science that helps us understand the microbes in the environment, including microbes that dwell in the soil, air and water, in our food and inside people, animals and plants. Microbiology can impact on many different areas, such as:

  • Agriculture, where rumen microbes are both essential to dairy and good industries, but also responsible for much of carbon emission
  • Bio-protection, where efforts to preserve native birds and plants depend on expert control of microbial pathogens
  • Microbes have applications as model systems to answer questions beyond the immediate range of microbiology, such as the causes of cancer or birth defects;
  • Green and bio-based technologies, where microbes help preserve our environment by producing bio-based materials for use in diagnostics and vaccines or by harnessing solar energy for fuel production.

Bachelor of Science (Honours) with a major in Microbiology is a prestigious qualification for those who are interested in progressing to further, in-depth research. This postgraduate qualification will also give you a career advantage.

GISM Diploma and Higher Diploma courses are studied full-time over a period of one year and it is provided with a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, assignments, field studies and independent study.

Diploma  and Higher Diploma in Biochemistry: One Year Full Time with a minimum credit requirement of 120 credits.

Entry requirements to Diploma in Biochemistry:

Minimum three “C” passes at G.C.E (A/L) Examination or London (A/L) Examination, including Biology and Chemistry.


Minimum three “C” passes at G.C.E (A/L) Examination (Old Syllabus) including a Biology and Chemistry.


GISM Foundation Programme (Successfully completed with B average)


Selection by an interview.

Core Modules offered by GISM campus

  • Science for Sustainability
  • Biostatistics and Bioethics
  • Fundamentals of Biophysics
  • Chemical Biology
  • Molecules and Cells
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Biology
  • Life on Earth
  • Introductory Physiology
  • Programming Concepts
  • Academic Writing, Orientation and IELTS

Studies at Massey University, New Zealand:

 Those who successfully complete the Diploma and Higher Diploma programmes continue Studies at Massey University, New Zealand to     enter into Third year of the Degree Programme.

Details of the full programme is available at:


Career Opportunities:

The growing demand for qualified microbiologists is highlighted by the number of microbiology positions advertised in the scientific journals Science and Nature. The need for microbiologists has been sharply increased by Covid-19 pandemics, where microbiologists play the key roles in developing diagnostic tests and vaccine. Microbiologists are on the Immediate Skill Shortage List as published by the New Zealand Immigration Office.

Areas graduates could work in include:

  • Reducing global warming and the production of environmentally-friendly biodegradable materials
  • The production of high-value compounds such as antibiotics and vaccines
  • Food production – such as beer, wine and cheese
  • Developing affordable and rapid tests for SARS-CoV2 and other disease-causing microbes
  • Preventing and treating diseases, forensics and cleaning up pollution
  • Search for life on the bottom of the ocean and on other planets.

The emphasis on research in this course equips you with the knowledge and skills required to continue on to postgraduate study, including possible PhD study within the school and a further academic career.

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