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Bachelor of Animal Science

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • 3 years full-time study or equivalent part-time
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification. 

Expected high school preparation

Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subjects (or the equivalent in Cambridge International Examinations, International Baccalaureate, or similar) will give you the expected background knowledge to take this qualification. However, if you have not studied these subjects we have a pathway for you to progress to the qualification (see below).

  • At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Biology
  • At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chemistry

Other recommended high school preparation

Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subject (or equivalent) will help you study in this qualification but is not essential.

  • At least 16 credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics from the following list of standards: 91256, 91257, 91258, 91259, 91260, 91261, 91262, 91269

If it’s some time since you have studied Mathematics at school you can find out if you have the required background by taking this maths quiz.

Haven’t studied the right subjects at high school?

The following pathways will get you prepared to study this qualification:

If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Biology (or equivalent) take the following course first:

If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Chemistry (or equivalent) take the following course first:

  • 123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences.

These courses are available in summer school and can be taken as a Certificate in Science and Technology or Certificate of Proficiency.  One 100-level course can be counted as an elective towards the Bachelor of Animal Science.

If you won’t have reached University Entrance before summer school begins, you may be able to apply through Discretionary Entrance.


For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


  1. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in Part I regulations for the degree, candidates enrolled within the Animal Science major within the Bachelor of Science or the Equine major within the Bachelor of Agricultural Science may transfer to the Bachelor of Animal Science prior to 31 December 2020.
  2. Students who transfer from the Animal Science major within the Bachelor of Science or the Equine major within the Bachelor of Agricultural Science to the Bachelor of Animal Science may substitute a course or courses already taken towards either the Animal Science major or the Equine major for courses at the same level in the Bachelor of Animal Science schedule in order to fulfil the requirements of the qualification, until 31 December 2023.

Planning your programme

Full-time students usually take 120 credits each year, 60 credits per semester. Students will normally begin their study with 100-level, (ie xxx.1xx) and progress to 200-level courses in Year 2 and 300-level courses in Year 3.

Please note that starting the majors Animal Genetics & Breeding and Animal Nutrition & Growth with no relevant tertiary study prior to semester two will extend the time to completion from 3 years to 3.5 years.

For each of the courses you choose you will also need to check any prerequisites, corequisites or restrictions that apply. BAnSci students may apply to be granted an exemption from some 100-level courses on the basis of Bursary or NCEA results or credit from other previous study.

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about the individual course requirements, please use our Course Search for each course, check for pre-requisites, corequisites and restrictions that may affect you.

Laboratory Streams

For first year students, lecture and laboratory streaming information will be available on "Stream" through your student homepage and a link will be e-mailed to you prior to lectures commencing for first semester. Laboratory sessions commence in week one of the semester. For 200-level and 300-level students, laboratory streaming information will be available at the first class session for the Semester.

Bachelor of Animal Science structure

To complete the Bachelor of Animal Science students will need to complete a programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 360 credits comprising:

(a)   Not more than 150 credits at 100-level

(b)   At least 90 credits at 300-level

And including:

(c)   The core courses listed in Schedule A for the Qualification

(d)   Completion of a major

(e)   Attending contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.

Students must complete a major by passing 120 credits in the major.

Approved majors are Animal Genetics and Breeding, Animal Nutrition and Growth, Animal Welfare and Equine Science.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates


The courses listed below are the required first year courses for all majors in the Bachelor of Animal Science:

117.107 Animal Behaviour and Welfare
117.155 Introduction to Animal Science
122.102 Biochemistry
123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems
124.103 Biophysical Principles
162.101 Cell Biology
199.103 Animals and the Environment
247.111 Science and Sustainability for Agriculture and Horticulture


Majors or endorsements


Minors are not available in the Bachelor of Animal Science.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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