Research intensity

Victoria is ranked number one in New Zealand for research quality.

The 2012 Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) Quality Evaluation by the Tertiary Education Commission has ranked Victoria University of Wellington number one in New Zealand for overall research quality.

The evaluation shows Victoria has 678 staff actively involved in research, and 70 percent of those are operating at the highest levels (rated either A or B).

Victoria was ranked first in New Zealand for overall research quality and first or second in 25 subject areas. In the following areas, Victoria ranks number one in New Zealand:

  • Biomedical
  • Chemistry
  • Communications, Journalism and Media Studies
  • Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Sciences
  • Design
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour
  • Economics
  • English Language and Literature
  • History, History of Art, Classics and Curatorial Studies
  • Human Geography (1st equal)
  • Music, Literary Arts and Other Arts
  • Physics
  • Political Science, International Relations and Public Policy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work, Criminology and Gender Studies
  • Theatre and Dance, Film, Television and Multimedia.

In addition to the success in the broad subject areas which can be taught across faculties, Victoria’s Faculty of Law was the number one ranked law school in New Zealand for research quality.

The subject areas in which Victoria ranks second are:

  • Foreign Languages and Linguistics
  • Law
  • Management, Human Resources, Industrial Relations and Other Businesses (2nd equal)
  • Māori Knowledge and Development
  • Molecular, Cellular and Whole Organism Biology
  • Philosophy
  • Pure and Applied Mathematics
  • Statistics.