School of Biological Sciences

School of Biological Sciences

Explore biology at a school ranked top in New Zealand for its research quality.

Our world-class staff can introduce you to biomedical science, biotechnology, conservation biology, evolutionary genetics, marine biology, New Zealand’s endangered species, reproductive biology and more.

There are also opportunities for you to join more than 200 postgraduate students from around the world who are taking part in groundbreaking research and discovery.

Find out more about what we can offer and our state-of-the-art facilities.


Mar7VUCEL Annual Open Day
Date: 7 March 2015
Time: 10.00 am
Venue: 396 The Esplanade, Island Bay, Wellington
The only day this year for public to visit Victoria's state-of-the-art marine research facility located on Wellington’s south coast. Read more
Mar10SBS Seminar Series 2015 - Dr Cascade Sorte
Date: 10 March 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: HMLT104
Dr Cascade SorteDepartment of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, IrvineToward a mechanistic understanding… Read more
Mar18SBS Seminar Series 2015 - Dr Alex Shalek
Date: 18 March 2015
Time: 11.00 am
Venue: MYLT220
Dr Alex ShalekHermann L. F. Von Helmholtz Career Development Professor, Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology… Read more

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3 March 2015 World’s wildlife—a critical economy
Wildlife is critical to the economies of nations. New Zealand’s wildlife – whales, dolphins, red deer, thar, albatross, kiwi, tuatara, fish and kauri – attract tourists. And the tourists who come to see or hunt our wildlife stay for longer and spend more, especially in our provinces and small towns, than those who come for our casinos and high-end hotels. Read more
27 February 2015 Survey reveals signs of tuatara recovery
The tuatara population on Hauturu ō Toi/Little Barrier Island may be recovering, according to results from a recent survey carried out with help from Victoria University of Wellington researchers. Read more
11 February 2015 Populations benefit from having different kettles of fish
Having weaker individuals in a population can strengthen its long-term stability and reduce likelihood of extinction, according to new research from Victoria University of Wellington. Read more

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Apply now for Trimester One

See what courses are on offer and get your application in by 1 March to study first trimester 2015.

Alistair Brown, PhD candidate

Alistair Brown’s interest in using bacteria to solve a problem drew him to biology. Now he’s doing research he hopes will lead to the identification of new antibiotics. Watch Alistair’s story.