School of Biological Sciences

School of Biological Sciences

Explore biology with us. Our wide range of courses and research will introduce you to marine biology, drug discovery, reproductive biology, evolutionary genetics, New Zealand's endangered species and more.

We strive for excellence in research, supported by state of the art facilities. Fieldwork sites are located close to campus or to our new coastal ecology laboratory.

Around 200 postgraduate students from around the world find a warm welcome here and benefit from the combined expertise of our world class research staff.

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22 July 2014 Using synthetic biology to make new antibiotics
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11 July 2014 Putting a dollar value on conservation
The economic and social benefits of greening urban areas are being explored in a multi-disciplinary project at Victoria University of Wellington. Read more
4 July 2014 Detecting harmful molecules in the environment
Victoria University of Wellington researchers have developed a new technique that can detect environmental levels of oestrogen at the equivalent of detecting one pinch of salt in an olympic-sized swimming pool. Read more

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Lord Howe

New field course: Island Biology 

Immerse yourself in the basic principles of island ecology, evolution and conservation during a week-long field trip to Lord Howe Island.

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Ranked first for research in New Zealand


New from Science

SCIE 201  Energy, Society and the Future
SCIE 302  Revolutions in Science
SCIE 401  Climate Science and Decision Making

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