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.


Jul21SBS Seminar Series 2015 - Dr Deborah Mason
Date: 21 July 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: AMLT105
Dr Deborah MasonClinical Senior Lecturer, University of Otago Christchurch Consultant Neurologist, Canterbury DHB Multiple Sclerosis… Read more

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27 July 2015 Island field course wows science students
A week-long biology field trip to Lord Howe Island gave 10 Victoria University science students a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience. Read more
24 July 2015 Victoria student dances with wolves
A Victoria University science student spent her mid-trimester break in North America getting close with one of the world’s most fearsome predators. Read more
21 July 2015 Taking the sting out of ecosystems
Victoria University of Wellington Professor Phil Lester will be leading a research consortium responsible for taking the sting out of one of New Zealand’s most abundant, widely distributed and damaging pests—the common wasp Read more

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Summer Courses

BIOL 219: New Zealand Flora and Fauna is offered over November and December 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.