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.


Aug18The 12th Conference of the New Zealand Association of Clinical Research
Date: 18 August 2016
Time: 12.00 am
Venue: The Pullman Hotel, Auckland
The New Zealand Association of Clinical Research (NZACRes) is the professional association for clinical researchers… Read more

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18 January 2016 How munching Moa affected plant evolution
The snacking habits of the now-extinct Moa may have influenced the way certain plant species evolved, according to new research from Victoria University of Wellington. Read more
15 January 2016 The extraordinary life of Alan Hoverd
Piecing together dozens of skeletons, helping to design and build the Coastal Ecology Laboratory, rounding up 15,000 rogue bees—Alan Hoverd’s 50 years with Victoria University could never be described as ordinary. Read more
11 January 2016 Tiny enzymes play big role in anti-cancer research
A $15,000 scholarship awarded to biotechnology student Abigail Sharrock will support her quest to develop a new form of cancer treatment. Read more

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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.