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.


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29 May 2015 Wellington researcher gives parasitic worm its vaccine comeuppance
After getting sick from whipworms as a young boy, a Wellington researcher began a personal crusade against parasites affecting more than a billion people. Read more
2 April 2015 Visiting researcher exploring bird’s eye view
A visiting Victoria University of Wellington researcher will provide a peep into where bird’s travel in a new project investigating the activities of young kākāriki. Read more
24 March 2015 Baby gibbon fostered by Victoria University student
A Victoria University Masters student became an impromptu foster mother for an endangered baby gibbon during his studies in Cambodia. 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.