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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17 December 2014 'Brainiac' parrot put to the test
Zealandia's kaka are turning the notion of "bird brain" on its head.The native parrots' intelligence is being put to the test by Victoria University PhD student Julia Loepelt. Read more
15 December 2014 Grants enable neurological research at Victoria
Three researchers from Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Biological Sciences have received funding in the Neurological Foundation’s 2014 grant round. Read more
11 December 2014 Inbreeding danger for little spotted kiwi – study
While rising populations of little spotted kiwi are encouraging, the rapid growth could be masking the damaging effects of inbreeding, new research shows. 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.

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