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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30 September 2015 Local high school students try science on for size
A group of secondary school students spent the first Saturday of their holiday break in a Victoria University of Wellington laboratory sampling the life of a scientist. Read more
28 September 2015 IQ tests show individual differences in bird brains
Research from Victoria University of Wellington has revealed that birds may possess a ‘general intelligence’ similar to humans, with some individuals able to excel in multiple cognitive tests. Read more
22 September 2015 Exotic invaders dominating native species
Exotic plants are taking over and they’re here to stay, according to new findings from Victoria University of Wellington. 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.