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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6 November 2015 Diving into research thanks to award
Dr Shaun Wilkinson has received one of the prestigious awards for a project titled A bioinformatics approach to assessing diversity and hybridization in coral symbionts. The awards provide early career support to New Zealand’s most promising young researchers. Read more
6 November 2015 Biology wins big in Marsden Fund grants
Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Biological Sciences is a big winner in the latest round of Marsden Fund grants. Read more
2 November 2015 Cougar promiscuity may be all for the kids
Cougar mums choosing to mate with multiple mates could have their kittens' best interests at heart, new research suggests. 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.