School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Our students join a lively intellectual environment that offers innovative teaching and world-leading research in superb new facilities.

Combining our expertise in chemistry and physics gives us an edge in materials science research, and collaborations take our discoveries from the lab to the world.

Links with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and Malaghan Institute of Medical Research on campus and Crown Research Institutes nearby, place our students at the heart of Wellington’s vibrant science scene.


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21 December 2015 Rhodes scholars are leaders for the world’s future
Chemistry student Kimberley Savill has been awarded a Rhodes scholarship to carry out postgraduate study at the prestigious University of Oxford. Read more
4 December 2015 Ferrier’s focus on the future
A team of Ferrier Research Institute scientists has set its sights on finding a safe and effective treatment for a group of rare but severe diseases. Read more
10 November 2015 The formula for teaching success
Dr Robert Keyzers, a Senior Lecturer in chemistry and a recipient of a Victoria University Teaching Excellence Award, believes every student has potential. Read more

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Undergraduate study

Ready to make your big discovery? Find out about Victoria's chemistry and physics study options, first year courses, admission criteria and how to apply.

Aleksa Djorovic

“Victoria's a place of state-of-the-art fundamental research, fully equipped laboratories, lecturers that are experts in their fields and an environment which nurtures the scientists-to-be.”

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Dr Bridget Stocker and Dr Mattie Timmer in their laboratory at Victoria.

Calling the shots

Marsden-funded researchers Bridget Stocker and Mattie Timmer are exploring how a newly identified receptor can be used in vaccines against a variety of diseases.

Student in lab

Drug Discovery and Development

Our new postgraduate programmes are designed to give students a broad knowledge of the processes and activities involved with the identification of new drug targets and therapeutics.