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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18 May 2016 Embracing a 'Boutiq' opportunity
Victoria chemistry graduate Dr Anna Henning has been named an Emerging Innovator finalist at the annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards. Read more
17 May 2016 AuramerBio makes diagnosis easier, faster and smarter
A new medical diagnostics start-up company spun out of Victoria University of Wellington is set to revolutionise the way medical professionals diagnose and monitor the health of their patients. Read more
17 February 2016 Building electronics atom by atom
Victoria University has unveiled a unique piece of equipment used to make everyday electronics by layering atoms on top of each other very precisely. 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.