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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14 September 2016 MBIE Grant Success
SCPS academics have hauled in a significant amount of MBIE funding in the current round. Read more
2 September 2016 National Science Challenge seed funding to explore innovative early cancer detection
SCPS researchers have received $255,000 in seed funding to develop new magnetic resonance imaging  contrast agents for early detection of cancer and other diseases. Read more
2 September 2016 Study@Vic Day 2016
SCPS Physics Laboratory Coordinator Andy Ross presents a review of the 2016 Study@Vic Day. 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.