Our teaching and research programmes are anchored in a passion for planet Earth and the geological, environmental, and social processes that affect the world around us.

Throughout New Zealand and across the globe, from the Earth’s deep interior to the communities we live in, our staff and students are working to understand the matters that most affect our planet.

Responding to the Kaikoura quake

From almost the moment the Kaikoura earthquake struck, Victoria scientists have been on hand to provide information and research support.

Development Studies

Be part of creating a better world. Examine poverty and inequality, and the issues behind development. Explore the strategies devised to address them.

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  • Development Studies
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Earth Sciences

Study the earth—its structure, history and the forces that constantly shape and reshape it.

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  • Geology
  • Geophysics – Meteorology
  • Geophysics – Solid Earth
  • Petroleum Geoscience
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Environmental Sciences

Take your passion for the state of the natural and human world to the next level. Study Environmental Sciences at Victoria and make a difference by helping solve some of the world's major problems.

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  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Conservation
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Our Earth is shaped by different cultural, social and physical forces. Study Geography and learn about these different features of our world.

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  • Development Studies
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Physical Geography
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  • Fault unlocks new geological data

    The freshly ruptured Kēkerengū Fault has unearthed a few more secrets about New Zealand's tectonic past, and will help map out a plan for what the country can expect in future, scientists say.

  • Will Ries (GNS Science) is using a GPS unit to measure the offset of a farm track that was damaged during the quake

    Victoria scientists respond to a quake-hit New Zealand

    From almost the moment the Kaikoura earthquake struck, Victoria scientists have been on hand to provide information and research support to help understand the quake and what the future impacts might be.

  • Kekerengu Fault has a Word to its Geologists

    Victoria University’s third year structural field geology course includes a one week field trip to Kekerengu coordinated by Prof Tim Little that provides practical experience in field mapping and analysis of geological structures.  This includes analysis of many of the faults in the Marlborough area.The recent M7.8 earthquake dramatically shows our students that the faults that they map are not just obscure geological curiosities but dynamic features that have the power to drastically affect peoples lives.  This shows up by the spectacular disruption of the landscape which is on a scale that is rarely observed so clearly.