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.

Available subjects

  • 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.

Available subjects

  • Development Studies
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Physical Geography
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  • Guy McPherson and the end of humanity (not)

    The following commentary by Professor James Renwick from Victoria University's School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences was originally published Hot Topic blog on December 11. The climate scientist discusses the claims of ecologist Guy McPherson who has been touring New Zealand talking about the imminent extinction of humanity.

  • Alpine Fault theory takes shape

    PhD research from Victoria University of Wellington has added weight to a debate regarding the shape of the South Island’s Alpine Fault.