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Thinking of studying at Victoria University? This is a good place to start. Discover our range of undergraduate and postgraduate subjects.

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  • Architecture and Building Science 

    Come and design our physical world. Study all aspects of the built environment, from design and construction to habitability and materials.

    • Architecture

      Architecture can shape a person's experience of a space or influence the identity of entire cities. Get started on your Architecture journey at Victoria.

      Available subjects
      • Architecture
      • Architecture History and Theory
      • Interior Architecture
      • Landscape Architecture
    • Building Science

      Building Science will provide you with the practical and theoretical knowledge required to construct durable, healthy and economical buildings.

      Available subjects
      • Project Management
      • Sustainable Engineering Systems
  • Business 

    Gain the skills and expertise you need to enter the ever-changing world of business with an internationally accredited degree in Commerce or Tourism Management.

  • Design, Film and Media 

    Study writing, music, media and design in New Zealand's creative capital. Develop a critical perspective as well as practical skills.

    • Design

      Explore innovation and the concept of good design as an agent for positive change while gaining a future-focused skill set.

      Available subjects
      • Culture+Context Design
      • Industrial Design
      • Media Design
  • Education and Teaching 

    Education isn't about filling a bucket, it's about lighting a fire. Become a teacher, learn to lead or delve into education issues.

    • Education

      Develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding to make judgements about education and to analyse educational problems.

      Available subjects
      • Education
      • Restorative Justice
    • Language Teaching

      Language teachers need specialised skills. Learn how to teach English overseas or, if you already know a second/foreign language, learn how to teach it.

      Available subjects
      • Applied Linguistics
      • Second Language Learning and Teaching
      • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    • Teacher Education

      Is teaching your calling? At Victoria you can study early childhood, primary or secondary school teaching. You can also explore language teaching.

      Available subjects
      • Early Childhood Teacher Education
      • Primary Teacher Education
      • Secondary Teacher Education
  • English Literature and Creative Writing 

    Learn to appreciate great literary works—historical and contemporary—from a new perspective. Discover how to write with conviction, in your own unique voice.

    • Creative Writing

      Identify and develop your own distinctive voice in writing for the page (poetry, fiction, non-fiction) and scriptwriting (stage, screen, radio).

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    • English Literature

      Study texts from Old English to the present day and from New Zealand and the Pacific to America, in a variety of literary, historical and cultural contexts.

      Available subjects
      • English Literature
  • Engineering and Digital Technologies 

    Gain essential digital-based technology skills and knowledge—from software to hardware, robots to computer graphics, apps to healthcare devices.

  • Environmental Sciences 

    Study the environment from any angle: biological, political, ecological or societal.

    available subjects
    • Conservation Biology
    • Ecological Restoration
    • Ecology and Biodiversity
    • Environmental Science
    • Environmental Studies
    • Marine Biology
    • Marine Conservation
  • Health 

    Study the science of curing diseases and creating new drugs, explore health research or take your nursing or midwifery career to the next level.

    • Biomedical Sciences

      Biomedical Science studies human health and disease, including genetics, immunology, biological and medicinal chemistry, physiology and environmental health.

      Available subjects
      • Biomedical Science
      • Clinical Immunology
      • Clinical Research
      • Drug Discovery and Development
      • Human Genetics
      • Molecular Pathology
      • Molecular Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry
    • Postgraduate Midwifery

      Develop a deeper understanding of your work and improve the quality of care you provide with advanced study of Midwifery.

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    • Postgraduate Nursing

      Develop your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in clinical practice with postgraduate study of nursing science.

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  • History and Philosophy 

    Unravel the mysteries of the historical past and classical times, explore history through art and analyse the philosophical puzzles of daily life.

    • Art History

      Think critically about art in all its forms—from historical and contemporary New Zealand and Pacific art to the work of digital media artists.

      Available subjects
      • Art History
      • Museum and Heritage Studies
    • Classics

      From language to democracy, the classical world of ancient Greece and Rome is the foundation of Western culture.

      Available subjects
      • Classical Studies
      • Greek
      • Latin
    • History

      Take yourself to different places, times and peoples. Understand who we are and how our past influences and shapes us.

      Available subjects
      • History
      • New Zealand Studies
      • Text Technologies
    • Philosophy

      Explore the nature of argument and justification, and examine the rational basis of belief in all areas of enquiry.

      Available subjects
      • Philosophy
  • Languages and Linguistics 

    Learn a modern language, study a different culture through its literature, or explore the linguistic structure and use of language.

  • Law 

    There's no better place to study law than our globally-recognised law school, right in the legal heart of New Zealand.

    available subjects
    • Law
  • Mathematics and Statistics 

    From cryptography to combustion, risk models to biostatistics: Mathematics and Statistics students seek out patterns and explore our information-rich world.

    available subjects
    • Actuarial Science
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics
    • Stochastic Processes in Finance and Insurance
  • Music and Theatre 

    Shakespeare to Shortland Street, brass to bass, scenography to scriptwriting, music therapy to musicology—study Music and Theatre in New Zeland's arts capital.

    • Music

      Study music in all its forms under professionally active, internationally acclaimed artists and researchers.

      Available subjects
      • Classical Performance
      • Composition
      • Jazz
      • Music
      • Music Studies
      • Music Therapy
    • Theatre

      Study live performance and stagecraft from all angles, delving into history, theatre's place in society and the human desire to act.

      Available subjects
      • Theatre
  • Politics and Public Policy 

    Dig into issues of power and diplomacy at home and abroad, or examine how governments and public agencies address issues through policy and management.

  • Psychology 

    Study the links between human behaviour and the brain. Explore Psychology in different contexts—educational, forensic, neuroscientific and cross-cultural.

    • Educational Psychology

      Study the psychology behind the process of learning and teaching. Learn to apply your skills to help students succeed in a variety of educational settings.

      Available subjects
      • Education and Psychology
      • Educational Psychology
    • Psychology

      Understand the way we think, the way we interact with others, our cultural identity, our biological make-up, our environment and our experiences.

      Available subjects
      • Clinical Psychology
      • Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience
      • Cross-Cultural Psychology
      • Forensic Psychology
      • Psychology
  • Science 

    Science is an adventure and scientists are explorers, looking into the unknown for solutions to life's most pressing problems and mysteries.

    • Biological Sciences

      Study pure Biological Science or branch out into a specialty field such as Biotechnology or Cell and Molecular Bioscience.

      Available subjects
      • Biology
      • Biotechnology
      • Cell and Molecular Bioscience
      • Molecular Microbiology
    • Biomedical Sciences

      Biomedical Science studies human health and disease, including genetics, immunology, biological and medicinal chemistry, physiology and environmental health.

      Available subjects
      • Biomedical Science
      • Clinical Immunology
      • Clinical Research
      • Drug Discovery and Development
      • Human Genetics
      • Molecular Pathology
      • Molecular Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry
    • Chemistry

      Chemistry underlies all the functions of the human body, the buildings we live and work in, the energy we generate and consume, and the air we breathe.

      Available subjects
      • Chemistry
    • Development Studies

      Study human societies and their relationship to the Earth we live on. Investigate inequality between people and nations, and the ethical issues it creates.

      Available subjects
      • Development Studies
    • Earth Sciences

      Earthquakes, mountain building, volcanic eruptions, dinosaurs, climate change, and the origin and evolution of life: all in a day's work for a geologist.

      Available subjects
      • Geology
      • Geophysics – Meteorology
      • Geophysics – Solid Earth
      • Petroleum Geoscience
    • Geography

      Study economic, urban, social, cultural and population geography, with a focus on the processes of change in regional economies and human societies.

      Available subjects
      • Development Studies
      • Geographic Information Science (GIS)
      • Geography
      • Physical Geography
    • Physics

      Physics examines matter and energy in all forms—from the kinetic energy of a speeding car to the nuclear energy released by fusion in the core of a star.

      Available subjects
      • Applied Physics
      • Physics
    • Science in Society

      Explore the relationships between science and technology, scientists and society, the history and philosophy of science, and science communication.

      Available subjects
      • Science in Context
  • Social Sciences 

    Examine the many facets of human experience and how we interact as individuals and communities.

    • Anthropology

      Explore how culture shapes human life around the world—from religion and politics to gender identity and family ties.

      Available subjects
      • Cultural Anthropology
    • Criminology

      Criminology is the study of crime and how we as a society react to it.

      Available subjects
      • Criminology
      • Restorative Justice
    • Development Studies

      Study human societies and their relationship to the Earth we live on. Investigate inequality between people and nations, and the ethical issues it creates.

      Available subjects
      • Development Studies
    • Geography

      Study economic, urban, social, cultural and population geography, with a focus on the processes of change in regional economies and human societies.

      Available subjects
      • Development Studies
      • Geographic Information Science (GIS)
      • Geography
      • Physical Geography
    • Māori Studies

      Examine the Māori people, their language, culture, and relationship to the other cultures of New Zealand, the Pacific and the world.

      Available subjects
      • Māori Resource Management
      • Māori Studies
      • Tohu Māoritanga
    • Religious Studies

      To better understand ourselves and others, we look at the role of religion in conflict, peace-making, politics, law, morality and ethics.

      Available subjects
      • Religious Studies
    • Sociology

      Gain deep insights into social life, discovering how social relationships in different contexts are organised, expressed, influenced and governed.

      Available subjects
      • Social Policy
      • Sociology