Leading-edge research

Victoria is the top university in New Zealand for research quality. Be part of a vibrant research community and create new knowledge.

We’re top ranked for research

Every six years, all New Zealand universities are assessed by independent international panels who measure and rank research performance.

The most recent rankings place Victoria at the top of the list, significantly ahead of all other New Zealand universities.

The Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science and Toihuarewa were our top performers. Each had 10 out of 10 subject areas ranked first or second in New Zealand. In terms of research quality, Victoria’s Faculty of Law is ranked the top law school in New Zealand. Our other faculties and subject areas also performed strongly.

Contributing knowledge

Victoria has a culture of research. We aim to create new knowledge for the benefit of society.

Biotechnology PhD student Alistair Brown was surprised at how much freedom was afforded to research students.

“You’re left alone and allowed to explore and discover new things. You’re in uncharted waters and expected to make a contribution to science.”

Research community

At Victoria you’ll be part of a vibrant postgraduate community. You will have opportunities to work closely with expert staff and other students.

When Alex Reid came to Victoria to do a Master’s, he quickly felt very connected to the bioscience and wider postgraduate communities at Victoria.

“I have a strong postgraduate network of friends wider than just my Master’s programme. We support each other. The lecturers are great too, they’re always happy to help.”

Well connected

There are more than 40 research centres and institutes at Victoria, each undertaking challenges of national and international concern.

Victoria collaborates with nearly 100 universities worldwide—through staff and student exchange agreements, collaborative research and strategic partnerships.

You’ll benefit from our strong links to government organisations and influential businesses, many of which have headquarters in Wellington. A number of our researchers are also successful entrepreneurs.

Scholarships and support

Victoria offers a range of scholarships that support the work of our research students.

You will also have the support of a supervisor with expert knowledge in your field.

“My supervisor was fantastic,” Master of Design Innovation student Sarah Mokhtar said. “He made sure I kept on track and didn’t try to bite off too much—or achieve too little. He made sure I was getting the emotional support I needed as well as the research support.”