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.

Alumnus Dr. Alexander Gerst in Space

Victoria University of Wellington alumnus and European Space Agency astronaut Dr. Alexander Gerst was an MSc student in the Earth Sciences in 2003, under the supervision of Professor Martha Savage. Watch a small video of Alex within the ISS as he speaks about the enduring impact of his university studies.

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Master of Environmental Science

The state of the planet is one of the biggest issues facing humankind today. Gain the knowledge and experience to become a skilled environmental scientist.

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Postgraduate programmes in Geographic Information Science

Unlock the power of geographic data with a course-based postgraduate programme

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Our Environment

The Environmental Science students share stories on topics of interest including didymo, mangroves and the fashion industry in this class blog.

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Marsden Fund Successes

Ian Schipper and Jenni Hopkins from the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Science received Marsden funding from the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

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  • Yen Lim, Campbell Brown and Rob Kern sit next to each other on a sofa with a brick wall, company logo and words 'PredictHQ' behind them.

    The path less mapped

    Victoria University of Wellington alumnus and tech entrepreneur Campbell Brown has followed lots of career twists and turns along the path to San Francisco and his latest venture, PredictHQ. He credits his current success to being open to opportunities and having relentless determination and a willingness to take risks.

  • Helen Clark with three others stands by a kitchenette, chatting and holding coffee mugs

    Helen Clark’s visit sparks discussion on the future of glaciers

    Victoria University of Wellington's Antarctic Research Centre was delighted to host former Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Helen Clark earlier this year to share details of key research projects seeking to better understand the impact climate change is having in New Zealand.