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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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  • Architectural Studies and Building Science 

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

    • Architectural Studies

      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 UG/PG
      • Architecture History and Theory UG/PG
      • Interior Architecture UG/PG
      • Landscape Architecture UG/PG
    • 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 UG/PG
      • Sustainable Engineering Systems UG/PG
  • 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.

  • Conservation and the Environment 

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

    • Climate and the Environment

      Earth’s natural resources are under increasing pressure. Learn the science behind environmental problems and discover pathways to make our actions more sustainable.

      Available subjects
      • Climate Change Science and Policy PG
      • Environmental Science UG
      • Environmental Studies UG/PG
    • Ecology and Marine Biology

      Take your passion for the natural world to the next level. Explore topics in ecology, marine biology and conservation biology and learn about the vast diversity of plants, animals and micro-organisms that live on earth.

      Available subjects
      • Conservation Biology PG
      • Ecological Restoration PG
      • Ecology and Biodiversity UG/PG
      • Marine Biology UG/PG
      • Marine Conservation PG
  • 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
      • Animation and Visual Effects UG/PG
      • Communication Design UG/PG
      • Design for Social Innovation UG/PG
      • Fashion Design Technology UG/PG
      • Industrial Design UG/PG
      • Interaction Design UG/PG
      • Media Design UG/PG
    • Film

      Film is a powerful means to tell stories, share knowledge and communicate. Explore the historical, cultural and technological perspectives of cinema in the city that is home to New Zealand’s film industry.

      Available subjects
      • Film UG
    • Media Studies

      From print media to television, popular music, the internet and mobile technologies, the media is integral to how we navigate and understand the world. Explore one of the main ways we come to know ourselves and our society.

      Available subjects
      • Media Studies UG/PG
      • Popular Music Studies UG
  • 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 UG/PG
      • Restorative Justice UG
    • 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 PG
      • Second Language Learning and Teaching PG
      • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) UG/PG
    • 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 UG
      • Primary Teacher Education UG/PG
      • Secondary Teacher Education UG/PG
  • 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

      Discover your individual voice and develop your imaginative capacity within a lively community of writers. Hone your craft in small-group writing workshops led by high-calibre teaching staff at the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML).

      Available subjects
      • Creative Writing UG/PG
    • 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 UG/PG
  • Engineering and Digital Technologies 

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

  • Health 

    Make a difference to the health of our communities, and improve lives. 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 UG/PG
      • Clinical Immunology PG
      • Clinical Research PG
      • Drug Discovery and Development PG
      • Human Genetics UG
      • Molecular Pathology UG
      • Molecular Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry UG
    • Health

      Make a difference to the health of our communities and become a part of New Zealand's rapidly growing and diverse health sector.

      Available subjects
      • Health Informatics UG
      • Health Promotion UG
      • Health Psychology UG
      • Health Software Development UG
      • Population Health, Policy and Service Delivery UG
    • 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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  • 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 UG/PG
      • Museum and Heritage Studies PG
    • Classics

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

      Available subjects
      • Classical Studies UG/PG
      • Greek UG/PG
      • Latin UG/PG
    • History

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

      Available subjects
      • History UG/PG
      • New Zealand Studies PG
      • Text Technologies UG/PG
    • Philosophy

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

      Available subjects
      • Philosophy UG/PG
  • 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 UG/PG
  • 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 UG
    • Data Science UG
    • Mathematics UG/PG
    • Statistics UG/PG
    • Stochastic Processes in Finance and Insurance PG
  • Music and Theatre 

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

    • Music

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

      Available subjects
      • Arranging PG
      • Classical Performance UG/PG
      • Ethnomusicology PG
      • Instrumental/Vocal Composition UG/PG
      • Jazz UG/PG
      • Music UG/PG
      • Music Studies UG
      • Music Therapy PG
      • Musicology PG
      • Performance PG
      • Popular Music Studies UG
      • Sonic Arts and Music Technology UG/PG
    • 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 UG/PG
  • 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 UG
      • Educational Psychology PG
    • 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 PG
      • Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience PG
      • Cross-Cultural Psychology PG
      • Forensic Psychology PG
      • Psychology UG/PG
  • 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 UG
      • Biotechnology UG/PG
      • Cell and Molecular Bioscience UG/PG
      • Molecular Microbiology PG
    • Biomedical Sciences

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

      Available subjects
      • Biomedical Science UG/PG
      • Clinical Immunology PG
      • Clinical Research PG
      • Drug Discovery and Development PG
      • Human Genetics UG
      • Molecular Pathology UG
      • Molecular Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry UG
    • 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 UG/PG
    • 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 UG/PG
    • 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 UG/PG
      • Geophysics – Meteorology UG/PG
      • Geophysics – Solid Earth UG/PG
    • 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 UG/PG
      • Geographic Information Science (GIS) PG
      • Geography UG/PG
      • Migration Studies PG
      • Physical Geography UG/PG
    • 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 UG
      • Physics UG/PG
    • 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 Society UG/PG
  • 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 UG/PG
    • Criminology

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

      Available subjects
      • Criminology UG/PG
      • Restorative Justice UG
    • 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 UG/PG
    • 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 UG/PG
      • Geographic Information Science (GIS) PG
      • Geography UG/PG
      • Migration Studies PG
      • Physical Geography UG/PG
    • 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 UG
      • Māori Studies UG/PG
      • Tohu Māoritanga UG/PG
    • 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 UG/PG
    • Sociology

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

      Available subjects
      • Gender and Sexuality Studies UG
      • Social Policy UG/PG
      • Sociology UG/PG