Science student Madeline looking through a microscope

Leading-edge research

As New Zealand’s top ranked university for research quality, look no further than Victoria University of Wellington for high-calibre research programmes.

Our rating

All New Zealand universities are assessed every six years by independent international panels to measure and to rank their research performance. In the most recent ranking, released in April 2013, Victoria University of Wellington was placed first, significantly ahead of all other universities in New Zealand.

Two areas of the University, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Toihuarewa as well as the Wellington Faculty of Science, recorded a clean sweep with 10 out of 10 subject areas ranked first or second in New Zealand. In addition, the Faculty of Law ranked as the top law school in New Zealand in terms of research quality. Our other faculties and subject areas also performed strongly.

Research culture

Our staff and students are contributing to, and helping to shape, the international research frontiers of a wide range of disciplines. One of our goals is to create new knowledge for the benefit of society.

Our PhD students are at the heart of our research culture, and we offer a range of scholarships to support their work. They contribute to our broad research strengths, which range from biotechnology, earth sciences and nuclear magnetic resonance to Māori knowledge, linguistics and law.

A number of our researchers are also successful entrepreneurs who have partnered with business to bring new products and ideas to commercial markets.

Research institutes and collaboration

There are more than 40 research institutes and centres at the University, each undertaking challenges of national and international concern. Victoria University of Wellington collaborates with nearly 100 universities worldwide—through staff and student exchange agreements, collaborative research and strategic partnerships.

We are committed to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and their implementation in research. Our Māori research framework covers Māori knowledge and development as well as all research which is by Māori, for Māori, involves Māori or is relevant to Māori.

The University really helped me to nurture my personal project and produce the final outcome that I wanted.

Find out what it's like to study at New Zealand's top research University. Meet our students.