Explore biology at a school ranked top in New Zealand for its research quality.

Our world-class staff can introduce you to biomedical science, biotechnology, conservation biology, evolutionary genetics, marine biology, New Zealand’s endangered species, reproductive biology and more.

You will also be exposed to opportunities to engage in ground-breaking international research and discovery.

Biological Sciences

Biological Science is the study of how living organisms work. Learn to apply this knowledge of living things to make life better for humans, and help the environment.

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Available subjects

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell and Molecular Bioscience
  • Molecular Microbiology

Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical science is about innovative research into human health. Be at the forefront of discovery—from researching genetics and reproduction, to understanding the cellular and molecular structure of a disease, to searching for a cure.

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Available subjects

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

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.

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Available subjects

  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Conservation
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  • A spike in vaccine development

    Dr Davide Comoletti from the School of Biological Sciences, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, is playing a pivotal role in New Zealand’s drive to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • A monarch butterfly with crumpled wings because of ophryocystis elektroscirrha.

    Using citizen science to help monarch butterflies

    Do any of the monarch butterflies in your garden have crumpled and deformed wings? Are they unable to fly and just fall to the ground? Do the pupae (chrysalis) have black spots? If so, they may have a parasite called Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (or OE) that is only found in monarch butterflies.Professor Phil Lester is researching how common this parasite is amongst monarch butterflies in New Zealand, and he is looking for citizen scientists to help him.