About us

Discover why the Wellington Faculty of Science is at the cutting edge of science discovery worldwide.

The Wellington Faculty of Science is made up of five schools which offer excellent teaching and world-leading research programmes in a wide range of fields. From Biomedical Science to Environmental Studies to Applied Physics, the opportunities for study are numerous—in fact, most students have trouble choosing. Many subjects are unique to this University, including Physical Geography, Forensic Psychology and Marine Conservation.

Our academic staff are highly regarded internationally and many are acknowledged each year with research and teaching awards in their specialist areas.

We are located in Wellington, the Science Capital of New Zealand—a thriving city and a great place to study and live. The Faculty has well-established links with the many Wellington-based science organisations and government agencies. Several noteworthy research centres and institutes are based in the Science Faculty, including the MacDiarmid Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, New Zealand’s top research institute in material science; the Malaghan Institute for Medical Research, the country’s largest private medical research institute; and the Antarctic Research Centre, a leading research group on Antarctic research and the global climate system. Students benefit from research collaboration opportunities and summer placements with these and other organisations.

The Wellington Faculty of Science is centrally located at Kelburn Campus. Te Toki a Rata, a science teaching and research building, was completed in late 2017, providing additional state-of-the-art laboratory and office space for a growing number of students.