Welcome from the Dean of Science at Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Dave Harper in front of artwork

Welcome to the Wellington Faculty of Science—Te Wāhanga Pūtaiao.

Choosing where, and what, to study is an important decision, and if you choose to become a science student at this University you will be joining New Zealand’s leading university for science.

Our Faculty is home to five schools and through them we deliver a range of high-quality courses and programmes. When it comes to choosing your subjects, you’ll have the freedom to choose and tailor a qualification that is right your interests and career goals. We have structured our programmes so you can easily take a second major, or minor as part of your degree. You can also select from a range of elective courses, and sample the full breadth of subjects of available.

Research is at the core of our learning and teaching and this is reflected in the content of your lectures and laboratories, which are delivered by some of the most respected academic leaders in the world. Victoria University of Wellington is number one in New Zealand for research quality, according to the most recent Performance-Based Research Fund quality evaluation of New Zealand universities.

As a student at this University you won’t just learn about theory and current research discoveries – you will also learn how to do research. By developing these important skills in collecting, analysing and understanding data you’ll be set up for success whatever your next step is, whether into employment or onto postgraduate study.

These practical skills form an important component of the depth and breadth you will gain in science from an internationally recognised world-leading university. When this experience is combined with our emphasis on developing skills in independent critical thinking, creativity and communication, the result is a science graduate who stands out.

We know it’s not just about what you learn, it’s also the environment you learn in, and we place great value on the quality of our student experience, and are justifiably proud of the number of our lecturers who have received teaching excellence awards.

Coming to this University will mean you join our diverse community of fantastic and engaged students. This community, alongside the huge range of activities, support mechanisms, modern facilities, clubs, makes studying science here an amazing and life-changing experience.

Wellington is also a great place to be a science student. It is home to the highest concentration of scientific research organisations in New Zealand, and these organisations contribute to our programmes and enhance the experience we provide to our students—either directly through opportunities for research placements, and ensuring our courses is at the cutting edge of knowledge, or indirectly through future employment opportunities.

I hope that you will be excited at the prospect of studying here, and being part of our mission to educate the next generation of scientists.

Professor Dave Harper

Dean of Science

Wellington Faculty of Science