Research in the Wellington Faculty of Science is top-ranked with global impact and is at the core of our learning and teaching.

Armchair Geophysics at its Finest: Downloading Data at Tasman Lake, Tasman Lake, 2016. The photo was taken by Samuel Taylor-Offord, who has signed a declaration to enable us to use the image.
Armchair Geophysics at its Finest: Downloading Data at Tasman Lake, Tasman Lake, 2016.

Research is fundamental to the activities of all Schools and Centres in the Wellington Faculty of Science. The content of our undergraduate BSc programme is informed and kept current by the research of staff in each School.

Postgraduate students are a key part of the research conducted at Victoria University of Wellington. Many postgraduates carry out work that leads to scientific breakthroughs and their work is regularly presented at international conferences and in peer-reviewed international journals. The Schools within the Wellington Faculty of Science offer postgraduates a wide variety of options for study in their chosen field. Honours, Master's and PhD students all conduct varied and interesting research, with the support and supervision of academic staff.

Research performance at Victoria University of Wellington, along with all New Zealand tertiary education providers, is assessed by the Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF). The University consistently performs well in the PBRF. In the most recent assessment Victoria University of Wellington was ranked first overall and highly in a range of science subjects.

The University places a high value on its academic staff and invests significantly in their research programmes and the postgraduate students they supervise. Success in gaining contested research funding from external sources such as the Marsden Fund and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, also adds millions of dollars each year to the research budget and demonstrates the national and international standing of the Faculty's scientists.

More information is available on each School's research pages: