Welcome to the School of Biological Sciences


We offer students, individuals wishing to upskill, and industry a wide range of world-renowned undergraduate and postgraduate subjects, facilities and services. Our school collaborates closely with several leading research centres, and in association with the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology operates the first dedicated bio-incubator in New Zealand.

2018 Summer Research Scholarships

Summer Research Scholarships are a great way to gain valuable research experience, enhance your career opportunities and work with leading researchers in the School of Biological Sciences. Apply by 3 August.

Take 10 with Dr Christina Painting

Dr Christina Painting gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss the fundamental challenge for biologists - understanding why animals are so diverse in form and function. Find out about her research.

Come to your Orientation Day

Are you joining the Faculty of Science in semester two? We look forward to welcoming all new students on their Orientation Day: 11 July for postgraduates and 13 July for undergraduate students.

  • Media SAVVY workshops for Māori researchers
    28 June 2018
    The Science Media Centre offers fully-funded Media SAVVY workshops for Māori researchers, supported by Curious Minds – He Hihiri i te Mahara. Applications for the next workshop on 3 and 4 September are open now. Find out more.
  • Entries open for New Zealand's most illustrious science prize
    20 June 2018
    Entries for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes are now open, with New Zealand’s most talented established and emerging scientists, science teachers and science communicators able to apply for awards worth a combined value of $1 million across five categories.
  • New criteria for Science Journalism Fund | applications open
    18 June 2018
    Round three of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism fund is open with new eligibility criteria in place. Applications from science communicators and those with an interest in science-related reporting (but no previous experience) will now be accepted. Grants range from $500 to $5000. Applications close 27 July.