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.

Enrol for 2019

After gaining admission to a programme of study and accepting your offer of place online, you can enrol for courses. Enrol early to get into the courses and class times you want. Find out more.

Million dollar business

A New Zealand start-up making apple, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir flour has received a $NZ1.2 million injection from the home of gastronomy, France. Photo by Lee Howell.

When food doesn't love you back

In this Raising the Bar public talk Dr Amber Milan shares her research looking at what we know about food intolerances, why they are so hard to pin down and how scientists can help find better ways to manage intolerances.

  • Apply now for a 2019 graduate teaching assistant opportunity
    03 December 2018
    The Faculty of Science invites expressions of interest from postgraduate students for Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions in 2019.
  • Seeking an MSc student | for fully funded research
    16 November 2018
    Dr Emma Carroll is seeking a suitable candidate for a masters project looking at functional differences in southern right whale genomes linked to population structure and foraging traditions. A background in genomics/genetics and experience with coding would be ideal. Find out more.
  • MicroED: Conception, practice and future opportunities Event as iCalendar
    07 December 2018, 1 - 2pm
    In this seminar Professor Tamir Gonen (David Geffen Medical School, University of California, Los Angeles, USA) will describe the basics of this method, from concept to data collection, analysis and structure determination, and illustrate how samples that were previously unattainable can now be studied by MicroED.
  • Around the world in 80 whales Event as iCalendar
    10 December 2018, 1 - 2pm
    In this seminar, Dr Emma Carroll will talk about her work on the genomic analyses of several globally distributed marine mammals. Her work is aimed at developing better genomic monitoring methods for long lived species.
  • MicroED: Conception, practice and future opportunities Event as iCalendar
    07 December 2018, 1 - 2pm
    In this seminar Professor Tamir Gonen (David Geffen Medical School, University of California, Los Angeles, USA) will describe the basics of this method, from concept to data collection, analysis and structure determination, and illustrate how samples that were previously unattainable can now be studied by MicroED.
  • Around the world in 80 whales Event as iCalendar
    10 December 2018, 1 - 2pm
    In this seminar, Dr Emma Carroll will talk about her work on the genomic analyses of several globally distributed marine mammals. Her work is aimed at developing better genomic monitoring methods for long lived species.