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.

Winter Week on Campus 1 - 6 July

Join a selection of distinguished University of Auckland faculty members, including Faculty of Science researchers, and learn more about subjects as diverse as reef fish and gut microbiome. Buy your tickets now.

  • Restoring the Hauraki Gulf with mussels
    19 June 2018
    Dr Andrew Jeffs talks to Radio NZ about a project to restore the mussel beds in the waters around Auckland that could provide part of the answer to cleaning up the Hauraki Gulf.
  • University of Auckland professor announced as new Chief Science Advisor
    12 June 2018
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits the University of Auckland today to announce Professor Juliet Gerrard will take up the role of Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.
  • University marine biologist wins environment award
    08 June 2018
    Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine has been named inaugural winner of the Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her work in marine research and conservation.
  • Not letting the neighbours ruin the mood
    06 June 2018
    New research into the reproductive behaviour of one of New Zealand’s most mysterious and unusual insects – the cave weta – shows that the male weta’s distinctively-elongated hind legs play a vital role in ensuring mating success.
  • Biological Sciences team win Centre for Brain Research prize
    17 May 2018
    Professor Russell Snell, Associate Professor Klaus Lehnert, Dr Jessie Jacobsen and Dr Pritika Narayan from the School of Biological Sciences won the Centre for Brain Research's Collaborative Science Prize for their work in The Applied Translational Genetics Group. Their award was presented by the Governor-General.
  • 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.