School of Biological Sciences


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.

Meet our staff

Professor Debbie Hay hopes that her current research into ways to halt tumour growth will lead to new treatments to fight cancer.

Find a research project

Looking for a PhD, MSc or BSc(Hons) research project? Browse through a list of available projects and supervisors in our 3 thematic research sections.

SBS in the media

The School of Biological Sciences' research is regularly featured in various national and international media. Read through a selection of recent articles.

  • Joint role balancing act brings double benefits
    15 June 2016
    Thomas Buckley divides his time between Landcare Research and the University of Auckland, when he's not collecting giant weta at Mt Farrady.
  • Do females do it differently to males?
    13 June 2016
    The question of the differences between sexes will once again come to the fore at the School of Biological Sciences with the arrival of new lecturer Dr. Kristal Cain in June.
  • SBS researchers collaborating in Brazil
    30 May 2016
    The School of Biological Sciences is currently involved in two long-term international partnerships involving researchers from the University of São Paulo, UFF (Niteroi), and UFRPE in Brazil investigating the terrestrial and marine ecology of the Brazilian coast and islands.
  • Conservation silver bullet?
    24 March 2016
    An international team of 30 scientists has conducted the first-ever global study measuring the benefits of eradication of invasive mammals on islands and concludes it is one of the most effective tools in the conservation arsenal.
  • Science subjects rate highly internationally
    22 March 2016
    Science subjects at the University of Auckland are highly placed in this year’s QS World University Rankings with the University rated number one in the country in almost all subjects.
  • Safe disposal of Tip boxes
    16 February 2016
    At the School of Biological Sciences, a collective unhappiness about the inability to choose to recycle Tip boxes, due to a change in supplier, galvanised Technical Team Leader Keith Richards into action.
  • Summer Research Scholarships
    17 June 2016
    Summer Research Scholarships are a great way to get some research experience and enhance your career opportunities. The University offers $2 million in summer research scholarships each year.