School of Biological Sciences

School of Biological Sciences

Here at the School of Biological Sciences we offer state-of-the-art programmes and courses for students and for graduates wishing to acquire additional skills.  


Professor Debbie Hay, Acting Head of School, School of Biological Sciences
Professor Debbie Hay

Scientific discovery in the biological sciences has advanced at breath-taking speed since the turn of the millennium and is now delivering a new generation of therapies in health and medicine, sustainable consumer-focused products in agricultural biotechnology and strategies for the protection of fragile ecosystems.

The biological sciences have never been more important for preserving our economic prosperity and the natural biodiversity of our islands in the face of global threats like climate change and population growth.

To be a part of this biological revolution we need graduates that are biologically literate with knowledge that transcends traditional discipline boundaries in biosciences.

Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland is ranked top in New Zealand according to the 2019 QS rankings by subject. Each year we welcome new students seeking to acquire internationally competitive skills and training through our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

We offer a wide range of courses that span the spectrum of biology from atoms and molecules to ecosystems, each taught by academics who are experts in their fields of Plant, Marine and Animal Biology, Ecology, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biomedical Science and Biosecurity and Conservation.

Our graduates are highly sought after by employers in industry and government agencies, and our staff are recipients of both national and international research funding and awards and feature regularly in scientific communique and social media.

The School of Biological Sciences is a fun, vibrant and supportive place to learn and train for a science-based career. A degree in Biological Sciences introduces you to some of the major challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, and sets you on the path to meet them.

On behalf of all the staff within the School of Biological Sciences – we look forward to welcoming you.

Professor Debbie Hay
Acting Head of School