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The depth of research activity at UC, the most research-intensive university in New Zealand, ensures that students are taught by leading scientists.

Wow factor

What do these people have in common: the discoverer of a new species of plant in the Philippines; the expert who advised on a spider sequence in a BBC Attenborough series; the recipient of the Distinguished New Zealand Geographer Award; the scientist finding planets around other stars in our galaxy; the architect of the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge; and the brains behind Te Papa and Weta Workshop's latest exhibition BugLab? You could be taught by these people during your time at UC.

Highly ranked

UC is in the top 200 universities in the world in Computer Science and Information Systems, Earth and Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geography and Area Studies, Linguistics, Psychology, and Statistics and Operational Research.* We are also ranked in the top two of New Zealand’s eight universities for research in 10 out of 17 subject areas**, have the country’s top-rated Biological Sciences research school, and are world leaders in earthquake studies. (*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2016. ** The latest TEC 2012 PBRF Assessment.)

Leading scientists who teach

Our lecturers are actively involved in research and publishing in their specialist areas, so you will be taught by staff at the forefront of knowledge. UC’s teachers make learning interesting; many receive international and national awards for the quality of their teaching.

Unique courses and degrees

The specialist expertise within the College makes it possible to offer courses of study and degrees that are not available elsewhere in New Zealand. Here is a taste of what's on offer.