Research led teaching
Academic staff at UC are always pushing the boundaries by asking "What if?". They put inquiry and discovery at the centre of the educational process as all UC teaching programmes are research-based.
UC's academic staff includes business, government and community leaders who are at the forefront of knowledge in their fields. They are actively involved in research and publishing in their areas of expertise.
Outstanding international academics
UC has a number of field leading academics on staff and is enhanced by a number of outstanding international professors, lecturers and researchers who visit each year on our staff exchange programmes. You may be taught by academic staff from the universities of Oxford or Cambridge as well as other top universities.
UC's Erskine Programme attracts up to 75 distinguished, international academic visitors each year to give lectures in their specialist areas. Previous Erskine Fellows having included two Nobel Prize winners – Emeritus Professor Clive Granger and Professor Bob Grubbs.
UC academics are committed to giving students the individual attention that nurtures their ideas and pushes them to excel.
As a UC student you will do more than just wrestle with big ideas – you will bring them to life by embracing a practical approach to education.
A top ranked university
UC is ranked in the top 1% of world universities (QS World University Rankings) and has 11 subjects ranked in the world’s top 200.
For a full list of current rankings visit our University Ranking page.
UC was the first university in Aotearoa New Zealand to receive a five-star rating from QS.
“A typical five stars university is generally world class in a broad range of areas, enjoys a high reputation and has cutting edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty."
(Source: QS Stars Ratings Explained)
Cutting edge research facilities
UC has a raft of cutting-edge research facilities, including:
- Biomolecular Interaction Centre
- Gateway Antarctica: Centre for Antarctic Studies and Research
- Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HITLabNZ)
- MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
- New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour
- Social Science Research Centre
- Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management
The University operates field stations in Cass, Kawatiri Westport, Harihari, the sub-Antarctic Snares Islands, and Antarctica; and Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier astronomical research facility at Ōtehīwai Mount John, Takapō Tekapo, famous for its clear southern skies.
These facilities mean that UC offers research opportunities in the field that no other Aotearoa New Zealand university can match.
A history of academic excellence
The University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha was established in 1873 and is Aotearoa New Zealand’s second oldest university. Since its establishment, UC has produced graduates who have gone on to become world leaders in their fields. UC is committed to continuing this tradition of excellence and to developing tomorrow’s leaders.
You will find our graduates in top jobs and graduate schools the world over. Hear direct from our students about how UC helped them on their path to excellence with our Student profiles.