Accessible experts

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 78th in the world in Linguistics and in the top 200 universities in the world in Ecology+, Earth and Marine Sciences, Geography, Geophysics, Geology, and Natural Science*.

We are also ranked top of New Zealand’s eight universities for research in Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour, and Public Health and second for Agriculture and Other Applied Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Linguistics**, have the country’s top-rated Biological Sciences research school, and are world leaders in earthquake studies.

(+Shanghai Ranking *QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022. ** The latest TEC 2018 PBRF Assessment.)


Our degrees are accredited by national and international bodies so you can be confident that the content is relevant and of high quality.

Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences  Royal Society of Biology (UK)
Bachelor of Science in Medical Physics  The Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine 
Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours       New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology NZ College of Clinical Psychologists
Master of Audiology  NZ Audiological Society 
Master of Speech and Language Pathology New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association

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.

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