University of Auckland


The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and the largest with 41,000 students and 4700 staff on five campuses. Approaching 5000 international students from more than 90 countries study at The University of Auckland. It offers a comprehensive range of courses and has a strong focus on quality with selective entry to all programmes.

Auckland is the only New Zealand university ranked among the world’s top 200 universities in the Times Higher Education World Rankings. It is also the highest ranked New Zealand university in the QS World University Rankings and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

There are eight faculties and two large-scale research institutes, along with unique opportunities for interdisciplinary studies and conjoint degrees. Auckland also has the biggest graduate school in New Zealand, the largest annual number of postgraduate research student completions and the highest level of research income. Its research commercialisation company, Auckland UniServices Ltd, generates more than $NZ120 million per annum in income.

The Faculty of Science at The University of Auckland is the largest and most highly ranked* science faculty in New Zealand. More than 7,000 students study in our 10 schools and departments, including approximately 1200 postgraduate students. The vision of the Faculty of Science is to serve its communities through fundamental and translational research, teaching and public commentary in the sciences.

The Faculty of Science provides research-rich learning to world-class standards of excellence. It has a comprehensive, high quality, academic portfolio and is privileged to lead the nation's research in many science disciplines. It encompasses a range of biodiversity and environment research themes, including animal and plant conservation, biosecurity in natural ecosystems, microbial biofilms, urban dynamics, environmental variability and change, and marine science.

This research underpins a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, including:

BSc in Ecology

• Conservation Ecology and Biosecurity
• Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour
• Marine and Coastal Ecology
• Quantitative Ecology Modelling

Postgraduate Diploma in Biosecurity and Conservation

Advanced training for graduates and biosecurity practitioners who wish to learn more about invasion biology and the science behind current biosecurity issues. Graduates will be equipped to understand and protect the natural environment (both terrestrial and aquatic) from biosecurity threats. The programmes cover a range of topics including new discoveries in contemporary environmental and life sciences and their translation into tools for prevention and management of invasive species. The programmes will also offer networking opportunities for students to meet practitioners and leaders from the biosecurity sector and related research areas.

• Postgraduate courses
• Ecology
• Applied Microbiology
• Environmental Science and Management
• Physical and Human Geography and Geographic Information Science

Joint Graduation School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity

The University of Auckland and Landcare Research are New Zealand’s two leading research organisations in environmental science and ecology research. They have combined their resources and expertise to create the Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity as part of the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity.

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