Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences is about the study of life.

Subject overview

The scope of Biological Sciences is extensive. It covers the structure and function of all living organisms, their relationships and evolutionary origins. It also looks at their interactions, and the physical and chemical worlds around them.

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

Discovery in the biosciences has advanced at breathtaking speed. This has led to a new generation of therapies in health and medicine, sustainable consumer-focused products in agbiotech industries, and novel strategies for the protection of fragile ecosystems.

We teach courses that span the spectrum of biology from atoms and molecules to ecosystems, with each of these areas supported by active research groups and well equipped facilities:

  • Biomedicine
  • Biotechnology
  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Genetics
  • Marine, freshwater and animal biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Plant sciences

If you’re keen to study in an exciting field with a big future, then Biological Sciences is a great choice.

The University of Auckland is ranked first in New Zealand for biological sciences, and we’re number one for employer reputation in the life sciences and medicine, which includes biological sciences. Excitingly, we’re also ranked 78 out of 500 worldwide for life sciences and medicine.*
*science.auckland.ac.nz/excellence  

Where can Biological Sciences take you?

Our graduates find employment in government, industries, Crown Research Institutes and the private sector. Areas of work include:

  • Biomedicine, biomedical research
  • Biotechnology, food, brewing, dairy and pharmaceutical industries
  • Conservation, plant protection and quarantine
  • Education, environmental resource management and planning
  • Marine biology, ecology, aquaculture and fisheries
  • Parks, zoo and nursery management

Explore your study options in Biological Sciences