Biological Sciences

Biological Science is the study of life.

Subject overview

The scope of Biological Sciences (Biology) 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 ag-biotech 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.*

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

Meet a graduate

I love learning new things and expanding my horizons. Over the years I have also learned to appreciate the gift of nature, becoming a proponent of environmental conservation and protection. Pursuing Biological Sciences was a great way for me to combine these interests. 

Olivier Laroche

Read Olivier's full story here.

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