Prospective Students - Biological Sciences - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Why Study Biology @ UC

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Welcome to the School of Biological Sciences. We are a vibrant community where research and learning is fascinating and fun. Prospective postgraduate students should visit the postgraduate section of the website.

Choice of Diverse Courses In the Lab

The Biology and Biochemistry majors offered by UC at the undergraduate level provides a broadbased introduction to Biology. We offer a diverse range of courses from which students mix-n-match to suit their needs and interests. The diversity continues at postgraduate level, where students choose amongst our nine specialist subject majors.

Breadth of Teaching and Research Tantalus monkey skull

With over 90 staff, our outlook on Biology spans all types of organisms, all scales of biological systems - from molecules to ecosystems - and all research perspectives - from energetics to evolution.


UC has more fieldstations (see Field Facilities Centre website) than any other NZ university, from the high country to the ocean and from Antarctica to Africa. These greatly assist our teaching and research and many undergraduate courses involve a fieldwork component based either at Cass or Kaikoura. Fieldtrips allow students to apply techniques and theories they have learnt in lectures and also interact with staff in a more informal setting.Outside Kaikoura Fieldstation

Modern Facilities and Equipment

Across the range of biological disciplines, there are research opportunities that use gene technologies, electron microscopes and satellite images.

How do I Enrol?

The enrolment process at University of Canterbury is very easy. The first step is the look at the UC New Students website which has all the information you need.

Scholarships and Prizes

Entry Requirements for Biology

Entry into Biological Sciences is easy, biology can be started at first year level without previous study. However, students who have not completed Year 13 Biology may find the Science Headstart website

Courses in Biology and Biochemistry

Course Advice - Designing your Degree

Career Options

There are wide-ranging employment opportunities in positions ranging from in agricultural, horticultural, aquaculture, oceanography, entomology, brewing and pharmaceutical industries to name a few.

Government agencies frequently target Biological Sciences graduates. For instance, crown research institutes, ministries concerned with conservation, the environment, agriculture, forestry and health, as well as regional and local councils.

Even if you do not gain employment in science, a Biological Sciences degree indicates you have abilities such as innovative and logical thinking which are attractive to many other employers.

UC Careers and Employment website can provide further information.

Contact a Person

General email enquiries can be sent to:

General phone enquiries can be made at:
+64 3 364 2500

Undergraduate Advisor

Matthew Turnbull

Dr Pieter Pelser
Room Biology 530, Phone 369 5228 Internal 95228

Postgraduate Coordinators

Dr Marie Hale - 4th Year Coordinator
Room Biology 537, Phone 369 5175 internal 95175


Dr Tammy Steeves - Chair Academic Postgraduate Studies Committee
Room Biology 533, Phone 369 5378 internal 95378