School of Science

Professor Margaret Barbour
Dean of Science

Haere mai ki Te Aka Mātuatua - Welcome to the School of Science

Kia ora koutou. As Dean, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Te Aka Mātuatua - School of Science, at the University of Waikato.

Whether you're thinking about studying science or have a research question that needs answering, we would love to partner with you in your science journey. We cover a broad range of science disciplines with a unifying commitment to te taumata pūtaiao or the pursuit of outstanding science.

Across our Hamilton and Tauranga campuses, our students and staff have access to some pretty unique natural environments and world-class facilities.

So please join with us to connect your science, your environment and your future.

Kei te rangahau mō te tangata

Research for the people

Our research is shaped by the pursuit of outstanding science that has relevance in the real world. Our researchers are genuinely world-class and tackling some of the biggest challenges facing us here in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, Aotearoa, and the world.

Our research falls within five overarching themes that share a commitment to connecting knowledge systems to affect real and meaningful change. In real terms, this means bringing together the perspectives of western Science and mātauranga Māori to protect and preserve Aotearoa New Zealand.

Meet some of our postgraduate research students

We offer a vibrant and supportive environment for our postgraduate research students, attracting students from all over the world who want to work with our researchers.

Kei te ako ki Te Aka Mātuatua

Studying Science at Waikato

We offer a broad range of science subjects and have flexible degree programmes to suit every learner, wherever they are in life or in their study journey. Our teaching staff are friendly and approachable and genuinely care about the students they teach and setting them up for success in their chosen career path.

Why Study Science at Waikato?

With excellent facilities and a strong commitment to "hands-on" practical learning, you will graduate from Waikato with the skills necessary to maximise your career potential.

Engage with the School of Science

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Meet our Staff

If you're looking for a scientist to help with your research or study question, you've come to the right place!

Learn more about our staff

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Science Outreach

We're passionate about science and love to share our scientific knowledge with local schools and other community groups.

Learn more about our outreach activities

We offer a range of analytical services and consultancy

Commercial Services

We offer a range of different analytical services as well as scientific consultancy for interpreting your results.

Learn more about our commercial services


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Contact Us

Phone: +64 7 838 4625


School Office: Room E.2.20, E Block, Gate 8, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton

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