About Us

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Aka Mātuatua - Welcome to the School of Science.

We are a research-intensive school, with teaching and research activities that cover a broad range of science disciplines. We are passionate about science and the difference that it can make to some of the biggest challenges facing Aotearoa and the world. With excellent facilities and staff who are genuinely world-class, we are driven in the pursuit of outstanding scientific teaching and research.

So 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.

Our name

Te Aka Mātuatua is derived from a Waikato version of the traditions of Tāwhaki, who ascended through the heavens by climbing a sacred vine, overcoming obstacles and challenges so that he could obtain the baskets of knowledge for the benefit of mankind.

The word mātuatua symbolises the importance of the vine, and is used to represent the many subject areas within the School. It also signals the depth and the sacredness of the teaching and research areas undertaken within the School.

Research expertise

Our research is shaped by the pursuit of outstanding science that has relevance in the real world.

Research Themes
Research Highlights

Taught programmes

We offer flexible and innovative degrees that are internationally-recognised.

Undergraduate Study Options
Postgraduate Study Options

Our campuses

We undertake a broad range of teaching and research activities across our Hamilton and Tauranga campuses.

Hamilton Campus
Tauranga Campus