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Research in our schools, departments and joint graduate schools

The research in our 10 schools and departments covers topics ranging from diabetes, medicinal chemistry and molecular drug discovery to astrophysics, neuropsychology, software innovation and ecology.

The Faculty of Science has also established four joint graduate schools in cooperation with industry leaders in their field. Combining academic excellence and an industry perspective, the graduate schools cover a wide spectrum from Plant and Food Science to Biodiversity and Biosecurity, Coastal and Marine Science, and Dairy Research.

Schools and departments


Many of our researchers work from pure science to create an applied technology or product with commercial value. We benefit from significant collaborations with the adjacent faculties of Medical & Health Sciences and Engineering as well as with international institutions. We also have extensive links with the Crown Research Institutes of New Zealand.

 

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Joint Graduate Schools


Our aim is to create more opportunities for its staff to collaborate with Crown Research Institutes through shared supervision and research, and to increase scholarship opportunities, improved access to research questions considered highly relevant to New Zealand, and employment opportunities for our postgraduate students.

Biodiversity and Biosecurity

The University of Auckland and Landcare Research are New Zealand’s two leading research organisations in environmental science and ecology.

In 2011 they combined their resources and expertise to create the Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity, an extension of the existing Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity, which was established in 2005 between the two institutions.

The Joint Graduate School offers postgraduate students the opportunity to undertake masters or PhD research to help maintain New Zealand’s terrestrial ecosystems and to enable our natural flora, fauna and fungi to flourish.

Visit the Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity website

Visit the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity website

 

Coastal and Marine Science

The University of Auckland and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) joined forces in June 2011 to establish the Joint Graduate School in Coastal and Marine Science.

The graduate school offers postgraduate degrees in coastal and marine science, co-supervised by researchers at the University and NIWA, to increase the number of students educated in both areas for employment in academia and industry.

The University’s particular strengths in coastal science and marine ecology combined with NIWA’s complementary expertise in oceanography and modeling broadens the range of research topics available to students and encourages further scientific collaboration between the two institutions.

Visit the Joint Graduate School in Coastal and Marine Science website

Dairy Research and Innovation

In November 2012, the University of Auckland, DairyNZ, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute, AgResearch, established the Joint Graduate School in Dairy Research and Innovation.

The school provides postgraduate students with the opportunity to study in fields relevant to the dairy industry and to increase collaboration between the partner organisations.

The school spans the various disciplines that contribute to sustainable productivity on a farm – such as genetics, agricultural technology and environmental science – through to those that add value beyond the farm gate such as food science and business.

Visit the Joint Graduate School in Dairy Research and Innovation

Plant and Food Science

In November 2010, the University of Auckland and Plant & Food Research jointly created the Joint Graduate School in Plant and Food Science, the first school of its kind in New Zealand.

The Joint Graduate School offers postgraduate students the opportunity to undertake masters or PhD research of direct relevance to the New Zealand primary production and food industries.

As well as scientific expertise, the school offers students access to the University’s research programmes and to Plant & Food’s research infrastructure across the country.

Visit the Joint Graduate School in Plant and Food Science website

 

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