Victoria University of Wellington
  • No. Students: 21202
  • Frgn. Students: 3000
  • Study mode: 20 On campus
  • Languages of instruction: English
  • Phone:
  • +6444721000
  • Fax:
  • +6444994601

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About Victoria

Victoria University is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious tertiary institutions with a proud tradition of academic excellence. It was established in 1897 by Act of Parliament, and was a constituent college of the University of New Zealand.

Our vision is for Victoria University to be a world-leading capital city university and one of the great global-civic universities.

The university is well known for its programmes in law, the humanities, and some scientific disciplines, and offers a broad range of other courses. Entry to all courses at first year is open, and entry to second year in some programmes (e.g. law, criminology, creative writing, architecture) is restricted.

Victoria had the highest average research grade in the New Zealand Government's Performance-Based Research Fund exercise in 2012, having been ranked 4th in 2006 and 3rd in 2003. Victoria has been ranked 229th in the World's Top 500 universities by theQS World University Rankings (2015), an increase of 46 from the 2014 ranking.

  • Faculty of Architecture and Design

    The Faculty of Architecture and Design, Te Wāhanga Waihanga-Hoahoa is a combination of two schools – the School of Architecture and the School of Design.

    The Faculty is a leading provider of innovative education in New Zealand and offers an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that cater for the growing requirements of the creative sector.

  • Faculty of Education

    Wellington College of Education and Victoria University of Wellington formally merged on 1 January 2005. This merger created a very strong Faculty with teaching and research expertise in teacher education and support and the study of education.

    Specific strengths are:

    • initial preparation of early childhood, primary and secondary teachers
    • professional development of teachers
    • educational psychology, counselling and human development
    • curriculum, assessment and evaluation
    • Māori education
    • Pacific education
    • special education and education for diverse learners
    • education and training
    • ICT and education

  • Faculty of Engineering

    Our focus is unashamedly modern. We teach engineering courses about digital technology that drives the modern world – from electronics to communications to software.

    We offer the professional Bachelor of Engineering degree with specialisations in Electronics and Computer Science, Software Engineering and Network Engineering. This four year degree has a programme comparable to the best engineering degrees in New Zealand and worldwide.

    The Faculty’s internationally-recognised steering committee and accreditation process ensure that our degree remains up to date, so students can be confident that they are receiving an education at the cutting edge of a rapidly changing field.

    The Faculty of Engineering was established in 2009 to offer the Bachelor of Engineering degree, and builds on many years of experience in teaching the core subjects central to the degree programme.

  • Faculty of Graduate Research

    The Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR) administers and oversees all doctoral programmes at Victoria University of Wellington – the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Professional Doctorates (Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Government), and the Higher Doctorates.

    In conjunction with the faculties of Architecture and Design, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law, Science, Engineering, Education, and Commerce and Administration, the FGR aims to provide an environment that fosters doctoral research.

    Most doctoral candidates at Victoria will undertake research towards a PhD. The FGR’s role is to inform candidates about the requirements of PhD study and the policies that govern the degree so that they can focus their energy on research.

    The FGR also provides skills-development opportunities for PhD candidates and supervisors, manages quality reviews, and monitors the feedback students provide about their PhD experiences.

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is student-focused and offers a diverse range of courses and qualifications across the spectrum of Humanities and Social Science disciplines.

    Teaching in all subjects is informed by the research undertaken by Faculty academic staff. The Faculty takes advantage of its capital city location through its links that include Government, the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, Archives New Zealand, the National Library and numerous theatres and art galleries.

  • Faculty of Law

    Victoria University and Wellington have a lot in common. They are both creative, diverse places, brimming with fresh ideas. If you are motivated to succeed, and you want to live and study in New Zealand’s creative, cultural and intellectual capital, Victoria is the place for you.

    Victoria’s Faculty of Law plays an important role in the intellectual life of the capital city. Located in the heart of Wellington’s legal and political district, next to the courts, Executive Government and Parliament, we are in a privileged position to inform thinking and lead debate on legal, policy and governance issues that affect all New Zealanders and global citizens.

    The vigorous and constant programme of conferences, public lectures and international visitors provides a stimulating and supportive learning environment.

  • Faculty of Science

    The Faculty of Science is made up of five schools which offer excellent teaching and world-leading research programmes in a wide range of fields. From Biomedical Science to Environmental Studies to Applied Physics, the opportunities for study are numerous—in fact, most students have trouble choosing. Many subjects are unique to Victoria, including Physical Geography, Forensic Psychology and Marine Conservation.

    Our academic staff are highly regarded internationally and many are acknowledged each year with research and teaching awards in their specialist areas.

    We are located in Wellington, the Science Capital of New Zealand. The Faculty has well-established links with the many Wellington-based science organisations and government agencies. Several noteworthy research centres and institutes are based in the Science Faculty, including the MacDiarmid Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, New Zealand’s top research institute in material science; the Malaghan Institute for Medical Research, the country’s largest private medical research institute; and the Antarctic Research Centre, a leading research group on Antarctic research and the global climate system. Students benefit from research collaboration opportunities and summer placements with these and other organisations.

    Wellington is a thriving city and a great place to study and live. The Faculty of Science is centrally located on Victoria's Kelburn Campus. The Gateway Building will open in late 2017, providing additional state-of-the-art laboratory and office space for the growing numbers of students who are proud to call Victoria their university.

  • Victoria Business School (Faculty of Commerce)

    Victoria Business School is located within the centre of New Zealand’s thriving capital city, Wellington. This is the administrative and financial centre of New Zealand, and many businesses have their head offices here.

    Excellent connections are in place with many of the corporate leaders, financial institutions, and government agencies in the city, where we have developed mutually beneficial partnerships.

    Our mission drives the work of the Business School and was adopted following consultation with staff, the wider University, and our many stakeholders.

    Victoria Business School creates and shares knowledge of governance and management of resources in the public and private sectors to develop capability and provide our stakeholders with a global perspective.

    We work hard to maintain the high standards expected of us by our stakeholders and strive to remain competitive by achieving and maintaining many recognised accreditations, including the 'Triple Crown' of international accreditations for business schools.

History of Victoria University

The University, originally known as Victoria College, was founded in 1897. Teaching began at Victoria in April 1899 and in the first year 115 students enrolled.

Early years

For the first few years, lectures took place in rented accommodation in the city while a debate raged over where the new university’s home should be built. Eventually, the College Council decided to build on ‘six vertical acres’ in Kelburn, the site of the Kelburn Campus today.

Research

Research at Victoria began in 1899 following the arrival of the University’s four pioneering Professors—Thomas Easterfield, Hugh Mackenzie, Richard Maclaurin and John Rankine Brown.

Growth

In 1904, the first stage of what is today known as the Hunter Building was begun, and the building was opened in 1906 by the Governor of New Zealand, Lord Plunket.

A pattern of growth was quickly established. Student numbers rose from 254 in 1905 to over 700 in 1923, with three additions made to the building over this period. A reputation for fine teaching and research also grew, thanks to the efforts of early academics such as Professors ‘Tommy’ Hunter, J.C. Beaglehole and George von Zedlitz.

In 1961, the University of New Zealand system was dissolved, and on 1 January 1962, Victoria College became Victoria University of Wellington.

Expansion

The University incorporated the Wellington College of Education as the Faculty of Education on 1 January 2005. The following year, Victoria and Massey Universities set up the New Zealand School of Music, a centre of musical excellence that combined the institutions’ music programmes.

Today

From a single campus in Kelburn with fewer than 260 students, Victoria has grown into a network of campuses, research centres, institutes and partnerships worldwide.

Campus plaques are located across the University offering insights to those who have contributed to Victoria since it was established in 1897.

Accreditation

Institutional Accreditation or Recognition - Ministry for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, New Zealand

Rankings

  • Victoria had the highest average research grade in the New Zealand Government's Performance-Based Research Fund exercise in 2012, having been ranked 4th in 2006 and 3rd in 2003.
  • Victoria has been ranked 229th in the World's Top 500 universities by theQS World University Rankings (2015), an increase of 46 from the 2014 ranking.
  • In 2016, Victoria ranked 228 in the QS World University Rankings.

Student life at Victoria University

There's more to university life than study. Join clubs, get mentoring help, meet new people and make the most of your time at Victoria.

Victoria can give you a world-class education, but achieving academic excellence is only part of the picture. Employers are impressed when you go that bit further, really get involved at university, give your time, take on new responsibilities, network and develop your skills.

Not only that, but grabbing opportunities beyond your programme of study is a great way to learn more about yourself and know your mind when it comes to what you’re good at, and where your interests lie.

In the first few weeks

Campus Coaches

Our Campus Coaches programme is here to help you navigate your first two weeks at Victoria.

Study support

Become a Class Rep

Class Reps provide a connection between the lecturer and students. They also work with the Victoria University Students' Association (VUWSA) Education Office on any academic issues that arise in their course. Reps are elected by students by the third week of classes every trimester. Being a Class Rep requires a weekly commitment.

Te Pūtahi Atawhai

Te Pūtahi Atawhai offers mentoring and support for Māori and Pasifika students. Your mentor will be a student who has previously taken and passed your paper with a B+ or higher grade.

Te Rōpū Āwhina

Te Rōpū Āwhina is an on-campus whānau for Māori and Pasifika students enrolled in degrees or majors in the Faculties of Science, Engineering, or Architecture and Design. Their kaupapa is to produce scientists, technologists, engineers, architects and designers to contribute to Māori and Pacific community development and leadership.

Extracurricular opportunities

WGTN Hall

WGTN Hall is ‘a hall without walls’: an opportunity for Wellington-based first-year students to engage with a Victoria University community that offers various activities, sports and guidance to academic support.

Clubs and societies

Join one of our 130 sporting, cultural and political clubs and societies.

Support for new international students

ExcelL

ExcelL is a practical cross-cultural skills programme designed to help international students adjust to a new culture and to fully participate in life on campus and in the community.

International Buddy Programme

For new international students, the International Buddy Programme is a support network that provides students with information about university, flatting and living in Wellington.

Leadership programmes

Victoria offers two leadership programmes that can help you enhance your degree and boost your CV.

Victoria International Leadership Programme

The award-winning Victoria International Leadership Programme provides opportunities to attend specialist events and seminars, study abroad and undertake professional development courses.

Victoria Plus Programme

Victoria Plus Programme is a great way to enhance your degree. The programme involves volunteering, helping the Victoria community and actively leading clubs or societies.

Services of Victoria University

Your Faculty office

Your Faculty office provides the following services: programme and course information, change of course requests, academic advice, equity support, examination administration, academic transcripts and postgraduate administration.

Student Health

Get access to a full range of affordable general practice medical services on campus. Consultation pricing is varied but is low cost for most students.

Student Counselling

Make an appointment for professional, confidential counselling—available at all campuses—for any issue affecting personal or academic success.

Victoria Recreation

Get access to recreation, fitness, clubs and sports to stay healthy and happy during your studies.

Physiotherapy Clinic

Make an appointment for assessment for general strains and sprains, back or neck pain, sports injuries and breathing disorders.

Library

Victoria University has four libraries—at least one on each campus. Each has resources and facilities to support your study, with staff to help.

Disability Services

If you have a temporary or ongoing impairment, get advice and support, including coaching, note-taking and exam support and access to rest and study rooms.

Language Learning Centre

Get access to language resources including print, audio, DVDs, computer software and eTV in several languages.

Te Pūtahi Atawhai

Te Pūtahi Atawhai provides a whānau/aiga space to gather in, and offers a student-led mentoring programme designed to help Māori and Pasifika students.

Te Rōpū Āwhina (Āwhina)

Te Rōpū Āwhina is an on-campus whānau for Māori and Pasifika students studying at the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Architecture and Design.

Māori and Pasifika Law Student Coordinators

Māori and Pasifika students studying Law can sign up for tutorials, mentoring and study skills sessions.

Why choose Victoria

Our reputation attracts the very best staff and students from around the world. Be part of a truly international community in the heart of our thriving capital.

  • We are New Zealand's top ranked university for research quality and consistently rank among the world’s best universities.
  • During your studies you’ll have the chance to develop a global perspective through Victoria’s international leadership and exchange programmes.
  • Victoria is a welcoming place full of people from a diverse range of communities. There are all sorts of resources and support available to help you make the best of your time at Victoria.
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