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University of Auckland

3.7 out of 5 (20 ratings / 13 reviews) Auckland, New Zealand
Since its founding in 1883, the University of Auckland has grown to become New Zealand's flagship, research-led university, known for the excellence of its teaching, its research, and its service to local, national and international communities.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Journalism & Media (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



The University of Auckland was formally opened on 23 May 1883 as Auckland University College, part of the University of New Zealand. A disused courthouse and jail served as premises for the 95 students and four teaching staff. Today, the University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, hosting over 40,000 students on five Auckland campuses.


The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most comprehensive university. It has a strong focus on quality with selective entrance to all programmes. The University provides a range of personal, business and professional courses to develop the skills and knowledge of people in the workforce and community. Our foundation programme and language courses have been designed especially to help international students with academic or English proficiency. If you want to study for a world-class qualification in an exciting and dynamic environment, take some time now to browse through our website and discover what’s on offer.


The University policy on centres and institutes provides for the following three formal categories of research centres.

  • Departmental/school centre
  • Faculty centre, and
  • University centre or institute
All centres have research as their main focus, and consist of a group of academic and research staff drawn from one or more departments, schools and/or faculties. A centre implies commitment to develop a programme in broader fashion than a single research project. In addition, The University of Auckland is host to four of the national Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs).


The University of Auckland hosts events throughout the year for you to meet representatives from companies who actively recruit our engineering graduates.

Engineer Your Career is an employment newsletter for students to get ideas and resources directly from real graduates and companies.

To support you in your career, we offer a wide range of development opportunities – from individual performance and development reviews to avenues for pursuing your professional interests through study, secondments, conferences and workshops.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

In addition to the outstanding services and facilities available to all our students, we offer specialised support services for international students through our International Office. This support includes dedicated student advisers who are available to help you enrol and settle in to your new study life.The University has an extensive range of support services to help you achieve your best while enjoying student life.

  • Academic and learning support
  • Specialised support for international students
  • Personal and living support
  • Support for specific groups
  • Student IT essentials
  • Career development and employment services

Housing services

  • The University of Auckland offers quality accommodation in the heart of Auckland City, at comparable prices to other New Zealand universities – making Auckland an affordable option. Whether you’re a recent school leaver, a current undergraduate, a returning, or postgraduate student, we have an accommodation solution for you.
  • We currently offer 3,000 beds in both catered and self-catered residences at the University of Auckland.  
  • Accommodation fees are calculated for the full period stated in the residential agreement, and include utilities such as water, electricity, and internet access to the University's broadband system.

Library services

The University of Auckland Library system covers five campuses and comprises the General Library, Kate Edger Short Loan and twelve specialist libraries.

  • General Library
  • Architecture and Planning Library
  • Business Information Centre
  • Davis Law Library
  • Engineering Library
  • Fine Arts Library
  • Leigh Marine Laboratory Library
  • Music and Dance Library
  • Philson Library
  • Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library 

ICT services

The University of Auckland wireless network is available in the City, Grafton, Epsom, Newmarket and Tāmaki campuses. It is also available at several remote sites where students visit to perform their practical work. To use the wireless network you must be within range of a wireless access point (WAP) and have a wireless capable device.

Medical services

The University provides students with a professional primary healthcare service ensuring the health and well being of our students.Services include:

  • doctor and nurse consultations
  • illness management
  • family planning, sexual health and contraception advice and checks
  • medical certificates
  • minor surgery, prescriptions, travel advice and immunisations
  • injury management
  • specialist dermatologist consultations.

Student Life

Campus life

  • The City Campus provides a full range of amenities, including cafés, health services, libraries, childcare facilities, and a recreation
  • Surrounded by sports fields, the Tamaki Innovation Campus is home to courses in biosecurity, population health, psychology, speech language therapy and wine science.
  • Newmarket
  • The Epsom Campus is the main Faculty of Education campus
  • The Grafton Campus is situated opposite Auckland Hospital on the boundary of Auckland Domain
  • Tai Tokerau Campus
  • Leigh Marine Laboratory
  • The University of Auckland at Manukau
  • Waitemata Health Campus
  • Freemasons’ Department of Geriatric Medicine
  • South Auckland Clinical School
  • Waikato Clinical School

Sports facilities

  • Cardio Room
  • Weights Room
  • Sports Hall
  • Group Fitness Studio
  • Dance Studio
  • Spin Studio
  • Bouldering Wall
  • Core & Stretch
  • Express Circuit
  • Squash Court
  • Women's Space
  • Table Tennis Tables

Student clubs

  • The Education and Social Work Student Association (ESSA) - Run by students for students, the Education and Social Work Student Association provides services and events that cater for the needs and interests of students, and helps develop a culture and community within the faculty.
  • Student Advice Hub is the place to access AUSA’s free and independent advocacy, welfare and representation services.
  • The Postgraduate Students’ Association is an incorporated society dedicated to strengthening the postgraduate community at the University.

With over 200 clubs and societies, there's a club for everyone. 


The University of Auckland is the highest ranked New Zealand university in the main world university rankings systems.

  • The University has been ranked #1 in New Zealand and #71 worldwide in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019. 
  • The University of Auckland also ranks in the world’s top 250 in the 2019 Times Higher Education World Rankings.
  • The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university in the QS World University Rankings 2019. Placed #85 in the world, the University is the only New Zealand university in the top 100. 
  • The University of Auckland is also recognised by the MIT Skoltech Initiative as one of five emerging world-leading universities in entrepreneurship.

Student Reviews

New Journey
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It has been great so far! I have met a lot of new people and have experienced many diverse cultures. Also, being able to study and explore new places is awesome.

University of Auckland: Four Stars
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The studying itself was great -- the teachers were kind and engaging, and the material throughout the degree had a comfortable but still challenging learning curve. However, the social aspect of studying leaves a bit to be desired. The University just does not have as much of a student culture as the Universities in other parts of the country. It's still highly enjoyable...

Chao Han rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very good and comfortable study environment, high quality teaching.