UC’s laboratories, research centres and field stations are internationally renowned. Added to this is a brand new regional centre, designed to keep students at the forefront of contemporary science practice.
Custom-built learning environment
The extensive facilities already in use by UC Science students will be boosted by the opening of the $216 million Regional Science and Innovation Centre, in late 2017. In this exciting learning space our staff and students will be able to collaborate, be inspired and grow their scientific knowledge about New Zealand and the world.
Our students will benefit from the most modern university science and research facilities in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as modern computer laboratories, video equipment, equipment for animal behaviour and neuroscience research and teaching.
Communication Disorders students also have excellent resources including eight on-site clinics.
Catering for today's learners
The RSIC will be dynamic and adaptable to the diverse needs of today’s learners. The centre has been purposefully designed to encourage innovation and support flexible learning and teaching methods, with:
- state-of-the-art laboratories
- built-in technologies
- informal social and study spaces.
It will enable easy interactions between departments, and support face-to-face teaching methods, individual and small group investigative laboratory work, online research, and learning either individually or in groups.
Learn in the field
You will have plenty of chances to test out your knowledge, as UC has the most field stations of any New Zealand university.
- Our courses make extensive use of the field stations in Cass, Harihari and Westport
- We operate New Zealand's leading astronomical observatory at Mount John, Tekapo
- UC also has research bases in Antarctica and the Nigerian rainforest
Outstanding facilities and resources
UC's network of field stations is the largest of any New Zealand university and opens doors to a range of terrains and ecosystems.
UC's Department of Physics and Astronomy runs this renowned facility. Other New Zealand astronomers use the facilities, which are also open to the public.