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Victoria University of Wellington

Location

Kelburn Campus, Kelburn, Wellington New Zealand

Ranking

# 244QS World University Rankings

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15Undergraduate programs

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76Postgraduate programs

stars

5+QS stars

About Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington, full name Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, consistently ranks among the world's best universities. In 2024 it was ranked 244 in the QS World University Rankings and is one of only 13 universities in the world to hold the maximum 5 Stars Plus in the QS Stars rating of excellence, with five stars in each of eight categories — arts, employability, facilities, inclusiveness, global engagement, research, teaching, and library and information management.

Victoria University of Wellington aims to produce graduates whose learning has been developed inside and outside of the classroom, experientially, and informed by a global perspective. The University offers nearly 200 programmes in the areas of: Architecture and Design Innovation, Business and Government Education, Engineering, Health, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law, and Science. Additionally, The University is home to more than 40 research centres and institutes, including the Antarctic Research Centre and Centre for Data Science and AI.

The University’s central location gives students access to diverse national organisations in the areas of business, government, politics, culture and heritage, the arts and filmmaking industry, and science and technology communities. Wellington is a compact city where students can easily explore nature trails, beaches, galleries, museums, and events. It is multicultural, safe, friendly, and has a reputation for great food and coffee—it regularly ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

About Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington, full name Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, consistently ranks among the world's best universities. In 2024 it was ranked 244 in the QS World University Rankings and is one of only 13 universities in the world to hold the maximum 5 Stars Plus in the QS Stars rating of excellence, with five stars in each of eight categories — arts, employability, facilities, inclusiveness, global engagement, research, teaching, and library and information management.

Victoria University of Wellington aims to produce graduates whose learning has been developed inside and outside of the classroom, experientially, and informed by a global perspective. The University offers nearly 200 programmes in the areas of: Architecture and Design Innovation, Business and Government Education, Engineering, Health, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law, and Science. Additionally, The University is home to more than 40 research centres and institutes, including the Antarctic Research Centre and Centre for Data Science and AI.

The University’s central location gives students access to diverse national organisations in the areas of business, government, politics, culture and heritage, the arts and filmmaking industry, and science and technology communities. Wellington is a compact city where students can easily explore nature trails, beaches, galleries, museums, and events. It is multicultural, safe, friendly, and has a reputation for great food and coffee—it regularly ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Available programs

Victoria University is home to 21,000 students, including over 3,000 international students from more than 100 countries. Victoria offers a quality education modelled on the highly successful British framework - one the emphasises creative thought and heightened world knowledge.  And encourages leadership, communication, creative and critical thinking in all students. In 2015, Victoria awarded 5,652 qualifications at graduation ceremonies throughout the year. 

Victoria is in the top 2.5% of the world's universities. In fifteen subject areas, we are amoung the top 1% of the world's universities (2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject).

Vicotria is ranked 50th in the world for Social Policy and Administration and in the top 100 in nine other subjects:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Development Studies
  • Education
  • English Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics and Psychology. 

Undergraduate programmes are taught through seven faculties:

  • Architecture and Design
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Science

Victoria University is ranked number one in New Zealand for research quality. At Victoria you'll be part of a vibrant postgraduate community, you'll have opportunities to work closely with expert staff and students from around the globe. 

When Alex Reid (http://www.victoria.ac.nz/study/why-victoria/our-students/alex) came to Victoria to do a Master's, he quickly felt very connected to the bioscience and wider postgraduate communities. "I have a strong postgraduate network of friends wider than just my Master's programme. We support each other, the lecturers are great too, they're always happy to help"

With more than 40 research centres and institutes (http://www.victoria.ac.nz/research/centres-institutes) at Victoria, each undertaking challenges of national and international concern, you'll soon benefit from our strong links to government organisations and influential businesses, many of which have headquarters in Wellington. 

Victoria offers a range of postgraduate study options:

  • Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • Bachelor's with Honours
  • Taught Master's
  • Research Master's
  • PhD

 

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University information

Bachelor

500+
75+
6+
80+

Master

3+
6+
90+
16,703
76%
24%
2,809
61%
39%
1,128
50%
50%

Tuition fee and scholarships

One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

In this guide you will find:
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Where to look for scholarship opportunities

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Rankings & ratings

Victoria University of Wellington is one of the top public universities in Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand. It is ranked #244 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #237
  • 2014
    #=265
  • 2015
    #=275
  • 2016
    #=229
  • 2017
    #=228
  • 2018
    #219
  • 2019
    #=221
  • 2020
    #215
  • 2021
    #223
  • 2022
    #=236
  • 2023
    #=275
  • 2024
    #241
  • 2025
    #244
QS Stars is a rating system that helps you select the right university based on your interests. It provides a detailed look at an institution, identifying which universities rate highest in the specific topics that matter to you, like facilities, graduate employability, social responsibility, inclusiveness, and more.

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