Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Empowering people to change the world

The world is quickly evolving with rapid population growth, higher standards of living and environmental challenges, requiring smarter ways to use energy and resources. The Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences empowers its staff, students and researchers to change our world, developing innovative ideas for the future.

As leaders in innovation, technology and technical expertise, our creative and industry-endorsed learning experience offers an engaging environment, providing students the skills to tackle real-life work situations. Our in-depth research, industry knowledge and dedication to inclusion and diversity also create a vibrant Faculty that encourages excellence.


UWA is ranked in the top 1 per cent of
universities in the world.

Ranked 5th in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering (ARWU 2018)

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Ranked 37th in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering (QS World Uni Rankings 2018)

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Ranked 12th in the world and 1st in Australia for Marine / Ocean Engineering (ARWU 2018)

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UWA Department of Physics awarded 5 out of 5 in Excellence of Research in Australia (ERA) rankings in the area of Physical Sciences

Our courses

  • Mathematics is humanity's most powerful tool for comprehending the universe and is essential for many fields of modern endeavour such as science, technology, engineering and finance.

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  • Engineering is the creative application of science and mathematics to design solutions for global challenges.

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  • Physics is the key to understanding the world around us.

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  • Computing software and systems are becoming increasingly integral to our lives, revolutionising the world in which we live, work and communicate.

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  • As one of the most rapidly growing fields in information technology, Data Science unearths value and meaning from data to help businesses and organisations across the globe.

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  • Engineers pursue the challenge to develop technologies, products and solutions to support our rapidly developing world.

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  • Gain industry-relevant advanced knowledge for a career in the oil and gas industry.

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  • Gain the skills to tackle big data challenges and compete in the digital realm.

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  • Ensure your adequate research preparation to satisfy the eligibility requirements for a PhD with this higher degree by research preliminary course.

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  • Take part in a research project with an internationally recognised research group.

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  • Specialise in one of seven engineering disciplines in the Master of Professional Engineering and become a professionally accredited engineer who is highly sought after by industry.

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  • Develop multidisciplinary skills for working in a range of marine-related fields to strategically address human challenges in ocean systems

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  • Gain advanced IT skills to engage at the cutting edge of global technology solutions.

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  • Gain professional recognition at the highest level in Engineering.

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  • The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the University's flagship research degree, which can be taken in any discipline area in the University.

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Our schools

The Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences is a world leader in multidisciplinary research, offering integrated solutions to ongoing challenges faced in fields such as engineering, physics, mathematics, healthcare, technology and offshore facilities.


Tackle global challenges through engineering innovation.

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Physics, Mathematics and Computing

Bringing together the greatest minds in the world of physics, mathematics and computing.

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Oceans Graduate School

Providing innovative and effective solutions for the challenges facing the world's oceans.

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EZONE UWA Student Hub

The EZONE UWA Student Hub is a multimillion-dollar facility due to open early 2020. Featuring a state-of-the-art teaching, learning, research and industry space, the hub will create a dedicated campus point for collaboration and socialising.

Industry partnerships

UWA puts an emphasis on working with industry partners so our graduates are prepared for real-life careers. Some of our major industry partners include Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Woodside.

The industry advisory panel members actively contribute to the design of courses and research, and also advise on Faculty business. The industry panels provide feedback to the relevant Schools and assist graduates in progressing to management positions once in the workforce.

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Community engagement

We partner with a variety of committee working groups and industry partners who are dedicated to making UWA a learning space with equal opportunities.

Girls in Engineering

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The UWA Girls in Engineering (GiE) outreach program inspires young women to explore the exciting opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through different study pathways.

As part of the Perth metro-based program, UWA student volunteers visit schools and speak to Years 7–10 girls about the various career opportunities engineering can offer, while demonstrating interactive and problem-solving engineering activities. The GiE program hosts on-campus Discovery Days with engineering-based exercises to show high school students some basic engineering principles and talk about the social impact engineering has.

Along with our foundational partner Rio Tinto, we recognise the gender imbalance in STEM fields should be addressed from an early age. With less than 12 per cent of women in the Australian engineering workforce, we are working on breaking gender stereotypes, demystifying fields of study and working to create the engineers of the future.

Other programs

The Faculty has a number of community engagement programs to provide engaging outreach opportunities to those interested in our disciplines.

The Maths Outreach Program works with the Aspire UWA program, the School of Indigenous Studies and partner schools to promote academic achievement and a desire for learning.

The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) has its own community engagement project working with a UWA team to share knowledge about the role of physics in the universe.

UWA also has different student groups working on their own outreach programs. These include Engineers Without Borders, which looks at the social impact of engineering, and Robogals, which focuses on robotics within primary and high schools.

Partnering with community

The Faculty works with organisations both on and off the UWA campus. These community partnerships strengthen the ties we have with the outside world, encouraging engagement while preparing graduates for real-life careers.

These partnerships strongly align with the University's aim of making a mark on the wider community, while emphasising UWA's commitment to high achievement. For prospective students wanting to learn more about the Engineering and Mathematical Sciences courses we offer, UWA holds information evenings, webinars and opportunities to talk to Future Students staff.

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Five early career researchers awarded federal funding
Wed, 13 Nov 2019

Five researchers at The University of Western Australia have been awarded almost $2.05 million in Federal Government funding for projects that range from investigating Australian rare breed poultry and livestock conservation to working out whether cutting-edge cognitive approaches can help those with severe anxiety.

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Weed chipper recognised in WA Innovator of the Year awards
Thu, 7 Nov 2019

A mechanical weed chipper designed by engineers and researchers from UWA and The University of Sydney last night won the Rio Tinto Emerging Innovation award category at the 2019 WA Innovator of the Year awards.

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Postdoctoral researcher wins ACS Medal for UWA thesis
Thu, 7 Nov 2019

A postdoctoral researcher developing new methods for skeleton-based action recognition, Dr Qiuhong Ke, has won the inaugural Australian Computer Society (ACS) 1962 Medal for her University of Western Australia (UWA) PhD thesis.

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