School of Human Sciences

Discovering what it is to be human

The School of Human Sciences is a large multi-disciplinary school with research and teaching focused on understanding what it is to be human, from our structure, function, development, and genetics, to adaptation, performance and evolution.

Our students get a fundamental interdisciplinary understanding of human function and the way it adapts to challenging and disruptive change. Our graduates become innovative and integrative scientific thinkers, whose careers can be found in fields relating to human structure, development, and performance.

As a School, we deliver master's courses in clinical audiology, clinical exercise physiology, applied human performance science, exercise science and the neuroscience specialisation in the Master of Biomedical Science. We have majors in Anatomy and Human Biology, Exercise and Health, Neuroscience Sport Science, and Physiology, and extended majors in Sport Science, Exercise and Health and Human Sciences (Anatomy and Physiology), Human Science and Neuroscience, and Human Science and Data Analytics. Students can also select accelerated pathways to a master’s degree with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science or Bachelor of Human Sciences.

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23rd in the world for Anatomy and Physiology (QS 2023)

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22nd in the world for Sports-Related Subjects (QS 2023)



Students enter the honours program at the beginning of the year. Enrolments are required to be full-time.

Honours is available in these key research areas:

Under the supervision of internationally recognised school staff, you will:

  • gain an introduction to the challenging world of full-time research
  • investigate a biological problem at a professional level
  • access the vast information related to your topic
  • discover the challenges, frustration, routine and inspiration of research
  • contribute to the knowledge and technical background of your subject
  • appreciate the value of working with academic and technical colleagues
  • develop technical, written and verbal skills

Honours and Master Research Projects [PDF, 3MB]

How to apply for Honours

Honours in the School of Human Sciences has an emphasis on completing an original research project.

UWA Students

UWA students should contact the School’s Honours Conveners to register their interest as early as possible in the semester prior to the expected commencement.

School applications will open in October 2023 and will close 10 March 2024.

The application process has two parts.

  1. An End-On Honours Application is made online through studentConnect. Select course Bachelor of Science BH004
  2. The School’s Honours Application Form (with Supervisor's signature) must also be attached to the on-line application. Honours Application form

Applications are assessed by the Admissions office, who will issue letters of offer and can provide additional information about the application process.

External Students

Students external to UWA who wish to enrol for honours in the School should contact Dr Jeremy Smith in advance and submit a School Application Form to ensure the School is happy to accept and supervise you.

A letter from the School to this effect may be provided which, attached to the UWA application form, may facilitate the application process.

Dr Margaret Loman-Hall Honours Scholarships

Scholarships are funded by a bequest from Dr Margaret Loman-Hall for the purpose of encouraging eligible students to undertake a Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology), School of Human Sciences.

Each Scholarship is valued at $7,500 and comprises:

  • $,6000 during the honours enrolment as a stipend
  • $1,500 during the honours enrolment as a research costs allowance payable to the student’s supervisor

To be eligible for a Dr Loman-Hall Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • Enrol in a Bachelor of Science (Honours) program in the School of Human Sciences

MLH Scholarship Regulations [PDF, 183KB]

Margaret Loman-Hall Application [PDF, 183KB]

Applications due Friday Week 2 of Semester 1

Frank Pyke Memorial Scholarship (Sport Science Honours)

Janet and Don Pyke, along with their family and friends, have donated funds to The University of Western Australia ('the University') to establish a scholarship in memory of the late Professor Frank Pyke and to honour the contribution he made to the School, the University, and sport science in Australia.

The Frank Pyke Memorial Scholarship (Sport Science Honours) provides assistance to an honours student who has demonstrated academic excellence and other outstanding achievements, abilities, leadership or community involvement in sport or exercise related activities, to complete a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree course in Sport Science, Exercise and Health at the University.



The Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology is a National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP) accredited course. Graduates may apply to Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) within two years of completing the course for credentialing as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP).

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Centres and groups

Cardiovascular Research Group

Our laboratory is an international leader in the development and optimisation of peripheral and cerebral vascular function assessment in humans.

As well as focusing on the function and structure of large arteries (i.e. macrovasculature), we have developed techniques to assess microvascular function and structure in vivo.

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Centre for Sleep Science

Research conducted at the Centre for Sleep Science at The University of Western Australia aims to identify the causes of, and investigate therapies for, poor sleep.

The Centre for Sleep Science has five bedrooms with state-of-the-art sleep recording and analysis equipment for laboratory-based research sleep studies. The Centre for Sleep Science is the base for a number of postgraduate sleep training courses offered through the University.

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International Research Collaborative - Oral Health and Equity (

The develops innovative solutions in health education, research and service to address the global challenges in social inequities.

The focus is to provide world-class R&D, facilitate improved health in societies across the world, and address the needs of marginalised communities. Its team of 150 Fellows, Students and Collaborators work through ten international regional hubs to advance the joint agenda of equity for all.

Key issues it addresses include health policy and strategy; accessibility; workforce: skills mix, education and distribution; and research oriented to health care needs and prevention.

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Psychology of Active, Healthy Living Group (PAHL)

The UWA Psychology of Active, Healthy Living (PAHL) Group was formed in 2013 by Dr Ben Jackson and Dr James Dimmock. Ben and James now act as co-Directors of the PAHL group, working with collaborators from all over the world and coordinating over a dozen graduate students based at UWA.

The guiding principle of the PAHL group is to develop rigorous, innovative, and fundable projects that make a difference to people’s lives.

The three main objectives of the group are to:

  • Conduct basic (e.g., experimental) work that advances our understanding of health and physical activity
  • Develop and implement sustainable and effective health promotion interventions
  • Translate our research by ensuring the group’s work reaches and involves the community

Key staff contacts:

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SymbioticA is an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning, critique and hands-on engagement with the life sciences. SymbioticA is the first research laboratory of its kind, enabling artists and researchers to engage in wet biology practices in a biological science department.

It offers a new means of artistic and cultural inquiry, where artists use the tools and technologies of science, not just to comment about them, but to explore their possibilities. It also hosts residents, workshops, exhibitions and symposia.

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UWA Exercise and Performance Centre

The UWA Exercise and Performance Centre (EPC) is an integrated centre offering exercise and health services using evidence-based, progressive and client centre approaches. Our aim is to promote the restoration of function or optimisation of performance in clients ranging from the general public through to elite or developing athletes and industry.

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UWA Paediatric Living Lab

Drawing on clinical experience and edidence-based practice, UWA's paediatric lab provides tailored, not-for-profit exercise programs to the wider community to encourage and assist WA kids and teens with physical activity and participation.

Programs include Mini Gym, UniGym, Thriving, UniActive and iFIT.

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The School of Human Sciences is home to a range of facilities which support world-class research and teaching activities.

Body Donation Program

You can donate your body for medical research through body donation, a program run by the School of Human Sciences at UWA. Your donation allows medical students to study real human bodies, a vital educational step in the process to becoming a professional doctor or other health professional.

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