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Changing our world for the better

The Faculty of Science is at the forefront of teaching, research and innovation with a world-class reputation, international networks and industry collaborations. Discipline areas range from cutting-edge pure and applied science to new multidisciplinary fields in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Studying science at UWA gives you the opportunity to harness the skills and knowledge necessary to help solve growing global challenges facing humanity. Learn from highly awarded teachers who are experts in their field and gain real-world experience through practical placements and fieldwork.

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1st in Australia and 18th in the world for Agricultural Sciences (ARWU 2019)

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1st in Australia and 19th in the world for Environmental Science and Engineering (ARWU 2019)

24th in the world for Ecology (ARWU 2019)

28th in the world for Oceanography (ARWU 2019)

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23rd in the world for Anatomy and Physiology (QS 2020)

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20th in the world for Sports-Related Subjects (QS 2020)

29th in the world for Earth and Marine Science (QS 2020)

Top 50 in the world for Psychology (QS 2019)

My honours project uncovered so many unanswered questions about restoring urban waterways in Perth so I chose to pursue a PhD. Initially UWA was offering the undergraduate course I was interested in – Zoology – and I continued my studies here because of the research output, facilities, friends and location. I love feeling at home in my research group and being surrounded by inquisitive and inspiring people. My supervisors are really encouraging and compassionate people to work with, so I find my research is very rewarding.

Jen Middleton
PhD Student
Faculty of Science

Preparing you for the jobs of tomorrow

Whether you want to take your career to the next level, change direction or tackle globally relevant issues alongside world-class thought leaders, a postgraduate degree in science prepares you to go further.


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  • A Sport Science major provides you with expertise in the sport sciences and trains you for a career in the sport and recreation industries.

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  • If you are creative, love science and want to work with people, Science Communication is an ideal major for you. Science communicators work to facilitate public engagement with scientific issues.

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  • Psychological Science is the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour, and is a challenging and wide-ranging discipline.

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  • Marine Science focuses on the sustainable use and protection of the marine environment.

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  • A major in Neuroscience will allow you to explore how nervous systems work and how nervous system function can be restored after disease and injury to the brain.

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  • Natural resource managers guide sustainable development to protect environmental assets.

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  • Do you differ from a robot? Learn about the molecular and cellular machinery that makes up your body, as well as how it works in everyday life, and what causes disease.

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  • Zoology focuses on the diversity of animals and how they survive, thrive and persist.

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  • Psychology in Society is a fascinating and diverse area of study that touches upon many aspects of daily life.

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  • Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour.

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  • Botany is the scientific study of plants.

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  • Conservation biology is the science of protecting and managing biodiversity.

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  • Provides the research basis for solving environmental problems.

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  • Geology studies the evolution and characteristics of the Earth.

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  • Genetics is the study of biologically inherited traits as diverse as those that cause human disease, or allow a rare plant to live in only one isolated spot in the South West, or result in a desirable characteristic found in a domestic animal used in agriculture.

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  • Chemistry is central to virtually all areas of modern science and technology, providing a foundation for fields such as biochemistry, chemical engineering, food science, materials science, geology, nanotechnology and pharmacology.

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  • Biochemists and molecular biologists are interested in the molecular functions of all living organisms from the smallest bacterium to the largest whale.

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  • You can complete the Bachelor of Science double major in Sport Science, Exercise and Health. This course provides a sound basis in sport and exercise science theory combined with practical, technical and communication skills.<br />

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  • A major in Anatomy and Human Biology will let you discover how your body works, why it works that way, where people come from and how we are related to one another.

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  • Agricultural Science provides the technology and research for sustainable, profitable and ethical food production worldwide.

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  • If you are you passionate about exercise and health and want to spread the word and educate others about keeping fit and being healthy, then this major is for you.

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  • Help preserve our ecosystems and protect the future of wildlife through conservation of our threatened animals and their environments.

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  • Tackle the global challenge of creating a sustainable food future with a Combined Bachelor Master Degree in Agricultural Economics

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  • Be at the forefront of creating a more sustainable future for our planet by gaining a holistic understanding of Earth and its oceans.

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  • Gain specialised knowledge of marine life and a solid understanding of the physical processes across our coastal marine environments.

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  • Gain the skills needed with the Combined Bachelor and Master in Molecular Life Sciences to solve life’s greatest challenges through cutting edge approaches in medical, environmental and agricultural advances

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  • Combine practical business skills with your interests in agriculture.

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  • Combines knowledge in both traditional agricultural science areas as well as emerging data-intensive agricultural technologies.

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  • Assess the impact of human activity on the global environment

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  • Agribusiness encompasses the entire food production process.

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  • Do you love science and food? Are you interested in the role of nutrition in saving lives, reducing morbidity, and improving health? Then the Combined Bachelor and Master in Biochemistry of Nutrition may be for you.

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  • The global population is increasing, and with it comes the need for a profitable and economically viable agribusiness sector to meet the food and fibre demand of humanity.

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  • There is a critical need to produce food and fibre more efficiently and in a more sustainable manner.

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  • The Biochemistry of Nutrition double major takes a scientific approach to nutrition and examines the role nutrition can play in saving lives.

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  • Agricultural technology is transforming the agricultural sector.

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  • Studying this major provides a foundation and detailed understanding for jobs in materials science, nanotechnology, energy, the environment, chemical engineering, and geology.

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  • Synthetic chemistry is the study of the connection between structure and reactivity of organic molecules; it is the process by which many substances important to daily life are obtained.

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  • Assess the impact of human activity on the global environment and develop scientific, risk-based solutions to help secure a sustainable future.

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  • Geochemistry is the application of chemistry to understanding Earth’s systems and processes.

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  • A research-led experience in studying the Earth, from the planet’s early history to its foreseeable future.

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  • The Marine and Coastal Processes major will provide you with the understanding of how our coastal and marine environments operate.

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  • This double major will expose you to the full breadth of the marine science discipline.

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  • Develop a scientific understanding of the biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics of all living organisms.

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  • Focusing on unique Australian fauna, you’ll learn about the processes leading to the exceptional biodiversity that exists today.

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  • With growing populations globally, managing our environment and natural resources is becoming more important than ever.

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  • Marine biology is the study of marine organisms, and their behaviours and interactions with the environment.

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  • Chemistry describes the structure and properties of matter and its transformations, and it is central to virtually all areas of modern science and technology.

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  • Agricultural science provides the technology and research for sustainable, profitable and ethical food production in Australia and worldwide.

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  • Audiologists provide patient-centred care in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hearing, balance and other auditory disorders.

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  • Experience an interdisciplinary approach to Environmental Science.

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  • Develop your research skills in preparation to undertake a research degree in a scientific area within the natural and agricultural sciences by completing a higher degree by research preliminary course.

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  • This course is unique as it is offered by a science faculty with access to laboratories and expertise with an indepth understanding of biological sciences.

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  • Enhance your skills and knowledge in geoscience.

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  • Developtechnical and research skills that are applicable toa range of disciplines using spatial analytic techniques.

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  • Further develop your knowledge and skills in the field of sleep science by completing a Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science.

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  • Engage with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally, and engage with the complex challenges of international development.

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  • This program will develop your knowledge and skills in preparation for work in the allied health industry.

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  • Enhance your skills and knowledge in audiology by completing the Master of Clinical Audiology.

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  • Improve organisational performance whilst enhancing employee wellbeing.

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  • This course offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise, commercialisation and intellectual property (IP) protection.

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  • Take part in cutting-edge research and its translation to healthy living, clinical diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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  • Enhance your skills and knowledge of exercise science by completing the Master of Exercise Science with a specialisation in either Sport and Exercise Science or Sport and Recreation Management

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  • Pursue a career in dental public and primary health.

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  • Enhance your skills and knowledge in the management of natural systems and the species they support.

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  • Enhance your knowledge and skills for a future in the rapidly evolving field of Agricultural Science.

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  • Enhance your skills and knowledge of urban and regional planning.

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  • Gain the in demand skills and knowledge required to become a specialist in the field of audiological sciences

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  • Broaden and enhance your knowledge and skills in economic geology and mineral exploration by completing a Master of Ore Deposit Geology.

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  • Consider a career in industrial and organisational psychology.

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  • Enhance your skills and knowledge in geoscience by completing the Master of Hydrogeology.

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  • Gain experience and geoscience skills related to petroleum exploration.

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  • A unique combination of three key platforms: public health; advanced study in a related science discipline; and an industry internship.

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  • If you are passionate about science, creative and want to work with people, Science Communication is for you. The Masters is an advanced course that will allow you to enhance your skills in these areas.

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  • The production of food and fibre are key sectors in the Australian economy and economies worldwide.

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  • Advance your knowledge of dental public and primary health.

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  • Bridging degree to allow qualified Clinical Neuropsychologists to up skill in Clinical Psychology.

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  • Develop specialist knowledge and clinical skills required to participate in team-based diagnosis and assessment of Fetal Alcohol Disorders (FASD).

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  • Bridging degree to allow qualified clinical psychologists to upskill in clinical neuropsychology.

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  • Build your knowledge and skills in the field of sleep science by completing a Graduate Certificate in Sleep Science.

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  • Develop specialist knowledge and clinical skills required to participate in team-based diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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  • In this course you will learn how to use insights from applied psychological science to create better workplaces.

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  • UWA's Master of Clinical Audiology course is the only one offered in Australia in combination with a PhD program.

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  • Enhance your skills and knowledge of exercise science by completing the Master of Exercise Science (thesis and coursework).

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  • Enhance your research skills and experience in a scientific area by completing a Master of Science (Thesis and Coursework) in one of the specialisations offered.

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  • This program involves concurrently completing the Master of Clinical Psychology and a PhD research program, providing graduates with a distinctive combination of clinical skills and research knowledge.

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  • Learn to apply your psychological skills and knowledge in the area of Industrial and Organisational Psychology.

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  • Continue your psychology studies in Western Australia's only postgraduate training course in clinical neuropsychology.

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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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New course - Master of Business Psychology

With the average person spending 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime, psychological skills and training are increasingly sought by employers nationally and internationally.

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UWA Science Competition

This competition is proudly brought to you by the Faculty of Science. It is for any student who is interested in the impact that science has on the world. As a team, you will identify and present on a contemporary topic that interests you; something you predict will be a global issue to face humanity by 2040.

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The Science Experience at UWA

UWA’s Science Experience program offers high school students the chance to be immersed in our world-class scientific research. They can discover what it’s like to be a university student preparing for the rich variety of careers in science or engineering. Meet UWA scientists, experience hands-on workshops in our laboratories and see epic demonstrations of science in action.

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Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) helps bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing opportunities for students to gain hands-on, practical experience and for employers to help shape the graduates of tomorrow.

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We are home to award winning researchers and academics who are experts in their field.

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The Faculty of Science is home to a range of world-class facilities which support research and teaching activities.

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