Faculty of Science

Making an impact on global issues

Science is central to almost all areas of modern life and technology. It provides a foundation for and advancements in fields such as agriculture and the environment, biological sciences, human sciences, molecular sciences, psychological sciences and earth sciences.

Advances in technology and science are transforming our world at an incredible pace, and the next generation will undoubtedly experience leaps in technology we can only imagine.

UWA science researchers tackle global, regional and local issues to make the world a better place. Their work translates into economic, social and environmental impact. As a research-intensive university in the top 1% of the world, we contribute to global knowledge, while meeting the needs of communities. We benefit from vital funding which helps us translate our research into tangible benefits for all.

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

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

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

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45th in the world for Agriculture and Forestry (QS 2020)

At the Faculty of Science, you will learn how to harness the power of science to change lives for the better. Your studies will involve not only the theory, but the crucial technical skills of your chosen field. Whether it's in our world-class laboratories, on exciting field trips or in real-world industry placements, we give you the chance to become immersed in the hands-on side of science. I am sure you will find your scientific journey with us rewarding and fulfilling.

Professor Tony O'Donnell
Executive Dean
Faculty of Science

Bettering the world

The diverse nature of our Faculty and Western Australia's resource-rich environment give our students unique research opportunities. Our Faculty focuses on meaningful change for the world and humanity in six areas: 

Scholarships

There are a number of prestigious scholarships available to domestic and international students, offered by UWA and the Faculty of Science.

Our facilities

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

International partnerships

UWA has more than 200 agreements with international partners. We are the only Western Australian university to belong to the Group of Eight – a coalition of the top research universities in the country.

We’re also one of only two Australian universities to belong to the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), a partnership of 18 research-led universities from Europe, Africa, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific. This international alliance fosters and encourages collaboration between members, bringing together the experience, equipment and expertise necessary to tackle the big issues currently facing societies, governments, corporations and education.

The University is also a foundation member of the Matariki Network of high-quality, research-intensive universities with a particular focus on student experience.

Be inspired by our research

Partnerships and outreach

We collaborate with industry, government agencies and universities worldwide to offer diverse education and research programs and forge meaningful partnerships with organisations to strengthen their capabilities and achieve solutions.

Our Faculty also links with schools and the wider community through various programs and outreach activities to raise awareness and generate interest in science education.


Our people

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

News

  • Astronomers see ‘cosmic ring of fire’, 11 billion years ago

    Fri, 29 May 2020

    A University of Western Australia scientist is part of a global team of astronomers that have captured an image of a super-rare type of galaxy – described as a “cosmic ring of fire” – as it existed 11 billion years ago.

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  • Powerful and large cyclones place distant coral reefs at risk

    Thu, 28 May 2020

    Big and strong cyclones have the potential to damage coral reefs up to 1000km away from their paths, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

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  • UWA Expert Series - Youth support critical to battle COVID-19-related employment challenges

    Wed, 27 May 2020

    Researchers from The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Social Impact say supporting young people is more important now than ever, highlighting the long-term impact on youth unemployment as the result of shutdowns and restrictions from COVID-19.

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Science Exchange Series

Join us for a series of online Q&A and panel discussions with our science experts who will be sharing the story of their research and answer any burning questions you have about each topic.

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