Our research

The journey of discovery starts here

As a leading Australian research-intensive university, UWA’s Faculty of Science is at the forefront of discovery. Our global vision focuses on research that addresses challenges facing humanity over the next 50 years.

Being 'in the zone'

UWA is very much 'in the zone' meaning we're ideally situated within the Asian time zone that's home to 60% of the global population and many of the world's emerging economic powerhouses. It's a region that's playing an increasingly influential role in international business, innovation and industry, and we're at the heart of it.

A biodiversity hotspot

We are also located close to an international biodiversity hotspot in Australia's South West – an area of 300,000 square kilometres, with 13,500 kilometres of coastline. In addition to more than 1500 plant species and a host of endemic mammals, we have World Heritage-listed Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef – one of the world's largest fringing reefs – on our doorstep.

Read more about our unique environment and some of the many research opportunities it presents.

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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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22nd in the world for Anatomy and Physiology (QS 2019)

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24th in the world for Sports-Related Subjects (QS 2019)

37th in the world for Earth and Marine Science (QS 2019)

Top 50 in the world for Psychology (QS 2019)

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.Professor Tony O’Donnell, 
Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean Faculty of Science

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Our facilities

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

Research partnerships

UWA is one of only two Australian universities to belong to the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), a partnership of 18 research-led universities from Europe, North America, Southeast Asia and Australia.

This international alliance fosters and encourages collaboration between members. It brings together the experience, equipment and expertise necessary to tackle the big issues currently facing societies, governments, corporations and education.

Joint PhD Program with Nagoya University

Welcoming our first PhD student cohort for 2018

Our people

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

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