Our faculty is internationally renowned for its excellence in teaching and research.

Dean's welcome

Tony O'Donnell, Dean of Science Faculty

Welcome to the Faculty of Science!

With us, 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 – good luck!

Professor Tony O'Donnell
Pro Vice-Chancellor Executive Dean
Faculty of Science


We are ranked in the world's top 40:

Our collaborative faculty

We have a strong emphasis on pooling academic resources and expertise across our six schools, creating richer undergraduate experiences, new postgraduate programs, and a host of new collaborative research opportunities. Keep up to date with what's happening in the Faculty of Science with Science Matters.

Student support

The Science Student Office is a team dedicated to helping science students.

The Science Student Office is located in the Agriculture Central building on the Crawley campus. You can visit during our office hours, no appointment necessary, call or email us for advice on:

  • courses, including majors, honours and postgraduate
  • unit selection
  • special consideration, credit transfer, advanced standing and recognition of prior learning
  • study abroad, exchange and cross-institutional study

8000 students, 700 staff

The combined Faculty of Science has more than 8000 students – 23 per cent of whom are from overseas – and more than 700 staff members, including world-class research leaders and winners of numerous national and international science awards, such as Professor Ryan Lister – Life Scientist of the Year 2014, and Professor Mark Spackman, winner of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2013 Gregori Aminoff Prize in Crystallography.

Whether in the lecture theatre, laboratory or field, our academics challenge students to think critically and push boundaries.

200 international partnerships

UWA has over 200 agreements with international partners. It is the only Western Australian university to belong to the Group of Eight – a coalition of the top research universities in Australia – and is 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 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.

Six key themes for a better world

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

  • Feeding the world
  • Preventing, diagnosing and treating disease
  • Furthering human knowledge and enhancing society
  • Harnessing resources and energy for a sustainable future
  • Restoring and maintaining balance in our natural environment
  • Optimising physical and mental performance

Looking for a supervisor? Our PhD Opportunities pages include current projects across these six areas, with contact details of potential supervisors.

Our Science Global Research Showcase highlights projects across the Faculty, with an international collaborative focus.

Our unique environment

UWA is the only 'Group of Eight' university situated within the Asian time zone, which is home to 60% of the global population and many of the world's increasingly influential powerhouse economies.

We are also located close to an international biodiversity hotspot – Australia's South West. It's an area of 300,000 square kms, with 13,500 kms of coastline, that's home to more than 1500 plant species and myriad endemic mammals. The World Heritage-listed Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef – one of the world's largest fringing reefs – are also on our doorstep, presenting unique marine and environmental research opportunities.

Read more about our location and natural environment and find out why being 'in the zone' is so important.