Faculty of Science

Why study science at UWA

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With us, you will engage in science that makes a difference and learn how to harness the power of science to improve society, save lives and protect our environment.

Whether it was to start a science degree, change careers, develop new skills, make valuable professional connections, or expand their horizons, students from over 125 countries came to UWA for the following reasons.

Ranked 1st in Australia

UWA is the State’s leading university, a world-class university, and Australia’s highest internationally ranked university for Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences, Environmental Science and Engineering, and Marine Engineering (2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)). With our international standing and partnerships, we’re leading the global scientific community with some of the most exciting world-class research collaborations and projects around.

Home to over 25,000 students - 23% from overseas (over 80 countries) - who enjoy one of the best staff-to-student ratios in Australia, UWA is as multicultural as it is multidisciplinary.

Highly-awarded teachers

Read about our inspiring teachers, from across the six schools in the Faculty.

Science that makes a difference

The diverse nature of our faculty and the resource-rich natural environment here in Western Australia give our students unique opportunities for research. As a faculty, we focus on bringing about 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

Take a look at some of the projects that are making a difference to people’s lives around the world.

Get a great job

National surveys confirm that UWA graduates obtain jobs more readily and start on higher salaries than graduates from all other WA universities.

Graduate employability

UWA was ranked number 1 in Western Australia and received a 5 star rating for overall graduate employability, in the 2017 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings.

Subject rankings

2017 subject rankings placed us in the top 40:

  • 13th Anatomy and Physiology
  • 20th Exercise and Sports Science
  • 31st Agriculture and Forestry

(Source: QS 2017)

This graph shows the leading edge UWA graduates have, both in employment rates and starting salaries.

Graph comparing employment rates of bachelor's degree graduates from The University of Western Australia, with Western Australian and national statistics.Employment rates of bachelor's degree graduates

Employment rates of bachelor's degree graduates

2013
UWA 88%; WA 80%; national 85%
2012
UWA 90%; WA 82%; national 90%
2011
UWA 90%; WA 81%; national 83%
2010
UWA 87%; WA 80; national 83%
2009
UWA 88%; WA 80%; national 85%

Parameters: domestic students, first full-time job, under 25, course type in bachelor and diploma. Number of students working full-time and part-time and not seeking a full-time job over students who are unavailable for work or study.

Graduate starting salaries


2013
UWA $63,000; WA $55,000; national $53,000
2012
UWA $62,000; WA $54,000; national $52,000
2011
UWA $58,000; WA $52,000; national $50,000
2010
UWA $55,000; WA $50,00; national $49,500
2009
UWA $52,000; WA $49,000; national $48,000

Parameters: domestic students, first full-time job, under 25, working, median salary between $22,499 and $1001,001, course type in bachelor or diploma

Our Faculty has forged strong industry relationships to provide you with real-world experiences alongside a strong theoretical understanding. This hands-on approach makes UWA graduates highly valued by employers.

With events such as the Science Living Library (speed mentoring with our alumni) or our 'Get Ready for your Career' seminar, we prepare our students for a very competitive environment.

Employers want science graduates ? they recognise the attributes a quality science education provides. Employers know that WA's best scientists are at UWA!

Flexibility to expand your horizons and skills

UWA also offers greater flexibility because our Bachelor of Science allow you to combine your science studies with courses outside of science if you want. After completing a Science major at UWA, you?ll not only have specialist knowledge in your chosen field, you?ll also have gained other skills and knowledge relevant to your career and interests.

The practical skills you?ll learn and the experiences you?ll have can be applied to all areas of life. These broader skills are not only invaluable to those who choose a career in science, but are transferable, offering value to a wide range of professions. The in-demand skills you will gain include:

  • critical thinking skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • research and scientific methodology skills
  • the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • written and oral presentation skills
  • IT skills communication and interpersonal skills

The UWA Science Experience

Hands-on experiences are embedded within your course, whether this is laboratory experience, service learning (i.e. working in the community) a practicum or field work experience. Our students love the enriching opportunities we offer: from studying abroad at prestigious partner universities to exciting local field trips, not to mention our engaging and supportive associations - there's something for everyone! And if things don't go as planned, UWA helps you to get back on track. Find out more about student life and opportunities.

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