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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 and to equip yourself with the skills you need to compete in an increasingly competitive employment market.

Ensuring that our students have the very best experience is a priority for UWA and for the Faculty of Science. Our student orientation program prepares you for a successful start in your postgraduate studies and I trust you will appreciate the breadth of opportunities we have so you can make the most of your time with us and get ready for a great career.

I am sure you will find your scientific journey with us rewarding and fulfilling – good luck!

Professor Tony O'Donnell
Faculty of Science

Here you will find information to help you prepare for enrolment in your postgraduate course.

Once you are enrolled, you will become a member of the Faculty of Science student community. There are a variety of resources for current postgraduate students that will help you settle into university life and your studies.

Our degrees will enhance your existing qualifications and open up new career opportunities, by allowing you to specialise in a particular scientific field. Many have Commonwealth Supported Places and/or HECS-HELP).

Some courses have been approved by the Department of Social Services for Student Support Payments.

Eligible students can receive Youth Allowance, Austudy or Pensioner Education Supplement.

Prepare to enrol

Choose your units

Information about your course structure and the units you are required to complete is available in the UWA Handbook and the 2017 Postgraduate study plans

Check if a unit has any prerequisites; these must be completed before you can start the unit. Other relevant information includes the unit availability, unit outcomes and assessments.

The majority of level 4/5 units in the Faculty of Science will be taught in non-standard teaching periods (NS). You can obtain more information on the teaching period by referring to the unit information; each non-standard unit will have a specific teaching period code.

It is important to be aware of the start date, end date and census date for each of your units; these can be found by referring to the teaching period information provided by Student Services and the teaching period code.

Work out your timetable

Your timetable is important because you will need to attend a number of lectures, tutorials, labs, and workshops for each unit. The timetable website lets you see how your potential unit choices could be scheduled; it does not register you for classes. After enrolment you will use the on-line Class Allocation System (CAS), to register for classes.

Refer to the Timetable and Class Allocation System (CAS) section for further information.

Once you have completed steps 1 and 2 you are ready to enrol!

Review your calendar! Find out which activities you should attend during O-week, the week before semester starts.

Timetable and Class Allocation System (CAS)

Working out your timetable is your responsibility. It is an important task that you should complete in preparation for enrolment. Your timetable is important because you will need to attend a number of lectures, tutorials, labs, and workshops for each unit; you need to ensure your chosen units do not clash. It will help to refer to your study plan or revisit the UWA Handbook for unit codes and availability.

The timetable website is an information-only website that should be referred to as you prepare for enrolment. It will help you configure your timetable, allow you to view when and where classes are held (lectures, tutorials and labs) and help you to decide which classes will work with the particular units you have chosen.

The timetable website does not register you for classes.

Change of enrolment, credit for previous study and invalid units

Changing your enrolment

In the majority of cases, you can change your enrolment online via studentConnect. For further details, including relevant cut-off dates, consult the teaching periods, census and withdrawal dates.

Credit for previous study

If you wish to receive credit towards your current degree based on previous study, either from UWA or another approved institution, you will need to apply for advanced standing. Submit your completed advanced standing form to the Science Student Office for consideration.

Invalid units

When you enrol in a unit and it is identified as invalid, visit the Science Student Office or email us via askUWA. Attend lectures, laboratory and tutorial classes for units marked as invalid until you've had the problem resolved.

Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE)

Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE) is a compulsory online unit for all UWA students. It introduces the basics of ethical scholarship and the expectations of correct academic conduct.

All students enrolled in a UWA course are required to complete ACE. If you have previously studied at UWA you will not be required to repeat this unit.


The Faculty of Science orientation program for Postgraduate and Honours students is designed to welcome you to the faculty and provide an opportunity to interact with faculty academic staff and peers, while also addressing and developing transferrable skills relevant to your studies.

This single-day orientation program involves a series of workshops that focus on networking and collaboration, managing responsibilities and accessing relevant learning resources.

Networking workshop – The 'what', 'how' and 'why' of networking

This workshop is designed to help you recognise the importance of networking, both in person and over the internet, to establish and maintain collaborative relationships during your academic career. You will also be given the opportunity to identify opportunities that exist in the UWA science community for networking with UWA staff, industry partners, and peers.

Survival Strategies workshop  – How to stay sane during your studies

This workshop will assist you to develop personalised strategies to effectively manage the various responsibilities typically faced by Postgraduate and/or Honours students, including family, work, study and personal commitments.

Library resources

The BJM Librarians will show you all the most important resources relevant to your studies, and how to access them. You will use the online systems so that you can hit the ground running as soon as you start, and you will have a guided tour of the BJM Library which will focus on those areas directly relevant to postgraduate/honours students.

For more information, including when and where the Postgraduate/Honours orientation will be held for the upcoming semester, visit Unistart

The Faculty of Science is host to a wide variety of student-run clubs and societies. Getting involved in such clubs can greatly enrich your UWA student experience!

What’s next?

There are a variety of resources for current postgraduate students that will help you settle into university life, enrich your studies and support you throughout your postgraduate student journey.

Please don't hesitate to contact the Science Student Office if you need support and advice.