UWA is a science-focused university.

More than 50% of our undergraduates and over 40% of our postgraduate students study the sciences.

From Astronomy to Zoology, UWA is a multidisciplinary melting pot of expertise and research capabilities.

Spotlight on our researchers:

Dr Tristan Clemons

Dr Tristan Clemons explains how UWA Scientists use cutting edge nanotechnology to address highly relevant issues in the biological sciences such as cancer epigenetics and various medical applications.

Dr Laura Boykin

Research by Dr Laura Boykin, Computational Biologist in the School of Molecular Sciences, aims to develop a disease-resistant cassava plant. This is a key staple food for 800 million people in East Africa, currently under threat from viruses and whitefly.

Science Global research showcase

Our Science Global research showcase focuses on the Faculty's world-class research, bringing about meaningful change for the world and humanity in the key areas of:
  • 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

PhD opportunities in Science

Browse a selection of current PhD projects across the Faculty, with project descriptions, supervisor details, scholarship information and more.

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.

Find out more about why being 'in the zone' is so important

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 also 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 myriad research opportunities it presents.

Highly ranked, widely renowned

As one of Australia's Group of Eight research-intensive universities, we have an exceptionally strong research culture that's widely renowned.

We are ranked in the world's top 40:

Research partnerships

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

Our students and staff

The Faculty of Science has more than 5000 students and more than 800 staff members, including ten Highly Cited Scientists, three Federation Fellows, six Premiers Fellows, four Australian Laureate Fellows and winners of numerous national and international prestigious science awards:

Find out what our postgraduates are researching.

Research in our schools, centres and institutes

Find out more about groundbreaking research in our schools and centres.

A selection of current PhD projects can be searched online, with supervisor contact details, scholarship information and more.

UWA School of Agriculture and Environment

School of Biological Sciences

School of Earth Sciences

School of Human Sciences

School of Molecular Sciences

School of Psychological Science

Research Centres and Institutes

The Faculty of Science encompasses a number of research centres and institutes.


Research publications and theses can be searched in the UWA Research Repository.

Publications are subject to an annual data collection and auditing process, so not all recent publications will be found in the repository.

Publications by individual researchers can also be found in their profile pages in the UWA Staff Directory

Staff research profiles

Academics' contact details and research profiles are available on the websites of our schools, research centres, institutes and initiatives.


Centres, institutes and initiatives

Search for a research expert

You can search the UWA directory for researchers in specific areas of expertise

Apply for postgraduate study

The Faculty offers both research and postgraduate coursework courses by thesis or a combination of thesis and practice-based research.

Domestic students: Application information is on the the Future Students website.

International students: Complete our online form for assistance finding a supervisor. Contact us for further information about a postgraduate research degree in science.

Browse a selection of current PhD projects across the Faculty

The Dean's Excellence in Science PhD Scholarships

Domestic and international students may apply for a limited number of prestigious postgraduate research scholarships, offered by the Faculty of Science. Applications are now open for 2017

Further information

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