UWA is a science-focused university:
- More than 50% of our undergraduates and over 40% of our postgraduate students study the sciences.
- We are ranked 1st in Australia for Life and Agricultural Sciences.
- From Astronomy to Zoology, UWA is a multidisciplinary melting pot of expertise and research capabilities.
Spotlight on our researchers:
Associate Professor Cyril Grueter
New research suggests that the more competition a fellow has to deal with, the more flamboyant he gets. Or at least that’s the case in primates, according to an international group of researchers led by the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology's Assoc/Prof Cyril Grueter.
Dr Laura Boykin
Research by Dr Laura Boykin, Computational Biologist in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistrys, 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.
Winthrop Professor David Blair
Winthrop Professor David Blair describes the forty-year journey which led to the historic detection of gravitational waves.
W/Prof David Blair, in the School of Physics, is Director of the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre
Science Global research showcase
- 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
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 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.
UWA is ranked as the top university in Australia for Life and Agricultural Sciences by the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, (2015). Psychology and Earth and Marine Science are ranked in the world's top 50 institutions (QS World University Rankings 2016 by subject). We are ranked 18th in the top 100 most international universities in the world (Times Higher Education).
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, such as:
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.
- School of Agricultural and Resource Economics
- Research focuses on areas such as environmental economics and natural resource management; economics of non-renewable resources and energy; food systems and agribusiness; agricultural economics and policies; and non-market valuation.
- School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology
- Research includes areas such as cardiovascular electrophysiology; sleep science; immunology; neuroscience, development and regeneration; skeletal muscle physiology; biological anthropology; and tissue engineering, stem cells and transplantation.
- School of Animal Biology
- Research encompasses areas such as animals and industry; ecology and conservation; evolutionary biology; neuroscience; and science communication..
- School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Research covers areas such as nanobiotechnology; biomolecular networks; epigenomics; synthetic chemistry; inorganic chemistry; theoretical and computational chemistry; apoptosis and cancer signalling; crystallography; and spectroscopy of reactive intermediates.
- School of Earth and Environment
- Research encompasses fields such as ore deposits and mineral exploration; petroleum and geothermal geoscience; geophysics and geodynamics; tectonics and regional geology; human geography and planning; soil science; land rehabilitation; and land and water management.
- School of Physics
- Research includes areas such as astronomy and astrophysics; atomic, molecular and surface physics; biomagnetics; biomedical physics; frequency and quantum metrology; bioacoustics; and spintronics and magnetisation dynamics.
- School of Plant Biology
- Research covers fields such as plant production systems, natural terrestrial systems; and marine systems.
- School of Psychology
- Research is conducted in laboratories in clinical psychology; cognition and emotion; cognitive science; industrial and organizational psychology; learning attention and behaviour; communication; lifespan development; and neurocognitive development.
- School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health
- Research focuses on areas such as biomechanics and motor control, learning and development; exercise physiology and biochemistry; health and physical education; health behaviour and performance psychology; lifespan physical activity and health; and principles and mechanisms of movement.
- 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
Domestic students: Application information is on the the Future Students website.
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