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:
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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
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.
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:
- Anatomy and Physiology: 13th
- Exercise and Sports Science: 20th
- Agriculture and Forestry: 31st
(2017 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Rankings)
- Agricultural Sciences: 14th
- Biological Sciences: 30th
- Ecology: 22nd
- Environmental Science and Engineering: 16th
- Marine Engineering: 9th
(2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU))
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
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