Faculty of Science


Further information

  • UWA Science Global
  • International Postgraduate Research Enquiries
  • PHD Opportunities in Science

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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.

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

Many other major research projects across the Faculty are making a difference to people’s lives.

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 1,500+ 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 opportunitiesit 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, (2014). Psychology and Earth and Marine Science are ranked in the world's top 40 institutions (QS World University Rankings by subject). We are ranked 18th in the top 100 most international universities in the world (Times Higher Education).

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, such as:

Science research within our schools and centres

How to apply

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

Domestic students, for information on how to apply for a postgraduate research degree, visit the Future Students website.

International students, if you wish to apply for a postgraduate research degree in the Sciences, you will first need to find a supervisor. To assist you in finding a supervisor, we ask you to complete the online enquiry form. For general questions about undertaking a postgraduate research degree in the Sciences, contact HDR Enquiry.

Find out what our postgraduates are researching.

Research leaders

Read about our inspiring research leaders.

Research Leaders

Winthrop Professor Colin MacLeod
Professor Colin MacLeod

Professor Colin MacLeod is one of Australia’s most highly cited psychologists, and has recently gained international recognition for his development of a new, innovative way of treating mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression, known as cognitive-bias modification (CBM).

What is perhaps most interesting about CBM is that it does not involve face-to-face counselling or therapy, but rather the use of a computer program that subtly alters the patterns of information processing that give rise to harmful thought patterns. The treatment can be effective after only a few 15-minute sessions, and has already been shown to work for anxiety and addictions. It is now being tested for alcohol abuse, post-traumatic-stress disorder and several other disturbances of the mind.

In 2012 Professor MacLeod was presented with a Citation Award as part of the 2012 Thomson Reuters Australia Citation & Innovation Awards. The citation awards recognise 12 of Australia's top researchers who have had the highest impact in their fields globally.