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UWA is a science-focused university:
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.
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 opportunities it presents.
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).
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.
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.
Find out more about groundbreaking research in our schools and centres.
A selection of current PhD projects can be browsed online, with supervisor contact details, scholarship information and more.
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
Academics' contact details and research profiles are available on the websites of our schools, research centres, institutes and initiatives.
Our inspiring research leaders are featured here.
Prof Spackman is the first Australian to receive the Nobel Academy's honour 'For developing experimental and theoretical methods to study electron density in crystals, and using them to determine molecular and crystalline properties'.
More broadly, Professor Spackman's work can be described as crystal engineering. Materials in common use that have been produced as a result of research of this kind include most modern electronic devices such as mobile phones and computers.
Domestic students: Application information is on the the Future Students website.