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UWA is a science-focused university:
Many other major research projects across the Faculty are making a difference to people’s lives.
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.
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.
Read about our inspiring research leaders.
Professor William Erskine has spent much of his life carrying out agricultural research in regions marred by conflict, where his work is crucial to the process of rebuilding the lives – and livelihoods – of those affected by the ravages of war.
After spending 27 years in Syria, running programs in Iraq and Afghanistan for the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), Professor Erskine came to UWA in 2008 as Director of the Centre for Plant Breeding and Genetics, where his role is to coordinate Australia’s involvement in the Seeds of Life program in Timor-Leste.
The Seeds of Life project aims to improve food security in Timor-Leste by ensuring farmers have access to genetically-superior (but not genetically-modified) seeds, leading to an increased crop yield – sometimes by as much as 120%. The project is a collaboration between the Timor-Leste Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, AusAID and UWA.
Domestic students: Application information is on the the Future Students website.