Science at The University
of Western Australia (UWA)

As the oldest university in Western Australia (WA) and the state’s only Group of Eight member, UWA is firmly established as one of Australasia’s preeminent educational institutions. And with more than 50% of undergraduates and 80% of postgraduate students studying science, that means we’re among the world’s leading scientific research universities

International in every sense

Home to over 25,000 students - 23% from overseas (over 80 countries) - who enjoy one of the best staff-to-student ratios in Australia, UWA in Perth is as multi-cultural as it is multi-disciplinary



UWA is one of only 10 universities in the world to be awarded a ‘Five Stars Plus’ rating in the QS Stars University Ratings.


30 Undergraduate majors

We offer over 30 undergraduate science majors, so we’re able to bring together multi-disciplinary groups of researchers to tackle the important problems and issues facing society.

We are also a member of the Worldwide Universities Network and the Matariki Network of Universities – the foundation for over 200 agreements with our international partners, including organisations such as the World Bank and the OECD.

Global partnerships, world-class scientific research

With our international standing and partnerships, we’re leading the global scientific community with some of the most exciting world-class research collaborations and projects around.

Our research in 30 scientific fields is rated ‘at or above world standard’, addressing global issues and driving positive change in five key areas of scientific study:

  • Agriculture

    Feed the world
  • Health

    Prevent, diagnose and treat disease
  • Energy

    Harness resources and energy
  • Environment

    Feed the Restore and maintain balance in the natural environment
  • Knowledge

    Further human knowledge and enhance society

“Only through research and cooperation, from the personal to the global level, can we hope to find solutions that will ensure a positive future for generations.”

Professor Robyn Owns
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UWA

We publish approximately 1,000 research papers every year – papers that are cited around 15,000 times a year. In fact, 22 of the top 250 most highly cited scientists in the world work here at UWA.


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