The University of Western Australia

Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Science has the power to change our world for the better. The University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Science is harnessing this power to improve society, save lives and protect our environment. Ranked 1st in Australia for Life and Agricultural Sciences, UWA’s world-renowned scientists are collaborating with international and industry partners to make discoveries of global significance. Providing the very best experience is a priority for the Faculty; we successfully equip our students with the skills needed to compete in an increasingly competitive employment market.



The University of Western Australia (UWA) is the premier university in the State of Western Australia. Established in 1911, UWA has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.


Study areas within the Faculty of Science at UWA include:

  • Biological sciences, biomedical science, molecular biology and biotechnology, genetics, nanotechnology
  • Physical sciences
  • Psychology
  • Natural and agricultural sciences, including conservation biology and management, agricultural economics, genetics and breeding


Responsible for almost 70% of the university-based research and development in Western Australia, UWA is committed to the achievement of the highest quality research and scholarship by international standards. UWA has developed strong links and collaborative partnerships with industry, government and other universities both in Australia and overseas, to ensure the development of new technologies and strategies that benefit the global community.

The University’s strong research record is reflected in an overall Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) ranking of equal 87th for 2015 and rankings of 25th in Life and Agricultural sciences (highest in Australia).


UWA’s Faculty of Science prepares career-ready graduates by combining theory with practical field-work opportunities and practicum units. UWA is ranked 1st in Western Australia (3rd nationally), and 49th in the world for Graduate Employability and is ranked 1st in Western Australia and is 49th in the world for Partnerships with Employers (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016).

Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (44)
Social Sciences (28)
Journalism & Media (1)

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
91 5
96 -9
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
111 14
125 -16
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.


Student services

UWA has a wide range of administrative, counselling and support services which are available to all international students. Some of these include: English language and study skills; counselling services; over 125 vibrant student societies and career support services.

Housing services

There are five residential colleges affiliated with the University conveniently located adjacent to the University campus and offer a range of facilities.

Library services

The UWA Library provides information resources, silent study zones and collaborative workspaces, as well as friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you achieve your academic and personal goals. This guide is a starting point for you to discover all that is available to you in our six libraries and online.

ICT services

Wireless access is available on campus from many locations.

Medical services

UWA has on-campus medical staff who provide convenient, comprehensive and confidential medical care to students.

Student Life

Campus life

Located 5km from the Perth CBD, the 65-hectare Crawley campus is widely acclaimed for the beauty of its setting beside the Swan River and for its grounds and buildings. The University also has campuses in Claremont (a suburb only 5 minutes from Crawley) and the UWA Albany Centre (a regional centre located in the south west of the State of Western Australia).

Sports facilities

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) endorses UWA as a member of the national Elite Athlete Friendly University network, but you don’t have to be an elite athlete to enjoy sporting life at UWA.

UWA offers a range of sporting facilities. Enjoy the great outdoors with UWA’s Water Sports Complex on the beautiful foreshore at Matilda Bay—home to the UWA Boat Club and Outdoor Club. The University also offers swimming pools, tennis and squash courts and numerous social sports, clubs and fun programs including stand up paddle boarding, rock climbing and other environment-driven experiences.

Nearby is the UWA Sports Park, covering 33 hectares of playing fields and facilities.

Student clubs

UWA has a bustling student life and the social activities on campus are organised through the UWA Student Guild which is the representative student organisation. The UWA Student Guild has a reputation for being one of the most active in Australia, and organises countless activities including festivals, workshops, end-of-semester parties, networking opportunities, and UWA’s wide array of clubs and societies.

UWA’s Faculty of Science offers a range of clubs and societies, including:

  • Science Union
  • Students of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (SNAGS)
  • Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics club
  • Physiology, Human Biology and Anatomy Club (PHAC)
  • The UWA Psychology Society

Perth, Western Australia, Australia