UNSW - Science


“Our strong links with industry partners and our growing list of successful alumni show very clearly that UNSW Science is a stepping stone to success.”
Professor Merlin Crossley, Dean, UNSW Faculty of Science

UNSW is a powerhouse for scientific learning and research. Each year, it is the university of choice for thousands of the brightest students from around the world who want to learn from award-winning academics, access cutting-edge facilities and connect with industry leaders.

The Faculty of Science consists of nine schools, and with more than 400 staff and 700 researchers on board, we have got science covered - from anatomy to zoology and everything in between. We focus on delivering the best balance of theory and practical work to equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience to fast-track your career.

Our approach is working, with UNSW consistently achieving a maximum five-star rating for graduate starting salary and positive graduate outcomes. Our reputation speaks for itself. At UNSW, we are responsive to the needs of industry, adaptive to change and take an innovative approach to teaching and learning. We are also proud to offer cross-discipline programs that recognise and foster individual interests and career goals.


Scientific research is core business at UNSW.

Our students enjoy access to state-of-the art technology and play an active role in ground-breaking research that contributes to a sustainable future for next generations.

In 2013, UNSW topped the state in Australian Research Council (ARC) funding while our Faculty of Science secured more than $13m in science research grants.

Faculty Research Centres include:

  • Australian Wetlands and Rivers Centre
  • Climate Change Research Centre
  • Centre for Marine Bioinnovation
  • Centre for Quantum Computer Technology
  • Evolution and Ecology Research Centre
  • The Ramaciotti Centre for Gene Function Analysis
  • Australian Centre for Astrobiology
  • Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology.

We are also a key player in the National Health and Medical Research Council Program in Post-traumatic Mental Health and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, based at Chowder Bay.

UNSW is a member of the Group of Eight (Go8) coalition of Australia’s leading research universities, and founding member of Universitas 21, which brings together leading research intensive universities from around the world.