Our research & impact

Leading edge defence research in an increasingly complex security landscape.

Engineers from the UNSW Canberra Space team work at the National Space Test Facility at Mt Stromlo during testing for the M2 mission.
  • First in Australia
    for research excellence and impact.
  • 19th in the world
    UNSW has rocketed 26 spots in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.
  • Educating
    future global leaders.

Collaborative impact across the globe

We’re an internationally recognised, successful, research-intensive university listed first in Australia for research excellence and impact. Though renowned for our excellence in defence research, we also generate new knowledge across a range of fields in non-defence related areas. Examples include bushfire prediction modelling, gender equality and healthcare policy. 

Our research extends across the globe, and we value our community of world-class scholars who consistently produce high-quality research. UNSW Canberra fosters an excellent research environment; our international collaborations, study programs and state-of-the-art research facilities enable us to make ground-breaking discoveries to help change industry and government.

Research facilities

From unique laboratories to one of the most comprehensive defence research libraries in the southern hemisphere, explore what we can offer you through our state-of-the-art research facilities.