Our research

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UNSW Science is at the forefront of research discovery and innovation. Our faculty is renowned for the quality of our facilities, the networks and research centres we host, and the career development opportunities available to our graduate students.

  • Top #50 in the world

    6 areas of science - 2022 QS World Rankings

  • Leaders in teaching & research

    8 schools, 600+ researchers

  • #1 in Australia

    Psychology - ARWU Rankings 2021

Research areas & impacts

UNSW is one of Australia's leading research universities. Research conducted at UNSW Science covers an array of areas, from predicting climate change to treating human disease. Our research has impacts across a vast range of real-world applications.

Environmental sciences researchers at UNSW study life in all of its complex and varied forms. We explore how environments function and how systems, from the smallest microbes to the whole of Earth, cope with change.

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Health sciences at UNSW include biological and medicinal science and encompass the study of systems that contribute to improvements in human health.

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Materials sciences at UNSW are at the leading edge of international research. Analysis and experimentation with materials take place in purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities.

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Fundamental sciences at UNSW are the interdisciplinary specialisations that underpin all scientific and systematic research, from microbiology and genome systems to data science and astrophysics.

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Research centres

UNSW Science research centres bring together knowledge from traditional discipline areas to address current world issues. 

Our research centres advance science through their work in areas such as clean water, renewable energy, human health and a sustainable environment.

Opportunities for research

UNSW Science provides students with a number of opportunities to encourage educational excellence in their chosen field of study. Students can participate in a variety of competitions and apply for several scholarships that will support their journey at UNSW Science.