Pioneering World-Class Research for Our Future 

Science is central to modern life. Not only does it help us understand the universe and our place in it, it also provides advances that transform our lives at an incredible pace.

At UNSW Canberra at ADFA, we're committed to advancing scientific knowledge to help solve some of the world’s greatest problems. Whether we're addressing the impacts of climate change, examining the influences on human decision-making, or exploring the never-ending depths of space, our approach to research draws knowledge from both traditional and emerging fields. 

Our research strengths lie in developing new experimental, analytical and computational methods. These unique capabilities combined with our multidisciplinary approach allows us to view and address complex challenges from different angles. Plus, our relationship with the Australian Defence Force and defence industries means you will have access to research not done at other Australian universities. 

Science Research

Driven by world-leading academics pushing the boundaries of knowledge in sustainability, climate change, and renewable energy, our researchers strive to make the world a better place.

From heatwave modelling and tracking extreme climate events to developing low-cost, low-energy water purification processes for remote and developing communities, see how our scientists are creating innovative solutions to the biggest problems facing our planet.

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Learn With Us

Start your career journey at the undergraduate level with one of our world-class degrees. You’ll gain the theoretical understanding and practical experience needed to launch your career in a wide range of industries.  

Explore our study options and discover the degree that’s right for you.

Expand your knowledge and expertise with one of our postgraduate coursework degrees. 

We offer a range of flexible, online programs that can be completed in as little as one year.

We’re at the forefront of many new developments and offer superior programs and research opportunities.

Earn a highly respected and internationally recognised qualification and work with leading academics and researchers in your chosen field.

Our flexible short courses are the perfect way to upskill or revamp your knowledge. 

We know you’re juggling other commitments, so we offer flexible study options to help you take the next step in your career. 

Associated Schools, Institutes & Centres

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UNSW Canberra Space

Human Factors & the Technological Interface

The increasing reliance on technological innovations is changing the nature of human-technology relationships. These changes have a major impact on the nature of human behaviour and the ways in which we understand, predict and transform collective and individual human action. 

This new master's course looks at a series of technological interface scenarios to better understand the role technology is playing in reshaping the context of human behaviour.  

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Our Research Facilities

We’re home to a number of state-of-the-art research facilities dedicated to finding solutions to the world's most complex problems, including in defence and global security.

From the radiochemistry laboratory used to safely store radioactive samples to our suite of electron spin resonance spectrometers, explore facilities that support our science research.

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An Integrated Defence Focus

UNSW Canberra proudly educates Australia’s future military leaders—but we also strengthen national defence and security through our relationships with the Australian Defence Force and defence industries.

Our Defence Research Institute (DRI) aims to sustain Defence’s competitive operational advantage in support of Australia’s sovereign interests.

Explore how our wide-ranging research generates disruptive capabilities and delivers multidisciplinary solutions to complex defence and security problems. 

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Meet Our World Class Researchers

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