School of Science

Changing How We Think About the World

Science is central to many areas of modern life. It is the understanding of the physical universe and how humans interact with it. Science provides a foundation for, and advancements in, fields that are transforming our world at an incredible pace. From human geography and our interaction with the natural environment to sustainable energy solutions and the management of precious natural resources, at UNSW Canberra School of Science, we’re tackling the global, regional, and local challenges of the 21st century.

Science students benefit from our thriving community of teaching experts and research excellence. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate research degrees across both established and emerging scientific disciplines. From chemistry and sub-atomic physics, data analysis to environmental science, our aim is to develop future global leaders who have the innovative, contemporary skills and knowledge to help shape the future.  

Our mission is supported by high-impact research in a vibrant and inclusive environment. Strengthened by cutting-edge facilities and constant interaction with industry partners, government institutions, and the global scientific community, UNSW Canberra School of Science is changing the way we think about the world through fundamental science.

Pioneering World-Class Research to Sustain Our Future

Driven by world-leading academics pushing the boundaries of knowledge in sustainability, climate change, and renewable energy, researchers at UNSW Canberra strive to find global solutions to world challenges. 

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 issues facing our planet.

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Understanding Firestorms

Australia experienced almost as many firestorms during the 2019/2020 Black Summer season than it did in the previous 30 years. But how does a fire become a firestorm? UNSW Canberra bushfire researchers hope that discovering the answer will ensure that we don’t see a repeat of this devastating bushfire season. Learn more on:

Bushfire Research Group Website

Learn With Us

From chemistry and sub-atomic physics to oceanography, ecological conservation to using data and mathematics to analyse real-world problems, you can help effect positive change in our communities and planet. No matter what your passion, you’ll find study options to advance your career with UNSW Canberra’s School of Science.  

Become part of our diverse community of science students and study a Bachelor of Science.  

Taught by leading academic staff in a supportive and close-knit environment, this course is designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge, and experience to launch your career in science.

We’re at the forefront of many new developments in science and offer superior programs and research opportunities across a range of study areas.  

As one of our PhD or Master of Philosophy research students, you'll connect with an exceptional community of passionate thinkers who use research to transform the world we live in.

Our professional education courses are the perfect way to upskill or revamp your knowledge in a range of different areas.  

Develop in-demand skills by learning from experts and benefit from their deep industry knowledge and strong connections.  

We support educational excellence and provide several opportunities for both domestic and international students to apply for scholarships to support their academic journey. 

Human Factors & the Technological Interface

The increasing reliance on technological innovations – from digital commuting to smart infrastructure – is changing the nature of human-technology relationships. These changes are having 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 course, offered to postgraduate master's students, 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 People

Our vibrant team are global leaders in science research and teaching. Use our search tool to meet our team and learn more about our professors, lecturers, research associates, and more.

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