Why Study With Us?

What We Do

We are looking for curious students who see what's in front of them and want to know more. Science is a way to understand the world. By understanding how the natural world works, we can learn why things happen the way they do.

You may already have firm ideas as to where a science degree will lead you, and many of our graduates have successfully pursued their dreams from day one. Their degrees have led them into a wide range of careers including environmental management, medical research and postgraduate medicine.

Alternatively, you may not have a fixed career or area in mind, but do have particular interests and passions in science that you want to pursue. Science degrees at UOW satisfy both these desires.

Our flexible degrees allow you to build a study program to meet your developing interests, while our more prescribed degrees provide you with the range of skills and experience employers want.

With about half of your course hours made up of practical classes and field activities, our degrees will develop your skills and abilities as a practicing Scientist.  


Research is about finding out new things. It's at the centre of all scientific endeavours. It can result in major leaps in technology and improvement to the quality of life and preservation of our environment.

At UOW, our researchers are engaged in world -first interdisciplinary research in areas such as medical biotechnology, adaptation to climate change and coastal management, anti-cancer drugs and protecting our biodiversity and ecosystems. Research is naturally at the very heart of what we do. This is normal for an international university.

What's not normal is that you could work on some of these research projects - while you are still in your undergraduate degree. It is common for students in their second and third year of study to carry out individual research projects as part of our internationally renowned research teams.

You could be working in well equipped labs on many exciting projects; helping design a new drug to combat childhood leukaemia or looking at the ecological effects of bushfires in Australia and how to manage them. Research skills and training are also great for your CV, as they develop skills that are in high demand by employers.

Last reviewed: 1 November, 2013