The University of Western Australia
UWA is the university of choice for the highest-achieving Western Australian school-leavers and has some of the best graduate outcomes in Australia. It is ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide by the QS World University Rankings and by the ARWU. UWA is ranked at 7 in the world for Mining Engineering by the ARWU, and in 2014 was awarded a Five Star Plus rating from QS.
A dynamic and progressive university, UWA is a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight and of the international Matariki Network Of Universities. It is one of only two Australian members of the Worldwide Universities Network, a group of 18 research-led universities from Europe, North America, North Asia and Australia. The 2014 Good Universities Guide awarded UWA maximum five-star ratings for graduate outcomes, graduate starting salaries, research grants, research intensity and student demand, putting it equal first in Australia on these measures.
Situated on the Swan River, just five kilometres from the centre of Perth, UWA is widely acclaimed for its national-heritage listed campus grounds and vibrant social, cultural and sporting life, as well as its contribution to the community.
Teaching and learning
UWA’s flexible course structure enables students to study customised undergraduate degrees and professional postgraduate degrees. Courses prepare graduates for the challenges of a changing world by honing their communication and critical thinking skills, and by promoting a global perspective.
Study programmes are offered by four faculties and the School of Indigenous Studies, and the Graduate Research School. The faculties are Arts, Business, Law and Education; Science; Engineering and Mathematical Sciences; and Health and Medical Sciences.
UWA research priorities include agriculture, astronomical and space science, biochem and cell biology, cardiovascular medicine, oceanography, and physical chemistry.
UWA course highlights
Master of Public Policy
Do you want to lead the way in creating a better world? The Master of Public Policy will give you a multi-disciplinary understanding of the role of government in economic activity and public policy decision making. With specialisations in economics, or public administration and governance, graduates are equipped for a variety of jobs including policy analysts and managers in the public sector.
Master of Data Science
The rise of data science is a global phenomenon and this course prepares graduates for international careers. Students will gain a detailed knowledge of contemporary data management and analysis technologies, including those for data collection and storage, visualisation, internet-based applications, and software project management.Students will benefit from close interaction with our leading research groups in ‘Complex Data Modelling’ and ‘Big Data Processing and Mining’ and their key industry partnerships that help inform teaching and course content.
Master of Asian Studies
The Master of Asian Studies is your pathway to an exciting and dynamic career in one of the world’s most influential and vibrant regions. With specialisations available in business, Chinese business law, and politics, and the option to incorporate language units in Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese or Korean, graduates will find professional opportunities across the globe in government, education, business and non-government organisations.
Sport Science, Exercise and Health Majors
UWA is a nation-wide leader in sports science with an ERA ranking of 5. These majors, available to study at Bachelors level, incorporate theoretical knowledge combined with a hands-on approach and real-world experiences with practicum placements. By combining both majors in the Bachelor of Science, students may be eligible for accreditation as an Exercise Scientist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).
Marine Science Major
Western Australia's marine environment is a biodiversity hotspot with up to 80 per cent of fish, invertebrates and other organisms found nowhere else in the world. This makes WA an ideal living laboratory for your studies. Marine Science includes marine biology and ecology, marine and coastal management, and oceanography. It combines knowledge of marine aquatic life with a solid understanding of the physical environment. This major also includes field work with field trips of two to six days.
Medical Sciences Major
The Medical Sciences major covers body structure and function, as well as the mechanisms of health and disease from the preclinical scientific disciplines including: anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and public health. This major will provide a strong basis from which you can direct your future studies in your chosen field in the health sciences, including any graduate places available in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.