The University of Western Australia
A dynamic and progressive university, UWA is ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide by the QS World University Rankings and by the ARWU in 2018. With globally recognised programmes, a UWA degree is an investment in your future. Our graduates consistently exceed the national average starting salaries and our alumni inspire and bring about positive impact on society such as Nobel Prize-winning scientist Professor Barry Marshall, whose work on the role of bacteria in causing gastric disorders has brought about one of the most radical and important changes in medical perception in 50 years.
Located by the Swan River and just a 10 minute drive from Perth’s city centre, UWA is often described as one of Australia’s most picturesque campuses. It brings together heritage architecture and state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities to provide you with an ideal learning environment.
As a student, you can enjoy a range of recreational amenities and modern facilities, including lecture and performance theatres, tutorial spaces, studios, laboratories and more that ensure you feel inspired to pursue your personal interests and career goals while studying.
Teaching and learning
Our course structure allows you to personalise your degree and even to change your mind along the way. We give you the chance to study across a variety of fields before choosing your majors in second year, allowing you time to discover what you are passionate about. We offer five bachelor degrees:
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Biomedical Science
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons)
You can choose to complete one or two majors within your degree. We offer a range of postgraduate options. From professional and coursework degrees to independent research, you’ll find a learning opportunity to match your needs.
UWA research priorities include agriculture; astronomical and space science; biochemistry and cell biology; cardiovascular medicine; oceanography, and physical chemistry.
UWA postgraduate course highlights
Master of Teaching
The MTeach (available for early childhood, primary and secondary) is a two-year course for university graduates who seek to begin a rewarding career in education. Your subject area expertise, with this sought-after teaching qualification, will see you thrive in the global knowledge society.
Master of Applied Finance
The Master of Applied Finance is a practical course designed both for graduates already working in the finance sector and for those with a non-finance background who wish to move into finance.
With access to the state-of-the-art Rosemarie Nathanson Financial Markets Trading Room, the largest training facility of its kind in Australia, this specialised masters course leads to careers in corporate banking and finance, stock market trading, insurance, investment management and other areas of applied finance.
UWA Business School holds EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation for excellence in business and economics education. EQUIS is the leading business school accreditation in Europe and is highly valued by employers.
The curriculum complements the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme, with topics including risk management, capital markets, and international finance. Candidates preparing for CFA qualifications are encouraged to enrol in the Master of Applied Finance as a preparatory course.
Master of Engineering (Oil and Gas)
This course (the MEOG) provides a comprehensive skill set for engineering graduates seeking employment in the global oil and gas industry. UWA is Australia’s leading academic institution focussed on the safe and reliable extraction and utilisation of hydrocarbon-based energy sources, and it works closely with WA’s leading oil and gas companies to deliver cutting-edge education and technology in the energy sector. The course curriculum has partnered with Schlumberger’s flagship oil and gas software, including OLGA and ECLIPSE, offering students a unique hands-on learning experience.
The MEOG offers graduates diverse career opportunities which are supported through established partnerships with major oil and gas organisations including Shell, Chevron, Woodside, and BHP Billiton.
Master of Social Work
This challenging and rewarding profession attracts dedicated and inspiring professionals who desire to make a difference to the lives of others. They help members of society manage personal and social challenges either directly or through programmes that benefit groups or communities.
The Master of Social Work allows you to qualify as a social worker in just two years after completing your bachelor’s degree. In addition to coursework units you will undertake high-quality placements in the field. This offers you the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills and develop a sense of identity as a practitioner.
The Master of Social Work is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers and graduates are eligible to apply for membership.
Master of Data Science
Big data and analytics now drive and inform strategic decision making and innovation in areas as varied as engineering, finance and health. The challenge for organisations around the world is how to harness ever-increasing volumes of data as an asset.
The Master of Data Science provides students with the skills and knowledge to understand and apply appropriate analytical methodologies to transform the way an organisation achieves its objectives, to deal effectively with large data management tasks, to master the statistical and machine learning foundations on which data analytics is built, and to evaluate and communicate the effectiveness of new technologies.
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.
UWA undergraduate course highlights
Sport Science, Exercise and Health majors
UWA is a nationwide leader in sports science with an ERA ranking of 5. These majors 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 Western Australia an ideal living laboratory for your studies. The marine science major 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 fieldwork, 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, such as the Doctor of Medicine programme.