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Western Australia / March 13, 2021

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Choose The University of Western Australia (UWA) and you’ll join a dynamic and passionate community of forward-thinking people who are determined to explore the unknown, challenge convention and make things happen.

At UWA, your degree is an investment in your future. We celebrate strong industry partnerships with a range of organisations, which helps provide you with practical, real-world experiences alongside valuable networking opportunities.

Our innovative and flexible course structure is based on a global model that will prepare you to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world and maximise your career options. The choice of more than 70 majors also means you can explore your interests and discover your passions before finalising a study pathway.

We placed equal first overall in Australia in the Good Universities Guide 2016 for student demand, graduate starting salaries, research intensity and research grants. Plus, our graduates consistently exceed national average starting salaries and State graduate employment rates. By choosing UWA, you’ll gain qualifications with international recognition and develop skills and personal attributes to succeed in a growing society.

UWA is the only Western Australian university in the Group of Eight – a coalition of the top research universities in Australia—and is one of only two Australian members of the Worldwide Universities Network, a partnership of 18 research-led universities. We’re also a foundation member of the Matariki Network of high-quality, research-intensive universities with a particular focus on student experience.


Our emphasis on academic curiosity sets us apart from other universities. We operate more than 75 research and training centres and receive roughly 80 per cent of all research funding to Western Australian universities annually. Over the years, we’ve continued to attract high-calibre, globally recognised scholars such as Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall.

Professor Marshall was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2005 for his part in discovering the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease. Professor Marshall continues to lead UWA research teams within the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases Research and Training, of which he is a director. The centre draws research staff and visitors from overseas regularly.

Another key facility within UWA is our Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, an internationally significant facility established in 2000 as a joint venture between WA's four public universities and CSIRO. The centre is an integral part of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s biggest radio telescope. The project commences construction in 2018 in WA’s Mid-West.

The University was part of a major discovery in 2015 when, in a world first, a team of UWA scientists observed ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves. This confirmed a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity.

More than 400 postdoctoral students carry out important projects at UWA across a range of disciplines. As a student with us, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge through collaborative projects with business, industry, government and the wider community.

Perth campus

The beautiful Perth campus sits adjacent to the Swan River and is among the most picturesque in the nation with grand sandstone and terracotta buildings among elegant heritage-listed gardens. The campus is also just 10 minutes from Perth’s main shopping and business district.

At UWA, we help people make the most of the possibilities presented. The University is a community of people with a desire to make the most of their potential and contribute to the world's advancement.