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Why study at UOW

The most exciting thing about science is that no matter how many new discoveries are made, there are still endless questions out there to be answered.

Science is one of humanity’s greatest collective endeavours. It has a specific role, as well as a variety of functions for the benefit of our society: creating new knowledge, increasing the quality of our lives and informing our care of the earth. The Scientific community must respond to societal needs and global challenges.

You study science because your inquisitive nature leads you to ask the important questions. Learn how to use the answers to advance society and protect our natural world.

The government’s Labour Market Information Portal forecasts growth of 10.2 per cent in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Industry from 2018 to 2023, which means more exciting career options for scientists. 

The best in NSW/ACT

  • The Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2018 as the best university in New South Wales and the ACT for Science and Mathematics.
  • UOW also ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Materials Science, and top 200 universities in the world for Chemistry, Earth and Marine Sciences and Environmental Science in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

Why study Science at UOW

  • Our new $35 million Sciences Teaching Facility is equipped with the latest technologies to assist your learning.

  • Learn the most current knowledge direct from leading researchers who are keen to instil their passion for science into every student.

  • You’ll spend close to half your course hours out in the field or doing practical work in our modern labs where data can be analysed as its being collected.

  • Our campus location offers a wide range of coastal, freshwater, bushland and geologically diverse environments, right on our doorstep.

  • Help make ground-breaking discoveries working alongside our scientists in areas such as medical biotechnology, climate change, anti-cancer drugs and biodiversity.

  • Engage with like-minded students and join a network of individuals making a difference.


Molecular and life sciences research centre
Molecular Horizons

UOW's $80 million Centre of Molecular and Life Sciences is its biggest ever self-funded research infrastructure investment.

The purpose-built collaborative research centre will be equipped with world-leading technologies, centred around the revolutionary $7m Titan Krios cryo-electron microscope.

The three metre tall, one tonne Titan Krios microscope—one of only a handful in the world and only the second, but most advanced, in Australia— is the world’s most powerful and flexible high-resolution electron microscope for biological research.

New Bionanotechnology degrees >>

Overview of careers

Whether you study earth and environmental science, life science, molecular science or international science, an exciting and meaningful career awaits.Agricultural Adviser

  • Biochemist
  • Cartographer (Mapping)
  • Chemist
  • Coastal or Estuarine Management Officer
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Drug Regulation Officer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Food Chemist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Geologist
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Marine or Fisheries Biologist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Medical Biotechnologist
  • Medical Researcher
  • Oceanographer
  • Science Teacher
  • Veterinary Researcher

UOW is in the top 1% for graduates as rated by global employers: UOW is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world for the quality of our graduates, ranking in the 151-200 band in the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

CF Testimonial - Science Aug 2017

Study abroad was part of my degree because science isn’t just restricted to a country, it’s everywhere. I did one semester in Colorado, and one semester in Ireland. Studying overseas has allowed me to form connections in two very different places and hopefully that can be a stepping-stone. I want to combine my passion and knowledge of immunology to create a vaccine.

Ailish Cleary
International Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)


When it came to choosing a university, Wollongong’s diverse natural environments and the quality of the science program at UOW were too much to ignore. The various field trips and practicals were invaluable. My role at Gnaraloo means I’m on the beach most days and some nights undertaking digital mapping, spatial analysis and monitoring the turtles.

Andrew Leach
Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) Scientific Intern, Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program


On graduating, Catherine earned one of only 12 places in the Sydney Water Graduate Program. “I intend to take full advantage of the flexibility of the Graduate Program and try policy, infrastructure planning and human resources. I've come to realise that of all the things I learned at UOW, the ability to communicate is perhaps the most important.

Catherine Rout
International Bachelor of Science, Graduate Production Officer, Sydney Water Corporation