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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.

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 14.4 per cent in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Industry from 2014 to 2019, 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 2017 as the best university in New South Wales and the ACT for Agriculture and Environmental Studies, and second among all universities in New South Wales and the ACT for Science and Mathematics.

UOW also ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Chemistry, and top 200 universities in the world for Earth and Marine Sciences in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

Flinders Ranges: The Golden Age of Rock

In July 2016 a group of geology students from the University of Wollongong and the University of Colorado embarked on a two-week journey through the South Australian outback. 

Then continue to watch Simona explain how she found her 'why' at UOW.


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.

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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: For the ninth year in a row UOW was ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings Graduate Employers survey (QS World University Rankings 2015/2016).


The Medicinal Chemistry degree really prepared me for research. Every day in my PhD I use the problem solving and lab skills I learned in undergrad. The practical experience I gained in the lab during undergrad built my confidence in designing and running my own experiments when it came to Honours and PhD.

Monica Birrento
PhD (Chemistry)
Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry


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.

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