Faculty of Science

Our researchThe Faculty of Science is a world-class centre for scientific research and innovation. Through our strong discipline-based research and active inter-disciplinary engagement, both nationally and internationally, we are at the forefront of research and development in a broad range of fields.

In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results, the University of Newcastle was one of three universities to achieve a rating of "5" in Biochemistry and Cognitive Sciences – this is the first time any University has been awarded the top rating of '5' in Cognitive Sciences.

Across the 17 codes assessed that could be considered core for the faculty – Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences and Human Geography – the faculty recorded eight "5" ratings, improving the rating in eight codes and maintaining the rating in another six codes.

The Faculty subject areas of geography and psychology are ranked within the top 150 in the world, with environmental science in the top 200, and mathematics and biological sciences in the top 250*.

Our research strengths lie in the key areas of industry and infrastructure, sustainability and the environment, as well as health and well-being.

Read more about research in the Faculty of Science.

*2017 QS World Subject Rankings


Community Outreach

Community Outreach

The Faculty of Science organises a range of community outreach events and programs throughout the year. These events provide students and community members with an opportunity to connect with Faculty staff and engage with state-of-the-art science equipment.

International partnerships

International partnerships

We welcome international students to study at the Faculty of Science. Our academics compete on the global stage for research funds and awards. Most of our lecturers are internationally recognised researchers and some are in the top 200 of their field in the world.

Merit Pathway

Merit Pathway

Are you a high achieving science student? If so the Merit Pathway in the Bachelor of Science degree may be for you. This program is designed for passionate students looking for opportunities and challenges beyond the standard undergraduate science degree.

*The QS World University Rankings by Subject are based on survey responses from 74,651 academics and 40,643 graduate employers, alongside research citations and research impact.

The rankings highlight the top universities in the world for 46 individual subjects. More information about QS is available at www.topuniversities.com.