Faculty of Science
A global impact
The Faculty of Science is a global leader in creating new knowledge, revolutionary technology and innovative teaching which will transform our regions and the world. We are at the forefront in exploring solutions to the complex challenges of today and the emerging concerns of tomorrow.
The Faculty of Science has been integrated into the new College of Engineering, Science and Environment.
The Faculty is home to authorities in their fields who engage in cutting-edge research and teaching. We provide our graduates with the expertise and skills to make a positive difference.
We offer a broad range of study and research opportunities across both established and emerging science disciplines, with over 40 coursework degree options available for students to follow their passion and develop their careers.
We are active collaborators with industry and our communities, and well versed in working across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Schools and research centres
Solving global challenges
Professor Chris Scarlett from the School of Environmental and Life Sciences is changing the way we treat pancreatic cancer, and it all began with the simple sea sponge.
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From ecological conservation, to working with cells, to unravelling the mysteries of the human mind, and using data and mathematics to analyse real-world problems, you can help affect positive change on our communities and planet.
A degree from the Faculty of Science gives you the flexibility to explore your interests and make an impact through the pathway that’s right for you.
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Our researchers work beyond boundaries. By collaborating across teams and disciplines, and with industries, governments and other institutional partners, our researchers push the limits of human knowledge.
By using and creating trailblazing technologies, we strive to explore and affect our world and the universe.
Finding our place in the world
Associate Professor Michelle Duffy is fascinated by the ways in which we interact with our physical, social and emotional worlds to form our identities, build our relationships and find a sense of belonging.
Answering the space-age questions
Using the sun as his ‘laboratory’, Associate Professor David Pontin’s work is unravelling the complexities of astrophysical plasmas to help improve space exploration, space-weather modelling and modern technologies like GPS systems.
Ludwina gets a taste of the Australian study life
A passion for food and human health led Ludwina on a journey to becoming a People’s Choice winner of the University of Newcastle’s Food Expo 2020.
Making a difference with her masters
After completing her undergraduate studies, Julia felt driven to gain advanced academic and theoretical understanding as well. In 2018, after several years in the community services sector, she decided to undertake the Master of Business Psychology.
Doubling the career prospects by studying a double degree
Myles has always looked for ways he can create meaningful change in the world around him. Applying this lens to his studies, he followed his interest in geography, politics and international affairs to a combined Bachelor of Development Studies and Bachelor of Business degree at the University of Ne
Growing Passion Through Experience
Floating down a river on a bamboo raft in Borneo, surveying the skyline on the tallest building in Tokyo, or watching a controlled ecological burn in Port Stephens weren’t experiences Kate could have imagined she’d get as part of her studies.
Forecasting and the power of big data
Dr Ali Eshragh is finding new ways to effectively analyse big data for forecasting. In doing so, he is setting the stage to markedly advance crucial industry practices.
The lure of pure mathematics
Professor Florian Breuer’s research is guided by a profound passion and curiosity for pure mathematics. His specialty area is number theory, a fascinating field of mathematics that seeks to better understand whole numbers and their properties.
News • 18 Feb 2021
A new study has demystified sugar distribution in plants, paving the way to create low sugar or ‘diet’ fruits.
News • 18 Dec 2020
Researchers elucidate a unique molecular mechanism for efficient gene expression in pathogenic bacteria
News • 18 Dec 2020
Professor Sarah Wright, a human geographer from the University of Newcastle is part of a collective of women who were joint winners of the Prime Minister’s literary awards non-fiction category.
Event • 29 Apr 2021 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Hear from founders and business leaders throughout the region as we explore the art of pitching.
Event • 3 May 2021 from 8:00am - 9:00am
Find out first-hand what opportunities are available to bring your new product, process or service through the phases of “explore – experiment – accelerate – scale” right here in the Hunter.
Event • 5 May 2021 from 8:00am - 9:00am
Join us at Startup Stories for an engaging session with one of Australia’s brightest medtech CEO’s and local Newcastle entrepreneur as she shares her insight into building a world-class company and scaling it across the globe.
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