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The University of Western Australia

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Overview

Overview

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is globally acknowledged as an institution of renown and ranks in the top one hundred universities worldwide. The number one university in Western Australia, UWA has an excellent student-teacher ratio, awarded five stars by the Good Universities Guide, that facilitates meaningful teaching, learning and research.

UWA is located in the city of Perth, with the main campus hosting more than 22,000 students. It provides the perfect backdrop for students with amenities and resources covering everything from libraries and research infrastructure to sports facilities and laboratories. The university also has a campus in Albany, on the south coast of Western Australia, which offers a similarly top-class learning environment underpinned by the latest technology.

The university boasts many notable alumni, including Nobel Laureates, with graduates of UWA being well prepared for the world of work and making a positive impact on society. This extends to research, for which the university is highly regarded, where collaborations with organisations and industry lead to significant breakthroughs in fields such as plant genetics and radio astronomy.

Students at UWA are well catered for with a range of support services and assistance. This includes career guidance, counselling, financial advice, disability support and academic mentoring. Students also have the opportunity to explore interests and meet new people outside of their studies with the more than 140 clubs and societies. These student organisations cover everything from sport to theatre and host many events throughout the year.

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What's new

What's new

Two students from UWA were recognised in the 2019 Premier's Science Awards. These awards celebrate the Western Australian science community's achievements.

Jessica Kretzmann, a PhD student from UWA's School of Molecular Sciences, won ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year and Sharynne Hamilton, another PhD candidate, became the inaugural Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year.

Ms Kretzmann's research is about the evaluation and design of new gene therapies with the potential to avoid traditional chemotherapy side effects and revolutionise cancer treatment.

Ms Hamilton's doctorate seeks to merge the social determinants of Aboriginal health with the western neurodevelopmental science for promoting a framework of healing in WA communities.

UWA Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dawn Freshwater was pleased that Ms Hamilton received an award from a new category this year, the Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year.

''The University is applying its very best minds, through research excellence, local and global collaboration and the power of collective intelligence, to solve the world's grand challenges,'' Professor Freshwater added.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Western Australia (UWA) has an international reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research, receiving five-star rankings for its student-teacher ratio in the Good Universities Guide 2018. The university ranked 86th in the QS World University Rankings 2020.

Studying at UWA provides students an opportunity to gain a world-class degree. Its courses are designed to give students a competitive edge, offering practical experience and valuable skills to succeed in their careers. The flexible course structure means students can choose units across different subject areas, combining their personal and career goals, and allows them to discover interests in fields as diverse as accounting and zoology, human biology and media, music and marketing.

Seven subject areas at UWA are ranked in the world's top 50, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Performing Arts
  • Mineral and Mining Engineering
  • Sports-Related Subjects

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Department structure

Department structure

UWA offers study options through its faculties and schools.

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

The Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education (FABLE) brings together disciplines that focus on understanding and enhancing human societies, cultures and institutions. The faculty offers world-leading expertise in a number of fields of academic scholarship, including business, design, education, humanities, law, music and social sciences.

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

This faculty has talented teaching and research staff committed to innovation in their fields, and courses designed to meet real-world challenges. Well-established links between the faculty and industry ensure graduates enjoy excellent career prospects.

Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science equips students with the skills needed in a competitive employment market and encourages research of global significance by collaborating with industry partners.

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

The faculty offers six majors at the undergraduate level and postgraduate coursework and research study options in a variety of areas in the field.

Graduate Research School

This school offers higher-degree research programmes in a range of disciplines. UWA is the only Western Australian institution in the Group of Eight.

With more than 75 research and training centres, UWA enjoys 80 per cent of university research funding in the region of Western Australia.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

English language requirements

All international applicants are required to have a recognised English language qualification such as IELTS or equivalent. Students will need the equivalent of IELTS 6.5 overall, with no band lower than 6.0. A higher level of English is required for some courses.

Visit the entry requirements page on the UWA website to find out more about other approved English language tests.

Pathway options

There are several pathways through which students can enter UWA. Some students, however, are unable to enter the university directly after completing high school in their home countries. These students are encouraged to take a pre-university course known as a foundation programme.

Undergraduate studies

Students who wish to gain entry to an undergraduate degree course must demonstrate academic performance through school-leaving qualifications or previous study. The university accepts overseas qualifications in applications for study.

Postgraduate studies

Applicants for postgraduate courses are expected to have completed an undergraduate degree at an approved university. Applicants for MPhil or doctoral programmes must demonstrate sufficient experience in research.

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Scholarships and funding

Scholarships and funding

The University of Western Australia offers a range of scholarships to support talented international students.

Some of them include:

Global Excellence Scholarship

The scholarship awards high-achieving students up to AUD 45,000 at the undergraduate level and up to AUD 30,000 at the postgraduate level.

International Achievement Scholarship

This is awarded to high-achieving students from India, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam - in the areas of commerce, computer science, engineering, and data science.

Undergraduate scholarships

UWA currently offers undergraduate scholarships for eligible students from India, China, Mauritius, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, the USA, and Vietnam.

International postgraduate scholarships

The International Master's by Coursework Scholarship programme is for those students who've excelled in their undergraduate study at an overseas institution and are looking to take up master's by coursework at UWA.

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Facilities

Facilities

UWA has state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities to provide students with an ideal learning environment.

Library

There is an impressive collection of books, journals and other materials spread across the university's subject libraries, special collections and the library store. These collections include books, non-print items from manuscripts to electronic databases, journals, magazines and newspapers. The Reid Library is home to over a million books.

The Barry J Marshall library is UWA's hub for science students and researchers. It has purpose-built learning spaces, soundproofed study rooms and multimedia suites, and is named after UWA's Nobel Prize-winning professor. The J Robin Warren Library is home to medical and dental collections.

Bayliss Building

This stunning five-storey building is the largest and most technically complex building on campus. With advanced labs on every level to suit the needs of all students, the 17,000 sqm complex features an impressive DNA double-helix design on the west wall of the central atrium, and an intricate Penrose tiled floor.

Guild Village

The Guild Village is the heart and soul of campus life at UWA, with cafes, student services, shops and club activities all in one spot. Services include medical care, hairdresser, newsagent, pharmacy, ATMs, shoe repair, key cutting and more.

Discover ways to give back to the community or approach the Guild Access Department for help navigating university life. Nearby is the Refectory with its delicious array of food (including Subway & Boost outlets), and the Tavern, which hosts a number of fun events every semester.

UWA Sport

The university offers exceptional on-campus sports to encourage students to stay active, fit and healthy. Facilities include gyms, multiple training zones, modern strength-and-conditioning equipment, and basketball, squash and tennis courts. Students can also access group fitness and yoga classes.

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Crawley Western Australia 35 Stirling Highway
The University of Western Australia (UWA) was established in 1911 as the State's first university. As the only Western Australian University in the Group of Eight, UWA is a research-intensive institution and home to globally recognised scholars such as Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall. It has more than 75 research and training centres and receives about 80 per cent of all research funding to WA universities annually.

At UWA, students can study one of five bachelor's degrees, Arts, Biomedical Science, Commerce, Science or Philosophy (Honours). All bachelor?s degrees consist of 24 units, comprising majors, core units and a mix of additional units. Students can choose to complete one or two majors, each of which consists of eight core units.

The suburb of Crawley, just 10 minutes from the Perth central business district, is home to the main campus of The University of Western Australia. It has a regional campus in the south-coast town of Albany, a four-and-half-hour drive from Perth.
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