World-leading research focused on expanding our knowledge, understanding and protecting our earth, and improving our quality of life

Research in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Science, Medicine and Health (SMAH) at the University of Wollongong is a research-intensive Faculty with a world class reputation for excellence in research. Our vigorous research programs span a broad range of disciplines, and our four Schools host internationally and nationally competitive research programs.

Research programs

Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience: Pure and applied chemistry; cell and molecular biology; biotechnology.

Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences: Environmental change; geology, geochemistry and geochronology; GIS and remote sensing; atmospheric chemistry; terrestrial, coastal and marine ecology; animal and plant physiology; archaeology.

Medical, Indigenous and Health Sciences: Medical science; exercise science; indigenous health; nutrition and dietetics; medical education; community and primary care; clinical practice.

Nursing: Clinical excellence; mental health nursing; primary health care; aged and dementia care; learning and teaching in nursing.

Research Excellence in Science, Medicine and Health

Research quality in the Faculty is rated “well above world standard” - the highest rating possible - in many individual disciplines, as well as in the overall field of Chemical Sciences (Excellence in Research for Australia Initiative latest round).

During the last three years alone, Faculty of SMAH researchers have secured research and innovation income worth more than $130M for projects as diverse as exploring Australia's unique human and environmental history to investigating fundamental processes of life, one molecule at a time. Our expertise in single-molecule biophysics is at the heart of UOW’s world-leading $80m Molecular Horizons research facility.

Antarctic science collaboration

University of Wollongong (UOW) researchers will play a leading role in the new $56 million Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research Initiative in Excellence in Antarctic Science, announced by Federal Minister of Education Mr Dan Tehan today (Tuesday 21 April).

Read the full article Anatomy of a heatwave: how Antarctica recorded a 20.75°C day last month