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Studying Science in Australia

Studying science in Australia would surely promote exploration and discovery by broadening students' view of the world. The list of the best science programs in Australia is extensive, and graduates of a science degree can look forward to a wide career prospects.

Science Courses in Australia

Science is a vocation that requires dedication and perseverance, and many of the best-ranking universities in Australia offer science programs. University of Melbourne (UniMelb), University of Western Australia (UWA), and Monash University are leading in terms of number of students attending.

The example of Melbourne University shows the range of science options available for students in Australia with areas of study including astronomy, chemistry, medicine, physics, and psychology. Sudents studying science t have the option to specialise in any of up to thirty-seven majors. These majors offer unique career opportunities upon graduation. For example, a pharmacology degree can serve as a stepping-stone toward a career in biomedical research, providing a chance to investigate potentially life-saving drugs.

Postgraduate science students have opportunities to advance their careers by engaging in advanced research. An example of this is UWA, where graduates can choose to complete a Master of Science in one of twenty-two available specializations that enhance their research and analytical skills. For students who are interested in forensics, completing a Master of Forensic Science program prepares them for independent research on any forensic discipline.

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Table 1: Natural and Physical Sciences Student Numbers in Australian Universities
Uni UG PG Total
University of Melbourne (unimelb)8509171210221
University of Western Australia (uwa)80627258787
Monash University (monash)684216528494
University of Queensland (uq)548718287315
University of Sydney (usyd)56159576572
University of New South Wales (unsw)537711626539
University of Adelaide (adelaide)27585923350
University of Technology Sydney (uts)28215293350
University of Western Sydney (uws)31312023333
Curtin University of Technology (curtin)26796123291
Australian National University (anu)201110583069
Macquarie University (mq)22737783051
RMIT University (rmit)21137652878
Murdoch University (murdoch)25512052756
La Trobe University (latrobe)21734662639
Griffith University (griffith)23062732579
Queensland University of Technology (qut)19595412500
Deakin University (deakin)20103452355
University of Wollongong (wollongng)14247422166
Flinders University (flinders)16933592052
James Cook University (jcu)14435972040
University of Newcastle (newcastle)16573111968
University of Tasmania (utas)14914761967
University of New England (une)15461771723
University of Southern Queensland (usq)13192961615
Swinburne University of Technology (swinburne)7736691442
Charles Sturt University (csu)9264281354
Edith Cowan University (ecu)9811511132
University of South Australia (unisa)9281411069
University of Canberra (canberra)831141972
Southern Cross University (scu)85061911
University of the Sunshine Coast (usc)82639865
Federation University Australia (feduni)440124564
Victoria University (vicuni)439103542
CQ University (cqu)39386479
Charles Darwin University (cdu)42943472
University of Notre Dame Australia (nd)20517222
Bond University (bond)11615131
Australian Catholic University (acu)033


The percentages displayed in Table 2 show the weighting of students studying in the natural and physical sciences area of study relative to the total number of students studying at the university in each category of undergraduate, postgraduate, and overall total.

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Table 2: Percentage Breakdown of Natural and Physical Sciences Student Numbers
Uni ug% pg% Total%
University of Western Australia (uwa)40.212.734
University of Melbourne (unimelb)34.76.419.6
University of Queensland (uq)15.614.515
Australian National University (anu)20.19.914.7
Monash University (monash)14.89.413.2
University of Adelaide (adelaide)158.112.7
University of New South Wales (unsw)16.76.212.5
University of Sydney (usyd)174.712.1
Murdoch University (murdoch)135.211.4
James Cook University (jcu)9.311.39.3
Flinders University (flinders)12.44.39
University of Technology Sydney (uts)11.84.28.9
Totals Average (mean) (%)9.55.68.2
University of New England (une)11.42.78.2
University of the Sunshine Coast (usc)10.33.18
University of Western Sydney (uws)9.138
Macquarie University (mq)8.66.97.9
La Trobe University (latrobe)8.55.97.8
University of Tasmania (utas)7.38.77.3
University of Wollongong (wollongng)6.98.47.1
Curtin University of Technology (curtin)7.36.16.8
Southern Cross University (scu)7.82.76.3
University of Southern Queensland (usq)7.74.36
University of Canberra (canberra)6.946
Griffith University (griffith)73.16
Queensland University of Technology (qut)5.75.15.5
University of Newcastle (newcastle)6.93.45.4
Deakin University (deakin)6.22.65.1
RMIT University (rmit)4.66.75
Swinburne University of Technology (swinburne)3.110.64.5
Federation University Australia (feduni)5.52.84.4
Charles Darwin University (cdu)6.41.94.4
Edith Cowan University (ecu)5.12.54.3
Charles Sturt University (csu)3.53.83.5
University of South Australia (unisa)3.81.93.2
CQ University (cqu)3.21.92.5
Bond University (bond)3.70.72.2
Victoria University (vicuni)22.22
University of Notre Dame Australia (nd)2.31.42
Australian Catholic University (acu)00.10

Key & Notes

* Percentages: - displayed percentages indicate the percentage of students studying in the science area of study relative to all students enrolled at the university within each of the three categories

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