Faculty of Science researchers conduct high quality research in the physical and biological sciences, focused around six key themes and involving active inter-disciplinary engagement. They are at the forefront of research addressing major societal issues from climate change to diseases.

ARC Centres of Excellence

The University of Melbourne will lead the establishment of a new $20M ARC Centre of Excellence, which will create innovative mathematical and statistical models for analysing big data sets.

The new ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers of Big Data, Big Models, New Insights is aligned with the National Research Priority Area of Frontier Technologies for Building and Transforming Australian Industries and will be based in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

The Faulty is contributing to a further four Centres of Excellence which will be established in 2014. The centres are the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging.

ARC Laureate Fellowships

Professor Peter Taylor (Mathematics and Statistics) and Professor Lloyd Hollenberg (Physics) were awarded Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellowships, maintaining the Faculty of Science's remarkable record in this most competitive of fellowship funding schemes.

ARC Discovery Projects

Our success rate with ARC Discovery Project applications this year was 21%, higher than the national success rate of 20%.

ARC Fellowships

The Faculty of Science was awarded 13 ARC Future Fellowships (in Botany, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Optometry and Vision Sciences and Physics) and we were also awarded four ARC Discovery Early Career Research Awards (DECRA).

NHMRC Project Grants

The Faculty received three NHMRC Project Grants in the latest round of funding, a great achievement to diversify the source of our research income.


Our research is also recognised by our very strong performance in the discipline-specific world rankings.

QS World University Rankings

The University of Melbourne has climbed five places in the QS 2013 world university rankings to 31st in the world, from 36th last year. The University of Melbourne is ranked 24th in the world in Physics and Astronomy, 18th in Environmental Sciences, 23rd in Chemistry, 14th in Biological sciences and 30th in Mathematics.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) 2011

The Shanghai Jiao Tong 2013 ranks the University of Melbourne as the number one university in Australia (54 in the world), up from 57 in 2012. The University of Melbourne is ranked 101 - 150 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by subject Fields in Mathematics and Physics and ranked 151 - 200 in Chemistry .