At UNSW Sydney we generate new knowledge and transform research discoveries into successful innovations to benefit society, the economy and future generations.We conduct research across a wide range of areas and invest considerable resources where we believe we can make the biggest difference, such as:

  • Solar power (photovoltaics): We hold the world record for the conversion efficiency of a silicon solar cell, and we are home to one of the world’s fastest solar-powered cars.
  • Clean drinking water: We created membrane filtration technology to filter water that is now used in taps around the world.
  • Population ageing: We are developing economic and health policy frameworks for government and industry to sustainably manage this global challenge.
  • HIV/AIDS: Since diagnosing Australia’s first case of HIV, we have been involved in the development of every existing antiretroviral HIV drug.
  • The world’s first quantum computer: Using silicon, we are one of the global leaders in the race to build a quantum computer.

Key Research Areas

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Water, Climate, Environment and Sustainability
  • Next Generation Materials and Technologies
  • Social Policy, Government and Health Policy
  • ICT, Robotics and Devices
  • Law, Business and Economics
  • Fundamental and Enabling Sciences
  • Contemporary Humanities and Creative Arts
  • Defence and Security

Top 5 Research Centres

  • Waite Research Institute
  • Australian Institute for Machine Learning
  • Robinson Research Institute
  • Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing
  • Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources

Top 5 Research Achievements

  • The UofA's AI technology, based on computer vision and machine learning, is a leader in the world for space application such as space junk pose estimation. The work also includes developing robotic manipulation technology to acquire space debris once located.
  • The UofA leads research into a new plasma-based, space-ready process for the production of agriculture fertiliser. The process will help space travellers to grow their own food. 
  • The largest study into meningococcal B vaccination and herd immunity conducted by UofA has global importance for vaccination programs and policy.
  • The UofA is developing new tools and strategies to help grape growers and winemakers avoid, or mitigate smoke taint which is highly relevant due to the increased risk of bushfires expected to increase with climate change.
  • The UofA has lead collaborative efforts with the Kaurna Australian Aboriginal people to successfully revive their language. The Kaurna language - unheard for nearly 160 years - is now back in daily use.


  • Over 50 Research Centres
  • About 2300 Research Students
  • About 2000 Research Staff/Supervising academics


  • The GOstralia! Research Centre in cooperation with UNSW award exclusive PhD full tution fee scholarships open to all faculties. More information
  • More funding information and application deadline available here.
  • Prospective students can apply for scholarships for research study, or competitive grants as a professional researcher. More information

Interviews & Testimonials

"There are many reasons why I would definitely recommend anyone to come and study here at UNSW. You’ll be well resourced, there’s care put into ensuring students are supported and there’s a whole ethos of collaboration. Come here if you want to be in an environment that is nurturing, that is serious about high quality scholarship, and also very serious about engaging communities ethically."
Sujith Kumar, UNSW Scientia PhD Candidate from Arts and Social Sciences.

"For me, the biggest strength of doing a PhD degree here is the opportunity to facilitate cross disciplinary research and knowledge translation… When you know that your research can have a direct impact, that makes a difference." Snow Li, PhD Candidate from Medicine."I have the world-class expert in my field as my supervisor and that’s not uncommon whatever your area of research."
Simon Lloyd, PhD Candidate from Built Environment

Schau dir auf Instagram das Interview von Michaela mit Dr. Peter Wich, Professor an der UNSW in Sydney, an.