The University of Western Australia

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Fast Facts;

  • The University of Western Australia, the State’s first university, was established in 1911 and opened two years later with 184 students. Today the University enrols over 25,000 students, in eight faculties: Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts; Arts; Business School; Education; Engineering, Computing and Mathematics; Law; Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences; and Science.
  • Located 5 km from Perth’s centre, the 65-hectare Crawley campus is widely acclaimed for the beauty of its setting beside the Swan River and for its grounds and buildings, which are listed in the Register of the Australian National Estate.
  • The University is a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of leading research-intensive, comprehensive Australian universities, and is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network of 16 member universities from across four continents and is also a member of the Matariki, a new international network of high-quality universities across seven nations.
  • University staff members have won numerous awards for teaching and research; the most noteworthy being Professor Barry Marshall and Emeritus Professor Robin Warren who were awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.
  • The University’s strong research record is reflected in an overall Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) ranking of 91st for 2013 and rankings of 26th in Life and Agricultural Sciences (highest in Australia), in the top 75 in Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy and in the top 100 for Chemistry. In 2011 UWA obtained 6.29% of the Australian Competitive Grant funds and 6.06% of the total research income funds allocated to Australian higher education institutions. On a per capita basis, these were the nation’s fourth highest allocations.
  • The University’s ongoing commitment and achievements in teaching and learning is reflected in the four Australian Learning and Teaching Council awards won by UWA staff in 2012. The University achieved consistently excellent rankings on the Commonwealth government’s Learning and Teaching Performance Fund.
  • UWA consistently attracts high calibre students. In 2012 UWA enrolled 78.8% of the State’s top school-leavers with an ATAR of 95+ and 71.4% of the top school-leavers with an ATAR of 90+.
  • In 2012, 8.0% of UWA’s student load was in higher degrees by research compared with a national average of 4.7%. This was the sixth highest proportion of higher degree by research load nationally.


Architecture, Art, Business, Clinical Audiology, Dentistry, Engineering, Architecture, Law, Nursing Science, Pharmacy, Medicine, Psychology, Master of Social Work, Teaching, ETC


  • Tuition:            AU$ 24,200 Per Year
  • Living Costs:   AU$ 19,000 Per Year


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