The Australian National University | Science


ANU is Australia’s national university with a global reputation in Medicine, Biology and Environment as well as Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

You’ll find our researchers at the forefront of scientific practice and discovery, wherever it may be. Whether it’s on the front line of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, on a tree branch in the Tasmanian wilderness peering into a parrot’s nest, among the life-support machines of the neonatal intensive care unit or at a lab bench, and in front of the classroom.

ANU is ranked among the top universities on the planet, and number 1 in Australia1. Our academics produce research which changes lives, and life as we know it. We are committed to solving problems through big picture and applied scientific research, to better health, and to the sustainable, secure and equitable use of resources around the world. Our students learn from these world-class researchers, as do Australia’s policy-makers - with our expertise and influence extending to leaders in government, industry and beyond.

We are proud of our standing, our history and our achievements. In the past 60 years, we have produced four Nobel Laureates, some of Australia’s most pre-eminent scientists and thousands of graduates with a world-class education in science and medicine.

But nothing excites us quite as much as our future. We hope you can be part of it.

ANU Vice-Chancellor and Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Schmidt

Why study in Canberra

ANU is also located in Canberra, a centre for science and innovation. With CSIRO, the Australian Science Academy, Questacon and Australia’s political decision-makers at the doorstep of ANU, Canberra is a melting pot for scientific exploration and innovation. It is a modern and connected city, which is consistently ranked by the OECD as one of world’s best city to live. Our students enjoy a high quality of life in a city with one of the best-educated workforces, highest average full-time income and the lowest unemployment rate in Australia. And because it’s Australia’s capital city, big things happen here.

Strategic priorities

ANU has an international reputation for excellence in research, education and policy expertise. Learn more about our areas of excellence and the strategic priority we place on them.

Research » Research is central to everything we do at ANU. It shapes the educational experience we provide to students and enables us to be a leading voice on issues of national and international importance.

Education » Education at ANU is shaped by our culture of intensive research. Our students are taught by, and work with, active researchers at all levels of achievement. This ensures a contemporary education based on learning and discovery, not just knowledge transfer.

Policy » ANU is a leading voice in national and international policy development and debate. Our researchers work with government, industry and non-government organisations to apply research expertise to key policy challenges facing Australia and our region.

You may want to look at some of the following links which give you more information about science at ANU.

Degree information - get detailed information on your degree and read about students who have studied in this area

Careers - find out where an ANU science degree can take you

Virtual tour - take an online tour of our labs and campus

How to apply - instructions on how to submit an application

International students - important information for international students studying in Australia

1 QS World University Rankings 2021



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