Monash University Faculty of Science

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Earth Science garden for student study.
The Monash University Earth Sciences Garden is located in the science precinct, Monash Clayton Campus, Melbourne, Australia. It is the only outdoor classroom of its kind in Australia

The Monash University Faculty of Science is one of the largest science faculties in Australia, with over 4,000 students. It offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, from Bachelor's degrees through to Masters and PhDs. It is based at the Monash Clayton campus in Melbourne, and has extended to Selangor, Malaysia as the School of Science.[1]

The Faculty offers units of study and research in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy.

In addition to the Bachelor of Science[2] degree, the Faculty of Science offers two unique Advanced Honours degrees: the Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours)[3] and the Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours).[4]


The School of Chemistry within the Faculty was ranked the best in Australia for both teaching and research according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015.[5]

Research centres and platforms[edit]

The Faculty of Science operates, and is associated with, a number of collaborative research centres and platforms encouraging research and industry collaboration including:

  • The Monash Centre for Astrophysics,[6] one of the most diverse astrophysics groups in Australia.
  • The Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials,[7] the first centre of its kind in Australia, bringing together international research and design in 2-D materials such as graphene.
  • The ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale[8]
  • The Monash Academy for Cross & Interdisciplinary Mathematical Applications (MAXIMA)[9]
  • Victorian Centre for Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing (VCSCM)[10]
  • The Chemicals and Plastics (C&P) Manufacturing GRIP[11]

ERA results 2015 (Excellence in Research for Australia)[edit]

Most scientific disciplines within the Monash Faculty of Science saw an increase in ERA ratings from 2012 to 2015.[12]

Physical Sciences and Chemical Sciences achieved an overall rating of 5 in 2015 - well above world standard - with Mathematical Sciences and Biological Sciences achieving an overall rating of 4 - above world standard.

Facilities and infrastructure[edit]

A significant investment has been made in infrastructure at Monash University’s Faculty of Science including the recent development of a multi-million dollar Science Precinct, housing new buildings and facilities for students and academics. This includes a new $79.5M chemistry building[13] housing state-of-the-art laboratories, encouraging collaborative learning as well as space for critical engagement between research and industry.

Examples of innovation include the PACE (Physics and Astronomy Collaborative-learning Environment) studio, which reconsiders approaches to teaching Physics and Astronomy.[14]

Launched in 2015, the Monash Earth Sciences Garden[15] offers a brand new, hands-on approach to teaching geology, physical geography and atmospheric sciences.

Schools in the Faculty of Science[edit]

  • School of Biological Sciences[16]
  • School of Chemistry[17]
  • School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment[18]
  • School of Mathematical Sciences[19]
  • School of Physics and Astronomy[20]
  • Monash University Malaysia, School of Science[21]

Notable alumni[edit]

The Faculty of Science has produced a number of notable graduates who are leaders in their field, including:


  1. ^ About the Faculty of Science, Monash University Archived 2007-08-24 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Science - S2000". Study at Monash University.
  3. ^ "Global Challenges".
  4. ^ "Science Advanced - Research - S3002". Study at Monash University.
  5. ^ "Monash University | Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2015 | Shanghai Ranking - 2015". Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  6. ^ "Monash Centre for Astrophysics (MoCA), Monash University Science". 3 April 2016. Archived from the original on 3 April 2016.
  7. ^ Materials, The Monash Centre for Atomically Thin (1 January 2003). "Innovative Materials. Transformative Technology".
  8. ^ "CoEPP - ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale". 6 April 2016. Archived from the original on 6 April 2016.
  9. ^ "MAXIMA - the Monash Academy for Cross & Interdisciplinary Mathematical Applications". Archived from the original on 2015-03-22.
  10. ^ "Sustainable Manufacturing Solutions - VCSCM". 4 April 2016. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Home Page - Chemicals and Plastics Manufacturing Innovation Network and Training Program".
  12. ^ Anonymous (20 February 2014). "Excellence in Research for Australia".
  13. ^ "Industry". Science.
  14. ^ "About us - Science". 5 August 2017. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Earth Sciences Garden". Science.
  16. ^ "School of Biological Sciences". Science.
  17. ^ "School of Chemistry". Science.
  18. ^ "Earth, Atmosphere & Environment". Science.
  19. ^ "Mathematical Sciences". Science.
  20. ^ "School of Physics & Astronomy". Science.
  21. ^ "School of Science". Archived from the original on 2008-06-15.

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