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Science

The world is facing increasing environmental and security challenges. More than ever, we need people like you to become a scientist. Our flexible, world-class courses allow you to specialise in globally-relevant areas as diverse as Conservation Biology, Cyber Security, Physics, Biology, Data Science or Counter Terrorism Security.

Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    Developing the best computing skills

    In the latest QILT survey, ECU was ranked Australia's top university - public or private - for undergraduate skills development in the Computing and Information Systems discipline.

    QILT is an annual independent Australian government survey.

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

    Read more about the Good Universities Guide.

  • THE Impact Rankings 2020

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, showing how the global higher education sector is working towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

    Read more about the THE Impact Rankings

  • THE World University Rankings 2020 Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.

Courses

Our School of Science teaches a wide range of scientific disciplines.

You can select a traditional science subject like Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, or Physics. Or choose from courses in Computing & Security or Natural Sciences where you'll study emerging disciplines like Counter Terrorism, Sustainability, Cyber Security, or Environmental Management.

Science

If you already know what you're interested in, choose a discipline.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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Scholarship opportunities to reduce your expenses

Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

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  • Associate Professor Paul Haskell-Dowland introduces ECU's impressive computing and cyber security training facilities.

  • Luke Brook, PhD (Computer Science) talks about how he's able to study, help raise 4 kids and hold down a job.

  • Our School of Science is a great place to learn – we've got awards to prove it! You can choose from a variety of disciplines for your Science degree. Check out the video to find out more.

  • ECU is one of the leading cyber security research groups in the world.

  • "During my studies, I completed practical assessments that gave me first-hand experience completing tasks I’d need to when employed."

  • Dr Stacey Reinke's research looks at data as the driving force behind understanding biology and disease.

  • Cyber security and digital forensics lecturer Dr Patryk Szewczyk says personal information should not be stored on devices you're disposing of.

  • Environmental Science and Marine and Biology student Holly Winkle talks about having the flexibility to study across disciplines.

  • Conservation and Wildlife Biology student Shanaaz Badat talks about her ECU experience.

  • Bachelor of Computer Science student Mason learnt a lot during his Work Integrated Learning placement and was made to feel like he was part of the team right from the start.

  • Applied and Analytical Chemistry student Samantha Ridgway talks about the ease of returning to study as a mature age student.

  • "Thanks to the practical elements of my degree, I was able to enter my career with a strong understanding of cyber security and was able to apply my knowledge to my job straightaway."

  • Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management) student Melissa talks abouther experiences completing a Work Integrated Learning placement in a government agency, giving her an opportunity to travel and to clarify her career goals.

Student stories

  • Matthew Putland

    Matthew Putland

    Bachelor of Information Technology graduate

    "Landing a full-time job before I'd even graduated makes me very proud"

    I learned the practical skills I needed in class and developed them further with the Work Integrated Learning program.

    Before completing the program I had developed a new passion in accessibility and was offered a full-time position as a Digital Accessibility Analyst.

    I owe my knowledge to ECU's lecturers – their passion made their courses interesting and therefore made you want to learn.

  • Shanaaz Badat

    Conservation and Wildlife Biology student

    "I've always had a passion for animals"

    Conservation and Wildlife Biology student Shanaaz Badat talks about her ECU experience.

  • Samuel Bettison

    Samuel Bettison

    ECU Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence student

    "The lecturers at ECU are lifelong professionals who have extensive experience in the subjects they are teaching"

    I had heard about ECU's great reputation for offering industry recognised courses and job-ready graduates, and this was a key factor in my decision to undertake study here.

    During my study I've found that the lecturers at ECU are lifelong professionals who have extensive experience in the subjects they are teaching, rather than just an academic background. This makes the lectures very interesting, as we get to learn about real world issues and solutions.

    The facilities at ECU are very impressive. They have the latest high-end technology, and all of it is accessible to students, which prepares you for the real world. There also are many opportunities for developing important contacts within the industry. I got the opportunity to represent the university at two major industry conferences. This allowed me to develop critical networks in Federal and State law enforcement, as well as private industry.