Schools in Science
The faculty has six schools. Find out more about their activities.
We live in the Century of Biology. Many of the challenges that we will have to overcome as a society have to do with the stresses we are placing on the living resources and ecosystems on which we rely. Much of our advantage will come from a deeper understanding of biology gained from rapid developments in informatics and technology.
The School of Biological Sciences plays a leading role in this Century of Biology. Our strengths lie across the fields of genomics, informatics, emerging infectious diseases, ecology and conservation biology. And we excel in the integration of these under our strategy entitled 'Adaptation and change in emerging environments'. These strengths are underpinned by researchers who not only are global leaders in their fields, but are also re-investing their knowledge through exceptional student training at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Chemistry is fundamental to life itself. Whether it's the air we breathe, the water we drink, the energy we use or the food we consume, chemistry is essential when it comes to meeting our basic needs.
From the chlorination and fluoridisation of water to finding sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels, developments in chemical technologies strive to continuously improve quality of life, providing real solutions to issues in areas such as energy usage, medicine and materials.
Which is why Chemistry is such an important - and relevant - area of study; and one that leads to fulfilling careers across a whole spectrum of industries.
In July 2014, the new School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment was formed, bringing together the former School of Geosciences (Faculty of Science), atmospheric science (School of Mathematics) and physical geography (Faculty of Arts).
It creates a critical mass, an Australian powerhouse of Earth sciences education and research.
The innovation is a response to an emerging demand for Monash's talented teachers and researchers to foster its collaborative ties within its Earth sciences. It will build up the foundations of a stimulating, information-rich environment for students, across disciplines.
Monash University's reputation in environmental sciences is on an upward trajectory - with geography currently ranked number one within the Group of Eight research-intensive universities.
The School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University is leading the way towards finding effective solutions to some of society's most pressing problems. Maths is the language of science and forms the basis of most of modern science and engineering.
Our enthusiastic mathematicians love finding the true magic and beauty in maths and subsequently pass this passion on to their students.
Mathematicians make it possible to harness and improve technology, explore space, shop online, bring animation to our screens, model climates, and solve complex logistic and traffic issues.
The School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University is passionate about creating a truly collaborative learning and research environment, where students drive their own learning and benefit first hand from our world-leading research programs.
The School is going through an exciting period of renewal - investing significantly in people and facilities. We provide research opportunities for creative students and scientists to work on a wide range of fundamental research topics, which will have impact for future generations - including: astronomy and astrophysics, atomic and molecular physics, biomedical imaging, cosmology, condensed matter physics, particle physics, quantum science and synchrotron science.
Our students have the opportunity to get involved in research in 2D materials, ultracold atomic gases, quantum computing and nanotechnology, and much more, as part of their course, working and learning alongside our research scientists.
Science is about understanding the world around us through observable physical evidence. Much of science occurs at levels 1000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, yet its effects are on the global scale.
In order to become a scientist, you have to be familiar with the scientific method. This is the intellectual and practical activities we undertake in the form of systematic study that encompasses the structure, function and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.