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Train Your Microscope on an Unlimited Future.

You understand the world is a vastly complicated place – from the tiniest atom to the farthest reaches of the galaxy.

You want to fill in the blanks in human knowledge. Run your theories through the microscope of scientific rigour. And pass your discoveries on to future generations. Explore a world of infinite possibilities. At Western.    

Western has a brand new state of the art science building at Parramatta.
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Facilities

Our new, $30-million, state-of-the art research facilities and labs include an imaging lab, instrumentation lab, polarisation microscopy systems, development systems for detecting fingerprints, specialised light sources and cutting-edge photography technologies.

Cool toys for serious work

Perform cutting-edge research using high-tech instruments, like the Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer, the confocal bio-imaging facility, and the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility, arguably the best in the Southern Hemisphere.

Experimental field sites

See agriculture in action at Western’s experimental field sites. These include farm dams, climate-controlled plant-growth cabinets, a post-harvest controlled environment system and physiology labs, orchards, a vineyard, an olive grove and cleared plots. Animals kept on campus include cattle, sheep, reptiles, marsupials and deer.

Crime Scene House

Forensics majors can collect evidence and investigate realistic crime scenes at Western’s world-class training and research facility, Crime Scene House. Facilities include:

  • Imaging lab for recording and analysing images
  • Instrumentation lab with a glass analysis system
  • Polarisation microscopy systems to examine, for example, hairs and fibres
  • Development systems for detecting fingerprints on various surfaces
  • Specialised forensic light sources
  • Cutting-edge forensic photography technologies

Students also studied in these fields

Join a leading Australian Institute

Major in Medicinal Chemistry and you can apply for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Leading climate change research

The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE) at Western is a beacon for the best and brightest climate change and energy researchers from around Australia and the world. Just some of the HIE’s research includes landscape revegetation and reforestation, biofuel production, remediation of contaminated soils and adaptation to climate change.