Science and Engineering

About the faculty

Vision and goals

Our mission is to be the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) partner of choice for education and research. Quite simply, we want to change the world.

Our tools to deliver change are education and research. We want to build a reputation as the best in the STEM disciplines, which are the engines of growth for modern society.

We seek to deliver our vision in four ways:

  • creating highly valued STEM learning experiences
  • building authentic assessment based on real world STEM practice
  • creating new research at the frontiers of STEM knowledge
  • delivering innovative STEM solutions that have real world impact.


We're one of the largest university faculties in Australia. We focus our research and teaching on 23 disciplines within 6 schools:

School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

School of Civil Engineering and the Built Environment

School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

School of Information Systems

School of Mathematical Sciences


All of our schools and disciplines conduct research, developing new ideas that transform the work of industry and government. We're recognised for our valuable and long-standing relationships with leading industry partners, and the real-world outcomes of our research and development.

We actively engage with extensive global research collaboration networks, and focus on developing high-impact ideas which transform the way industry and government practise in the real world.

Our key research strengths are:

  • robotics and computer vision
  • plant biotechnology
  • biomedical engineering
  • materials science and engineering
  • computational modelling and simulation science.

We have a number of additional priorities that are designed to meet constantly emerging challenges and opportunities.

These include:

  • crop protection
  • integrated energy systems
  • STEM research in education
  • smart transport systems.

We deliver capability into QUT's multidisciplinary research institutes, which are developed in partnership with industry and government. The Institute for Future Environments studies our natural, built and virtual environments, and finds ways to make them more sustainable, secure and resilient. Our researchers working in the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation deliver research outcomes across three broad health areas: prevention, mind and body health, and recovery.

The quality of our research has attracted significant external funding. We headquarter the Australian Centre of Robotic Vision (ACRV) as part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence program, and play a major role in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS).


We offer strategic partnerships across research, including consultancy and expert services, professional development, and student programs. We're recognised for the real-world outcomes of our research and development, and have valuable and longstanding relationships with industry partners such as Brisbane Airport Corporation, Boeing, Shell and SAP.

These connections give our students experience with real-world industry and provide mentoring opportunities through local and international internships, group tours, work experience placements and site visits.


Students, industry and staff have access to world-class facilities in Brisbane and across distributed research precincts around Queensland.

Our Science and Engineering Centre houses the very latest in teaching spaces, high performance computing and visualisation facilities, and advanced scientific instruments for research. Within the centre is The Cube, one of the world's largest digital interactive learning and display spaces dedicated to providing an inspiring, explorative and participatory experience of our science and engineering research.


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    Gardens Point
    2 George St
    Brisbane QLD
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    QUT Science and Engineering Faculty
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001