Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering
We have a strong focus on cutting edge-materials science and engineering research, biomedical and health technologies, and advanced computational modelling and simulation.
In 2016 we were awarded over $14M in research income to help us tackle problems at the frontiers of science and engineering, and deliver innovations that will help people, the economy and the environment.
Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Our research drives environmentally-conscious industry development and productivity gains in the fields of building, construction and transport. We focus on innovative responses to existing and emerging community, commercial and industrial challenges.
We do this through partnerships based in well-supported research and development centres and facilities, from our Transport Research Group where we develop better transport solutions, to our building materials testing facilities, where we test for resilience against fire and natural disasters.
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Our courses prepare you for careers that are crucial to the well-being of society and the environment. We currently offer majors in biology, earth science, and environmental science, with minors in areas including: genetics and biotechnology, wildlife ecology and spatial science.
We're working in world-class facilities including the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities and the Central Analytics Research Facility on issues like crop protection and improvement. We are working in the field to better understand current issues like the ecology of the Great Barrier Reef and global water resources, as well as discovering new species.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Our researchers develop future energy systems and clean technologies, intelligent interfaces and machines that are responsive to people and their environments, and systems that protect critical information and communication networks.
We collaborate at the frontiers of innovation and technology across our six complementary disciplines, making the most of our individual and collective capabilities to solve national and global challenges for our research partners.
Our research focuses on the business and technical aspects of strategy, design, implementation, operation, use and impact of information systems.
At the nexus of a business and technical focus, we are well positioned to work with partners in government and industries ranging from insurance to health care.
We frequently publish in renowned international research journals and our work is recognised as world-leading across the information systems disciplines.
We are one of the leading mathematical sciences groups in Australia.
One of our focus areas is big data, and the fundamental challenges involved with turning data into knowledge.
We conduct our research in world-class facilities, including the $20 million ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers.
Industry partners and government agencies work with us to solve challenges in areas ranging from health care to machine learning and the environment.
Fastest rising research institution
Our Science and Engineering Faculty is one of the fastest rising institutions in the world and top in Australia for scientific research.
Source: 2019 Nature Index
Above world standard research
90 per cent of our Faculty’s research ranks as above or well above world standard, placing us among the very best STEM faculties in Australia for quality of research.
Institutes, centres and facilities
We are home to many institutes and centres that feature world-class facilities and infrastructure, that allow our researchers to enhance and develop their research excellence.
Through mathematics, machine learning, statistical methods and information technologies we’re improving knowledge by harnessing our world class computing and visualisation capabilities.Discover more about big data
We're developing and promoting the use of engineering, physics and technology, in collaboration with medical professionals, to progress new materials, procedures and medical devices.Discover more about biomedical engineering
Our work in nanomaterials, surface engineering and molecular materials encompasses synthesis, characterisation and application diverse situations.Discover more about materials science
As sustainability of agricultural and energy resources is a national priority, our research aims to reduce threats to food, health and water supply, to minimise the impacts of climate change and to innovate biofuel production.Discover more about plant biotechnology
Featured groups and projects
Our researchers collaborate on projects in specialised research groups and facilities across disciplines and institutions.
QUT researchers have partnered with mining company Lava Blue and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) to set up a pilot plant to transform kaolin clay into high-purity alumina (HPA) which is used to make LEDs and Lithium ion batteries.
A unique black and white image reminiscent of retro sci-fi art from QUT’s Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology group has taken out the 2019 QUT Science in Focus Competition.