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Areas of research

Our research agenda covers a broad spectrum – from literary studies to quantum nanoscience
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Our breadth of expertise across our faculties and schools is supported by deep disciplinary knowledge. We have significant capability in more than 20 major areas of research.

Commitment to research excellence

Through our 2016-20 Strategic Plan the University of Sydney is committed to targeted investment in both disciplinary and multidisciplinary domains to drive our research quality and impact. In addition to our areas of research, our multidisciplinary centres address priority areas that harness our researchers’ values and enhance existing strengths.

Our University Guidelines for Non-Traditional Research Outputs (NTROs) provide a platform for recognising quality creative arts research and innovative applications of research across all our research areas.

Major research areas

Agricultural and veterinary sciences

  • Agriculture, land and farm management
  • Animal production
  • Horticultural production
  • Veterinary sciences

Find out more from the faculties: Agriculture and Environment | Veterinary Science

Biological sciences

  • Evolutionary biology
  • Physiology
  • Zoology
  • Plant biology
  • Ecology
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry and cell biology

Find out more from the faculties: Science | Sydney Medical School

 

Built environment and design

  • Architecture
  • Building, design practice and management
  • Urban and regional planning

Find out more from the faculties: Architecture, Design and Planning

Chemical sciences

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Macromolecular and materials chemistry
  • Medicinal and biomolecular chemistry
  • Physical chemistry (incl structural)
  • Theoretical and computational chemistry

Find out more from the faculties: Science

Commerce, management, tourism and services

  • Accounting, auditing and accountability
  • Banking, finance and investment
  • Business and management
  • Marketing
  • Transport and logistics

Find out more from the faculties: Business

Creative arts and writing

  • Art theory and criticism
  • Film, television and digital media
  • Performing arts and creative writing
  • Visual arts and crafts

Find out more from the faculties: Arts and Social Sciences | Sydney Conservatorium of Music | Sydney College of the Arts

Earth sciences

  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Physical geography and environmental geoscience

Find out more from the faculties: Science

 

Economics

  • Economic theory
  • Applied economics
  • Econometrics

Find out more from the faculties: Faculty of Agriculture and Environment | Arts and Social Sciences |Business

Education

  • Education systems

Find out more from the faculties: Education and Social Work

Engineering

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Autonomous systems and robotics
  • Civil engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Materials engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mechatronic engineering

Find out more from the faculties: Engineering and Information Technologies

Environmental sciences

  • Environmental science and management
  • Soil sciences

Find out more from the faculties: Agriculture and Environment | Science

History and archaeology

  • Archaeology
  • History

Find out more from the faculties: Arts and Social Sciences

Human society

  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Demography and human geography
  • Policy and administration
  • Political science
  • Social work
  • Sociology

Find out more from the faculties: Arts and Social Sciences | Business | Education and Social Work

Informational and computing sciences

  • Computational theory and mathematics
  • Distributed computing
  • Library and information studies
  • Information systems
  • Artificial intelligence and image processing

Find out more from the faculties: Engineering and Information Technologies | Science

Language, communication and culture

  • Journalism, communication and media studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Language studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literary studies

Find out more from the faculties: Arts and Social Sciences

Law and legal studies

  • Law

Find out more from the faculties: Law

Mathematical sciences

  • Pure mathematics
  • Applied mathematics
  • Numerical and computational mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Mathematical physics

Find out more from the faculties: Science

Medical and health sciences

  • Medical biochemistry and metabolomics
  • Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
  • Clinical sciences
  • Complimentary and alternative medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Human movement and sports science
  • Immunology
  • Medical microbiology
  • Neurosciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Oncology and carcinogensis
  • Optometry and opthamology
  • Paediatrics and reproductive medicine
  • Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
  • Medical physiology
  • Public health and health services

Find out more from the faculties: Dentistry | Health Sciences | Sydney Medical School | Sydney Nursing School

Philosophy and religious studies

  • Applied ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Religion and religious traditions

Find out more from the faculties: Arts and Social Sciences

Physical sciences

  • Astronomical and space sciences
  • Atomic, molecular and plasma physics
  • Biological, biomedical and medical physics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Nanoscience
  • Particle physics
  • Photonics and optical science
  • Physics
  • Quantum physics and quantum information
  • Sustainability

Find out more from the faculties: Science

Psychology and cognitive sciences

  • Psychology
  • Cognitive science

Find out more from the faculties: Science

Technology

  • Nanotechnology
  • Communications technologies

Find out more from the faculties: Engineering and Information Technologies | Science