Message from the Head of School

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 a 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.

Life-long skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communication, which are extremely valuable to employers of all types, form the basis of our science degrees.

Monash's School of Science focuses in the following areas of modern science:

  • medical bioscience
  • biotechnology
  • food science and technology
  • tropical environmental biology
  • medicinal chemistry

Our multidisciplinary offerings mean our students are able to make non-traditional connections between disciplines, value-adding to their chosen major in a unique and important way.

We are also a research-intensive School, meaning our teaching is informed by the latest research and trends. This makes our students relevant and adaptive to the current environment.

Our learning doesn't happen solely in the classroom. Monash offers a wide variety of specialist teaching laboratories, fantastic fieldwork offerings of 1-7 days duration, and internship placements that enhance our students' experience and prepare them for life after University.

Our School has world-class researchers tackling societies'big challenges through genomics, applied microbiology, natural product chemistry, biodiversity, biology, virology, food science and more.

We have impact by publishing in leading scientific journals in their fields and patenting inventions with commercial potential. Our School has a strong international network that allows staff and students to make use of collaborations in the laboratories or field-sites of our research partners, or to study abroad as part of their undergraduate degree.

The School is also home to over 60 PhD students, with dreams that their research will discover new things to make a difference.

We look forward to welcoming you as a student to the School of Science, to watch you grow as a practicing scientist and in watching your career take off.

Professor Steven Langford

Head, School of Science