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Postgraduate eguide : 2010
The Faculty of Science is internationally renowned for its record of innovative and dynamic research. Faculty of Science staff have an envied reputation for publishing in prestigious international journals as well as monographs. The Faculty’s researchers maintain high-level funding grants from the Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council and other prominent agencies. As a postgraduate student in the Faculty of Science you will join around 100 academic and specialist research staff and more than 150 Doctoral and Masters research students. Collaborative international research is presently being undertaken with scientists based in the UK, the USA, Germany, Spain and Thailand. The Faculty has dedicated research laboratories with strong capabilities in computer-aided molecular modelling, state-of-the-art facilities for mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, optically stimulated luminescence and thermoluminescence dating. The Faculty also has a number of spatial analysis techniques; and instruments for a diverse range of analytical methods within the biological, chemical and earth and environmental sciences. The Faculty has established close and expanding interactions (including both consultancies and industry-financed research projects) with a range of industrial and governmental organisations including the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), BHP Billiton, NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC), GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the mining company Rio Tinto. Current research in the Faculty includes the following topics: SchOOL OF BIOLOGIcAL ScIENcES www.uow.edu.au/science/biol Terrestrial ecology; marine biology; animal physiology and systematics; plant physiology and molecular biology; cell biology and biotechnology. SchOOL OF chEMISTRY www.uow.edu.au/science/chem Targeted drug design and synthesis; understanding the molecular basis of diseases and drug action; development of NMR spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy for studying biological processes; advanced materials and nanotechnology; atmospheric chemistry; food chemistry; analytical and environmental chemistry; and chemical education. SchOOL OF EARTh & ENVIRONMENTAL ScIENcES www.uow.edu.au/science/eesc Quarternary environmental change; Quarternary geochronology and stable-isotope studies; catastrophic tsunamis; coral reef development; spatial image analysis; past and present interactions with the Australian environment; economy, culture and environment; estuarine and coastal processes; basin analysis; organic petrography and fuels; Palaeozoic fold belts; environmental geology; and regional mapping. RESEARch cENTRES & INSTITUTES cENTRE FOR MEDIcAL BIOScIENcE www.uow.edu.au/science/research/cmb The Centre for Medical Bioscience (CMB) is focused in three key areas: anti-microbial agents (e.g. targeted at new anti-bacterials), age-related diseases (cataract; neurodegenerative disease), and cancer (new therapeutics for breast and prostate cancer). cENTRE FOR MEDIcINAL chEMISTRY AND PhARMAcOLOGY www.uow.edu.au/science/research/cmcp This research centre endeavours to enhance the understanding of the molecular origins of disease and undertake modern drug design, leading to the development of new pharmaceuticals. INSTITUTE FOR cONSERVATION BIOLOGY & LAW www.uow.edu.au/science/biol/icb The Institute for Conservation Biology and Law is unique in combining expertise in environmental law and policy with a strong research group in ecology and environmental biology. INTELLIGENT POLYMER RESEARch INSTITUTE www.uow.edu.au/science/research/ipri Research and development programs cover nanoscience and nanotechnology, monomer and polymer processing, polymer characterisation and the application of these intelligent multifunctional materials in membrane technology, asymmetric synthesis, chromatography, sensors, biomaterials, advanced coatings, actuators, solid-state devices, solar cells and batteries. GEOQUEST RESEARch cENTRE www.uow.edu.au/science/eesc/geoquest GeoQuEST brings together outstanding researchers from the disciplinary traditions of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science around central interests in earth processes and environmental change, including human interactions. cENTRE FOR ATMOSPhERIc chEMISTRY www.uow.edu.au/science/research/cac The focus of our research is the measurement of atmospheric trace gas concentrations, their total column amounts and the sources and sinks of key atmospheric trace gas species. cOURSEWORK DEGREES The Master of Science and Master of Science and Management programs include 24 credit points of additional preparatory subjects focussing on laboratory work and science communication skills. Candidates with appropriate qualifications and laboratory skills will be awarded advanced standing for these subjects. GRADUATE cERTIFIcATE IN SPATIAL ScIENcE Starting sessions Autumn/Spring Location Wollongong Availability PT Duration 1 year This course provides students with a theoretical basis and practical experience in applying geospatial technologies (GIS, Remote Sensing, and GPS) in an environmental problem solving context using industry standard software. MOREu GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ScIENcE (BIOLOGIcAL ScIENcE) Starting sessions Autumn/Spring Location Wollongong Availability FT/PT Duration 1 year This course enabes graduates to either proceed with further study, or to update, broaden or intensify their knowledge and skills in the discipline. This is a useful program for those without a Biological Sciences major, or for those who completed their degree some time ago and wish to update their knowledge. MOREu GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ScIENcE (GEOLOGY) Starting sessions Autumn/Spring Location Wollongong Availability FT/PT Duration 1 year The Graduate Diploma in Science offers graduates an opportunity to acquire a competency in Geology, or to update, broaden or intensify their knowledge in applied fields such as environmental studies, fuels or mining resources. MOREu GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ScIENcE (hUMAN GEOGRAPhY) Starting sessions Autumn/Spring Location Wollongong Availability FT/PT Duration 1 year This course enabes graduates to either proceed with further study, or to update, broaden or intensify their knowledge and skills in the discipline. This is a useful program for those without a Geography major, or for those who completed their degree some time ago and wish to update their knowledge. MOREu 39 www.uow.eDu.Au/future/poStgrAD poStgrADuAte guIDe 2010