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Addressing the key challenges of tomorrow, USC researchers are powerful innovators, bringing groundbreaking knowledge to complex issues facing our region and our world. Our passionate teams rank highly alongside the world's best. Our research impacts are widely felt, from climate change, to road safety, brain science and mental health to indigenous and social policy, USC research is innovating and bringing insights for a new way forward.
26 research fields ranked at world standard or above Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
1st in Queensland in Global Impact Rankings. Top 3% globally for Climate Action. Times Higher Education Impact Ratings 2022

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USC first in Qld, earns top-5 global spot in impact ranking

The University of the Sunshine Coast has topped Queensland in the Times Higher Education Impact Ranking for 2022, and in one category secured a top-5 global position.

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Clinical trial of potential vaccine for cytomegalovirus

USC Clinical Trials will soon partner Moderna in a phase 3 trial of an investigational mRNA vaccine for cytomegalovirus (CMV) at its Morayfield, Sippy Downs and South Bank clinics.

New National PTSD Centre brings new hope to trauma survivors

Construction will begin soon on the National PTSD Centre at USC’s Thompson Institute, following $8 million promised in the recent federal budget.


Health, medicine and well-being

Finding new ways to improve human health, improve quality of life and breaking new ground in the treatment and prevention of disease.

Agriculture, aquaculture and forestry

Improving the sustainability of our natural environments and better managing our aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Ecology and environment

Conserving and preserving eco-systems and addressing pressing issues such as climate change, endangered species preservation and habitat destruction.

Human behaviour, work and society

Understanding individual behaviour, organisations and systems  to support effective and connected change.

School-based research

USC's academic schools have strong links to industry and professional practice and produce diverse and impactful research.

Research students

Explore your research and development opportunities at USC.

Clinical trials

Participate in research at locations throughout Southeast Queensland.

Giving to research

Every dollar has a lasting impact when you support research at USC. Create change in an area that matters to you.

Find an expert

Find a research supervisor, or USC academics to answer a question or comment on a topical issue.


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