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It’s a uniquely challenging time for humanity and our planet.

At a time when the world is seeking answers, we are seeking new perspectives and fresh insights through research that propels knowledge, action and impact.

In an industry of new ideas, we’re not bound by doing things the way they’ve always been done. We’re a young university at the epicentre of progress.

We’re focused on becoming Australia’s most relevant university. This means our research explores the timeliest topics of our era, those with the most significance for the future. Topics such as global warming and plastic pollution, brain science studies focused on mental health, making our roads safer and Indigenous and social justice policies.

Our research impacts are being felt on both a regional and global scale through outcomes that make a tangible difference, transforming communities and lives.

26 research fields ranked at world standard or above Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
1st in Queensland, top 2% globally for Climate Action impact. THE Impact Ratings 2023

Latest news

Happy as a clam: the UniSC research stopping stress in oysters, that could end up in human hospitals

Researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast may have found a new way to treat heart health and immune function in humans, from a very unusual source.

Global interest in koala vaccine leads to funding

Global interest in a vaccine that can treat chlamydia in koalas has resulted in funding that will help University of the Sunshine Coast scientists with the next phase of development.

UniSC 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 Rankings, and in one category secured a top-5 global position.


Health, medicine and wellbeing

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

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

Research students

Explore your research and development opportunities.

Clinical trials

Participate in research at locations throughout Southeast Queensland.

Giving to research

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

Find an expert

Find a research supervisor, or an academic to answer a question or comment on a topical issue.


General Office of Research 
Student Graduate Research School 
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