The School of the Environment provides world-class teaching and research facilities for addressing environmental resilience and sustainability on a global scale, while training the future workforce to tackle these challenges.

Our academic excellence is enabled by world-leading staff, high-quality students and innovative facilities across city and rural campuses, and marine and terrestrial research stations.

We achieve outcomes and impact through strong partnerships with industry, government and other organisations.

International leader

We're ranked as a top-performing international leader in several of the world's most prestigious league tables and assessments.

  #18 in the world

We're #18 worldwide and #1 in Australia for environmental sciences, says the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024.

  #17 in the world

We're #17 worldwide and #1 in Australia for ecology, according to the latest Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

  #28 in the world

We're #28 worldwide and #1 in Australia for earth and environmental sciences in the latest Nature Index Tables.

Consolidation of expertise

The newly formed School of the Environment draws on a rich history from predecessor schools within the Faculty of Science – the School of Agriculture and Food Science, the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. 

Our School was established in June 2023 to bring into sharper focus the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals relating to climate action, life on land, and life under water.