Welcome to the School of BABS at UNSW Australia

In the School of BABS we teach undergraduates, mentor postgraduate research students and conduct research in the disciplines of biotechnology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, environmental microbiology, medical microbiology and immunology. We empower our students, giving them the tools and experience to embark on a career that is richer, more fulfilling and constantly fascinating.

BABS hosts the Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics and the NSW Systems Biology Initiative. We are proud to be one of the largest and most prestigious schools of scientific research in Australia, and aim to achieve a balance of pure basic, strategic, applied and experimental development research. We also have a solid track record in linking fundamental research to tangible, commercially orientated outcomes.



UNSW Australia is a founding member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia's leading research-intensive universities, and of the prestigious international network Universitas 21. UNSW Australia's prestige is demonstrated by:

  • Being ranked 49th in the 2016/17 QS World University Rankings and maintaining the maximum QS Five Star Plus rating - one of only 17 universities worldwide to do so in this round. The QS rankings are one of the most respected global leagues tables, using 6 indicators to compare the world’s top 900 universities: academic and employer reputation, staff–student ratios, research citations and the proportion of international staff and students.
  • In the 2016-17 Times Higher Education rankings, UNSW was ranked 78, up 4 places from 86 in 2015-16 and from 109 in 2014-15 - advancing 36 places over the last 4 years.
  • UNSW’s status as a research powerhouse was recognised in the October 2016 Nature Index. UNSW was ranked fifth in the Australia and New Zealand region and the top university in NSW for high-quality research papers published in a selection of the world’s best scientific journals.

UNSW Australia is renowned for the quality of its graduates and its world-class research. The following video provides an introductory overview of our University.