Welcome to the School of BABS at UNSW Sydney

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 Sydney 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.

With King’s College London and Arizona State University Phoenix, UNSW Sydney is also a founding member of the PLuS Alliance, which creates, enables and deploys innovative research and education linkages to develop sustainable solutions to society’s global challenges. The PLuS Alliance provides cross-institutional programmes for students around the globe, establishes research connections across the universities, and contributes to a sustainable future by collaborating in the areas of global health, social justice, technology and innovation.

UNSW's prestige is demonstrated by:

  • Rising to be ranked 45th in the 2018 QS World University Rankings and maintaining the maximum QS Five Star Plus rating - one of only 32 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.
  • The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2018 list the top 1,000 universities in the world, the biggest international league table to date, with UNSW Sydney ranked 85th.

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.