Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Our research at UniSA is underpinned by a fundamental commitment to excellence and is recognised on the world stage. We are committed to cutting-edge research and attracting the best and brightest minds from around the world to come and make the most of our outstanding facilities and research environment.

86% of UniSA's research assessed at or above world class

The second round of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative, which assesses the research quality of Australia's higher education institutions against Australian and world benchmarks, has found that 86 per cent of our assessed research is at or above world-class standard compared to 70% in the 2010 round. 

All four of the University's academic divisions are represented in the top-tier rankings, with a mix of traditional and emerging disciplines, demonstrating the remarkable growth trajectory of UniSA as a young, but significant research institution.

We are extremely proud of this recognition, having produced high-level research that has the potential to make a difference both locally and abroad.

Further information

If you would like any further information please contact the ERA Team at era@unisa.edu.au


Disciplines in which our research performance is at or above world-class include:

  • Chemical sciences, including physical chemistry
  • Engineering, including electrical and electronic, mechanical, materials, and civil engineering, and resources engineering and extractive metallurgy.
  • Mathematical sciences, including applied and pure mathematics.
  • Environmental sciences.
  • Information computing sciences, including artificial intelligence and image processing, distributed computing and information systems.
  • Medical and health sciences, including nursing, human movement and sports science, nutrition and dietetics, clinical sciences, pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences, medical physiology, and public health and health services.
  • Built environment and design, including urban and regional planning.
  • Applied economics, business and management, and marketing.
  • Studies in human society, including social work, sociology, psychology and cognitive sciences.
  • Studies in creative arts and writing, including journalism and professional writing, and visual arts and crafts.
  • Language, communication and culture, including cultural studies and linguistics.
  • Education systems and curriculum and pedagogy

Our research results speak for themselves

Areas of study and research

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