Our research excellence

The quality of our research is borne out in our research rankings. In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, Federation was rated at or above world standard in 80% of the Fields of Research (FoR) submitted.

ERA is Australia’s national research evaluation framework, which recognises excellence in research activity undertaken at Australia’s higher education institutions.

Our ERA 2018 results

Specific fields of research
(4 digit FoR Code)
Broad fields of research
(2 digit FoR Code)
★★★★★

Rating 5


Well above world standard
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Human Movement and Sports Science
  • Nursing
  • Environmental Sciences
★★★★

Rating 4


Above world standard
  • Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
  • Medical and Health Sciences
★★★

Rating 3


World standard
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Education Systems
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Historical Studies
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Information and Computing Sciences
  • Studies In Human Society
  • Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

Research priority areas

Our ERA rankings inform our research priority areas. These three broad, cross-disciplinary areas are dedicated to tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Apply for a research masters or PhD

To contribute to our world-class research, apply now for a masters or PhD.

Our research excellence

The quality of our research is borne out in our research rankings. In the latest Excellence for Research Australia (ERA) assessment, Federation was rated at or above world standard in 80% of the Fields of Research (FoR) submitted.

ERA is Australia’s national research evaluation framework, which recognises excellence in research activity undertaken at Australia’s higher education institutions.

Research ratings

The 5 star rating represents the highest score given by the ARC (Australian Research Council), and equates to Federation University being placed ‘well above world standard’.

Applied Mathematics

(SPECIFIC)

Environmental Science and Management

(SPECIFIC)

Civil Engineering

(SPECIFIC)

Clinical Sciences

(SPECIFIC)

Human Movement and Sports Science

(SPECIFIC)

Nursing

(SPECIFIC)

Environmental Sciences

(BROAD)

Federation University was also rated 4 stars in the following areas, which represents being ‘above world standard’.

Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing

(SPECIFIC)

Medical and Health Sciences

(BROAD)

Federation University was also rated 3 stars in the following areas, which represents being aligned with
the ‘world standard’:

  • Pure Mathematics
  • Education Systems
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Historical Studies
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Information and Computing Sciences
  • Studies In Human Society
  • Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

Research priority areas

Our ERA rankings inform our research priority areas. These three broad, cross-disciplinary areas are
dedicated to tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Society and the Environment
  • Virtual, Digital and Computational Environments

Apply for a research masters or PhD

To contribute to our world-class research, apply now for a masters or PhD.