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Information on USC reportable publication schemes.

Field of Research (FoR) Codes

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) has been developed for use in the collection, analysis and dissemination of research and experimental development (R&D) statistics in Australia and New Zealand.

Note: The FoR classification codes were updated in 2020.  For legacy codes, please click here.

The categories in the classification include major fields and related sub-fields of research and emerging areas of study.  The Field of Research (FoR) is a hierarchical classification with three levels, each with its own unique number.

  • Division (2-digit)
  • Group (4-digit)
  • Fields (6-digit).

 

Hierarchical category         Format       Example
Division 2-digit 32 (Biomedical and Clinical Sciences)
Group 4-digit 3201 (Cardiovascular medicine and haematology)
Field 6-digit 030102 (Haematology)

 

Note: USC does not need you to supply FoR codes to the 6-digit level - only to the 4-digit level.

FoR Codes (Division Level) - 2-digit

30  Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
31  Biological Sciences
32  Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
33  Built Environment and Design
34  Chemical Sciences
35  Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
36  Creative Arts and Writing
37  Earth Sciences
38  Economics
39  Education
40  Engineering
41  Environmental Sciences
42  Health Sciences
43  History, Heritage and Archaeology
44  Human Society
45  Indigenous Studies
46  Information and Computing Sciences
47  Language, Communication and Culture
48  Law and Legal Studies
49  Mathematical Sciences
50  Philosophy and Religious Studies
51  Physical Sciences
52  Psychology

FoR Codes (Group Level) - 4-digit

DIVISION 30  AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES    
    3001    Agricultural biotechnology
    3002    Agriculture, land and farm management
    3003    Animal production
    3004    Crop and pasture production
    3005    Fisheries sciences
    3006    Food sciences
    3007    Forestry sciences
    3008    Horticultural production
    3009    Veterinary sciences
    3099    Other agricultural, veterinary and food sciences

DIVISION 31  BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES    
    3101    Biochemistry and cell biology
    3102    Bioinformatics and computational biology
    3103    Ecology
    3104    Evolutionary biology
    3105    Genetics
    3106    Industrial biotechnology
    3107    Microbiology
    3108    Plant biology
    3109    Zoology
    3199    Other biological sciences

DIVISION 32  BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES    
    3201    Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
    3202    Clinical sciences
    3203    Dentistry
    3204    Immunology
    3205    Medical biochemistry and metabolomics
    3206    Medical biotechnology
    3207    Medical microbiology
    3208    Medical physiology
    3209    Neurosciences
    3210    Nutrition and dietetics
    3211    Oncology and carcinogenesis
    3212    Ophthalmology and optometry
    3213    Paediatrics
    3214    Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
    3215    Reproductive medicine
    3299    Other biomedical and clinical sciences

DIVISION 33  BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN    
    3301    Architecture
    3302    Building
    3303    Design
    3304    Urban and regional planning
    3399    Other built environment and design

DIVISION 34  CHEMICAL SCIENCES    
    3401    Analytical chemistry
    3402    Inorganic chemistry
    3403    Macromolecular and materials chemistry
    3404    Medicinal and biomolecular chemistry
    3405    Organic chemistry
    3406    Physical chemistry
    3407    Theoretical and computational chemistry
    3499    Other chemical sciences

DIVISION 35  COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES    
    3501    Accounting, auditing and accountability
    3502    Banking, finance and investment
    3503    Business systems in context
    3504    Commercial services
    3505    Human resources and industrial relations
    3506    Marketing
    3507    Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
    3508    Tourism
    3509    Transportation, logistics and supply chains
    3599    Other commerce, management, tourism and services

DIVISION 36  CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING    
    3601    Art history, theory and criticism
    3602    Creative and professional writing
    3603    Music
    3604    Performing arts
    3605    Screen and digital media
    3606    Visual arts
    3699    Other creative arts and writing

DIVISION 37  EARTH SCIENCES    
    3701    Atmospheric sciences
    3702    Climate change science
    3703    Geochemistry
    3704    Geoinformatics
    3705    Geology
    3706    Geophysics
    3707    Hydrology
    3708    Oceanography
    3709    Physical geography and environmental geoscience
    3799    Other earth sciences

DIVISION 38  ECONOMICS    
    3801    Applied economics
    3802    Econometrics
    3803    Economic theory
    3899    Other economics

DIVISION 39  EDUCATION    
    3901    Curriculum and pedagogy
    3902    Education policy, sociology and philosophy
    3903    Education systems
    3904    Specialist studies in education
    3999    Other education

DIVISION 40  ENGINEERING    
    4001    Aerospace engineering
    4002    Automotive engineering
    4003    Biomedical engineering
    4004    Chemical engineering
    4005    Civil engineering
    4006    Communications engineering
    4007    Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics
    4008    Electrical engineering
    4009    Electronics, sensors and digital hardware
    4010    Engineering practice and education
    4011    Environmental engineering
    4012    Fluid mechanics and thermal engineering
    4013    Geomatic engineering
    4014    Manufacturing engineering
    4015    Maritime engineering
    4016    Materials engineering
    4017    Mechanical engineering
    4018    Nanotechnology
    4019    Resources engineering and extractive metallurgy
    4099    Other engineering

DIVISION 41  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES    
    4101    Climate change impacts and adaptation
    4102    Ecological applications
    4103    Environmental biotechnology
    4104    Environmental management
    4105    Pollution and contamination
    4106    Soil sciences
    4199    Other environmental sciences

DIVISION 42  HEALTH SCIENCES    
    4201    Allied health and rehabilitation science
    4202    Epidemiology
    4203    Health services and systems
    4204    Midwifery
    4205    Nursing
    4206    Public health
    4207    Sports science and exercise
    4208    Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine
    4299    Other health sciences

DIVISION 43  HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY    
    4301    Archaeology
    4302    Heritage, archive and museum studies
    4303    Historical studies
    4399    Other history, heritage and archaeology

DIVISION 44  HUMAN SOCIETY    
    4401    Anthropology
    4402    Criminology
    4403    Demography
    4404    Development studies
    4405    Gender studies
    4406    Human geography
    4407    Policy and administration
    4408    Political science
    4409    Social work
    4410    Sociology
    4499    Other human society

DIVISION 45  INDIGENOUS STUDIES    
    4501    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history
    4502    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
    4503    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges and management
    4504    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
    4505    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
    4506    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sciences
    4507    Te ahurea, reo me te hītori o te Māori (Māori culture, language and history)
    4508    Mātauranga Māori (Māori education)
    4509    Ngā mātauranga taiao o te Māori (Māori environmental knowledges)
    4510    Te hauora me te oranga o te Māori (Māori health and wellbeing)
    4511    Ngā tāngata, te porihanga me ngā hapori o te Māori (Māori peoples, society and community)
    4512    Ngā pūtaiao Māori (Māori sciences)
    4513    Pacific Peoples culture, language and history
    4514    Pacific Peoples education
    4515    Pacific Peoples environmental knowledges
    4516    Pacific Peoples health and wellbeing
    4517    Pacific Peoples sciences
    4518    Pacific Peoples society and community
    4519    Other Indigenous data, methodologies and global Indigenous studies
    4599    Other Indigenous studies

DIVISION 46  INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES    
    4601    Applied computing
    4602    Artificial intelligence
    4603    Computer vision and multimedia computation
    4604    Cybersecurity and privacy
    4605    Data management and data science
    4606    Distributed computing and systems software
    4607    Graphics, augmented reality and games
    4608    Human-centred computing
    4609    Information systems
    4610    Library and information studies
    4611    Machine learning
    4612    Software engineering
    4613    Theory of computation
    4699    Other information and computing sciences

DIVISION 47  LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE    
    4701    Communication and media studies
    4702    Cultural studies
    4703    Language studies
    4704    Linguistics
    4705    Literary studies
    4799    Other language, communication and culture

DIVISION 48  LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES    
    4801    Commercial law
    4802    Environmental and resources law
    4803    International and comparative law
    4804    Law in context
    4805    Legal systems
    4806    Private law and civil obligations
    4807    Public law
    4899    Other law and legal studies

DIVISION 49  MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES    
    4901    Applied mathematics
    4902    Mathematical physics
    4903    Numerical and computational mathematics
    4904    Pure mathematics
    4905    Statistics
    4999    Other mathematical sciences

DIVISION 50  PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES    
    5001    Applied ethics
    5002    History and philosophy of specific fields
    5003    Philosophy
    5004    Religious studies
    5005    Theology
    5099    Other philosophy and religious studies

DIVISION 51  PHYSICAL SCIENCES    
    5101    Astronomical sciences
    5102    Atomic, molecular and optical physics
    5103    Classical physics
    5104    Condensed matter physics
    5105    Medical and biological physics
    5106    Nuclear and plasma physics
    5107    Particle and high energy physics
    5108    Quantum physics
    5109    Space sciences
    5110    Synchrotrons and accelerators
    5199    Other physical sciences

DIVISION 52  PSYCHOLOGY    
    5201    Applied and developmental psychology
    5202    Biological psychology
    5203    Clinical and health psychology
    5204    Cognitive and computational psychology
    5205    Social and personality psychology
    5299    Other psychology

FoR Codes (Field Level) - 6-digit

For a complete list of the 2008 FoR codes to the 6-digit level, please see the ABS website.

Note: USC does not need you to supply FoR codes to the 6-digit level - only to the 4-digit level.


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