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The University of Sydney is known for its forward-thinking attitude. As an ambitious institution, it counts many award-winners among its students and alumni. Some famous alumni include heart transplant surgeon Victor Chang, writer Clive James and lawmaker Michael Kirby.

The University of Sydney is currently ranked 4th in the world and 1st in Australia, for graduate employability*. It is also consistently placed among the top 50 universities in the world**.  With a reimagined undergraduate curriculum, cutting-edge facilities, inspirational academics and a vibrant campus life, it is a place where students can attain widely recognised and respected qualifications.

The University of Sydney offers Australia’s broadest range of disciplines and its research focuses on finding solutions to society’s biggest challenges. With more than 400 areas of study to choose from, Sydney university has a range of subjects in the top 20 in the world.***

Sydney University fosters an inclusive campus environment where everyone in its community has the right to feel safe and supported. Alongside a range of academic and professional support, students have access to more than 200 clubs and societies, a variety of health services and other on-campus support services. When it comes to studying and campus life, there are several educational, dining and sports facilities available to students.

Life in Sydney is full of amazing things to explore, from iconic buildings, ports, restaurants, to parks and commercial centres. No wonder it is considered one of the 50 best cities in the world to live in.****

* QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018

** QS World University Rankings 2019

*** QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

****Mercer 2018 Quality of Living Survey

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What’s new

The Sydney Undergraduate Experience

The University of Sydney has reimagined its approach to undergraduate education to prepare students for their first job and beyond.

This unique model – the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – meets the needs of many leading employers. The University’s undergraduate courses will embed core graduate attributes that set students up for success in today’s and tomorrow’s jobs. These skills include:

  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • inventiveness
  • collaboration
  • cross-cultural competencies
  • digital literacy
  • resilience

Discover the new full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Over 18 months, students will learn from internationally-renowned academics from the Business School and across the University, as well as from a host of industry leaders.

Like most MBAs, students will gain a deep understanding of finance, marketing and strategy, but they will also learn how to harness big data, leverage the power of creativity, explore the nature of complex systems and lead teams in a digital world.

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Teaching quality

The University of Sydney is recognised for its high quality of teaching and has been ranked 61 in the latest Times Higher Education World University rankings. The ranking places it among the world’s best research and teaching institutions.

The University was also recognised for its academic reputation and research impact in the 2018 QS Subject Rankings. Two University of Sydney subjects were rated in the top 10 globally (sports-related and anatomy and physiology subjects) and another 33 subjects in the top 50 globally, including education (11th in the world) and law (13th in the world).

In order to ensure its continuing high teaching standards, the University recognises teaching excellence through several awards:

  • Vice-Chancellor’s awards
  • The Quality Teaching awards
  • Australian Learning and Teaching Council awards for University teaching

Graduate outcomes

University of Sydney graduates have been named the most employable in Australia for the third year running and in the top 5 universities globally, according to the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018.

The QS Employability Rankings move past employment rates to give a more in-depth indication of how universities are perceived in the global graduate jobs market, how well-connected universities are to the professional world, and the quality of employment outcomes achieved by graduates.

The University encourages student entrepreneurship and innovation. Every undergraduate course includes a research, industry, entrepreneurship or community project and students gain skills in working collaboratively across disciplines.

Students at the University work with industry, business and government partners in Australia and overseas on real-world projects. With new multidisciplinary projects, students are able to gain valuable workplace experience.

The Innovation Hub helps students with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary collaboration. Undergraduate and postgraduate students can work together and innovate with other students, academics, alumni, industry and community.

University of Sydney offers career support for international students. The service offers advice, and runs events and programs specifically designed to help students understand the local job market, increase their networking and assist them in building a career.

Department structure

The University of Sydney has six faculties and three schools offering a wide range of academic programs.


  • Arts and Social Sciences: This faculty is one of Australia’s oldest and most comprehensive faculties of its kind. It has a diverse student body and offers a very wide range of internship and work placement opportunities.
  • Business: The University of Sydney Business School offers a wealth of opportunities across diverse industries. The school’s undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees have been developed in partnership with industry leaders.
  • Engineering and Information Technologies: The faculty has a network of more than 1200 industry contacts that allow students to apply their technical expertise to real-world challenges, while developing leadership potential and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Health Sciences: The faculty offers programs in six allied health professions at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. It is ranked number two in the world for sport, physical therapy and rehabilitation (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).
  • Medicine and Health: The faculty comprises several disciplines including medicine, nursing public health, dentistry and pharmacy. It offers students the largest range of health courses among Australian universities and offers the opportunity to work with leading academics and clinical schools.
  • Science: The Faculty of Science has some of the world’s best scientific facilities, including Sydney Nano and the Charles Perkins Centre. It has close ties with industry, allowing students to explore career options prior to graduation.

University schools:

  • Architecture, Design and Planning: This school is ranked 1st in Australia and 16th in the world for architecture/built environment (2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject).
  • Conservatorium of Music: Students learn from award-winning scholars and acclaimed musicians with contacts in the music industry around the world.
  • Law: Sydney’s Law School students are taught by world-famous educators and professional practitioners. The school has partnerships with Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Geneva, Renmin and Tsinghua.

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Admission criteria

Undergraduate level

Applicants are required to meet course-specific academic criteria through one of the following:

  • an accepted senior secondary qualification
  • at least one year of tertiary study in a bachelor’s degree at a recognised tertiary institution
  • an equivalent tertiary qualification accepted by the University
  • a recognised university foundation program, such as the University of Sydney Foundation Program.

The above criteria are the minimum requirements for eligibility and do not guarantee admission.

For some courses, including medicine, dentistry, education, music, oral health, visual arts and veterinary medicine, there may be additional admission criteria, such as an interview, portfolio or performance.

If a student’s qualification isn’t recognised, they can complete a university preparation course through the University of Sydney Foundation Program.

Students should refer to the University’s website for course-specific details (including assumed knowledge and prerequisites). If students do not meet the assumed knowledge the University recommends they undertake appropriate bridging studies before they commence their course. The University offers some bridging courses to help get students up to speed.

Postgraduate coursework

Admission criteria may include an acceptable academic qualification (usually the equivalent of an Australian bachelor’s degree) and compliance with any special criteria for a course.

Postgraduate research

In general, to be eligible for admission to a postgraduate research degree, students will need to demonstrate sufficient prior research experience and capability, such as:

  • a bachelor’s degree with first or upper second class honours, or
  • a master’s degree performed at a high academic standard, and which includes a substantial component of original research, or
  • an equivalent qualification that demonstrates research experience, excellence and capability.

The above criteria are the minimum requirements for eligibility and do not guarantee admission.

Scholarships & funding

University scholarships

The Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship provides up to A$40,000 and is awarded to international students (undergraduate or postgraduate coursework) based on academic merit.

Students can find detailed information about scholarships here.

Postgraduate research scholarships

Many students apply for a scholarship and a place in a research degree at the same time. Research Training Program (RTP) International Scholarships, funded by the Australian Government, cover tuition fees, Overseas Student Health Cover, relocation costs and a living allowance to high-achieving international postgraduate research students.

The University provides additional international scholarships to allow high-achieving students to undertake research projects at the University. They may cover tuition fees and provide a living allowance for up to three years, with the possibility of an extension up to six months for PhD students.

Australia Awards

Australian Government scholarships are open to students from countries that have a development partnership with Australia. They cover full tuition fees and a living allowance. The University of Sydney attracts Australia Awards scholars of the highest academic calibre

International student loans

International students may be eligible for student loans or benefits from their home government.

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