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The University of New South Wales

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Founded in 1949 with its main focus on technology and the sciences, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) takes pride in making a real difference to society with ground-breaking research and expert teaching.

UNSW holds strong industry links with companies around the world, meaning that graduates are one step ahead of their peers when it comes to finding a career. In fact, UNSW boasts more millionaire alumni than any other university in Australia, and is ranked number one for employer reputation among Australia’s top employers.

World-renowned researchers at UNSW won the largest amount of Australian Research Council funding in 2014, receiving AUD68 million for new projects. The University is a founding member of the Group of Eight, which brings together Australia’s top research universities, and is part of the prestigious Universitas 21 network.

UNSW boasts eight different campuses. Most faculties are based in the main campus in Sydney, one of the most ‘liveable’ cities in the world.

There has also been a major AUD215 million redevelopment all around the University, improving various elements to make it the perfect learning environment for students. This includes a AUD58 million revamp of the Art and Design campus in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Paddington.

More than 50,000 students come from 128 countries, with over 13,000 of those coming to study from overseas, meaning international students have a real chance to create a home away from home at UNSW.

The University also holds an Educational Support Service which can help students with academic performance, health and wellbeing, finances and lots more.

What’s new

What’s new

UNSW has been awarded almost AUD 4 million in ARC Linkage Grants for nine projects, including research on marine pollution, coastal hazards, ocean weather, antibiotic use, aboriginal health and wellbeing.

UNSW secured the largest share of the total AUD 9.2 million announced by the Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham. It was awarded 43% of the overall total funding, the highest in the Group of Eight (Go8).

To date, UNSW’s combined success rate for the 2017 Linkage Projects round is 32% for 11 Linkage Projects, totalling AUD 4.7 million, placing the University first among the Go8 nations. These linkage grants are designed to foster collaboration between universities and the industries involved. Almost 30 external organisations support UNSW’s research from various streams of industry. This funding helps overcome some of society’s biggest challenges.

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

UNSW Sydney is an internationally acclaimed teaching and research powerhouse, offering its students a learning experience packed with academic programmes, student activities and educational services. Its academics are recognised as world-leaders in their fields, with modern facilities, rigorous education standards and a diverse community.

Established in 1949 with a unique focus on scientific, technological and professional disciplines, UNSW has a proud tradition of world-class research and research facilities focused on areas critical not only to Australia but also internationally.

World-class teachers

Teaching excellence is central to the UNSW experience, and the teachers at the University are both rigorous and passionate. UNSW's courses harness the latest technology to transform the way a student learns. Its digital learning and teaching environments integrate virtual spaces and access to the online global community.

Internationally acclaimed research

UNSW has the largest research community with over 4,300 dedicated research students and over 50 established research, community and programme centres. UNSW has invested in meeting tomorrow’s challenges. UNSW boasts of being an acknowledged world leader in photovoltaic, HIV/AIDS research and quantum computing with a reputation for international research excellence in:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Water, Climate, Environment and Sustainability
  • Next Generation Materials and Technologies
  • Social Policy, Government and Health Policy
  • ICT, Robotics and Devices
  • Law, Business and Economics
  • Fundamental and Enabling Sciences
  • Contemporary Humanities and Creative Arts
  • Defence and Security

The University’s award-winning teachers and researchers are strongly represented in national and international prizes, honours and fellowships. UNSW continues to build on its reputation for world-class research in areas critical to the future, using its close links with industry to ensure the work has practical application and impact.

Department structure

Department structure

Faculties and Schools

UNSW has eight Faculties, 47 Schools and 125 UNSW and external centre institutes. Its faculties include:

  • Art and Design
  • Built Environment
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Arts & Social Sciences
  • Business
  • Law
  • Science

UNSW believes its students deserve a balanced and rewarding student experience both inside and outside the classroom. Its three campuses support vibrant learning and social activities.

Kensington campus

UNSW Kensington is the largest campus and has everything a student needs to maximise his/her time studying and socialising. The campus features cafes, restaurants, bars, fitness and aquatic facilities, sports fields, libraries, quiet spaces, open spaces and an IGA supermarket.

Paddington campus

The Paddington campus houses UNSW Art and Design School. It is an exciting and stimulating precinct in a hip, inner-city location. Designed around a central courtyard, the campus houses museum-standard galleries, state-of-the-art workshops, open studios, private workspaces, research and digital labs, student lounges and spaces for collaboration.

Canberra campus

UNSW Canberra is home to the Australian Defence Force Academy. International students can undertake postgraduate studies here. The campus features a large library, modern computing facilities and laboratories, sports facilities, recreation spaces, a bookshop, a café, a hairdresser, a dry-cleaner and a florist.

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate study

For undergraduate study, there is more than one way to meet its academic entry requirements. These include high school studies, foundation studies, recognised prior study and a university transfer.

Postgraduate study

For postgraduate study, students generally are required to have completed undergraduate studies at a university-type institution.

English Language requirements

If a student’s qualifications were not undertaken and assessed in English, a student must provide evidence to their English language ability which meets the minimum requirements for admission.

Test requirements

  • IELTS Academic version only - 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
  • TOEFL Internet-based
  1. Test (iBT) - 90 overall (min.23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
  2. TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT) - 577 overall (min. 5.0 in the Test of Written English)

Other qualifications

In addition to the English Tests and University English Preparation Courses, UNSW also accepts a number of assessable academic qualifications as meeting the English language requirements.

All qualifications must have been undertaken no more than two years prior to the year of commencement of study at UNSW, except for students from Denmark, Sweden or Norway. The qualifications for students from these countries must be undertaken no more than four years prior to the year of commencement of study at UNSW.

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Scholarships & funding

A wide range of scholarships are on offer for students applying to UNSW.

Undergraduate scholarships

  • Alumni Association Scholarship

This scholarship is applicable for the child or grandchild of an alumnus of UNSW currently undertaking the equivalent of high school or secondary studies.

  • UNSW Hong Kong Alumni Award

The award is for the residents of Hong Kong who aspire to contribute to the betterment of society and would like to study an undergraduate degree at UNSW.

  • Humanities and Languages Equity Scholarship

This award is to encourage and support disadvantaged students to undertake programmes of study run by the School of Humanities and Languages.

Postgraduate (coursework) scholarships

  • Art and Design International Coursework Scholarship

The scholarship award supports international practising artists and designers undertaking or proposing to undertake a full time Masters (coursework) degree with Art & Design.

  • Juris Doctor (JD) Scholarship for International students

For high achieving international students wishing to undertake the Juris Doctor Program at UNSW this scholarship is a great support.

  • Study Abroad Scholarships

There are a number of financial awards available for Study Abroad (fee paying) students that help deserving students to pursue their dreams.



UNSW Sydney offers an atmosphere that will make its students feel right at home. Its three campuses are modern, conveniently located and safe with lots of communal study areas and amenities. Students will find green parks, free Wi-Fi, indoor and outdoor study areas with power outlets and much more.

Campus facilities

UNSW Sydney’s Kensington campus has everything a student needs including dozens of cafes and restaurants, two banks, four ATMs, a post office, supermarket, food cooperative, pharmacy, medical centre and dentist, two libraries, fitness and aquatic centre, and sports fields and courts.

Study areas

Students can work on their assignments at one of UNSWs’ many indoor computer labs or outdoor study areas complete with power outlets to charge devices, and stay connected to family and friends with free Wi-Fi throughout the campus.

Clubs and societies

Students at UNSW can choose to join any of the more than 300 student-led clubs and social societies across a range of interests for food lovers, sport, and running, debating, biological conservation, the exchange society and more.


UNSW Sydney is the largest provider of student housing in Sydney with award-winning accommodation both on and off campus.


Apartments offer independent-style living for undergraduates, postgraduates, couples, and families with children. There are apartments available on and off campus and costs vary depending on the number of rooms and the location.

Fitness and aquatic centre

The UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre offer a variety of aquatic and fitness facilities and programmes for all ages and abilities, including: indoor sports, swimming pool, weights and fitness equipment.


The University’s main library is located in Kensington and the UNSW Paddington Library is located in Paddington. They offer access to a wide range of materials, both print and online in the fields of arts & social sciences, built environment, business, engineering, medicine and science.

Student lounge

The student lounge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students can also access the Wi-Fi is available within this space.

Campus locations

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