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University of Tasmania


The University of Tasmania (UTAS) has a proud history as one of Australia’s oldest universities. The university is placed within the top two percent of universities worldwide and has received recognition for the quality of its programmes, ranking highly in the Times Higher Education (THE) Subject rankings. UTAS has seen its law, social sciences, arts and humanities and life sciences subjects feature prominently in the THE ratings.

UTAS is committed to providing a dynamic and diverse student experience that caters to the needs of international students. This includes customised support services and a large portfolio of undergraduate as well as postgraduate programmes. Students can pursue a great variety of disciplines, from law to maritime engineering and everything in between. Teaching and learning all takes place within the context of world-class facilities, including the internationally renowned UTAS sciences precinct and Marine and Antarctic Science Institute building.

The University of Tasmania is located in Tasmania, southern Australia and has two campuses. One is located in the harbour city of Hobart and the other in the northern coastal town of Launceston. Both locations offer students the opportunity to experience an Australian way of life in a safe and relaxed environment. With a proven history of producing quality graduates, employability prospects for students are very good and students can also draw on the expertise of the 90,000 strong alumni community.

The University of Tasmania is a great option for international students as it gives them a unique opportunity to obtain a top-class education in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

What’s new

The university conducts research and will begin pre-clinical testing on a drug to check its ability to protect nerve cells from degeneration that happens in motor neuron disease, after securing AUD 995,395 in funding.

“There has been a lot of work to look at ways of protecting the nerve cells themselves, but if they still can’t signal to each other and the rest of the body, then they still can’t function,” Project Lead and Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre Associate Professor, Anna King said.

“It’s vital to understand the mechanisms by which these signalling connections are lost, as the clinical symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases appear when these connections are broken.

Our research has identified a change to a specific structural protein, which may help drive the destruction of these nerve cell processes. We can prevent this change using a drug and we have shown in cell models that this can protect the nerve cell processes. The FightMND funding will now enable us to further develop this drug and test if it is worth taking forward for clinical trials as a potential treatment for motor neuron disease,” King added.

Teaching quality

The University of Tasmania is the premier university for teaching excellence in Australia, having received more teaching awards than any other university in the Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching awards in 2015.

The 2019 QS World University Rankings ranks the University of Tasmania 287th in place, climbing up 26 spots to rank amongst the best internationally for Earth and Marine Sciences and Agriculture and Forestry. Some more disciplines that were highly ranked by the QS Rankings include Biological Sciences, English, Education, Chemistry, Law, Environmental Sciences, Sociology, Medicine, and Economics.

The University of Tasmania’s rankings place it among the best universities in the world to study at.

Students are encouraged to visit the website for more information about the quality of study experience they could have at the University of Tasmania.

Study options

The University of Tasmania offers a wide choice of generalist and specialist degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Options of combined degrees, degrees by coursework or research, online study, internships, studying abroad, and breadth of subjects give students the flexibility to customise degrees to their own individual needs.

The University of Tasmania also offers English and foundation studies programmes. These help students who have not met the English or academic entry requirements to gain the necessary skills to progress on to a programme of study at the university.

The University of Tasmania has four colleges, which cover the major disciplines:

  • College of Arts, Law and Education
  • College of Health and Medicine
  • College of Sciences and Engineering
  • Tasmanian School of Business and Economics

The colleges also house a number of research centres and schools. The university is also home to three global-leading institutes that teach niche programmes and conduct cutting-edge research:

  • Australian Maritime College (AMC)
  • Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
  • Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study at the University of Tasmania must meet the minimum English language and academic entry requirements. Some courses have higher English language or academic entry requirements, prerequisite subjects, or additional conditions such as portfolios or interviews.

Standard academic requirements

Admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Tasmania requires qualifications equivalent to Australian Year 12 with a required grade. Students who do not meet the academic entry requirements for their course may enrol in the university’s foundation studies program.

Entry into a postgraduate course requires the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with the required grades. Work experience may be required or used for alternative entry for some undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

English language requirements

Unless students gained their qualification in a recognised English-speaking country, they are required to provide current evidence of English language proficiency. In most cases, the University of Tasmania accepts IELTS, TOEFL PTE Academic, Cambridge CAE, Cambridge CPE, Cambridge BEC and UTASAccess-English.

If students were entirely taught and assessed in English, they may meet the requirements. If they do not meet the standard of English required via an accepted English language proficiency test, the English Language Centre provides an English language programme and testing facility.


International students are able to study at the university’s two main campuses, the first based in Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart, and the second in Launceston in the north of the island.

The University of Tasmania’s campuses offer excellent student support services, quality facilities and enjoy picturesque waterfront locations.


The Sandy Bay campus is located between Mount Wellington and the Derwent River in Hobart’s beachside suburb, Sandy Bay. The campus is close to shops, transport, accommodation, entertainment and services and is just a short walk to Hobart CBD. It shares close links with the university’s city-based satellite campuses including the Conservatorium of Music, the School of Creative Arts, the award-winning Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies on Hobart's waterfront, and the multi-million-dollar Medical Sciences Precinct, home to both the College of Health and Medicine and the Menzies Research Institute.

The University of Tasmania is planning further expansion of facilities in the Hobart CBD, with the Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts being built next to the Theatre Royal. Just outside the city is the university farm and the university's observatories.


The Newnham campus is a 50-hectare spacious campus that overlooks the Tamar River and is located a short drive from the city centre. It is close to local shopping centres and serviced by public transport and cycle lanes. The Newham campus is also home to the Australian Maritime College, Australia's national centre for maritime education and training. The campus also houses the Human Interface Technology Lab (HITLab AU), the only kind in Australia. A satellite campus, Inveresk, is located at the cultural precinct adjacent to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery near Launceston's inner city. This campus features award-winning facilities which are home to the School of Creative Arts, Art and Theatre, and the School of Architecture and Design.

Scholarships & funding

The University of Tasmania’s generous scholarship programme provides significant financial and academic support to study at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

For international students, the Tasmanian International Scholarships (TIS) programme is one of Australia’s most generous awards. It rewards academic achievement with a 25 per cent reduction on registered tuition fees for most undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Applicants are automatically assessed for the Tasmanian International Scholarship at the time of submitting their application. Selection for this scholarship will be based on academic merit achieved in studies at secondary, diploma and degree level courses, and qualifications and grading scales can vary significantly from country to country. Applications are assessed for all semester intakes and selection will be based on an applicant's highest-level qualification prior to commencing their intended study programme (minimum one-year duration).

A number of other generous international scholarships are available, including English and Foundation Studies Programme scholarships and faculty and institute special bursaries.

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