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The University of Sydney



The University of Sydney, located in Sydney, Australia, is a world-renowned institution that is consistently ranked in the top 50 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2023). It is also ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability by the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2022. Students come from all over the globe to study at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Students have the choice of selecting from Australia's widest range of programmes and disciplines. Offering over 400 study areas to select from, the university has five subjects that are ranked in the top ten in the world, with an additional 28 disciplines ranked amongst the top 50 in the world (2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject). Career opportunities for students are enhanced through internships and work experience, as well as the option of studying abroad for part of their degree through one of the university's overseas programmes.

Students study, learn and develop in a supportive and facilitative environment with a significant number of services at their disposal. This includes academic and professional support as well as disability services, a confidential counselling service, health service, and financial assistance office. Students can also get involved with one of the more than 250 clubs and societies on campus run by the University of Sydney Union (USU), with everything from sport through to cultural groups.

There are plenty of facilities on campus for students to make use of, including a gym with a heated Olympic-size swimming pool and a rock-climbing centre. Additionally, there are art galleries, museums, cafes, restaurants and bars to enjoy. Students also have access to the largest academic library in the southern hemisphere.

The student experience is enhanced and enriched by one of the world's best cities, Sydney, which has been rated as the 4th safest place to live in the world by the Economist Safe Cities Index 2021.

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What's new

What's new

Master of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks and programs from digital attacks. These cyberattacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information extorting money from users or interrupting normal business processes.

The University of Sydney's Master of Cybersecurity is designed to provide students with a vast array of knowledge in fundamental cybersecurity concepts and future directions of the industry. It teaches analytical and technical skills needed to detect and assess cybersecurity threats, essential knowledge on privacy and security regulations as well as the ability to communicate findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

With the growing need for professionals in the discipline, now is the perfect time to explore a career in the field of cybersecurity. Visit the course website for more information on the course structure, costs and entry requirements.

Master of Data Science (online)

The Master of Data Science degree equips graduates to operate as a data scientist across a wide range of industries.

This degree explores the latest in data mining, machine learning and data visualisation to meet growing industry needs. It will help students to develop their analytical and technical skills to use data science to guide strategic decisions. They will study principles of data science, machine learning, data mining, visual analytics, and computational statistical methods, and can further enhance their knowledge in areas such as AI or data science for business.

Possible careers include becoming a data scientist for hire, building intelligent data-driven systems in an existing area of expertise (e.g. mining analyst), or improving scientific research through training in data management, analysis, and modelling.

Students will benefit from a multidisciplinary, innovative course structure and learn from international experts in AI and machine learning, with the added flexibility of being 100-percent online. Find out more.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Sydney offers flexible undergraduate degree structures which allow students to find the most suitable study paths for themselves. Students can choose majors as well as minors outside of their primary degree, undertake an international experience, work on real-world projects, boost their personal development through workshops which are available online, or access advanced coursework.

The University of Sydney has one of Australia's largest student mobility programmes. It has partnered with over 250 universities located in over 40 countries so that students can combine both study and travel, as well as set themselves up for an international career.

The University of Sydney is one of the top research universities in the world. Whether students are beginning their journeys as undergraduates or postgraduates, they will be exposed to the leaders in their chosen fields who work across various disciplines to address the major social challenges.

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Department structure

Department structure

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The faculty offers expertise in over 40 undergraduate majors. This includes economics, languages and cultures, philosophy and history, literature, art, and media and visual arts.

The University of Sydney Business School

The University of Sydney Business School provides teaching and research across subjects including business analytics, accounting, business information systems, finance, business law, and international business.

Faculty of Engineering

The faculty's ground-breaking work in the field of artificial intelligence has led to the advances in face recognition and development of driverless cars as well as other multi-view learning applications.

Faculty of Medicine and Health

The faculty brings together the fields of medicine, dentistry, medical sciences, pharmacy, public health, nursing and midwifery, and health sciences to facilitate an approach that is multidisciplinary to solve modern day healthcare problems.

Faculty of Science

The faculty has an international reputation for top international rankings, research excellence, as well as award-winning projects and researchers.

Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning is ranked one of the world's top 25 schools in the field of architecture/built environment by QS.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music offers students a comprehensive musical education, providing the necessary knowledge and skills to thrive in this new century of music.

Sydney Law School

Regarded as one of the world's best law schools for teaching and research (2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject), the school's students learn from internationally recognised legal educators as well as highly respected professional practitioners.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

If English is not students' first language, they will need to offer proof of their proficiency in the language before they can commence their studies at the university.

Students can do this by offering the university proof to indicate that they have completed particular secondary or tertiary qualifications. Students can prove their proficiency by sitting for English language skills tests, or by completing suitable English language courses at the University of Sydney's Centre for English Teaching (CET).

English language skills tests which the University of Sydney accepts include:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic module
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language: paper based (TOEFL PBT)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language: internet based (TOEFL iBT)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) - Academic

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) and Cambridge English scale for Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Numerous scholarships as well as student loans are designed specifically for international students at the University of Sydney, including:

Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship

The Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship offers up to AUD 40,000 and is granted to students from across the world, based on their academic merit. Find out more

Postgraduate Research Training Program Scholarship

The Research Training Program International Scholarship funded by the Australian Government, covers relocation costs, tuition fees, a living allowance, as well as overseas student health cover, to international postgraduate research students who are high-achievers.

Students can find out more about the faculty scholarships on the university's scholarship website.

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The University of Sydney's research facilities offer international students the opportunity to use high-end research infrastructure, as well as a number of related services to help researchers with specialist applications. Such centralised, shared facilities are spread across faculties, and also serve as focal points of the university's research activity.

The key research facilities at the university bring together numerous researchers from diverse disciplines, as well as offers the means to sustain and better manage high-end research infrastructure which helps to conduct quality research.

University residences

The University of Sydney manages three main residences on its Darlington/Camperdown Campus: Abercrombie Student Accommodation, Queen Mary Building, and the Regiment. In total, they offer rooms for about 1,600 students.

These residences offer modern single-study rooms along with large common living, study and learning spaces, as well as host student-led arts, sporting, cultural, academic, social and leadership programmes.

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