UNSW is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Australia, with world-class campuses.

UNSW: Australia's Global University

Established in 1949 with a unique focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines, UNSW is a leading Australian university committed to making a difference through pioneering research and preparing the next generation of talented global citizens for career success.

Over 50,000 students from 120 countries worldwide currently study at UNSW. The University celebrates its many international and local alumni, and welcomes students from all over Australia and from all corners of the globe.

Whether you’re a local, rural, interstate or overseas student, at UNSW you’ll have the freedom to be yourself, move to the beat of your own drum and take control of your future.

You’re independent, but far from alone.


UNSW is divided into 9 faculties, in addition to the Graduate Research School. Each faculty is independently responsible for the administration of programs they offer. You can contact the faculties directly to discuss your individual program or to learn more about a particular area of study.

UNSW is a real community. It’s close to the beach and there are so many amenities available either on campus or just a short walk away.

Michael Patoka

Dean, Colombo House


Art & Design

UNSW Art & Design is an internationally recognised centre for arts-led transdisciplinary research in science and technology, with strengths spanning art theory and criticism; film, television and digital media; visual arts and crafts.

Arts & Social Sciences

At UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, we explore big ideas, create new knowledge and tackle critical social issues. We bring new perspectives to the traditions of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, enriching public debate and playing a part in Australia’s creative and performing arts.

Built Environment

At UNSW Built Environment, we develop global leaders in architecture, planning and construction. Our multi-disciplinary approach provides you with unique opportunities to unlock your potential for leadership in the built environment professions. You’ll learn the skills to analyse, challenge and rethink the 21st century city.

Business School

UNSW Business School attracts the best and brightest thinkers, shaping innovative leaders who set the pace and agenda for business. We’re a regionally engaged, high impact and academically rigorous business school enhancing practice through leading edge research.


UNSW Engineering is at the forefront of innovation, solving tomorrow’s problems today. We combine the world’s best facilities and innovative research with an exciting and connected education experience to open doors for our graduates.


UNSW Law leads Australia in progressive and rigorous legal education and research. From smaller class sizes to opportunities for studies beyond the classroom, student engagement is fundamental to everything we do.


UNSW Medicine is continuously improving healthcare delivery and patient outcomes by backing medical research over the long term, innovating the way medicine is taught, scrutinising modern healthcare systems and realising the potential of new technologies.


At UNSW Science, we offer excellence and innovation in teaching along with state-of-the-art laboratories and high quality facilities. Our programs provide a breadth of choice and a depth of knowledge to suit your talents and interests.

UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy

UNSW Canberra graduates shape Australia, the region and the international community as leaders in defence, government and industry. Working at the intersection of a leading university and a military academy, UNSW Canberra has been educating defence leaders for half a century.

Graduate Research School

The Graduate Research School (GRS) is the central administration and support unit for all higher degree research candidates at UNSW. UNSW offers outstanding  opportunities for postgraduates to pursue their research careers by offering the following degrees:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Masters of Research
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Studying at UNSW

Courses will generally involve a combination of lectures and tutorials, although some courses will vary. Assessments will occur throughout the duration of each term in the form of assignments (individual and/or group), participation reports, tests and/or exams. End of term exams occur both on campus and at Randwick Racecourse, depending on your course. English and bi-lingual dictionaries are permitted in an exam other than a language exam. Some courses may permit ‘authorised material’ including lecture notes, molecular models, approved calculators and texts as prescribed.