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University of Sydney

4.4 out of 5 (12 ratings / 9 reviews) Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
The University of Sydney is a place that makes things happen. We are a community not just of excellence, but of impact. Here are just some of the remarkable things that our academics, students and alumni have achieved recently.

Master's Programmes

Agriculture & Forestry (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



The University of Sydney is an Australian public research university in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1850, it is Australia's first university and is regarded as one of the world's leading universities. It is ranked as the world's 50th most reputable university. Its graduates are additionally ranked the 4th most employable in the world and 1st in Australia. 


The Centre for Continuing Education is an adult education provider within the university. Extension lectures at the university were inaugurated in 1886, 36 years after the university's founding, making it Australia's longest running university continuing education program.The university comprises 9 Faculties and 3 University Schools:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • University of Sydney Business School
  • Sydney Dental School
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Sydney Medical School
  • Sydney Nursing School
  • Sydney Pharmacy School
  • Faculty of Science
  • Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music
  • Sydney Law School


Our research is driven by the big picture. We take a problem and look at it from all angles, combining the expertise and talents of scholars from many disciplines.Major research areas:

  • Agricultural and veterinary sciences
  • Biological sciences
  • Built environment and design
  • Chemical sciences
  • Commerce, management, tourism and services
  • Creative arts and writing
  • Earth sciences
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental sciences
  • History and archaeology
  • Human society
  • Informational and computing sciences
  • Language, communication and culture
  • Law and legal studies
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Medical and health sciences
  • Philosophy and religious studies
  • Physical sciences
  • Psychology and cognitive sciences
  • Technology


Our Careers Centre offers an abundance of services and resources to help you identify your career options and achieve your career goals.We'll help you research your career path and understand the career skills involved in securing employment. We offer career counselling and run a range of workshops including resume writing, interview techniques, networking and preparing for full-time employment, along with programs such as Graduate Edge and Interchange, as well as other activities.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

Whether you're a future or current student, alumni or visitor, this is how to get in touch with us.

  • Future or current students
  • Campus Assist and Campus Security
  • Visitors and community
  • Media enquiries
  • Faculty and University School offices
  • VIP/official visits

Housing services

Whether you're looking to join a residential college or set up a shared house off campus, we can offer guidance on student accommodation in Sydney.

Living on or near our main campus puts you right in the heart of student life, so you can make the most of your study and leisure time.


  • Camperdown and Darlington
  • Camden
  • Cumberland
Regularly named in the top 10 most student-friendly cities in the world, there’s no doubt that Sydney is one of the best places to live and study.Our campuses border some of Sydney's most colourful suburbsShare

From the bustle of Newtown’s King Street to the relaxed village vibe of Glebe, you won’t have to travel far from the main campus to discover the charms of Sydney’s inner west.

Library services

The University of Sydney Library consists of 11 individual libraries located across the university's various campuses. The Rare Books Library possesses several extremely rare items, including one of the two extant copies of the Gospel of Barnabas and a first edition of Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.

ICT services

The University provides IT support and services University-wide (UniKey access) and Faculty (University of Sydney Medical Program website access).

Medical services

Studying can be challenging, so it’s important to us that you have access to great help, advice and care, whether it’s a physiotherapist or trained counsellor.

These services are available to all students, staff and the wider community:

  • General practitioner services
  • Counselling and mental health services
  • Allied health professionals: chiropractic, physiotherapy, dentistry, optometry

Student Life

Campus life

The main campus is the focus of the university's student life, with the student-run University of Sydney Union (known as "the Union") in possession of three buildings – Wentworth, Manning and Holme Buildings. These buildings house a large proportion of the university's catering outlets, and provide space for recreational rooms, bars and function centers. One of the largest activities organised by the Union is the Orientation Week (or 'O-week'), centring on stalls set up by clubs and societies on the Front Lawns.

The main campus is home to a variety of statues, artworks, and monuments. These include the Gilgamesh Statue and the Confucius Statue.

Sports facilities

Whether you’re training for a gold medal or looking for a spin, dance or Pilates class, Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) offers programs and membership options to suit everyone.

  • Becoming a member of SUSF gives you access to more than 40 sporting clubs, 65 group classes, 220 cardio machines and plenty more.
  • Wind down with a yoga class, go rock climbing or swim a few laps in the 50-metre indoor heated swimming pool. Play squash, basketball or tennis on one of our many courts around campus.
  • Get more out of your time in the gym with a qualified personal trainer, available for everyone at any level of fitness.

Student clubs

  • Student Representatives: Politically and academically, undergraduate students are represented by the Students' Representative Council (SRC) and postgraduate students by the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA).
  • University of Sydney Union: The University of Sydney Union (USU) is the oldest and largest university union in Australia. USU provides a range of activities, programs, services and facilities geared at giving students the university experience. This involves delivering a huge Clubs and Societies program, a varied entertainment program, student opportunities, a range of catering and retail services plus buildings and recreational spaces for students, staff and visitors.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

For media it is the best course in Australia and furthermore is the only one that allows a cross-faculty major

The unforgetable experience of studying in Sydney from a Chinese student
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It is really nice to meet and study with so many excellent students in the University of Sydney.

Ok time. Very flexible degree
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

A lot of freedom in my degree, meant that it was hard to make friends in my course because I did totally random subjects. But good if you didn't know what you wanted to do (like me). Lot of bureaucracy in this uni, caters well to international students.

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia