University of Wollongong

University of Wollongong

In just 40 years, UOW has become a benchmark for Australia’s new generation of universities; dynamic, innovative and prominent in national and international rankings for the quality of our teaching and research. Universities are key to the national innovation agenda and share an obligation to be at the forefront of contemporary policies and society.

Top reasons to study here

  • We are a young and vibrant university with undiminished ambitions.
  • We value our research capacity to work on complex interdisciplinary problems.
  • Our spirit of inquiry drives our research and learning environments and our objective of earning a place in the top 1% of the world's universities.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)



In the postwar era of development and innovation, the then New South Wales University of Technology established a division in Wollongong to train the engineers and metallurgists of the local steel industry. That institution grew and evolved, and in 1975 legislation was passed in the parliament of New South Wales, establishing the University of Wollongong as an independent institution.


UOW's aim is to create a culture of learning and teaching distinguished by collaboration, innovation and excellence. The University has a student-centred approach to learning and teaching where highly professional academic and professional services staff encourage students to learn, grow and achieve.

There are many exciting things happening across the portfolio which deserve to be highlighted and shared with colleagues and strategic partners. This quarterly newsletter provides a forum to acknowledge innovation and achievements across the university contributing to our learning and teaching outcomes.

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To confront the challenges of a rapidly changing world, UOW research is focused on supporting the best intellectual and technical talent to force change for good. From next-gen materials engineering in medicine to social transformation over the lifecycle, our research is purposeful and positive.


The Careers Consultant is able to assist students in a range of ways. In particular, for students still studying at university it is possible to improve future prospects by establishing career goals and enhancing employability skills. 

Students are able to access the Careers Consultancy service for individual appointments to discuss tactics to create short-term and long-term career goals, manage aspects of a professional career via portfolio development, resume and formal application review, or to prepare for a personal job interview.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
201 50
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
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
212 6
218 14
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
247 25
272 18
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

The Student Advisory Council (SAC) will:

Advise, consult and make recommendations to the University on matters affecting the academic and social wellbeing of students, including:

  • The effectiveness and comprehensiveness of student service delivery;
  • Teaching and learning matters of concern to students;
  • Policies and procedures affecting students;
  • Campus life and activities; and
  • The potential uses of SSAF funds that align with the student lifecycle and priority support categories as permitted under the legislation.

Housing services

More than 2,600 students from all around the world call a UOW residence in Wollongong home. It’s a welcoming, ready-made community, with a calendar full of social, sporting and cultural events. You’ll also have access to 24/7 academic and wellbeing support is right outside your door. At every turn there will be opportunities: to meet people from all over the world, to make discoveries and to figure out what you stand for.

Library services

Our Library SEARCH provides online access to millions of resources, including 246 450+ ebooks, 610 databases, and over 106,955 journal titles (mostly online and full-text).

ICT services

Borrow equipment from the Loans Desk at the Wollongong Campus Library:

  • calculators (exam approved)
  • room kits for Group Study Rooms
  • headphones
  • and mouses.

Student Life

Campus life

Many students say one of the best parts of the university experience is living in a residence. Rarely will you have the chance to live in a community that has people from so many walks of life and countries. At Accommodation Services you will benefit from an environment committed to providing high academic achievement, involvement, development and fun.

All residences feature student development and peer mentor programs, social, sporting and cultural events, and 24/7 student wellbeing care. Utilities, furniture, laundry, limited car parking, and environmentally responsible recycling programs are available at each residence.

Sports facilities

Looking for the best sporting and fitness facilities in the Illawarra? You’re in the right spot! UniActive boasts:

  • Two air-conditioned gyms featuring Precor Cardio equipment and Life Fitness Hammer Strength equipment (Wollongong Campus and Innovation Campus)
  • 50m heated outdoor swimming pool
  • Basketball, Badminton, Squash and Tennis Courts
  • Extensive sporting facilities and ovals
  • Sports Hub: a multi-purpose indoor sport stadium including a High Performance Training Area and Boxing Gym
  • Over 50 Group Exercise Classes a week
  • Health and Fitness Programs and Events
  • Personal Training
  • Fitness programs for schools and corporate groups
  • Swim School catering for children ages 3yrs+ and adults  

Student clubs

The Wollongong University Student Association (WUSA) is a 15 member council (plus 5 General Representatives) elected by the student body each September to take office on the 1st of December of that year. Every undergraduate student is able to run for a position on WUSA.


UOW courses are recognised internationally and in Australia through accreditation by professional organisations. 

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Can’t forget people fainting in the first year of anatomy labs 😂

UOW Graduate
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I studied at the Dubai campus. Overall, academic integration of our matter of study was great, valuable knowledge and professors. Industrial experience for students could be improved. Regardless, amazing internship opportunities and student community and support.

Great University & Great course
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Wollongong as a University and location is amazing. Student life is really great and plenty to do. In regards to the course, I learnt a lot from Media History to International Marketing. Overall, it was a great course and experience.

Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia