Flinders University

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Established in 1966, Flinders University is located in the beautiful foothills of Adelaide, South Australia, one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 cities of the world, and has established a reputation as a leading research institution with a strong focus on innovation.

Flinders is ranked amongst the top 2% of universities in the world. The University is a member of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Group, and was ranked in the world’s top 400 universities by the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities and in the top 100 universities under the age of 50 by the Times Higher Education rankings.

Studying at Flinders University offers students an outstanding education in one of the world’s most liveable cities. Flinders offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses which combine academic excellence with industry experience, providing students with the skills they need to succeed in their career.

Geared for careers

Flinders courses are renowned for being rigorous and work-oriented, providing graduates with a clear set of knowledge and skills that they will be able to use in their career. Many Flinders degrees provide students with the opportunity to undertake work experience and industry initiatives while studying.

Flinders also offers an excellent staff-to-student ratio – rated as 5 stars by the 2015 Good Universities Guide, reflecting the University’s commitment to teaching.

Research that matters

Flinders has a world-class reputation for research and innovation, informing the professions that shape our society and developing technologies that are transforming people’s lives.

The most recent Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) assessment has also ranked 90% of Flinders' research at world standard or above.

Student support

Flinders University does an excellent job of looking after their students – academically and also in support services – and Flinders’ international students are among the most satisfied university students in Australia (International Student Barometer, 2014).

Flinders University is a true multicultural university with a vibrant community of international students from more than 100 countries around the world.

Facilities and services

Flinders University provides a range of services on campus for students including:

  • On campus accommodation
  • International Student Services Unit
  • Student Learning Centre
  • Sports and Recreation Centre
  • Health and Counselling Service
  • Religious Centre
  • Careers and employment services
  • Child care centre on campus
  • Clubs and societies

Pathways through Flinders International Study Centre

The Flinders International Study Centre (situated on-campus) offers students who do not meet the Flinders academic entry requirements an alternative pathway to Flinders University with academic English, foundation and diploma programmes.

Rankings and Reputation

Our rankings validate our innovative research activity and excellence in academic teaching. These results demonstrate Flinders commitment to internationalisation and our attractiveness as a higher education destination for students.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

  • Top 10-16 in Australia
  • Top 400 of universities worldwide

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015

  • Top 15 in Australia in the Top 100 under 50 year old universities
  • No. 77 worldwide in the Top 100 under 50 year old universities

QS World University Rankings 2013-2014

  • Top 500 in the world

QS World University Rankings by subjects 2014-2015

  • Top 150 of universities worldwide for sociology.
  • Top 200 of universities worldwide for psychology.
  • Top 200 of universities worldwide for medicine.
  • Top 300 of universities worldwide for environmental sciences.

International Student Barometer Survey (ISB) 2014

The (ISB) is the world’s largest student survey and provides Flinders with satisfaction and feedback from current international students. Results revealed:

  • We are above the average for Australian universities in 70 of the 83 categories. We are in the top ten Australian universities in 72 of those categories.
  • High levels of satisfaction from international students in learning, living, support, and arrival services.
  • Majority of Flinders international students would recommend Flinders as a study destination.

Good Universities Guide 2016

  • Five star rating for student to staff ratios
  • Five star rating for overall postgraduate student satisfaction
  • 4 star rating for postgraduate teaching quality, generic skills and graduate starting salaries

Live in one of the world’s most liveable cities

Studying in Adelaide means you are also living in one of the world’s most liveable cities. Adelaide has a relaxed, easy-going lifestyle, combining affordability with a high standard of living.  Adelaide is in the Top 5 liveable cities in the world according to the Global Liveability Study (2015) and in the world’s Top 10 cities to visit by Lonely Planet (2014).

Courses and Programmes

Flinders offers courses in four faculties:

  • Education, Humanities and Law - including special education, law and legal practice, teaching, creative arts and media
  • Health Sciences - including medicine, speech pathology, audiology and nursing
  • Computer Science and Engineering and Mathematics - including engineering, science, nanotechnology and environmental management
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences - including business, commerce, accounting/finance, social work and psychology

Bachelor of Nursing

Flinders’ Bachelor of Nursing degree is internationally recognised for its high standard of teaching. It provides students with the opportunity to undertake industry placements to expand their knowledge and skill-base. Placements allow students to put theory into practice and take place in metropolitan and country hospitals and other agencies. Students also develop clinical skills on-campus in high-tech clinical labs and simulated environments, with interactive patients that respond to real-life scenarios.

Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration)

The Pre-Registration pathway is for candidates with no previous formal nursing or tertiary qualification, enrolled nurses with a Diploma of Nursing, psychiatric/mental health/mental deficiency nurses who are seeking registration as general nurses, and nurses with an overseas qualification not recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry)

The Graduate Entry pathway is an accelerated programme for candidates who hold an approved degree in an area other than nursing. Holders of an approved three-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education diploma are also eligible for consideration for admission.

Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration)

The Post-Registration Nurse Entry pathway is for students who have current nurse registration in Australia or overseas. The course requires one year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time) in internal mode only.

“I was impressed by the personal attention and support which I received in my studies at Flinders University. I have only had good experiences at Flinders, with the staff and helpful services, such as the library. I am now a Registered Nurse, working in policy and continuous quality improvement. I definitely apply the rigour and discipline I gained from my student years to my current work.”
Maria Victoria Barredo
Bachelor of Nursing graduate

Bachelor of Paramedic Science

The Bachelor of Paramedic Science provides students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to provide emergency pre-hospital care of a sophisticated nature, and to ensure seamless care from site to hospital. Accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities, the programme has a strong focus on national and international pre-hospital health care, ensuring relevance to students from different countries.

Master of Maritime Archaeology

Flinders University’s graduate programme in Maritime Archaeology is the largest, most successful and most active programme of its kind in Australia, and is rated as one of the top six programmes of its kind in the world. The Masters is designed both to meet the needs of students who have a four year degree in archaeology, maritime archaeology or anthropology who wish to specialise in maritime archaeology, as well as those who come from a different academic background (such as history) and want to move to a different career path.

Master of Social Work

Studying a Master of Social Work enables students to make a positive difference working with individuals, groups, families, communities and social welfare organisations. It provides students with key skills in areas of policy, research, clinical and community based practice. Students are given the opportunity to gain practical experience via field placements, which involve spending time in an agency under professional supervision to integrate the skills, knowledge and values acquired in both the classroom and the field.

"Studying social work at Flinders has enabled me to fully acknowledge my personal strengths and facilitated my strong desire to help, support and empower people in a meaningful way. The placement experience and learning opportunities within the degree will focus your strengths and skills, increasing your confidence and enabling you to become an advocate for human rights and equality for all."
Pieter Verdonk
Flinders’ Social Work student