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For over 50 years the University of Newcastle has delivered education to talented students from diverse backgrounds, developed professional leaders of the future and harnessed the capacity of world-class research to pursue solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.

Our vibrant learning community offers students and researchers a world-class academic experience and a dynamic professional, cultural and social learning environment. We have a sector-leading reputation for supporting students from diverse backgrounds to access higher education and to achieve great outcomes.

With over 37,000 students from 114 countries, and more than 143,000 alumni in 134 countries, our outlook is truly global. Our degrees focus on real-world experience, strong connections to industry, entrepreneurial opportunities and interactive teaching and learning.


Our programmes are offered across five Faculties: Faculty of Business and Law, Faculty of Education and Arts, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Faculty of Health and Medicine, and Faculty of Science. Globally recognised for their world-class education and dynamic learning environments, the Faculties offer comprehensive degrees embedded with real-world experiences, industry collaboration and strong student support programmes.

The Faculty of Business and Law has strong partnerships with some of the region’s largest employers, and consistently gives back to the community through the Newcastle Law School’s Law on the Beach programme and free drop-in Legal Centre, which provides access to legal advice from students in training, supported by qualified legal experts. The Newcastle Business School holds AACSB accreditation, earned by fewer than five per cent of the world’s business schools.

The Faculty of Education and Arts is committed to being a global leader in teaching, research, equity and innovation, evidenced by its being ranked in the top 100 in the world for education (2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject; Shanghai Ranking’s 2018 global ranking of academic subjects). The Faculty also has new cutting-edge facilities for the School of Creative Industries in the Newcastle CBD to facilitate engagement with industry and community partners.


Our campuses in Newcastle (Callaghan), Newcastle City, Central Coast, Sydney and Singapore, are all inspiring and innovative environments. With a range of support services and cultural programmes tailored to international student needs through the UON Global team, the University of Newcastle provides students with the ideal environment for study success and unforgettable life experiences.

Living in Newcastle

Newcastle is the second largest city in New South Wales. A coastal city of 500,000, it is home to beautiful beaches. Novocastrians get the benefit of world-class cultural experiences – award-winning restaurants, great shopping, museums and theatres – all without any of the stress of a larger city. Rapidly evolving into a global leader in city development, Newcastle earned a spot among National Geographic’s 2017 Smart Cities. Newcastle is currently putting a Safe City Plan and a Smart City Strategy into place, to ensure the city can continue to meet the needs of the future.

With a comparatively low cost of living, diverse housing options and a vibrant cultural landscape, Newcastle was selected as one of the top 10 cities in the world by Lonely Planet in 2011. Ranked the most liveable city in New South Wales by the Property Council of Australia, and with housing rentals cheaper in Newcastle than all state capital cities (numbeo.com), Newcastle is a great alternative to big city living.

UON Student Living is the on-campus accommodation precinct at the Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses. Student Living provides an unparalleled accommodation experience that includes the unique ResLife programme, 24-hour support and wellbeing services, a dedicated Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, and academic support.

Internships, placements and professional development

Many of our degrees include compulsory placements and/or internships, providing you with the opportunity to use the skills learned in the classroom and apply them to the real world, preparing you for success in a competitive workforce.

iLEAD Plus is an international leadership development programme tailored to develop a student’s unique capabilities and goals. It connects students with local, national and international networks in order to accelerate professional development and future career readiness.

Study options and courses

More than 180 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in:

  • Accounting and finance
  • Architecture, building and construction
  • Business management and entrepreneurship
  • Communication and creative industries
  • Community
  • Computing, maths and technology
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health and medicine
  • Law
  • Science and the environment
  • Society and culture

Degree Spotlights

Master of Laws (LLM)

Location: Newcastle City

Duration: 1 year

Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2, Winter 

CRICOS course code: 079533G

All courses within the University of Newcastle Master of Laws programme are designed to expand your knowledge and deepen your understanding of a specialist area of law. You can choose to study eight individual courses or choose a speciality, tailoring what you learn to suit your individual interests and career needs. We have a particular strength

in dispute resolution, with the courses for this speciality taught by the most distinguished and experienced team of academic experts in dispute resolution in Australia. UK lawyers interested in working in Australia may be interested in our ‘law in practice’ speciality, which offers the opportunity to gain a Master of Laws while completing the courses required to transition to legal practice in Australia. You can also broaden your cross-cultural legal knowledge by taking an international study experience course and/or an international legal externship course – current opportunities include study experience courses in Japan and Vietnam and legal externship courses in Brazil, China and Fiji.

Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Location: Newcastle City Duration: 3 years

Intakes: Trimester 1, Winter 

CRICOS course code: 079631E

Whether or not you have previously studied law, the Juris Doctor (JD) and embedded Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) will provide you with all the training required to practise as a lawyer in Australia. Our Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice programme is intensely practical – it not only teaches you the law, it helps you to build the skills you need to work as a lawyer. Our students receive extensive supervised legal work experience providing legal assistance to real clients – first in our very own Legal Centre and then on placement in external law firms. You can be ready to practise law professionally in Australia after you graduate from this course, with no need for further supervision or training before you start your legal career. And with some further study, it can also help qualify you to practise law in several other countries, including Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Please check country-specific professional registration requirements.

Master of Business Administration (Global)

Location: Newcastle City

Duration: 2 years

Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2 

CRICOS course code: 096747G

By studying the Master of Business Administration (Global), you will develop critical capabilities through an innovative and rigorous curriculum, and be taught by expert and highly engaged staff who will help you develop both confidence and work-readiness. Make international connections and networks, facilitated by our diverse student cohort; and take part in our International Study Tour (the airfare and accommodation costs are included in the course tuition fees). You will also gain real world work experience and build employability skills through our compulsory internship placements and work integrated learning opportunities. The compulsory internship placement will be organised for you by the faculty. During your second year of study, you will get the opportunity to combine the MBA degree with a second masters degree by pursuing further study with one of our partner universities in Italy, France or the USA. With the University of Newcastle Business School holding AACSB Accreditation, a distinction earned by fewer than five per cent of the world’s business programmes, you can complete your studies with a truly top tier university.

Master of Creative Industries

Location: Newcastle City, online Duration: 1.5 years

Intakes: Trimester 1, Trimester 3 

CRICOS course code: 096166F

Engage your creativity for social and cultural innovation and transform your passions into viable commercial endeavours with the Master of Creative Industries. Using first-rate facilities and Innovation Labs that foster invention and entrepreneurialism, you can carve out a successful career in the creative industries. Whether that is advertising and marketing, digital content and software, graphic and electronic design plus many more career pathways, the courses you choose will help you pursue your passion. Recognised internationally, this course offers you the opportunity to capitalise on your creative knowledge globally in the professional environment.

Master of Education; Master of Leadership and Management in Education; Master of Special and Inclusive Education

Location: Newcastle (Callaghan) Duration: 1 year

Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2 

CRICOS course codes: MEd – 064598B; MLMEd – 064600; MSIE – 096167E

The School has a suite of masters for practicing education professionals. The Master of Education provides retraining in an additional teaching area or further professional learning. Specialisations include: Advanced Studies in Education; Comparative Education; Instructional Leadership; and TESOL. Specialisations are structured according to the Subject Content Knowledge Requirements Policy of NESA, the NSW Education Standards Authority.The Master of Leadership and Management in Education will expand your leadership and management skills to guide people, education strategy and policy. It focuses on exposing students to innovative research and practice in the leadership and management of educational institutions. The Master of Special and Inclusive Education is aimed at practising teachers and others with relevant experience in prevention and intervention services who wish to gain postgraduate professional qualifications in special and inclusive education. The programme blends theory, research and practice, with an emphasis on applying evidence-based approaches to support the learning and development of students with additional needs and those at risk.

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