The University of Tasmania (UTAS) is the fourth oldest university in Australia and has a rich history. It is proud to feature in the top 300 universities in the world, as listed by the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018.
With over 8,000 international students in a student body of around 38,000, UTAS is committed to providing a welcoming environment through ready access to staff and customised support services.
The University offers more than 100 undergraduate and 150 postgraduate programmes. These include degrees in traditional disciplines such as law, medicine, business, information technology, humanities, education and science but also more niche degrees that take full advantage of Tasmania’s unique location and ecosystems. Such programmes include marine and Antarctic science, maritime engineering, food safety, rural and polar health, and environmental law and governance.
Living and studying in Tasmania
The University is located in Australia’s most southern state, Tasmania. Being the only university in the state offers UTAS privileged partnerships with state government, businesses and the local community.
Often listed as one of the world’s must-visit destinations by the Lonely Planet, Tasmania provides students with a year-round festival calendar, World Heritage-listed parks, and endless travel opportunities. The state’s cosmopolitan lifestyle and a burgeoning arts culture, boosted by the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), makes it a fantastic destination for tourists.
And it’s not just the festival scene that attracts people. Tasmanians breathe some of the world’s cleanest air and drink its purest water. Unpolluted coastal seas and rich, fertile soils enable them to produce the finest foods, wines and beers. Snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, diving, rock climbing, bushwalking, mountain bike riding, surfing – all are within a stone’s throw of the University's campuses and are easily accessible and affordable through the various Tasmanian University Union (TUU) clubs and societies.
State of the art facilities
The University of Tasmania is committed to providing high quality facilities. To that end, the University is investing significant amounts in teaching and research facilities as well as student accommodation. In 2018, the Media School’s new campus was opened in Salamanca Square on Hobart’s waterfront, putting the University’s journalism, media and communications students in the heart of Hobart’s cultural precinct. The Media School has state-of-the-art media technologies and is in the centre of Tasmania’s media and film industries. UTAS has also invested A$50 million in new CBD student accommodation in Hobart.
World rankings and teaching excellence
The University of Tasmania is Australia’s premier university for teaching excellence, receiving more teaching awards than any other Australian university from the Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
The prestigious QS World University Rankings ranks the University in the top 300 universities in the world and among the world’s top universities in a range of disciplines: Earth and marine sciences stands proudly in the top 50 in the world; agriculture and forestry in the top 100; art and design in the top 150; environmental studies in the top 200; sociology, and education and training in the top 250, and medicine in the top 300. The University is also ranked number one in the world for Southern Ocean research by the League of Scholars.
The University’s rich portfolio of research excellence across a broad range of subjects is similarly recognised as being ‘at or above world standard’ in 48 of its 51 disciplines, and has helped secure its place at the top of Australian universities in geomatic engineering research, fisheries sciences, and journalism and professional writing.
The University of Tasmania has four colleges:
- College of Arts, Law and Education
- College of Health and Medicine
- College of Sciences and Engineering
- Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
The Colleges house a number of research centres and schools.
The University is also home to four global-leading institutes that teach niche programmes and conduct cutting-edge research:
- Australian Maritime College (AMC)
- Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
- Menzies Institute for Medical Research
- Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)
Campuses and location
There are two main campuses, one in the picturesque waterfront capital, Hobart, and the other in Launceston on the banks of the Tamar River. Both offer excellent student support services, quality facilities and enjoy picturesque waterfront locations.
The Sandy Bay campus is located between Mount Wellington and the Derwent River in Hobart’s beachside suburb, Sandy Bay. The campus is close to shops, transport, accommodation, entertainment and services and is just a short walk to Hobart CBD. It shares close links with the University’s city-based satellite campuses including the Domain, the Conservatorium of Music, the School of Creative Arts, the award-winning Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies on Hobart's waterfront, and the multi-million-dollar Medical Sciences Precinct.
Just outside the city are the University Farm and the University's observatories.
The Newnham campus is a spacious campus that overlooks the Tamar River and is located a short drive from the city centre. It is close to local shopping centres and serviced by public transport and cycle lanes. The Newham campus is also home to the Australian Maritime College, Australia's national centre for maritime education and training. The campus also houses the Human Interface Technology Lab (HITLab AU), one of only three of its kind in the world. A satellite campus, Inveresk, is located at the cultural precinct adjacent to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery near Launceston's inner city. This campus features award-winning facilities which are home to the School of Creative Arts and the School of Architecture and Design.