UNSW Sydney has the ability to achieve great things and it is people, like you, who make the difference. We are committed to challenging traditional thinking, pushing boundaries, breaking new ground, and giving students and researchers alike the chance to realise their full potential.
By attracting a teaching staff of renowned researchers from the best universities worldwide, we are constantly reinvigorating our ways of thinking and seeing the world. We are consciously working to create a rich, dynamic intellectual space for bringing together ideas to shape the future.
By consistently investing to upgrade teaching spaces, learning resources, research centres, laboratories and facilities, we will ensure UNSW remains a modern, vibrant campus with state-of-the art equipment for learning and teaching as well as socialising. We are constantly striving to create a world-class learning environment for all our scholars.
UNSW has established its position as a world-leading place of learning, thinking and growing, with a highly applied, industry connected research approach underpinned by an intensive academic focus. UNSW is ranked 43 in the world overall (QS World University Rankings 2020).
- We are ranked among the world’s top 50 universities for over 20 academic subjects including mineral and mining engineering, law, psychology, environmental sciences and accounting and finance (QS World University Rankings By Subject 2019)
- We are a preferred university for employers, ranked 28 in the world for graduate employability (QS Employability Rankings 2019)
- We are considered among the 25 most international universities in the world (Times Higher Education 2019)
- For 2019, UNSW researchers won the highest amount of funding in Australia from the Australian Research Council
- UNSW has educated five of the top 25 young rich listers in Australia (BRW Young Rich List 2017).
Innovate and change the world
We will transform your ideas and research discoveries into successful innovations to benefit communities around the globe, the economy and future generations.
Together, we will conduct research across a wide range of areas. We invest considerable resources in areas where we believe we can make the biggest difference. Here are just some of the important developments we are proud to have pioneered:
Solar power (photovoltaics): We hold the world record for the conversion efficiency of a silicon solar cell and are home to the world’s fastest solar-powered car.
Clean drinking water: We created membrane filtration technology to filter water that is now used in taps around the world.
The bionic eye: We successfully trialled a bionic eye system that is a world-first in terms of neural stimulation and clarity of vision.
HIV/AIDS: Since diagnosing Australia’s first case of HIV, we have been involved in the development of every existing antiretroviral HIV drug.
The world’s largest computer: Using silicon, we are building the world’s largest supercomputer.
Creating a better world
As part of UNSW’s 2025 vision, we are establishing a Global Development Network, partnering with universities working to improve the lives of some of the most disadvantaged communities in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. In partnership, we will achieve greater progress for those in need.
The Sydney campus experience
Situated in the leafy eastern suburbs of Sydney, the main UNSW campus is in easy reach of both the city’s famously beautiful beaches and the city centre. Sydney enjoys brilliant blue skies and a sunny, mild climate nearly all year round.
The campus is a vibrant hub of activity. Located on 38 hectares of land, it has its own supermarket, banks, post office, restaurants, medical centre, newsagents and more. There are extensive sporting and recreational spaces including an Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool and weights gym, and the opportunity to join many sporting clubs and activities. There are over 300 registered social clubs you can join through the Student Association to expand your network of friends.
We have almost 5,000 places in on-campus accommodation. The UNSW campus is in a medium-density residential area of Sydney, so renting nearby is an alternative option for those who wish to live off campus.
Programmes and study areas
Choose from over 900 bachelor, master and research degrees in fields including:
- Advertising, marketing, PR
- Business, finance, IT
- Climate science
- Computer science
- Design, fine arts, photography
- International relations
- Journalism, media
- Renewable energy engineering