• The new student hub at Flinders University. Photo credit: Flinders UniversityThe new student hub at Flinders University. Photo credit: Flinders University
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Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, Flinders has earned a reputation for delivering world-class innovative research and high quality courses that students love. The university, located in Adelaide, has strong industry links and workplace opportunities meaning students graduate work-ready.

Flinders has been recognised in the top 300 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16) and was ranked 6 in Australia and 46 worldwide in the Times Higher Education Top 150 under 50 year old university rankings.

Flinders also offers one of the best student experiences of any Australian university, according to recent International Student Barometer surveys with cutting-edge facilities that are purpose-built for both study and socialising. This includes a new $63 million Student Hub and Plaza at the Bedford Park campus, which incorporates study spaces, retail stores, cafes and a bar.

Renowned for its coastal views and natural bushland, Flinders’ Bedford Park campus has easy access to major shopping centres, the central business district and local beaches. Flinders University is the only South Australian University with on-campus accommodation in the Adelaide metropolitan area.

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 offer students the chance to undertake work experience and industry initiatives while studying. The University also has an excellent staff-to-student ratio – rated 5 stars by the 2016 Good Universities Guide, reflecting the University’s ongoing commitment to teaching.

Research that matters

Flinders University 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. 
A recent Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) assessment has ranked 90% of Flinders’ research at world standard or above.

Student support

Flinders’ international students are among the most satisfied university students in Australia (International Student Barometer, 2014). Their support services include accommodation; an International Student Services Unit; a Student Learning Centre; a Health and Counselling Service; a Religious Centre; careers and employment services; a childcare centre and lots of student clubs and societies.


Flinders’ facilities are designed to provide the best possible experience for students. The new Student Hub and Plaza at their Bedford Park campus is a vibrant place to learn, connect and play. It includes a food court, a 2,000 seat terraced plaza and outdoor cinema, bar with ocean views, free wi-fi, quiet study spaces and group study lounges. Our Engineering, computer science and mathematics students also get to study at the new cutting-edge $120million Flinders at Tonsley building; a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, with space also shared by industry.

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

Flinders’ rankings validate their reputation for innovative research activity and excellence in academic teaching. 

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016

  • Top 6 in Australia
  • Top 50 in the world of universities under 50 years old
  • Top 300 in the world 

QS World University Rankings by subject 2015-2016

  • Top 10 medical school less than 50 years old
  • Top 100 of universities worldwide for nursing
  • Top 150 of universities worldwide for sociology
  • Top 200 of universities worldwide for psychology
  • Top 300 of universities worldwide for environmental sciences
  • Top 300 of universities worldwide for education and training 

International Student Barometer Survey (ISB) 2014

  • The ISB is the world’s largest student survey and measures satisfaction and feedback from current international students
  • Results showed Flinders to be above the average for Australian universities in 70 of the 83 categories. We are in the top 10 Australian universities in 72 of those categories

  • High levels of satisfaction from international students in the areas of 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 postgraduate student satisfaction overall
  • Four star rating for postgraduate teaching quality, generic skills and graduate starting salaries.

Study Options




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Adelaide, one of the world’s most liveable cities

Adelaide has a relaxed, easy-going lifestyle, combining affordability with a high standard of living. It is one of the top five most liveable cities in the world, according to the Global Liveability Study (2015) and one of the world’s top 10 cities to visit for Lonely Planet (2014).

Courses and Programmes

We offer courses in four faculties:

  • Education, Humanities and Law - Including special education, law and legal practice, teaching, creative arts and media
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences - Including medicine, speech pathology, audiology and nursing
  • Science and Engineering - Including engineering, science, mathematics, computer 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

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