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Brief Introduction

Established in 1949, the University of New South Wales is situated in the suburb of Kensington, north east Sydney. 

Ranked 4th in Australia, it recorded the highest median ATAR in 2012, and top 500 students made their way to the University. It houses around 35,679 undergraduates and 18,226 postgraduates. It boasts of having brilliant research facilities along with impressive links with the industry. It also has a lot of societies in the college, aimed at an all-round development of its students. It has well-equipped labs and enthusiastic teachers who are willing to help the students anytime.

There are eight schools under this department -

  • Art and Design
  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Built Environment 
  • Business School
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Science
  • UNSW Canberra at ADFA

The university has its main campus located in Kensington. Its Art and Design campus, on the other hand, is located in Paddington. The University also has a campus at ADFA in Canberra.


The campus is divided into the upper and lower campuses. An elevation rise between the quadrangle and the Scientia building separates the two campuses. 
The campus also possesses other facilities like theatres and music venues, along with UNSW Fitness and Aquatic centre which is also open for the general public. 

Residing options

Barker Street - Whether you are alone or living with your family, Barker’s street is a good option for anyone. The major advantage here is that it is located on campus. Rooms ranging from $340.10 to $743.60 are available. 

High Street - This is the best option for people living with their families. It is also close to the campus. The one-bedroom apartment costs $495 per week, whereas the double-bedroom costs $696.50 per week. 

Mulwaree Apartments - These are situated around 1.5 km away from the campus, next to the Randwick Racecourse. It is surrounded by beautiful green gardens. It's 5-bedroom apartments cost $304.40 per week. 

University Terrace - This is also located on campus with numerous cafes, bars and a supermarket just minutes away. Apartments ranging from $433.65 to $557.45 are available here. 

UniLodge - Located 10 minutes away from the main campus, life at UniLodge is amazing. You also have public transport at your disposal. It is also close to a lot of banks, shops, restaurants, etc. Apartments here start from $421 per week and range upto $553 per week. 

UNSW Village - UNSW Village has a lot of furnished apartments for students under it. A lot of events conducted here keep you entertained and help you grow as an individual. The cost of the apartments vary from $310.70 to $489.20. 

UNSW colleges - You can also stay in the UNSW colleges, which are located on the campus and provide a safe environment and also host a series of events for the students. Following are the colleges providing accommodation facilities -  The Kensington Colleges, Colombo House, Fig Tree Hall, UNSW Hall, International House, Creston College, New college, Shalom College, Warrane College,  New College Village. 


The scholarships are awarded to those who exhibit commitment to international friendship, tolerance and cross-cultural understanding. The university considers academic merit and financial requirements of the applicants for awarding the scholarships. A number of scholarships like the Angus-Leppan Family Scholarship, Hugh and Valerie Muir Scholarship, Minoru Hokari Memorial Scholarship, Emeritus Professor Ted and Dr Adrienne Thompson Scholarship, and the Emeritus Professor Al Willis Scholarship are provided by UNSW.

Jobs and Placements

The university has built strong connections with the industry to provide its students with numerous opportunities to take up full time or part time jobs, or even internships. Various events like expos let you speak to different employers directly and choose your career path. Students from UNSW have been placed in top companies like Optiver, CX Lavender, Vertiv, Westpac Group, Lendlease Building, etc.  As per the latest national survey on graduate outcomes, UNSW graduates have been reported to have the highest salaries in Australia.


The University of New South Wales is located in the Sydney suburb of Kensington. It is very near to the city and is at a convenient distance from the Central Stations and other major transportation hubs all around Sydney. For international students, the university arranges for a free pickup from the international/Domestic terminal of the Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney, if priorly booked. Around 1700 UNSW express buses are available, along with other bus and train services, thus making the University accessible. 

The buses are avi include: 

  • Central Station, Eddy Ave Stand D: UNSW Express
  • Central Station, Eddy Ave Stand C: 391, 393, 395
  • Circular Quay, Alfred St, Stand E and City, Elizabeth St: 390-2, 394, 396-9
  • Bondi Junction and Burwood: 400
  • Coogee, Newtown, Sydney University, Leichhardt: 370
  • Drummoyne, Rozelle, Town Hall, Surry Hills, Kensington, UNSW, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Coogee Beach: M50 Metrobus

Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering

A biomedical engineer tries to find replacements for damaged human body parts using new technologies. The UNSW Biomedical Engineering team provides highly coveted education programs and useful research programs that help save lives around the world.

  • Undergraduate Degrees Offered
    • The department offers a Masters degree concurrently with an undergraduate bachelor degree in one of nine specialisations. Students can complete both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.
  • Postgraduate Degrees Offered
    • Master of Engineering Science - You are eligible for this program if you have a Bachelors in Engineering. It runs for a duration of 4 years and requires you to complete a total of 96 credits. There is also an extra research component which helps students to build their practical and analytical skills along with their theoretical knowledge.
    • Master of Biomedical Engineering - The course gives a choice between anatomy and physiology. The option for an additional research project will depend on your academic performance. This course has a total of 72 credits.
  • Labs- The department houses labs like Psychophysics Lab, Implantable Bionics Research Lab, Biochemical Laboratory, Electronics design lab, etc.

  • Faculty - The Biomedical Engineering team works tirelessly and enthusiastically to ensure you make the most of the resources available. 

  • Industry - The department has industry links with Cochlear, Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, National Heart Foundation, Hemcon, Telemedcare, HCF, and many more. 

  • Research - The areas of research under this department are Medical and Surgical Robots, Bionics, Neural Interfaces, Integrated devices and Intelligent diagnostics, Biomechanics and mechanobiology, Biosensing, Advanced Imaging, Computational Modelling, Telemonitoring, Cell Technologies, Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials and Bioinspired Materials, Cancer Nanotechnology, and Advanced Manufacturing. 

School of Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineers try to mould the various systems and equipment used in chemical, biological, medical processes to make them more efficient as per the current industry needs. Chemical Engineers find employment in a wide range of industries. 

  • Undergraduate Degrees Offered
    • Bachelor of Science, Food Science and Technology/Food Science and Nutrition
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Product Engineering)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (With Flexible first year)  
  • Postgraduate Degrees Offered
    • Master of Engineering (Chemical Process Engineering) - If you are interested in project design and analysis of chemical plants, industrial processes, and general operations in the chemical industry, this course is for you. It is a two-year full-time course, and it allows you a 50% credit if you have a degree or professional experience in any related area. 
    • Master of Engineering Science (Food Process Engineering) - Under this course, you will study about the various factors that affect the science, physical properties and engineering of different foods, shelf-life, thermal processing and life cycle of plants. The course also teaches about the different challenges faced by the food industry.  This is also a two-year full-time course. 
    • Master of Food Science - The course deals with advanced knowledge about the functioning of the food industry - food technology, product development, food processing and food quality. It is a two-year full-time course as well. 
    • The department also offers Doctor of Philosophy(Chemical Engineering, Food Science) and Master of Philosophy(Chemical Engineering, Food Science and Technology). 
  • Labs and Facilities - The department makes sure students and researchers get everything they need to help them learn and carry out the research programs effectively. Facilities like Pilot Plant, Polymer synthesis, Protein Analysis, Fat Analysis, Gas Chromatography, etc. are available. 
  • Faculty - The department has been blessed with passionate academic staff who possess an enormous knowledge in their respective fields and are willing to spread it among their students. 
  • Industry - The department develops strong links with industry to understand the present needs better. Hence, their research is linked to real-world problems. The UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science under this department was linked to a prominent company which is now a part of the Siemens Water Systems. Other prominent industry partners are Bluescope Steel, Sydney Water, Veolia, etc. 
  • Research - The main areas of research are Energy, Environmental Technology, Food, health and Medical Science and Technology, Macromolecular and interfacial Engineering and Advanced products and processes.

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

This is the largest school under UNSW Engineering and is recognized as the best in Australia. It holds its position among the top 20 in the world. 

  • Undergraduate Degrees Offered
    • BE in Civil Engineering Honours
    • BE in Environmental Engineering Honours
    • BE in Civil Engineering with Architecture Honours
    • BE in Surveying
    • BE in Geospatial Engineering
    • BE in Civil Engineering/ Bachelor of Surveying
  • Postgraduate Degrees Offered
    • Master of Engineering Science - It is a two-year-long, full-time course. If you have a degree or professional experience in any of the related areas, you can apply for 50% of the total credit point. You can choose any one of the following specialisations: 
    • Civil Engineering: The course mainly focuses on project management, transport engineering, water and wastewater, surveying and construction. 
    • Environmental Engineering: It helps its students to build analytical skills in sustainable urban infrastructure. 
    • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering geology: This course explores the depths of geotechnical theory and tries to solve real-world problems in soil mechanics, rock mechanics, slope stability, foundation design, earthworks and dam engineering.
    • Project Management: It deals with the fundamentals and applications of Project Management including planning, risk, contracts, people, equipment, materials, legal, finance and economics.
    • Structural Engineering: Students taking up this course work towards developing skills in computational analysis and design of steel, and reinforced composite and prestressed concrete structures. 
    • Sustainable Systems: The course covers areas like Sustainable Systems Engineering, industrial ecology, sustainability and environmental sciences, and sustainability management.
    • Transport Engineering: You study about transport planning, ITS and land use and risk management and safety, network design, demand estimation and sustainability, emissions and health. It is aimed at developing skills in modelling and analysing systems for every kind of transport. 
    • Water Engineering(Catchments to Coast): The course focuses on areas like surface water hydrology, urban hydrology and stormwater management, catchment and water resources modelling, groundwater investigations, and hydrodynamics of rivers and estuaries. It also includes Coastal Engineering related to waves, beaches and infrastructure.
    • Water, Wastewater and Waste Engineering: The course teaches its students about current and future technologies for water usage, wastewater treatment and waste disposal.
    • Master of Engineering: It is accredited with Engineers Australia. It runs for a duration of two years and also includes an industry training component. The course requires you to complete a total of 96 credit points. You can choose either of the following specialisations. 
    • Environmental Engineering: It focuses on safe, ecological, sustainable and ethical development of urban infrastructure.
    • Civil Engineering: It allows its students to involve themselves in projects aimed at improving the present living conditions of human beings. 
    • The department also offers Doctor of Philosophy. 
  • Faculty - The department has a total of 50 academic staff who are very dedicated to their work and have been recognized through many awards. 
  • Industry - The department partners with prominent companies like Advision, ANSTO, JK Geotechnics, GHD, etc.
  • Research - The department contributes to research activities in the fields of civil and environmental engineering, and surveying and geospatial engineering. Research centres and hubs under this department are: 
    • Centre for Infrastructural Engineering and Safety (CIES) 
    • Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (RCITI) 
    • UNSW Water Research Centre (WRC) 
    • Sustainable Engineering Initiative (SEI) 
    • Construction Innovation and Research Initiative (CIRI) 
    • Connected Waters Initiative (CWI) Research Centre
    • Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Initiative
    • The Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure (ACCARNSI) 

School of Computer Science and Engineering

It has been saving the 1st position for itself in Australia for Engineering/Technology and Computer Science since 2009. UNSW CSE has made its place in various Open Source and Linux groups around the world. 

  • Undergraduate Degrees Offered - Bachelors are offered in the following areas: 
    • Bioinformatics Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Software Engineering
    • Computer Science
  • Postgraduate Degrees Offered
    • Master of Information Technology 
    • Doctor of Philosophy
    • Master by Research
  • Faculty - The CSE department has dedicated and passionate faculty members who make sure you are able to reach your maximum potential. 
  • Industry - The department lets its students engage with their industry partners to help them understand the industrial application of their knowledge better. 
  • Research - The department is involved in research in areas like Cybersecurity and Privacy, Human-Computer Interaction, Operating Systems, Database Systems, Knowledge Representation & Reasoning, Computer Vision & Image Processing, Formal Methods in Software Engineering, Reconfigurable Architectures & Algorithms, Embedded Systems, Adaptive eLearning and Intelligent Tutoring Systems, etc. It has research groups for Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Embedded Systems, Network Systems and Security Group, Programming Language and Compilers, Service-Oriented Computing, Trustworthy Systems and Theoretical Computer Science. 

School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications: 

Electrical Engineering is concerned with the generation and transmission of electrical energy, radio waves, computers, biomedical technology, microelectronics and nanomachines. The department of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications has made significant contributions to many key research areas around the world. 

  • Undergraduate Degrees Offered
    • BE in Electrical Engineering
    • BE in Telecommunication Engineering
  • Postgraduate Degrees Offered
    • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Telecommunication Engineering
    • Doctor of Philosophy 
    • Master of Philosophy
  • Faculty - The faculty emphasizes the importance of a comfortable environment for the students. The department has 47 highly experienced and enthusiastic academic staff members. 
  • Industry - The department maintains strong connections with the industry to be up to date with the present industry needs. Some of the prominent industry sponsors are ARCONIC, Sydney Water Corporation, Telstra Wholesale, Qantas Airways Limited, etc. 

School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering 

The department has been providing world-class education in the field of Mechanical Engineering for more than sixty years. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious schools in Australia. An annual budget of $23 million is offered every year for education and research. 

  • Undergraduate Degrees Offered
    • Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering
    • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
    • Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering
    • Bachelor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Postgraduate Level
    • Master of Mechanical Engineering - This is a two-year-long course which also includes a component of industry training. It deals with teaching the students about how to manage a product’s life cycle efficiently. 
    • Master of Engineering Science - It is a two-year program which allows you 50% credit if you have a degree or professional experience in any related area. You can specialize in either of the following. 
    • Mechanical Engineering - It deals with design, development, construction, operation and maintenance of machines, tools, plants and factories. It also includes power generation, propulsion and manufacture.
    • Manufacturing Engineering and Management - The program combines engineering, technology and management to provide its students with wholesome knowledge about product design, manufacture, sales and distribution. It also offers Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy. 
  • Faculty - The department has 80 passionate academic staff members. 
  • Industry - The school established two ARC Industry Transformation Training Centres, one for automated manufacturing of advanced composite and another for flame retardant and fire safety technologies. These help to build strong links with around 38 organizations around the world. 
  • Research - The main areas of research are Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced structure and materials, Advanced thermofluids, Aerodynamics and aerospace, Combustion and solar thermal energy, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Wear, Aeroacoustics and Vibration in Engineering Systems. The school is about to start two research council training centres -  ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC), ARC Training Centre for Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies.

School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering

UNSW Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering has been ranked 8th in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities as of 2019. It has also been ranked 6th in the world by QS World University Rankings. 

  • Undergraduate Degrees Offered
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Mining
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Petroleum 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Transfer Program 
    • Dual Degree Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) 
  • Postgraduate Degrees Offered
    • Masters of Mining Engineering - This is a 1.5-year course. It covers the fundamentals of mining engineering, mining processes, systems and analysis, risk and safety management. You will also have to be involved in a research project. 
    • Master of Mine Geotechnical Engineering - This is also a 1.5-year course. The course includes hazard and risk management, mining geomechanics, geotechnical engineering, mining operations, etc. 
    • Master of Engineering Science - This course is two-years long. 
    • Petroleum Engineering - This course includes core principles and technologies associated with petroleum exploration and the production of oil and gas. It also helps the students to understand the socio-political context of the petroleum industry better. 
    • Geothermal Engineering - The course includes deeper knowledge in the field of geothermal energy which uses heat from the centre of the earth to generate sustainable energy. It does not offer industrial training. It also offers Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy. 
  • Faculty - The department has brilliant faculty members who have worked hard to make its place in the Shanghai Rankings which placed 14 subjects from UNSW in the top 50. 
  • Facilities - The department provides facilities like Tyree X-Ray and Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices (ACSMP).
  • Research -  The main areas of research are Mining Geomechanics, Multiscale Transport System in porous systems, mining systems and mineral processing, sustainable mining practices, innovative learning and teaching, CO2 Geosequestration. 

School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

UNSW is known for its research in the field of high-performance silicon solar cells. Photovoltaics is the science of turning sunshine into electricity using solar cells. 

  • Undergraduate Degrees Offered
    • Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Engineering (Honours) 
    • Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours)
    • Dual Degrees
  • Postgraduate Degrees Offered
    • Master of Engineering Science (Photovoltaics and Solar Energy)  - This is a two-year course and deals with photovoltaic devices and systems, their applications and their integration with electricity systems along with renewable energy technologies, systems and integration with existing energy systems.
    • Master of Engineering Science (Renewable Energy) - This course also lasts for two years. The course teaches its students about renewable energy and energy efficiency.
    • It also offers Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy. 
  • Faculty - The department has dedicated faculty members who provide the students with quality education and a deep understanding of the subjects. 
  • Industry - The department has developed links with startups as well as famous organizations to keep updated itself with industry and its needs. 
  • Research - Some of the main research areas are PERC Solar Cells, including laser doped selective emitter PERC, Advanced hydrogenation of silicon solar cells, Commercial tool design and development, Advanced surface and contact passivation, Metal Plating, Photovoltaic modules, Advanced Metrology, Perovskites, CZTS, Organic Photovoltaic activities, Hot carrier solar cells, Quantum dot solar cells, Silicon quantum dot approaches, Equivalent circuits for advanced concepts, Photoelectrochemical cells, Building Integrated PV, PV performance, prediction and modelling, Energy Efficiency and Bio-Energy. 

Pure Science

The Sciences department of the university consists of the following schools housing the following schools. The schools offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses:

  • Aviation
  • Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Optometry and Vision Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology

1. Business School

The business school houses the following schools offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses:

  • Accounting 
  • AGSM (Australian Graduate School of Management)
  • Banking and Finance
  • Economics
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Risk and Actuarial Studies
  • Taxation and Business Law

2. Art and Design

The department pays attention to experimentation and exploration while combining the areas of science,  engineering, humanities and social sciences. Renowned practitioners and researchers have come together to passionately spread the knowledge among the students. The department encourages studio practice for all its programs. It also maintains good links with the industry, to make the programs more efficient.

3. Arts and Social Sciences

The course touches the areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Education and the Creative and Performing Arts industries. The department has a total of 45 undergraduate and 27 postgraduate programs and is the only one to offer a degree in Criminology and Social Work in Australia. Their research has been recognized with a global rating of 5 by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  

4. Built Environment

This department works on building future cities which are more efficient, with better connectivity, health, and living conditions. They analyze every challenge that a city can face including environmental challenges. They offer quality education and research programs. Students develop a deep understanding of the subject through interdisciplinary education, cross-faculty initiatives, internships, online courses, flexible pathways, dual awards, internationalised and research projects.

5. Law 

UNSW Law School has been ranked as the 14th best in the world. It has strong links with legal profession, business, government, and non-government organizations. There is also a Law Advisory council which provides faculty with judicious advice. The department makes sure you have a deep understanding of law and how it operates in practical situations.

6. Medicine

UNSW Medicine has been ranked among the top 50 in the world and 5th in Australia by (QS World University Rankings. The department proudly boasts of breakthrough research. The students can connect with renowned clinicians and researchers through UNSW’s Medical education technology. UNSW has been working on a year-long project  which is aimed at developing critical thinking and problem solving skills in its students. 

Annual fees for Indians $46,220
Annual off-campus living $10,500
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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