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Aboriginal Studies   Nura Gili Indigenous Undergraduate Courses Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that provides you with an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the history and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Austr...
Accounting   Accounting involves the analysis of information to effectively manage business resources. It guides investment decisions and facilitates interaction between business and stakeholders. CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and the ...
Actuarial Studies   Actuarial Studies involves financial and insurance risk analysis and the application of risk models to long term financial management in areas such as investment, finance, general insurance, superannuation and life insurance. The Bachelor of Actuarial Stud...
Aerospace Engineering   Aerospace Engineering is concerned with the design, development, construction, testing and manufacture of aircraft and aerospace vehicles, with the maintenance and operation of aircraft, and with research in related areas. Courses include design, structura...
Anatomy   Anatomy is the study of the structure of the human body. The study of anatomy can be divided into several separate but strongly related areas: Gross Anatomy deals with the description of form, arrangement and function of the bones, joints, muscles and in...
Archaeology   Archaeology is a gateway to the past. Archaeology uses the results of empirical research to study the material culture from the evolution of human beings through contemporary post-industrial industrial societies. The minor employs and integrates allied dis...
Architecture   From modest and intimate rooms for domestic living to buildings, places and spaces accommodating complex needs and those that are extraordinary and culturally iconic lies the disciplined creativity of architecture. As the professional who considers the des...
Art History and Theory   The School of Art History and Theory at offers programs in Art Theory and courses in Art and Design History. Art Theory is the study of ways of thinking about art and design ? their histories, practices, reception and philosophies. Art Theory contextualis...
Arts and Social Sciences   The specialisation in Arts and Social Sciences (A&SS) allows you to develop a 24 unit of credit sequence of study to meet your individual professional, disciplinary or interdisciplinary development. You must put forward a case for doing a UNSW Arts and Soc...
Asian Studies   Asian Studies focuses on modern Asian societies and cultures, and their historical traditions. Asian Studies will give you a broad understanding of Asia, with the opportunity to specialise in a country of interest. What you will study The UNSW Asian Studi...
Australian Studies   Australian Studies examines Australian culture and society from a variety of perspectives and disciplines including English, History, Politics, Sociology, Social Policy, Indigenous Studies, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Music and Art History. You wi...
Aviation   The discipline of Aviation provides the opportunity for students to prepare for a career in the aviation industry in the flying or managerial sectors. Undergraduate students can elect to enrol in the Flying or Management stream. The Flying stream includes ...
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology   Biochemistry is the study of molecules and chemical reactions that take place in all living organisms. Many of the recent advances in the life sciences have resulted from an amalgamation of biochemistry with molecular and genetic approaches. For example, b...
Bioinformatics   Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary area of study which draws upon both computing and the life sciences. It is concerned with the development of technologies for storing, extracting, organising, analysing, interpreting & utilising biological information...
Biological Science   Biological Science is the study of life and living organisms. It brings together and makes use of many areas of science and encompasses all aspects of plant and animal biology including how they interrelate with each other and interact in and with the envi...
Biology   Biological Science is the study of life and living organisms. It brings together and makes use of many areas of science and encompasses all aspects of plant and animal biology including how they interrelate with each other and interact in and with the envi...
Biomedical Engineering   Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering techniques and analysis to problem solving in medicine and the biological sciences. The engineering disciplines embraced within the scope of Biomedical Engineering include: Electrical Engineering, Me...
Biotechnology   Biotechnology involves harnessing microbial, plant and animal cells and their components for the benefit of people. The essential feature of biotechnology is the use of biological processes based on living cells and biochemical molecules such as proteins, ...
Building   The construction industry is one of Australia's largest industries. UNSW offers programs in Construction Management and Property which prepare students for professional and executive employment within this industry. Construction Management is the complex ...
Business Law   Business Law focuses on the legal requirements underpinning and regulating all forms of commercial activity. It explores the concept of business morality and the responsibility of company directors and boards to make ethical business decisions. The purpose...
Business Economics   Business Economics is a diverse and fascinating discipline which analyses decision-making by individuals, business, government and global organisations. It deals with important issues such as the behaviour of individuals and firms and their strategic inter...
Business Strategy and Economic Management   Business Strategy and Economic Management deals with strategic behaviour among firms and provides tools for effective business decision-making. This major looks at important issues such as the behaviour of individuals and firms and their strategic interact...
Chemical Engineering   Chemical Engineering is the application of the principles of the physical sciences, together with the principles of economics and human relations, to fields in which matter undergoes a change in state, energy content or composition. The chemical engineer i...
Chemistry   Chemistry is a science which deals with the design, synthesis, analysis and properties of molecules. The study of chemistry will appeal to those with an enquiring, analytical mind and good powers of observation and deduction. At UNSW, these skills will be ...
Chinese Studies   Mandarin Chinese is spoken by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Develop your skills in a language that has a rich cultural heritage and is strategically important in global business and international relations. Chinese Studies at UNSW is wid...
Civil and Environmental Engineering   Civil Engineering offers opportunities to become involved in projects that enhance the overall quality of life. Civil engineers design, construct, manage, operate and maintain the infrastructure that supports modern society including buildings, bridges, ro...
Climate Science   What we offer: Climate science studies the past, present and future climate systems and the impact on the physical, biological and human environments. An honours year is offered where students participate in research within the UNSW Climate Change Researc...
Computer Science and Engineering   The discipline of Computer Science and Engineering can be broken down into two parts. Computer Engineering The discipline of Computer Engineering prepares students to undertake the production of high quality computer systems that will meet the needs of in...
Construction Management and Property   The construction industry is one of Australia's largest industries. UNSW offers programs in Construction Management and Property which prepare students for professional and executive employment within this industry. Construction Management is the complex ...
Creative Writing   Creative Writing at UNSW provides you with the skills necessary to produce and edit your own work. You will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of different styles and genres to push your boundaries and stretch your creative capacity. Our Creative W...
Criminology   Criminology is an interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of crime, deviance, social control and the legal system. As a Criminology student you will gain a critical understanding of crime and justice issues in our society including victimisation, juve...
Dance Studies   Dance Studies will develop your appreciation and understanding of dance as an art form and social practice from multiple perspectives: as a dancer, audience member and theorist. Dance Studies aims to produce dance artists, writers, researchers, educators a...
Design   Design is a discipline of study which prepares students for entry to a range of different areas of the design profession, including: graphic design, media design, film, television production and post-production, illustration, publications, interiors, theat...
Development Studies   Development Studies at UNSW is making a global impact on development policy and practice; our research and teaching generates ideas and mechanisms to promote solutions. As a student you will focus on life in developing countries, development processes and ...
Econometrics   Econometrics focuses on the development and application of quantitative methods to model everything from individual consumer behaviour through to the collective workings of the economy. This major is an option for students with strong skills in mathematic...
Economics   Economics is a diverse and fascinating discipline which analyses decision-making by individuals, business, government and global organisations. It deals with important issues such as the behaviour of individuals and firms and their strategic interactions, ...
Education   As an area of study, Education crosses the boundaries between a number of disciplines including aspects of philosophy, sociology and psychology, and addresses their interaction with the learning and teaching process. The study of Education prepares student...
Electrical Engineering   Electrical Engineering is concerned with the design, research, development, planning, manufacture and management of systems and devices relying on electricity and light to transmit data and power which underpin modern economies and contribute to the qualit...
English   Studies in English cover a broad array of literary periods, locations, and styles from the Renaissance through to postmodernism and contemporary society. At UNSW the study of English is viewed in a variety of contexts including traditional literary critici...
Environmental Science   Environmental Science is concerned with the application of pure and applied sciences to the various environmental issues that face our planet. This includes areas such as environmental pollution, loss of biodiversity, water resources, climate change and is...
Environmental Humanities   Species extinction, genetically modified organisms, climate change and nuclear power are just a few of the challenges facing us today. While these are all clearly ?environmental? issues, they are also all profoundly social, cultural and political challenge...
European Studies   European Studies focuses on modern European politics, societies and cultures, past and present. European Studies staff are experts on a range of European countries and regions spanning the entire continent ? from Ireland to Russia, from the Mediterranean t...
Exercise Physiology   Exercise physiology is a specialised undergraduate degree program leading to work in the emerging allied health profession of Exercise Physiology. Foundation medical science courses include anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. These courses provide the ba...
Film Studies   As a student of Film Studies you will be immersed in the study of the historical, theoretical and cross-cultural aspects of film and you will also have the opportunity to gain practical skills in video production and screenwriting. Film Studies at UNSW is ...
Finance   Finance is the science of managing money in international and domestic financial markets. It is concerned with investment decisions, valuing financial assets, managing funds and developing strategies to minimise financial risk. Graduate positions exist in ...
Financial Economics   Financial Economics focuses on understanding how individuals, firms and markets manage financial risk. This major analyses decision-making by individuals, business, government and global organisations, and deals with important issues such as economic growt...
Fine Arts   The discipline of Fine Arts is intended for students who wish to involve themselves as practitioners in the visual arts or related fields. At UNSW, the study of this discipline is through the Faculty of Art and Design at Paddington. Major areas of study w...
Food Science and Technology   Food Science and Technology involves the understanding of basic sciences and the application of this knowledge to foods from the point of production, through handling, processing, preservation, distribution and marketing, up to consumption and utilisation ...
French Studies   French is the traditional language of international diplomacy; it is one of the official working languages of the United Nations and many other international organisations. Our program will develop your cultural awareness through the study of French litera...
Genetics   Genetics is the study of the behaviour of the genes that are fundamental to all living organisms. In humans and all other species, genes influence every characteristic, from chemistry to appearance to behaviour to disease. Genes interact with one another a...
Geography   Geography is the study of spatial and temporal variations of the phenomena which make up natural and human-dominated environments. The cultural significance of geography lies in its contribution to an understanding of the total environment. The geographer'...
Geology   Geology is the science of the earth, its constitution and evolution in a broad sense. Applied Geology involves a more specific interest in the application of earth science for the benefit of human civilisation and includes, for example, surveying metallic ...
Geoscience and Spatial Information Systems   Geoscience and Spatial Information Systems is the study of the Earth's physical properties and processes using high technology equipment. Studying Geoscience and Spatial Information Systems at UNSW The study of Geoscience and Spatial Information Systems a...
German Studies   German is the most widely spoken native tongue in Europe. German Studies at UNSW places strong emphasis on integrating the study of social, historical and cultural developments of German-speaking countries into their contemporary European and international...
History   History is one of the most established academic disciplines, and one that consistently attracts high levels of public interest. Whether you like to read history, watch historical documentaries and films, or travel to sites of historical significance, Histo...
Human Resource Management   Human Resource Management (HRM) is the strategic approach to managing an organisation?s employees. It is based on the premise that the most progressive business strategy can only be executed effectively when staff are committed to the organisation?s object...
Immunology   Microbiology is the study of the smallest forms of life namely, bacteria, viruses, archaea, fungi and protozoa. These fascinating organisms impact our lives in many ways. On the negative side, they cause disease in humans, animals and plants; they spoil ou...
Indigenous Studies   Nura Gili Indigenous Undergraduate Courses Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that provides you with an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the history and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Austr...
Indonesian Studies   Indonesian Studies enables students to explore the fascinating linguistic and cultural heritage of one of Australia's closest neighbours, and equip them with appropriate knowledge and skills for communicating in standard Indonesian/Malay as well as for cri...
Industrial Design   Industrial design involves the research and design of the whole range of consumer and capital products used by people. These are as diverse as telephones and transportation, kitchen appliances and exhibition systems. The industrial designer generally work...
Industrial Chemistry   Industrial chemists are applied scientists, some of whom are engaged in solving problems in forefront research areas, while others are responsible for the successful operations of Australia's chemical industry. Industrial chemists analyse raw materials, ap...
Information Systems and Information Technology   Information systems (IS) are the mechanisms that drive the innovations that are enabling people and organisations to be more creative and productive. In the last decade the explosion in Internet-based information systems has transformed the way we shop, co...
Interior Architecture   Interior Architecture is the specialist area of architecture concerned predominantly with interior environments. The professional practice of the discipline demands, simultaneously, broad theoretical knowledge as well as a focused practical education in bo...
International Relations   International Relations is situated at the cutting edge of the most pressing global issues. National problems are impossible to solve without understanding their regional and international context, while global issues such as climate change, trade, and ter...
International Business   International Business is a rapidly growing field dealing with the development, strategy and management of multinational organisations. It investigates how firms organise and conduct operations globally, and how the competitive international environment sh...
International Studies   The International Studies degree program offers streams in Asian Studies, Development Studies, European Studies, International Business, International Relations and Languages Studies. All streams provide a thorough preparation for further study and employm...
Italian Studies   Italian Studies enable you to explore the long and fascinating linguistic and cultural heritage of one of Australia?s most important migrant groups and equip you with appropriate knowledge and skills for communicating in the Italian language. Through langu...
Japanese Studies   Japan is of fundamental importance to Australia and Asia for political, strategic and economic reasons. Whether you have a connection with Japanese music, anime and manga or ambitions to work with one of Australia?s major economic partners; Japanese Studie...
Korean Studies   South Korea has a high-tech globalised economy and is celebrated for its iconic pop culture. At UNSW we offer one of the most active Korean Studies programs in the region. Opportunities for graduates with Korean language competency and cultural knowledge a...
Landscape Architecture   Landscape architecture is a design discipline that is concerned with the environment as a whole; its design, development, planning and management. It aims to create and sustain habitats for people and other living things in ways which conserve and celebrat...
Law   At UNSW, the discipline of Law combines the tradition of a university education with the professional education of lawyers. The study of law involves the analysis of legal institutions, legal theories, principles, and practice. It also examines the rights...
Legal Studies   Legal Studies is a multidisciplinary extended minor area of study, with courses included from Criminology, Politics, and Philosophy and Law. If you are studying in the BA/BEd program, this stream qualifies you to teach Legal Studies in addition to another ...
Linguistics   Linguistics is the scientific study of language, its structure and functions. Linguistics provides you with a basis for a variety of practical applications, including the teaching and learning of foreign languages, translating and interpreting, facilitatin...
Management   The main component of management is building and developing relationships between people and organisations. Management also involves formulating goals, designing organisational structures, fostering innovation and regulating resources. Management positions...
Marine Science   Marine Science looks at all aspects of the marine environment from sea-bed currents to dolphin communication. It encompasses many sciences from geology and physics to engineering and food technology. Marine Science can be studied with an emphasis on biolog...
Marketing   Marketing is about communicating value to consumers in order to develop and maintain relationships with customers, clients, suppliers and distributors. Understanding consumer needs and desires is a key aspect of marketing, which uses market analysis and re...
Materials Science   Materials Science is the underlying science of high performance materials including metals, ceramics, plastics, composites, electronic materials and biomaterials. It is about the science of developing high performance materials, making things from them and...
Mathematics   The discipline of mathematics at UNSW is divided into several areas of study: Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Pure Mathematics is the study of the essential structures of mathematics. Work by pure mathematicians underpins most of the...
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering   The Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering stream is designed for students with a mechanical engineering major whose interests also lie in realising, commercialising and implementing mechanical and mechatronic systems and designs. The five core courses i...
Mechanical Engineering   Mechanical Engineering is concerned with the design, development, construction, operation and maintenance of machines, plants and factories. The purpose of many machines is to produce, to transmit and to use power. A motor vehicle, having an engine, a driv...
Mechatronic Engineering   Mechatronic Engineering is the hybrid discipline of mechanics, electronics and computing. It describes a new concept in the world of making value added products. In the past, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and computer engineers needed to co-op...
Media   The School of the Arts and Media offers three interdisciplinary, and vocationally relevant degree programs in Media: The Bachelor of Media in Communication and Journalism comprises a core focus on media theory, institutions and media innovation, opportunit...
Media Arts   Media Arts is the study of technologically based media. Students are prepared for careers in animation and visual effects, photography, film and video, sound design, multimedia and Internet based technologies. At UNSW, the study of this discipline is thro...
Media, Culture and Technology   Social Media, Mobile Media, Ubiquitous Computing, Web Television and Microblogging ? the new media landscape is complex, fragmented and evolving. Media, Culture and Technology provides you with a critical interdisciplinary understanding of the social, poli...
Medicine   The discipline of Medicine prepares students for entry into the medical and other health-related professions. At UNSW, the study of medicine is through the New Medicine program, a six year undergraduate program which leads to the award of the degrees of ...
Microbiology   Microbiology is the study of the smallest forms of life namely, bacteria, viruses, archaea, fungi and protozoa. These fascinating organisms impact our lives in many ways. On the negative side, they cause disease in humans, animals and plants; they spoil ou...
Microbiology and Immunology   Microbiology is the study of the smallest forms of life namely, bacteria, viruses, archaea, fungi and protozoa. These fascinating organisms impact our lives in many ways. On the negative side, they cause disease in humans, animals and plants; they spoil ou...
Mining Engineering   Mining Engineering is a gateway to one of the most diverse range of graduate career paths, offering very high salary levels and excellent opportunities for travel and career progression at a young age for both women and men. In general, mining engineering...
Modern Greek Studies   Modern Greek Studies enable you to explore the long and fascinating linguistic and cultural heritage of one of Australia?s most important migrant groups and equip you with appropriate knowledge and skills for communicating in Modern Greek. Through language...
Music   The study of Music at UNSW enables you to develop your musicianship and musical skills for professional work in areas as diverse as performing, teaching, broadcasting, recording, arts administration, concert planning, music and general arts journalism, arr...
Nanotechnology   Nanotechnology is the science of understanding the structure and behaviour of materials at the atomic or molecular level. Through an understanding of how to manipulate atoms and molecules it is possible to create devices and machines with unique properties...
Naval Architecture   Naval Architecture is concerned with the design, building and utilisation of all types of ships and marine vehicles. Ships and marine vehicles can be classified as trading vessels which include cargo vessels and container ships, non-trading vessels which ...
Neuroscience   Neuroscience involves the study of biological and behavioural aspects of the nervous system. At UNSW, students undertaking the specialisation of Neuroscience, enrol in a program which includes courses in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and psychology. St...
Nura Gili Indigenous Studies   Nura Gili Indigenous Undergraduate Courses Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that provides you with an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the history and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Austr...
Oceanography   The study of Oceanography within School of Mathematics and Statistics is concerned primarily with the mathematical equations that describe fluid flow, and how these are used in understanding the ocean. The discipline is also concerned with the measurement,...
Optometry   Optometry is the study of vision and the visual system. It encompasses the study of measuring, assessing and correcting vision (for example, by prescribing lenses), as well as eye health, vision problems, eyes diseases and other abnormalities. At UNSW, pr...
Paediatrics   Paediatrics is an area of specialisation within medicine which deals with the development, health and diseases of children. In addition to investigating the treatment and prevention of disease, it focuses upon normal growth, child development and the behav...
Pathology   Pathology is the scientific study of diseases (including, for example, infections and cancers) at the genetic, molecular, cellular, and organ levels. It examines how and why diseases develop, what happens to our bodies when we are ill (the disease process)...
Petroleum Engineering   Petroleum Engineering is a specialised engineering discipline concerned with recovering hydrocarbons from the earth to satisfy the world's energy needs. It applies physical, mathematical and engineering principles to identify and solve problems associated ...
Pharmacology   Pharmacology is the study of drugs and their effects on living tissue and whole organisms. Drugs are chemical substances that modify physiological functioning or influence pathological processes. Students of Pharmacology examine how drugs are discovered, h...
Philosophy   What is the nature of reality? What is knowledge? How should we live? These are the central concerns of three of the key branches of philosophy: Metaphysics, Epistemology and Moral Philosophy. Philosophical questions are also at the core of politics, histo...
Photovoltaics and Solar Energy   Photovoltaic devices, otherwise known as solar cells, are devices that convert sunlight directly into electricity and are capable of powering essentially any electrical load. Photovoltaic Engineering is concerned with the production and use of solar cells ...
Physics   Physics is the study of the laws of nature that govern the behaviour of the universe, from the very smallest scales of sub-atomic particles to the very largest in cosmology. It applies these laws to the solution of practical problems and to the development...
Physiology   Physiology is the study of how the normal body systems function in humans and animals. Students examine life processes and their consequences - from the molecular level through to the whole organism. Physiology is one of the major foundations of medicine a...
Planning   Planning is centrally concerned with land-use and related environmental, social and economic activities within a legislative, administrative and political context. Its distinctive approach lies in integration and coordination both of policy development and...
Politics   Politics is the study of the art of government and the distribution of power. Politics articulates the different ideas and values that allow us to justify and to criticize those who wield power over others; Politics examines the kinds of institutions and p...
Psychology   Psychology is concerned with the scientific and systematic study of the human mind and behaviour, in a wide variety of areas. It encompasses the study of cognitive, social, developmental, behavioural and physiological processes. Psychologists study people...
Real Estate Studies   Real Estate Studies is offered as an undergraduate major by the for students enrolled in commerce or economics degrees. The major is designed for students who would like to work in real estate investment management or research, in public policy, or more ge...
Renewable Energy   Renewable Energy is concerned with harnessing the energy available within the environment and using it in a sustainable way. Examples of renewable energy technologies include solar thermal systems, photovoltaics, wind generators, biomass, tidal energy, and...
Social Research and Policy   The study of Social Research and Policy is focussed on providing students with skills in undertaking social research particularly in an applied policy setting. These include written communication skills with particular emphasis on reports, submissions, pos...
Social Work   Social Work focuses on promoting social change, problem solving in human relationships and empowering people to enhance their well-being. Utilising theories of human behaviour, and social systems, Social Work intervenes at the points where people interact ...
Sociology and Anthropology   UNSW Sociology and Anthropology study the realities, conflicts and challenges of life in its many social and cultural forms. At UNSW the disciplines have been brought together in order to better appreciate the complexity of our lived experiences, leading t...
Software Engineering   Software Engineering is concerned with the production of large software systems that are reliable, efficient and precisely meet the requirements of their users. Software engineers will be increasingly in demand as software becomes ever more complex and cri...
Spanish and Latin American Studies   Spanish is one of the world?s major languages, spoken in Spain, Latin America and in the United States. Our Spanish and Latin American Studies program will enable you to become familiar with the Spanish language as spoken in its contemporary cultural conte...
Statistics   The discipline of mathematics at UNSW is divided into several areas of study: Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Statistics is the science and art of using factual material for modelling and inference. Its mathematical foundations are i...
Surveying and Spatial Information Systems   The specialisation of Surveying & Spatial Information Systems focusses upon, the integrated approach of measurement, analysis, management storage and display of the descriptions and location of Earth-based data, often termed spatial data. This data comes f...
Taxation   Taxation provides the government with funding to deliver essential services and manage the economy. Taxation professionals assist organisations with a range of business decisions. These range from choosing a business car to establishing retirement plans fo...
Telecommunications Engineering   Telecommunications Engineering is an area of specialisation within the field of Electrical Engineering. It is concerned with all aspects of theory and applications for a broad range of systems such as telephone and data networks, radio and television broad...
Theatre and Performance Studies   Theatre and Performance Studies engages with both theory and practice, and subjects the entire spectrum of human performance to critical examination ? from the most mundane daily rituals to the conventions of grand opera. What you will study As a student ...
Vision Science   Vision Science involves the study of the basic and applied sciences relating to vision and vision-related technologies. Studying Vision Science at UNSW At UNSW, Vision Science is offered as a major within the Bachelor of Science program 3970 and Bachelor ...
Women's and Gender Studies   Women?s and Gender Studies at UNSW explores the interdisciplinary academic study of women, feminism, gender and sexualities. Study of Women?s and Gender Studies illustrates how gender has intersected with race and other discriminatory categories of differe...
   

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