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Faculties and schools

Leadership through excellence in teaching and research.

We offer the widest range of academic programs of any university in Australia, with eight disciplines ranked among the top 20 in the QS 2014/15 World University Rankings. 

Our teachers, researchers and leading thinkers are paving the way for solutions to complex global issues impacting upon our health, environment, technology and culture.

Across 16 faculties, we have research teams working on creating cleaner fuels, faster internet, treatment for chronic illness, and more sustainable ways of living.

Explore our schools and disciplines and discover why we’re consistently named among the top three universities in Australia by QS World University Rankings.

Faculties and schools

Agriculture and Environment

The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment is home to two departments and seven research centres and laboratories, many of which are dedicated to tackling the global issue of agricultural sustainability.

With a teaching staff made up of industry leaders, including four of the Australian Research Council's Future Fellows, we are influencing policy locally and internationally. 

Architecture, Design and Planning

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning is ranked first in Sydney and 17th in the world for Architecture/Built Environment by the 2015 QS World University Rankings.

We have achieved this result because we are a passionate and ambitious body of students, teachers and researchers who strive for academic excellence, intellectual freedom and innovation in everything we do.

For more than 90 years, the faculty has been leading innovative thinking and research across the four disciplines of Architecture, Architectural Science, Design and Urban Planning.

Arts and Social Sciences

We are Australia’s oldest and most comprehensive arts and humanities faculty.

We’re also 21st in the world according to the 2014/15 QS World University Rankings, and 18th in the 2014-15 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

We offer nearly 70 academic programs in fields as far-ranging as economics, digital media, archaeology, international studies and religion.

Business (The University of Sydney Business School)

Under the leadership of highly regarded industry figures, the University of Sydney Business School is dedicated to shaping tomorrow's global business leaders.

Our alumni rank among the top tier of Australian and global leaders in business, spanning the not-for-profit, government and private sectors.


As Australia’s first dental school, the Faculty of Dentistry has been training dental practitioners for more than 100 years.

The faculty fosters research excellence across the spectrum of basic science, clinical practice and population oral health. Our particular focus is on the emerging priorities of chronic disease and ageing.

We were recently ranked 38th in the world by subject in the 2014-15 QS World University Rankings.

Education and Social Work

Ranked 9th in the world and 2nd in Australia by subject in the 2014-15 QS World University Rankings, we have nearly 30 academic programs that integrate scholarship with formative practice.

Practical teaching and fieldwork are core components of all courses in education and social work, allowing us to equip graduates with the experience and tools to effect positive change in the wider community.

Engineering and Information Technologies

Ranked in the world's top 50 engineering and information technology faculties in the 2014-15 Times Higher Education ranking, we offer a premium learning experience.

As a graduate, you will have excellent employment prospects and work-ready qualifications that are recognised worldwide.

Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences comprises seven disciplines, five research groups and three research centres.

Our teachers and academics help improve health and make a difference through pioneering research in prevention and wellbeing.

We partner with universities, institutes and governments in Asia, the United States and South America to address global health problems and epidemics.

Law (The University of Sydney Law School)

Ranked 13th in the QS World University Rankings, we a are a global leader in preparing graduates for national, transnational and international legal careers.

Our research performance in law has received the highest possible rating of 5 in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia.

Medicine (The University of Sydney Medical School)

Sydney Medical School is among the most highly rated education and research institutions in the world, placing 19th on the QS World Universities Ranking system by faculty.

Our partnerships with leading institutes and hospitals open the doors to unparalleled opportunities for our students.

Our researchers have access to a considerable range of grants, funding and publication opportunities. In 2014, our research community received $215 million in grants and produced more than 3000 academic publications.



Nursing and Midwifery (Sydney Nursing School)

Committed to professional learning and collaborative practice, courses run by Sydney Nursing School reflect the changing needs of healthcare.

Our courses are taught by leading academics, clinicians and researchers who are part of the nursing and healthcare community.

Our strategic research priorities include midwifery and women’s health, cancer and palliative care, chronic disease and ageing, acute, critical and trauma care, mental health and healthcare practice.


The Faculty of Pharmacy’s research priorities align closely with those of the Australian Government and wider community.

Our researchers are currently engaged in projects on cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, health services, patient safety, mental health and respiratory disease 

Our graduates are equipped with a professionally relevant degree, supported by innovative teaching, clinical and experiential placements, and business skills programs. 


The Faculty of Science is made up of 300 academic staff and more than 4000 students.

With research indicating 75 percent of the fastest-growing job markets require expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, our role in nurturing scientific minds of the next generation has never been more important.

We share close links with industry and a wide range of employers, providing our students with opportunities to explore career options and find their interest in a specialised area of study.


Sydney College of the Arts

Leading the research and practise of contemporary art in Australia since 1976, Sydney College of the Arts deliver innovative educational programs that support your professional success.

We respond creatively to the major issues driving contemporary society, and produce graduates who have become leading artists, curators and writers influential in national and international visual culture.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The Conservatorium of Music is Australia’s premier tertiary music institution. Opening its doors in 1915, the Con has played a prominent role in Australian musical landscape for 100 years.

A member of the Pacific Alliance of Music Schools, the Con collaborates with music universities and institutions to provide students with the opportunity to travel and experience music on exchange.

The Con provides a comprehensive musical education, imparting knowledge and skills in the areas of performance, jazz, classical, composition, music education, musicology and more.

Veterinary Science

Our faculty offers an outstanding environment for learning, discovery and service that embraces our students, staff, external partners and veterinary teaching hospital clients.

Our teachers are engaged in improving animal health, wellbeing and productivity, contributing to the unique roles of our profession in protecting human health, food supply and societal wellbeing.

We strive to provide the very best education in veterinary and animal science through bachelor’s degrees, postgraduate coursework, continuing education and research training.

Our research portfolio is enriched by our links with the University’s research leaders in health sciences, science and agriculture and our mature collaborations with government and industry research organisations.