What can I study?
Spoilt for Choice
We offer the largest selection of study units in Australia for you to choose from. You’re spoilt for choice. With our excellent academic reputation, including Business School accreditation by the peak European (EQUIS) and North American (AACSB International) bodies, you can have great confidence in your semester of study.
On this page, you can learn about
- Units at Sydney
- an introduction to units of study and levels
- Choosing Your Units of Study
- How to find units of study
- Course descriptions and pre-requisites
- areas with specific requirements
- Example Units of Study
- Our popular units
- Thematic selections
A unit of study is the class (subject) in which students enrol. Most undergraduate Study Abroad and Exchange students select 1000-3000 level units in areas that they have already studied at their home institution.
- 1000 level units of study are introductory or Lower Division units (equivalent to USA Freshman or Sophomore level)
- 2000 level units are Intermediate level units (equivalent to USA Junior level)
- 3000 level units are Senior level units (equivalent to USA Senior level)
Please note that postgraduate level units (5000-level or higher) are not open to undergraduate students.
You will generally only enrol in 4 units each semester, but you should select at least 8 units of study when you apply. This will give you flexibility to finalise your units once you arrive.
How to find units of study
- Go to our course search page:
FIND A COURSE
- From the ‘Areas of Interest’ drop down box choose ‘Units of Study’
- Click ‘Show advanced options’
- In the ‘Available for study abroad and exchange’ box choose ‘Yes’
- Enter a keyword or unit code into the search box and click ‘search’
Course descriptions and prerequisites
The resulting list of available units cannot be filtered to show availability by semester so you’ll need to click on the entry.
To confirm the semester in which the unit of study is being offered, see the prerequisites and read a short description of the course click on the hyper-linked unit code next to Unit of study handbook. Simply choose the correct line according to semester offered and the details will be displayed.
Please note any published prerequisites which you will need to meet in order to be approved to enrol on that unit of study. If it is unclear on your transcript whether you meet the prerequisite you should submit the relevant course syllabi to support your request.
Areas with specific requirements
If you intend to apply for units from any of the following disciplines that have prerequisite requirements you must submit detailed information about your previous studies in the form of full course outlines (syllabi). The appropriate academic advisors will then assess your eligibility.
- Accounting (ACCT units)
- Business Law (CLAW units)
- Information Systems (INFS units)
- Marketing (postgraduate – MKTG5000 and higher units)
- Operations Management and Econometrics (QBUS units)
- Social Work (SCWK units)
and all units taught by the following faculties:
- Health Sciences
- Veterinary Science
If you want to study another language here at the university, language departments generally offer two levels each year: one for students with a basic knowledge of the language, usually acquired through high school study (stream A), and one for beginners with no knowledge of the language (stream B). Sometimes a third, intermediate level is offered in first year: AB units are designed for students with some knowledge of the language. You may be asked to do a placement test at the beginning of each semester to work out which stream you should be in.
Below are some units of study among your myriad choices available at Sydney. Remember that not all units are being offered in the semester you plan to study. Some units may have prerequisites and specific additional requirements.
For more details, refer to Choosing Your Units of Study above.
Popular Units of Study
Below are suggested units of study in some thematic topics you might be interested in. Remember that you can do a title search based on your interests to help you pick the best units for you.
|ASLT2616||Australian Stage and Screen|
|ECON1005||The Australian Economy|
|ANTH2605||Aboriginal Australia: Cultural Journeys|
|EDUH4053||Indigenous Sport, Education and Culture|
|KOCR2612||Introduction to Aboriginal Literature|
|CLAW1001||Foundations of Business Law|
|INFS1000||Digital Business Innovation|
Sustainability and Environmental Sciences
|ENVI3114||Energy and the Environment|
|GEOS3520||Urban Citizenship and Sustainability|
|GEOS3009||Coastal Environments and Processes|
Engineering and Information Technologies
|AMME2301||Mechanics of Solids|
|ELEC3702||Management for Engineers|
|INFO1103||Introduction to Programming|
Languages and Cultures
|Hebrew (Classical and Modern)|
|BACH3128||Health and Globalisation|
|EDGU1003||Diet and Nutrition for Health and Sport|
|EXSS1018||Biomechanics of Human Movement|
Science and Mathematics
|BIOS1172||Biological Aspects of Ageing|
|MATH2068||Number Theory and Cryptography|
|PSYC2014||Personality and Intelligence|
|BIOL2009||Introduction to Terrestrial Field Ecology|
|BIOL2020||Introduction to Coral Reef Biology|