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Undergraduate courses

How to choose the right bachelor degree for your undergraduate studies

The world is changing, and university education needs to change too. We’ve reimagined the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – the way we teach and the way you’ll learn – to prepare you for a future full of possibilities.

Every student will complete their undergraduate course with the confidence and ability to think critically, collaborate productively and influence the world. We have also introduced the combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degree and if you’re a high achiever with an ATAR (or equivalent) of 98+, you will have the opportunity to take part in the Dalyell Scholars program.

Learn more about the Sydney Undergraduate Experience.

The University of Sydney is the only university in Australia to offer a space program, and the strong arts subject offerings made it even more appealing.
Jordan Jolly, Mechatronic Engineering (Space)/Arts (Chinese Language)

What is an undergraduate degree?

An undergraduate degree, or Bachelor's degree, is the first degree you obtain at university. If you have just completed high school, or have never graduated from university before, then an undergraduate course is for you.

Your undergraduate course questions answered

Choosing what to study now can be a big influence on what you can do later, but the future shouldn’t be the driving factor. It’s also important to be happy while you’re here.

University study isn’t simply about gaining credentials. It’s about investing your time in the investigation and discovery of what it is you really love doing.

Invest some time in research before choosing your course. Start by reading our latest Undergraduate Guide – and our International Guide if you’re coming here from overseas.

Visit Find a course to begin exploring the courses we offer.

Think about how you like to learn – through exams or more practical work? Are you creative, business minded, or a combination of both? Are you keen to get qualified and begin your career, or do you see yourself taking a longer path through part-time study? Would you enjoy studying abroad for a while?

Ask for advice, from parents, teachers, your careers adviser and any friends or family who have been to uni.

Talk to our representatives – staff and students. You can contact us for advice, take a campus tour, or attend one of our events for future students, like Sydney Uni Open Day which takes place in August each year.

Find out more about Sydney, the city’s calendar of events and all the things you can see and do while studying here by visiting our why choose Sydney page.

We also run info evenings and expos in Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and New Zealand, and open days overseas, in China, Jakarta, and Southeast Asia. Learn about our overseas events.

See if your high school results (ATAR or equivalent) are likely to be sufficient to gain entry to your preferred course. Find out about our ATAR cut-offs for each course.

If English is not your first language, you may also need to provide evidence of your English proficiency.

Some courses have additional selection criteria, such as an interview, portfolio or audition. There may also be assumed knowledge, which usually refers to study at a secondary level in a particular subject.

Remember, there’s more than one way to get into university – and not all of them rely on just your school results. You might be eligible to apply through an alternative entry scheme.

Many undergraduate degrees, such as a Bachelor of Arts or Science and combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies, allow you to complete a second major or a minor from over 100 study areas in our shared pool of majors or minors. You can explore a wide range of study areas within your degree as you acquire multidisciplinary knowledge and criticial analytical skills that complement your primary area of study.

So, even if you’re sure of what you’d like to do, you can add other interests to your study plan and keep your options open.

Know which course you want to study and what the entry requirements are? Take the next step towards your future at the University of Sydney and find out how to apply.

The Kakadu Service Learning experience gave me tangible skills in consulting, cross-cultural dialogue, real-life working teams and the complexities involved in setting up a corporation. It has been a phenomenal opportunity to be welcomed into an Indigenous community, and see if I can use my skills to help others.
Cailtin Gauci, Arts