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Facts & figures

  • #1 in Australia and #5 in the world for graduate employability*
  • #12 in the world for Education*
  • #23 in the world for Arts and Humanities*
  • 270+ international exchange partners
  • *2019 QS World University Rankings
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Study arts and social sciences

Realise your ambitions. Join our vibrant faculty.

Whether you’re fresh from high school, wanting to change career or upskill, or looking to delve into research, our reputation for world-class teaching and research makes us a leader for study in the arts and social sciences.

We offer one of the most comprehensive ranges of arts and social sciences subjects in Australia. With more than 20 undergraduate degrees, more than 40 postgraduate coursework degrees and a suite of dynamic research degrees, we have many ways to meet your study and career needs.

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Learn how to ask big questions and solve hard problems

Inform public policy, solve global challenges, explore human behaviours, advocate for social justice, study visual arts, uncover historical and archaeological mysteries or teach the children of tomorrow.

Why study arts and social sciences at Sydney?

Our graduates have been named the most employable in Australia and in the top 5 globally, according to the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

We are ranked number two in Australia and 17th in the world for studies in the arts and humanities, and many of our subject areas are also ranked highly,* including:

  • Anthropology: 26th in the world
  • Education: 12th in the world
  • Development Studies: 18th in the world
  • English Language and Literature: 18th in the world and 1st in Australia
  • History: 25th in the world
  • Modern Languages: 26th in the world and 1st in Australia
  • Politics and International Studies: 22nd in the world
  • Social Policy: 28th in the world

* QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019

We encourage you to experience the world while studying in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 

Many of our students are eligible to enjoy an amazing international experience – add to your skills and broaden your perspective, all while studying through our semester-long or short-term exchange programs. The University has more than 270 exchange partners in 42 countries including Canada, China, France, India, Japan, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The first of its kind in Australia, our Sciences Po Dual Degree programs give you the chance to travel abroad, immerse yourself in French culture, learn a new language and graduate with two degrees. The Dalyell Scholars and International and Global Studies streams within the combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies degree both have compulsory exchange study as part of the degrees.

We have collaborated with some of the most reputable organisations in Australia to offer you exclusive placement and internship opportunities while you study, and many of these can be counted towards your degree.

If you choose to study education or social work, professional placements will be a key feature of your studies.

As a media and communications student, you’ll have the chance to gain practical experience as an intern at organisations such as Fairfax, the ABC, SBS, publishing houses and in-house communications teams.

Our ArtSS Career-Ready program offers exclusive, competitive placements just for arts and social sciences students with many leading organisations including Accenture, Edelmans, Sydney Opera House, Westpac and KPMG.

Our recently completed Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences building on the Camperdown Campus draws on the latest technologies and design principles for 21st century interactive teaching, learning and research.

It houses our School of Economics and School of Social and Political Sciences, as well as the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC), which turns great ideas into landmark outcomes for both theory and practice.

Our gallery at Sydney College of the Arts provides our students and graduates with a space to showcase their work to the public. Our expert Gallery and Events Manager can help you with exhibition curation and installation.

We also have one of the leading fine arts libraries in Australia, and fully equipped media production facilities, with television and radio studios.