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Study in New South Wales for International Students

Friday, 18 April 2014 10:14

Based on the East coast of Australia, the state of New South Wales (NSW) is an enticing prospect for international students. The state’s capital is Sydney, one of the most recognised cities in the world, and is home to many famous sights including the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Away from city life, New South Wales has World Heritage areas and boasts more than 780 national parks ranging from rainforests, stunning waterfalls and rugged bush to outback deserts and marine wonderlands. With such a diverse range of attractions, as well as great weather and a laid back atmosphere, NSW is a great choice for postgraduate study.

The options for study in New South Wales are many and it is one of the most popular destinations for international students across the world. The length of postgraduate courses is usually one year, but this can vary between institution and subject area. Fees can also differ depending on where you decide to study, so it’s worth checking individual courses thoroughly before deciding where to embark on a course. Most institutions offer scholarships for international students and details can be found on the individual universities’ websites.

As well as Master’s courses, Australian universities also offer Graduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Diplomas and PhD programs. Specialist business schools also offer MBAs, which are a popular choice. These qualifications are recognised across the world and are a great step in your career prospects.

There are several universities offering postgraduate courses in New South Wales, but here are our top picks:

Ranked 52nd in the world in the QS Top University Rankings, the University of New South Wales ( is one of the country’s top institutions. They offer post-graduate study at their world-class facilities in 130 different areas of study across arts, built environment, business, fine arts, engineering, law, medicine and science.

The Australian School of Business is also based here ( and offers students the chance to build strong industry links while pursuing a wide range of courses, which includes an MBA program. The University of Sydney ( has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its teaching and learning. Priding itself on being a global institution, it is home to students of over 130 nationalities and is ranked among the top international research universities. Postgraduate study subject areas include agriculture, linguistics, art curating, architecture and animal science.

For those of you wishing to leave behind city life during your time in Australia, the University of New England ( could provide exactly what you are looking for. Based in Armidale, UNE is positioned roughly half-way between Sydney and Brisbane in rural New South Wales. The location of the UNE campus means that students can enjoy lower living costs than their city counterparts while being able to enjoy living and studying in a campus set on 74 hectares of heritage parklands. The University offers courses in subject areas including education, clinical psychology, science, nursing, economics and history.

There are two types of Master’s programs: Master’s by coursework or Master’s by research. The coursework options are taught courses which combine lectures, seminars and tutorials (much like UK undergraduate degrees) with field/lab work where necessary. Master’s by research tend to be independent research projects, and some can be upgraded to a PhD. Some Masters courses offer a combination of the two, with the research usually undertaken as a final project.

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