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8 reasons to study health at the University of Sydney

5 May 2020
More than just courses, we offer a premier university experience

From brand new health facilities to lively student societies, flexible study options and financial support opportunities, here are the top 8 reasons to study a health degree at Sydney.

1. Brand new health facilities

We're building the faculty's new Health Precinct, the Susan Wakil Health Building, which includes brand new clinical simulation and learning studios, research facilities and gyms, lecture theatres, event spaces and more.

Opening in 2021, the building has been designed to support multidisciplinary learning across all health disciplines to better prepare our graduates for the future health workforce.

For more information see the Susan Wakil Health Building.

2. Career opportunities and job stability

Healthcare is Australia’s largest and fastest growing industry, employing over 1.5 million people. Since 2013, the sector has grown more than 20% and is expected to grow another 15% by 2023 - with a projected 250,000 new jobs to be added.

The growth is driven by the ageing population, the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and significant technological transformation, offering students a rewarding and stable future career.

Read more on the future of Australia's healthcare sector.

3. Top national and global rankings

We hold strong national and international rankings, which are testament to our high-quality education and research. Our graduates are also ranked the most employable in Australia and in the top four globally, which puts our health students in a great position to graduate sought after and in demand.

We are currently:

  • #1 in Australia and #4 in the world for graduate employability
  • #2 in Australia and #4 in the world for sport, physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • #2 in Australia and #13 in the world nursing
  • #2 in Australia and #18 in the world for medicine
  • #2 in Australia and #24 in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology
  • #4 in Ausralia and #28 in the world for anatomy and physiology
  • #3 in Australia and #35 in the world for public health
  • The University of Sydney as an institution is ranked number 2 in Australia and 40 in the world.

For more information see our world rankings.

4. Clinical exposure from first year

Our undergraduate health programs are renowned for their focus on developing students professional experience, with most programs offering embedded clinical placements from first year and throughout.

Our courses emphasise clinical experience to enable our students to develop their confidence in a supervised environment. This vital real-world experience is one of the reasons why the University of Sydney is ranked number 1 in Australia for graduate employability.

Learn more about our network of clinical schools.

5. Flexible study options 

We understand that it is common for postgraduate students to juggle study with work and other life commitments. To help with this balance, many of our postgraduate degrees offer flexible study options or a graduate certificate or diploma option with reduced course durations.

Depending on your degree, you could study part or full-time, online, face-to-face or through mixed mode study. This means you can tailor your study load to suit your professional working demands and lifestyle.

Learn more about your postgraduate study options in health.

6. Vibrant campus life 

There’s more to university than lectures and tutorials. As a student with the Faculty of Medicine and Health, you will enjoy a vibrant campus life, welcoming community, access to a diverse range of clubs and societies, international opportunities, mentoring, support services and student placements.

These opportunities will enrich your time at university, extend your professional network and develop your leadership and communications skills. You will graduate with more than a degree, you will be part of a connected alumni and university community. 

Learn more about what's on offer at Sydney.

7. World leading academics and researchers 

Our health programs are taught by world renowned academics and researchers across all disciplines. Our students benefit from learning from active researchers who are committed to advancing knowledge and making a difference to communities, policies and the overall health sector.

See what's making headlines in medicine and health research.

8. Scholarships to reward talent

We invest in potential, reward talent and help those in need. The Faculty of Medicine and Health offers a broad range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research scholarships and prizes based on excellence and equity. Our scholarships can help ease some of the financial pressures associated with study, so students can focus on their education.

Explore the scholarship opportunities available to health students.

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