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Message from the Dean

Dean of Arts and Social Sciences

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
We are passionate about the role of the humanities and social sciences in the world today – whether in addressing age-old questions at the heart of the human condition, or in tackling some of the most pressing social, political, economic and cultural challenges of our time. And our goal is to be among the very best faculties of our kind in the world. Attracting the best postgraduate students to the University of Sydney is a crucial part of this ambition.

The faculty is especially proud of our talented postgraduate students, who come from around Australia and the world to study with us. We have nearly 600 research students studying for master's and PhD degrees and over 1000 coursework students. We are also proud of the unrivalled research culture we can offer. We have outstanding staff conducting cutting edge research who are also deeply committed to graduate teaching and supervision. Our faculty has been consistently ranked in the top 50 faculties of its kind in the world over the past five years in a range of global university ranking exercises.

Our coursework programs offer you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills in relation to a particular discipline or professional area such as Museum and Heritage Studies, Media Studies, Economics or Development Studies, or explore exciting interdisciplinary areas such as Cultural Studies, Cross-Cultural Communication, and Human Rights and Democratisation. You will be taught be leading scholars in the field who will help you develop your skills and knowledge in ways that will enhance and deepen your understanding of the subject area you are passionate about, as well as contribute to your professional development.

I am delighted that you are considering undertaking a postgraduate degree in our faculty. In joining us, you will be embarking on what I am sure will be an exciting and rewarding intellectual journey at the University of Sydney.

We are here to help as you consider which program best suits your ambitions and passions, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch for further advice and support.

Professor Barbara Caine AM
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences