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University of Tasmania: Changing the world by degrees

As home to some of the world’s leading climate researchers, the University of Tasmania takes its commitment to sustainability very seriously. We listen to our scientists and treat global climate change as the emergency it is.

That’s why we’re so proud that the University of Tasmania has been named as the world’s leading university for climate action for two years running, after the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings rated us number one in the world for 2023. And we think that’s a win for our whole community because it isn’t just about our own efforts, but also the contributions of everyone who has participated alongside us.

The THE Impact Rankings assess more than 1500 universities from around the world, ranking their performance against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which cover themes like protecting marine life, promoting equality, and creating sustainable communities.

We were ranked as the world’s best for the SDG of Climate Action for 2022 and 2023. This recognises the wealth of research we contribute to climate science, as well as our efforts to build sustainability principles into everything we do, including community education to help everyone live more sustainably.

The University has been certified carbon neutral since 2016, moved away from carbon-intensive investments in 2021, dramatically reduced embodied carbon in new buildings, and has committed to reducing gross carbon emissions by at least 50% by 2030.

We even offer a Diploma of Sustainable Living, aimed at giving people the skills they need to change their own way of living. And you can include a major in Sustainability in nearly all our undergraduate degrees.

So, no matter what field you want to study, you can help save the planet just by studying with us.

The fourth-oldest university in Australia, the University of Tasmania has campuses in all three regions of Tasmania – Hobart, Launceston, and Burnie – and a dedicated nursing and paramedicine campus at Rozelle in Sydney.

We offer over 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 150 postgraduate programs in a diverse range of disciplines, including some that you won’t find anywhere else.

No matter your passion, we have a course to inspire you, along with the flexibility to study in a way that suits you. You can study full-time or part-time, online or on-campus, however fits your lifestyle and commitments.

We offer double degrees, which allow you to study two separate degrees simultaneously, saving up to two years full-time study compared to studying them separately. And, by combining disciplines, you can create a qualification that’s as individual as you are.

We also offer a range of short courses, giving you the opportunity to improve your skills or learn something entirely new, without needing to commit to long-term study. Learn to understand dementia, think like a designer, or start up your own craft cider brewery.

Being an island state has forged Tasmania into a resilient and self-reliant place, where we have had to be innovative to flourish and where unique problems require unique solutions. As a result, our state is home to an astonishingly diverse range of industries, so no matter what your area of study, at the University of Tasmania our whole island is your campus.

As the only university in Tasmania, we are perfectly positioned to work alongside the industries, sectors and people who are shaping our island and the word. Whether you’re pursuing a career in agriculture, marine science, medical research, or architecture, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from some of the best in their fields.

Here, there’s a whole living natural and social science lab to explore. A world in miniature, with all its socio-cultural, economic and environmental challenges and opportunities.

With its dramatic landscapes and famous natural beauty, Tasmania is the perfect place to inspire your creative aspirations, your love of ecology, your passion for fighting climate change, or your dream to design.

As well as our main campuses, we have a number of specialist institutions including: the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies; the Hedberg performing arts centre; the Menzies Institute for Medical Research; and the Australian Maritime College.

While we’re big enough to offer a wide variety of study options with excellent facilities, we’re still small enough to ensure valuable connections are formed between staff and students, with an enviable student-to-teacher ratio of 23:1 on average.

We believe University is for everyone, and we also know that everyone takes a slightly different path to get there. That’s why we have a range of pathway programs available to help you start studying the course you want, no matter your background.

We don’t think costs should get in the way, either, which is why we offer hundreds of scholarships across all areas of study to help you to relocate, to provide financial support, or in recognition of your achievements.

We achieve some pretty big things from our corner of the map. And we welcome all of those who would like the island to shape them, the way it has shaped us.

Because the curious know there’s always more to know.

We’re constantly improving our sustainability efforts – learning, evolving, and listening to the research – because we know there’s always something new to learn.

And we really love people who ask questions.

So, what are you curious about?

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