Strong international reputation in research performance
The University of Newcastle, Australia (UoN) is a research-intensive university. Ranked in the top 3% in the world by QS World University Rankings 2012 and Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012 .
UoN also has 10 disciplines ranked in the top 200 in the world according to the 2013 QS World University Rankings by subject
UoN ranked equal 7th for research "well above world standard" in the Excellence in Research for Australia assessment (ERA), carried out by the Australian Government's principal research agency, the Australian Research Council (ARC) in 2012.
In the ERA assessment 90% of our research was rated "at world standard" or above.
We have a strong research presence across the breadth of our disciplines and are particularly proud of our leadership and international recognition in the fields of science and technology, engineering, biological and biomedical sciences, and medical and health sciences.
We lead an Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering.
With partner organisations we host world leading research facilities including:
We host large national and international research projects including:
- the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health
- the Australia New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group
- the WorkCover NSW Research Centre of Excellence
Research centres and partnerships
We are host to a range of research centres funded either by the Australian Government and industry or from our own resources. Our 15 Priority Research Centres bring together our top researchers and promote cross-faculty and cross disciplinary research.
Find out more about our research centres.
Work with internationally recognised researchers
The academics that will supervise your project have well-established reputations for their own research and are often at the cutting edge of developments in their fields worldwide. They present their research findings across a range of international forums and have links with key research colleagues across the world.
The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment is conducted by the Australian Government to measure the research performance of Australia's higher education institutions. In ERA 2012 UoN achieved a 5 rating of "well above world standard" for 18 areas of research.
Find out more about our 2012 ERA rankings and meet some of our world-leaders in research.
Great locations and campus life
University of Newcastle has two main campuses. The largest, set on 140 hectare natural bushland site, is Callaghan, 12 kilometres from the city centre of Newcastle. The other main campus is located on picturesque 85 hectare site at Ourimbah on the Central Coast, halfway between Newcastle and Sydney. Our city precinct comprises the Newcastle Business School, the Newcastle Legal Centre and the Conservatorium of Music.
The University has also recently secured $95m for the construction of a landmark education precinct in the Newcastle CBD. The NeW Space will position the University as an international leader in the provision of modern, high-tech education.
Newcastle is situated on the east coast of Australia, about a two hour drive north of Sydney. It is the second largest city in NSW and seventh in Australia.
In 2011, Newcastle was ranked by internationally respected Lonely Planet Guide as one of the Top Ten cities to visit in the World.
Newcastle is a beautiful and cosmopolitan city with an excellent climate. Known for its glorious beaches, relaxed lifestyle and welcoming community, Newcastle also offers a comparatively low cost of living complete with all the city comforts – restaurants, cafes, art galleries, shopping centres and nightclubs. Home to both creative and sporting festivals, you'll find a vibrant artistic scene and many opportunities for participation in sporting activities.
Access to beaches, Lake Macquarie, shopping, local galleries and the social scene are valued by both our Australian and international students. Local public transport makes getting to Uni easy and the Callaghan campus also has a shuttle bus running throughout the day and evening during semester.
Join us at any time
Once you have an offer of admission, you are welcome to start your research program on almost any weekday of the year.