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Alleviating poverty through profitability
The University of Sydney Business School has a new unit of study dedicated to solving poverty through profitability. Called Poverty Alleviation and Profitability, it aims to create a multi-sectorial approach that includes academia, business, NGOs, government and civil society, to create a long-term and sustainable solution to world poverty.
When new technology arrives, new habits follow. The University of Sydney Law School has recently undertaken a survey into teen sexting, in order to understand perceptions of the practice as well as public and media discourse around it. Around 47% of those surveyed had sent or received a sext, reinforcing the need for education and legal clarification around the practice.
Stay calm and avoid a heart attack
Our research has revealed that the risk of heart attack is 8.5 times higher in the two hours following a burst of intense anger. The first Australian study to investigate the link between acute emotional triggers and cardiac arrest, it indicates the need to consider strategies to protect individuals most at risk during times of acute anger.
Art expresses the hidden world around us
Sydney College of the Arts lecturers David Haines and Joyce Hinterding have recently held a major exhibition at the MCA, in which they explored the ‘unseen energies that surround us’. These included low frequency radio waves, television signals, paranormal events, satellite transmissions and psychic forces. The pair sought to reveal these to the audience through work that draws on science, the occult and philosophy.
Understanding and predicting the demise of a city
A team of University of Sydney archaeologists have used groundbreaking laser imaging to map central Angkor and identify how unstable climate change damaged the city's water system and contributed to its demise. These learnings relate to contemporary issues such as low-density urbanism and the risks of climate change.
Inspiring science in our schools
To benefit the national economy, we need to raise the profile of science and develop a long-term plan to nurture it in schools and industry. Educational attainment in science is linked to national economic growth and competitiveness, and there is a current proposal to make science and maths education compulsory to year 12. Such a proposal is welcome, but needs the support of a long-term plan to inspire both students and teaches about the endless possibilities offered by science.
Food security and the future
Food security is one of the world's most pressing problems: will we have enough to eat in order to survive? Our researchers are using innovative methods to keep our food supplies safe and our ecosystems healthy, and are at the forefront of developing options to produce food in an ecologically sustainable manner.
Cannabis opens new doors in medicine
A $33.7 million gift to the University of Sydney places Australia at the forefront of medicinal cannabinoid research. The donation by Barry and Joy Lambert is the largest gift ever made to research at the University of Sydney, and holds the promise of achieving innovative and effective new medicines to alleviate the suffering of countless numbers of people.
Housing affordability—a contradiction in terms
The crisis in housing affordability has seen first-home owners and low wage earners driven out of the Sydney market. A team of architects and urban planning experts at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning have explored potential levers for change including robust design of small spaces, smart density, increased supply and not-for-profit housing.
Turning insight into opportunity
This era of big data presents incredible opportunities - smarter cities, business innovation, scientific discoveries and personalised healthcare. The opportunities start with the use of data and technology.
Postgraduate options at Sydney
Single units of study
We offer a range of units of study, each of which may be ideal for professional development or to explore subjects of general interest. If you subsequently enrol in an award course, it may be possible to credit these units towards a formal qualification.
Graduate certificates are intended for people who want to undertake a short academic training course to further their career, or to sample further study. They typically require six months of full-time study.
Graduate diplomas are normally based on master’s programs but require less time commitment. They are an excellent option for students who do not want to commit to a full master’s, but still need a solid grounding in their chosen field. They typically require one year of full-time study.
Master’s programs are ideal for graduates who need specialised knowledge and skills that will help them take the next step in their career or develop academic expertise. They typically require between one and two years of full-time study.
PhD and research
A research degree requires in-depth study in a specialised area. A research student undertakes a major thesis, supervised by a staff member. It is usually possible to upgrade from the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), provided satisfactory progress is made in the first year.
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