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We’re the only online university to be awarded the maximum 5 stars for student satisfaction, every year for the last 14 years*

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We’re the only online university to be awarded the maximum 5 stars for student satisfaction, every year for the last 14 years*


See why UNE gets the maximum 5 star rating from graduates for Overall Experience year after year.
Number 1 in Overall  Experience  in NSW - Good Universities Guide 5 Star Rating


English has a long tradition of excellence at UNE, having been taught since the University was founded in 1938. As an English student you will immerse yourself in novels, plays, poetry, fiction and non-fiction with a wide range of origins, including from American, Australian, British and Indigenous cultures. You can also study texts from key historical periods, such as the Renaissance and the Victorian era, plus Contemporary Literature, as well as gaining an understanding of important cultural, theoretical, and social concerns, in Critical Theory, Australian Literature, and Children’s Literature.


You will learn the secrets of great literature, how it shapes society and how society affects it. You will also learn skills in practical writing, research and how to write to persuade, inform and delight, with an eye to your future career.


English can be studied as a minor in the Advanced Diploma in Arts, or as a major in the Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Certificate in Arts and Master of Arts. English units can also be taken as electives across many undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Media and Communications

The Bachelor of Media and Communications, and the related majors within the Bachelor of Arts, offer a balance of academic and vocationally relevant education. They provide a flexible approach to media and communications, covering digital media and internet studies; the changing role of film, television and print media; and studies in writing, editing and publishing.


You can explore units on new media and Australian and international film/television including features and documentary, news media and advertising. Other units include rhetoric and persuasion, popular culture, children’s media and writing in different genres, including non-fiction, and media-based and professional writing.


Our writing programs explore varied forms and practices of writing. Building on the foundations of academic writing, they will help you develop knowledge of media-based, creative and professional genres, and give you the ability to apply that knowledge in your own writing.


Areas of study include an introduction to writing in academic and popular genres, and more advanced work in creative and critical writing, professional communication, writing short fiction and non-fiction, digital, social media, media-based writing (e.g. writing for the web) and publishing and editing. By examining the fundamental principles and techniques of good writing, our programs foster the ability to write successfully in different styles relating to different contexts and changing communications technology.


Writing can be studied as a minor in the Advanced Diploma in Arts, or as a major in the Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Certificate in Arts and Master of Arts. A major in Writing and Publishing is also available in the Bachelor of Media and Communications. Writing units can also be taken as electives across many undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Available Courses


Start March 2


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Please see course details for individual course rules and admissions criteria. Note some degrees have mandatory intensive schools which require attendance on campus.

Course list subject to change.

^^ Please note: not all majors available to all candidates. Please see the Course and Unit Catalogue for details.

Studying Online

At UNE, online study is about the kind of flexibility and support that can only come from a university that has long understood the challenges faced by adults studying from home.


We have three teaching periods (trimesters), giving you greater choice about when and how much they study each year.


We know that a vital part of online study is your engagement with the learning community. Communication with your classmates, teaching staff and university support staff will enhance your study experience and ensure that your skills extend beyond the subject matter. UNE’s teaching staff are experts in their field which is why UNE consistently receives five stars from students for teaching quality.

How Does
Online Study Work?


Online study can also be referred to as 'distance education' (also off-campus, or external study) and provides an opportunity for you to study without having to physically attend a campus.


To make sure your learning can take place when it suits you, UNE provides online facilities which allow you to send questions, submit assignments, engage with other students, order library books, check your results and access other resources, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 



As a UNE student, you will have access to our professional support services including:

  • 24/7 Online Tutor Support
  • Academic Skills & Assignment Support
  • Career Development
  • Individual Counselling — for personal and academic issues
  • Special Needs Office — if you need adjustments to how you study because of temporary or permanent disability
A small number of units have intensive schools that enable students to engage in practical exercises, tutorials and lectures during intensive periods on campus in Armidale. These are a requirement for some units that have an important practical component, often in the sciences – please check the Course & Unit Catalogue for details.

Life On Campus at UNE

Studying on campus in Armidale gives you the traditional university experience, with the added benefit of small class sizes and great access to lecturers. Our Academic staff are passionate about what they teach and are keen to see you succeed.


We have affordable accommodation options that put you right at the heart of the action, giving you maximum independence and access to academic, sporting and social facilities.


Our Residential Colleges give you the benefit of academic and social support networks and a rich tradition of vibrant inter-college competitions in sporting and cultural activities.


All of this means that you get every opportunity to reach your full potential and get the very best start (plus some great memories along the way).

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Free Pathways to Study

The Pathways Enabling Course prepares you for admission to an undergraduate course at UNE. It is free from course fees and available online. The course awards you with the minimum entry requirements and can provide credit towards your UNE degree.
  • Prepare for university without paying course fees
  • Gain admission to university
  • Flexible online study
  • Develop valuable skills and knowledge
  • Complete study that can count towards your degree
  • Start in any three teaching periods


Complete the UNE “MyFutureFinder” and in 10 minutes you’ll have a free, detailed report delivered to your inbox, including a comprehensive profile of your personality, a customised matching of careers to your personality, and finally, the UNE courses that qualify you for those careers.

  • No cost
  • Completed in just 10 minutes - we understand your time is valuable
  • Individualised report based on your unique answers
  • Comprehensive, insightful and useful
  • Plain language explanations
  • Immediate delivery of your report on completion
  • Share and compare with your family and friends

How to Apply

Applications now open for Trimester 1, 2020 (March).

Prior to applying we suggest you:
1. Check out our 
Course and Unit Catalogue
, to see all the degrees UNE has to offer. You can search by course or for specific subjects. If you find yourself thinking 'that might be good', then have a look at which degree program is linked to those subjects.
2. Check if you need to add any 
entry requirement documentation
 to your application.
Check the closing dates for applications.
 Some courses have earlier closing dates and requirements.
4. You may also be eligible for credit for study you've previously undertaken successfully, find out about 
Advanced Standing
Please note: International students who wish to study wholly online are only permitted to do so if they are studying online from overseas or are studying in Australia on a visa other than a student visa.

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Want to find out more about studying at UNE? Simply provide your name and email address and download our 'Online Course Guide'.
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Contact our Future Student Team and they'll be able to help you with details about the application process, degree questions, studying at UNE and more.

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