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Master of Simulation and Immersive Technologies

Arts, Design & Architecture
Seek and solve problems to improve life on earth
Understand and meet the growing demand for immersive practices across many industries. With UNSW’s Master of Simulation & Immersive Technologies, you’ll learn to solve complex problems and meet the industry’s rapidly transforming needs. Graduate in less than two years with a strong portfolio demonstrating your specialised skills.
Commencing Terms
Term 1 & 3
Duration
1.7 Year(s)
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended), Online
Campus
Paddington
Codes
UAC code N/A
Program code 9323
CRICOS code 099986A
Entry Requirements
View all admission criteria
Fees
2024 Indicative first year full fee
$35,500*
2024 Indicative full fee to complete degree
$54,000*

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Overview

The Master of Simulation & Immersive Technologies will equip you to become a future-ready design leader. You’ll graduate capable of understanding and meeting the growing demand for immersive practices across many industries.

This program offers a unique human-centric and design-led approach to technologies and focuses on human perception and experience. You’ll learn how, why, when and where to effectively utilise simulation and immersive platforms, including virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and extended reality (XR). Throughout the degree, you’ll engage with the latest technologies first-hand as you learn through real industry case studies and insights from global leaders.

Tailored to your interests and career, you’ll be encouraged to tackle specific industry-related problems in your field.

This degree is designed to accommodate the needs of busy professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. You will choose to study fully online, or in blended mode with part-time and full-time options available. In blended mode, you will study core courses online and attend two intensive face-to-face meetups per year on-campus or at our industry partner facilities. You will also have full access to all campus facilities throughout your study.

Key features

Connected to industry
Our courses have been co-created in proud partnership with a wide range of simulation experts and leading organisations. You’ll learn from those working in industries at the forefront of developing and applying visualisation, simulation, and immersive environments. Regular engagement with industry and our extensive creative community networks ensures we keep our program constantly up to date with a rapidly changing employment landscape.

You’ll be encouraged to apply what you learn to areas of industry that interest you by engaging with applications across a diverse cross-section of industries to see the potential scope of these skills and knowledge.

Flexible program delivery
We design our programs to accommodate the needs of busy professionals from a wide range of backgrounds.You will choose to study fully online, or in blended mode with part-time and full-time options available.

In blended mode, you will attend two intensive face-to-face meetups per year. These usually take place on weekends at the specialised UNSW Paddington Campus or from our industry partner facilities.

Through all modes of learning, you’ll have full access to our campus facilities throughout each term.

Capstone project
Through the capstone experience, you’ll build a portfolio customised to your career trajectory by synthesising the key concepts from your course with the specialist learnings from your electives.

Why study at UNSW?

  • Be supported by our diverse, open and inclusive Arts, Design & Architecture community
  • Join a distinctive and in-demand group of graduates with visualisation, simulation and immersive design capabilities.
  • Learn through research-informed teaching and content co-created with industry and global experts
  • Join our School of Art & Design creative community with a dedicated campus in Paddington and cutting-edge facilities
  • Prioritise career success - UNSW won the Australian Financial Review's Most Employable Students Award in 2024.
  • Benefit from strong industry links and partnerships
  • Access world-class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 20 university (QS World University Rankings, 2024)
  • Join a community that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
Program Code
9323
CRICOS Code
099986A
Campus
Paddington
UAC Code
N/A
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
72

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Entry requirements

Entry into this degree requires a recognised bachelor's degree with an equivalent of a UNSW 65 weighted average mark (WAM). Entry isn’t dependent upon a degree related to the creative disciplines, given that the programs aim to enable practitioners from a wide range of industry sectors to integrate visualisation, simulation and immersive environments into their work contexts.

Entry Score Calculator
If you’re uncertain whether you have the equivalent to a UNSW 65 WAM, you can use the UNSW postgraduate entry score calculator to convert and scale other types of grading schemes into a percentage relatable to UNSW entry requirements.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Reduce the duration of your degree
You can shorten the duration of your program by applying for RPL for credit. This may include 5 years or more industry experience, formal or informal learning, and approved UNSW Art & Design Short Courses. RPL is usually considered when applying to join a program.

The Master of Simulation and Immersive Technologies which is usually 11 courses or 1.7 years full time can an be shortened by the equivalent of 5 elective courses to a minimum of 6 core courses. This could be completed in as little as 2 terms or 0.7 years if undertaken full time.

Moving from Graduate Certificate to Masters
Students in the Graduate Certificate of Simulation & Immersive Technologies who achieve a weighted average mark (WAM) of 65/100 at the end of their study may choose to transfer into the full Master of Simulation, and Immersive Technologies program. This means that if you maintain a credit average grade in your study in the Graduate Certificate, you can continue into a full Masters program without having to hold a Bachelors degree.

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Entry into this degree requires a recognised bachelor's degree with an equivalent of a UNSW 65 weighted average mark (WAM). Entry isn’t dependent upon a degree related to the creative disciplines, given that the programs aim to enable practitioners from a wide range of industry sectors to integrate visualisation, simulation and immersive environments into their work contexts.

Entry Score Calculator
If you’re uncertain whether you have the equivalent to a UNSW 65 WAM, you can use the UNSW postgraduate entry score calculator to convert and scale other types of grading schemes into a percentage relatable to UNSW entry requirements.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Reduce the duration of your degree
You can shorten the duration of your program by applying for RPL for credit. This may include 5 years or more industry experience, formal or informal learning, and approved UNSW Art & Design Short Courses. RPL is usually considered when applying to join a program.

The Master of Simulation and Immersive Technologies which is usually 11 courses or 1.7 years full time can an be shortened by the equivalent of 5 elective courses to a minimum of 6 core courses. This could be completed in as little as 2 terms or 0.7 years if undertaken full time.

Moving from Graduate Certificate to Masters
Students in the Graduate Certificate of Simulation & Immersive Technologies who achieve a weighted average mark (WAM) of 65/100 at the end of their study may choose to transfer into the full Master of Simulation, and Immersive Technologies program. This means that if you maintain a credit average grade in your study in the Graduate Certificate, you can continue into a full Masters program without having to hold a Bachelors degree.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

The Master of Simulation & Immersive Technologies is a 1.7 year full-time program consisting of 11 courses (72 units of credit/UOC), including: 

  • 5 Core courses
  • 1 Capstone course (12 UOC)
  • 3 Prescribed electives
  • 2 Free electives

As well as the technical side of visualisation and simulation, this unique program helps you understand the principles of human experience. This approach will enable you to better design appropriate and effective applications of VR, AR, MR and XR technologies to respond to and address real-world problems for:

  • visualising and sensemaking of complex data sets
  • designing  human centric immersive environments and interactions
  • simulating medical and defence procedures
  • modelling and planning real world processes
  • designing creative and cultural experiences
  • researching, experimenting, education and training

Full program structure

Each university year at UNSW has three terms and an optional summer study period. 

Some courses need to be studied in your first year, so you’re prepared for courses that can only be studied in later years. You can study full-time or part-time. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one course in a summer term. 

Coursework is divided into core, elective and capstone courses to establish the following skills, knowledge and experience:

  • All students undertake core courses to help you understand how, why, when and where to use immersive technologies and platforms, with a focus on the context of your industry or work. Core courses are conducted online with options in blended mode for two intensive face-to-face meetup, often on weekends. You'll get full access to all campus facilities throughout each term.
  • Elective courses allow you to personalise your study. You can build on existing skills or explore new areas of interest and choose from fully-online or on-campus electives from a range of UNSW faculties.
  • The Capstone experience is a unique opportunity completed by Master's students. You’ll synthesise the key concepts from your courses with the specialist learnings from your electives, applying them to build a portfolio customised for your career trajectory.

Below is an example of what you could study in a standard 1.7 year, full-time study plan:

First year

  • 5 Core courses
  • 2 Prescribed electives

Second year

  • 1 Capstone course
  • 1 Prescribed elective
  • 2 Free electives

Future careers

This program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to take up a range of high-value positions as design leaders, managers, trainers, artists, researchers, planners, analysts, innovators and entrepreneurs. 

Growth industries

Career opportunities are available in a wide range of industry applications, including:

  • Advanced manufacturing and industry 4.0

  • Advertising

  • Architecture, and social and urban planning 

  • Art, design and animation

  • Business and finance

  • Defence and national security

  • Education 

  • Emergency and first response

  • Engineering

  • Immersive entertainment and gaming

  • Medicine, healthcare and sports training 

  • Museology

  • Robotics

  • Sustainability and environmental modelling

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to start your application?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

Ready to start your application?

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$35,500*
2024 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree
$54,000*

*Fees are subject to annual review (or when required) by the University and may vary accordingly.

Indicative fees are a guide only and have been calculated based on the typical enrolment patterns of students undertaking the program. The indicative fees listed here is an estimate for tuition only and excludes non-tuition fees and charges. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year of enrolment, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (48 units of credit (UOC) per year).

You should not rely on indicative fees as fee increases are assessed when required and may exceed the indicative figures listed here. Actual fees are calculated on enrolment. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

2024 Indicative First Year Fee
$43,500*
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$68,000*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

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