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UQ flexibility for postgraduates

How UQ provides flexibility for postgraduates

Uni life
Published 23 Mar, 2023  ·  4-minute read

Going back to uni as a postgraduate is a very different experience than studying as an undergrad. Now you’ve got a lot more responsibilities to balance alongside your study load.

So, how can you ensure your postgrad study fits your busy schedule?

Sure, there are some things you can do to manage your work, study and life commitments. But your uni has a role to play as well. You need a degree of flexibility. And that’s where initiatives like UQ flexible delivery can make a world of difference.

Here’s an overview of how UQ gives postgrads the freedom to study in their own way, at their own pace.

Flexible delivery at UQ

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Several UQ postgrad programs are available via a combination of on-campus and online learning. This means you can schedule online classes when it suits you to stay home – without missing the benefits of in-person sessions.

UQ also offers a suite of programs that are delivered 100% online for students who need ultimate flexibility in their learning.

Sandra Micallef

I had never done online studying before, so it was a new experience, but it fitted really well with my lifestyle and I enjoy having the flexibility of doing the modules online at a time that suits me.

Sandra Micallef
Master of Business Data Analytics


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Duration options

Full-time study isn’t a viable option for every postgraduate – especially if you can’t afford (or don’t want) to put your current career on pause. But waiting three years to get your degree isn’t ideal for everyone either.

Many of our postgrad programs are available with various duration options, so you can:

  • juggle part-time study with your existing job, or
  • study full-time to get your degree sooner.

For example, you can complete the UQ Master of Business Administration (MBA) in any timeframe between 12 months and seven years.

UQ flexible delivery allows some study from home

Prior study and learning can shorten your program

Sometimes, units completed during your bachelor’s degree or previous postgrad program (i.e. previous formal studies) can count towards a master’s degree. Similarly, some informal studies may influence the courses you do/don't need to complete as part of your program (i.e. recognised prior learning).

Of course, this is only if the courses and learning you’ve done are relevant to the master’s you’re looking to study.

For example, the Master of Biotechnology is usually a 2-year full-time program. However, it can become:

  • a 1.5-years program if you already have a bachelor's degree in biotechnology, science, bioinformatics, pharmacy, agriculture, medicine or engineering; or a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology
  • a 1-year program if you already have a bachelor’s degree (honours) in biotechnology, science, bioinformatics, pharmacy or engineering.

This versatile approach to postgrad study lets you dip your toes in a study area with a graduate certificate or diploma. This way, you haven’t over-committed if the subject matter doesn’t connect with you, but you've still gained useful, transferrable skills and knowledge. And if you have found your true passion, you can transition into a full master’s degree without wasting any time or repeating units.

On the fence about doing a full master’s or a shorter course? Get some guidance in our graduate diploma vs master’s degree article.

Convenient location and facilities

UQ bus stop

Our St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane CBD. We’re serviced by over 10 direct bus routes from the city and outer suburbs. Plus, regular ferries provide a leisurely way to get between UQ and riverside suburbs. This convenient location means you’ll rarely be going out of your way to join us on campus.

The wide range of services and facilities here ensure you won’t need to travel back and forth when you’ve got classes. When studying on campus, you’ll have access to:

  • day care, kindergarten and early learning centres
  • parenting rooms and baby change facilities
  • printing services
  • plenty of dining options
  • heaps of quiet study spaces
  • Commonwealth Bank and ATMs
  • a news agency, pharmacy, grocery store, hair salon and post office
  • a medical centre, physiotherapist and pathology collection centre
  • sporting courts, fields and facilities.

UQ also has campuses in Herston and Gatton. These locations offer specialised learning facilities and equipment for medicine and public health students (Herston) and agriculture, food science and veterinary students (Gatton). Each campus offers all the amenities and services for a convenient and comfortable experience while you're studying on site. Our Herston campus is easy to get to via public transport, and our Gatton campus is serviced by our free intercampus bus service. 

From UQ flexible delivery to the facilities on campus, you’ll have all the freedom you need to juggle your study with other life priorities. If your situation changes or evolves, our support staff are always available to discuss your options and find a solution.

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