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Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)

Overview

Challenge and develop your critical thinking and analytical skills in this elite 4-year program, and prepare yourself for a rewarding career in science research and industry.

The Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) will challenge you and develop your deep interest in science to create the foundation for a high-achieving career in scientific research and industry.

Throughout the program, you’ll learn interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving and build networks with other high-achieving students and research scientists through the completion of at least 1 major and 1 field of study.

You'll also have the option of completing a second major and/or minors across a broad range of scientific fields, with a choice from 24 majors and 32 minors. Alternatively, diversify your skill set by studying a minor in languages, communications, design, economics or humanities.

In your fourth and final year, you’ll choose from 1 of 38 fields of study to focus on during an extensive full-year independent research project.

You'll find expanding career possibilities in diverse roles within the government, health, corporate, environmental, and financial sectors and in research organisations globally. Advanced Science is also an excellent pathway into medicine or a research higher degree such as a PhD.

Students who commenced in the program prior to 2021 should refer to the program information for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) - program code 2341.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
QTAC Code
731901
Program Code
2516
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$45568 (2022 indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Semester dates for 2024 are yet to be confirmed
QTAC Code
731901
Program Code
2516
CRICOS Code
079390F
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • From the very beginning of your degree you’ll work alongside distinguished researchers and contribute to scientific research - essentially giving you a research apprenticeship.
  • Embark on an excellent pathway to further studies in medicine or a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.
  • Graduate with a respected honours qualification, with advanced knowledge and skills that will set you apart in a competitive job market, prove your leadership potential and provide a pathway into future research and learning.

1 in Queensland for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2022

1 in Queensland for materials science

QS World University Rankings 2022

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Anatomy
  • Archaeological Science
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Bioinformatics

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 2, 2022.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Advanced Genetics
  • Condensed Matter Physics: Electronic Properties of Crystals
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Biochemist
  • Embryologist
  • Palaeo-environmental scientist
  • Biodiversity project officer
  • Exploration technician
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Wildlife management officer
  • Mine geologist
  • Quantitative researcher
  • Materials scientist

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

compared.edu.au

Next steps after graduation

You will find expanding career possibilities in diverse roles within the government, health, corporate, environmental and financial sectors, and in research organisations globally.

Advanced science is also an excellent pathway into medicine or a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

You can apply your skills in a range of industries, including:

  • research organisations
  • government agencies
  • industrial organisations
  • universities
  • hospitals and the healthcare system
  • marine preservation authorities
  • secondary schools (with further study)
  • environmental organisations including planning and site assessment
  • operations research and logistics consultancies and corporations
  • financial enterprises.

Find out more about careers that started in science

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); Two of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Specialist Mathematics or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C), at least one of which must be Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); Two of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Specialist Mathematics or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C), at least one of which must be Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Entry score threshold

ATAR / RankIB
95.0037

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2022. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the entry score threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Advanced Science (Hons) for Semester 1, 2022

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest99.9599.95
Median97.7099.60
Lowest91.995.1

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Majors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning – including lab and field-based research projects. By completing these projects, you'll gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Combine core archaeology courses with electives and expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

Future work includes positions in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, and educational and research institutions.

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Study the molecular events controlling the growth and development of cells and organisms in all living things.

In this major, you'll develop an advanced understanding of the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Learn how molecular events can go wrong in certain diseased states and how this contributes to the development of new drugs.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials and specialised seminars.

Career paths lead to some of the most exciting and challenging roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals or government agencies to specific positions in research.

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More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Study bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain specialised knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

Studying bioinformatics will prepare you for a career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

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Examine the complex relationship between mind, body and disease to treat, cure and prevent disease.

Study molecular biology, genetics, physiology, anatomy and immunology – then apply your knowledge in laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You’ll put theory into practice and work alongside researchers and healthcare professionals to conduct medical research and test the effectiveness of treatments.

Studying biomedical science can prepare you for a research-based honours program, or employment within the healthcare industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or universities.

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Help transform the way we detect disease, develop new treatments or sustainably feed a growing world population.

Study a major in cell biology to deepen your understanding of how cellular, genetic, and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

Examine key concepts and techniques to understand genetic information and investigate cellular processes and cell development in a range of organisms. You’ll apply microscopic techniques to observe how cells function in healthy and diseased states.

The growing availability of biological data is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology. You'll learn from leading scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs across biotechnology, and animal, plant and medical sciences.

Studying cell biology will equip you for a range of career opportunities within research, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, conservation or government agencies.

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Chemistry is an enabling science that provides a foundation for fields such as medicine, technology and environmental science.

Chemistry encompasses the synthesis and study of molecules and materials, the exploration of their properties and the development of ways to use them in real life.

Gain advanced level knowledge and technical capabilities in general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, which you can apply to deepen your understanding of nanoscience, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry or synthetic chemistry.

Studying advanced chemistry will strengthen your problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking capabilities, which are essential skills for future work.

You will be equipped to pursue a diverse range of career opportunities. These include roles as a research scientist, pharmaceutical scientist, laboratory manager, toxicologist, quality-assurance specialist, environmental chemist, forensic chemist, science communicator or teacher.

Alternatively, continue into a PhD or other higher degree by research and kickstart your career in research.

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Examine the intricate relationship between climate, coastal systems and marine environments to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

In this major, you'll dive into the scientific study of coastal processes, oceanography, ecology, marine geology and marine conservation.

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

Enhance your employability by combining your speciality with a minor in a broad range of complementary fields, including ecology and conversation biology, earth science, genetics, microbiology or computational science.

Demand for highly skilled coastal and marine scientists is on the rise. You’ll find opportunities in various fields including:

  • teaching and universities
  • fisheries laboratories
  • environmental consultancies
  • marine parks
  • coastal management
  • government departments.

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Computer science encompasses everything from the design of hardware to the development of algorithms and programming languages.

Gain technical skills in programming to create or optimise programs, systems or applications that are used across multiple devices.

Programming skills are essential for information management, data analysis, predictive modelling, cyber security, artificial intelligence, gaming, e-commerce and communications.

These transferable skills apply to many industries, including health, science, technology, business and government.

You’ll be equipped for roles such as a web, gaming or app developer, software engineer, information security specialist, data analyst or computer systems expert.

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Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) are used to analyse geological processes and monitor changes in the Earth’s environment.

Dig deeper into our mineral and energy sources by exploring topics such as mineral and rock analysis, mining geology, environmental geology or geochemistry. Develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You may choose to study electives in coastal and ocean science to deepen your understanding of oceanography and help create a sustainable future for marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a career in the natural resource, energy or environmental sectors. Alternatively, help contribute to new scientific knowledge by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Broaden your understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environments, and be part of the solution for protecting our natural world.

Ecology and conservation biology are vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today.

You’ll be taught by internationally renowned conservation experts and can choose to specialise in conservation biology, marine ecology or evolutionary ecology.

Gain real-world experience in solving ecological problems by conducting fieldwork in a range of rainforest, outback and marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to tackle global issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, diminishing natural resources and the environmental impacts of human activity.

Employment demand has risen strongly over the past 5 years with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry and environmental organisations.

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Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

Take a scientific approach to the study of food and its consumption. You'll study all aspects of the food system from farming, processing and distribution to how food is selected and consumed, and how it affects our health.

Food is one of largest industries in the world and offers a diverse range of career opportunities in the fields of nutrition, food science and technology, education, and research and development.

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Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

We integrate theory with practice. Learn about the scientific composition of foods and the chemical reactions that take place during processing.

Study key aspects in the development of food products and develop your expertise in food preservation, processing operations, quality assurance and consumer product testing.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and build your industry connections with work placements at leading food manufacturing organisations.

You'll be prepared to work in areas such as product development, quality assurance and food safety, food microbiology, research and development, food standards and policy or sales and marketing.

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Genetics is transforming the way we investigate diseases, develop medical treatments, protect endangered species and create food security.

You’ll advance your knowledge in genetic structure, genetic interaction and the genetic basis of traits.

We'll expand your critical thinking and teach you to analyse complex biological data using the latest genetic technologies.

You’ll learn to translate genetic information into meaningful insights that may lead to new discoveries.

Studying genetics will prepare you for a broad range of opportunities across ecology, research, medicine and agriculture.

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Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues facing today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

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Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions.

You'll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

We'll show you how to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

You'll be prepared for a broad range of career opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Challenge and expand your problem-solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability.

In this major you'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with a foundation of calculus, linear algebra, probability, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and modelling.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical experience, structured tutorials and specialised lectures.

Our comprehensive mathematical training equips you for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.

Studying mathematics also gives you a strong foundation to continue into a higher degree by research and excel in research positions within universities, government agencies and private companies.

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Microbiology is at the forefront of protection against infectious diseases.

In this major, you'll study the diversity of microorganisms, the immune system, microbial virulence, disease states and the ways in which organisms respond to infection.

You'll learn how vaccines protect animals and humans from infectious diseases, and discover the latest advances in vaccine development from lecturers who are globally recognised experts.

Focusing on the key areas of immunology, virology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial genomics, you'll study bacterial, fungal and viral infections and apply your knowledge in weekly laboratory practicals.

You'll confidently use the specialist biomedical and molecular techniques required to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and to develop new diagnostics. Problem-based scenarios will enhance your analytical, research and communication skills.

This major can lead to challenging and rewarding career opportunities within universities and biotechnology companies, and medical and veterinary institutes, along with roles in forensics, biosecurity and quarantine.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Deepen your understanding of how and why things work.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

You'll be able to combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understand theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics. Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Alternatively, continue into a higher degree by research to uncover new scientific knowledge or apply your findings to develop new devices, products or processes.

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Help to solve 2 of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

In this major, you’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

You'll study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology, and apply your knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

Studying plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities as a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

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Study how people behave, think and feel.

In this major, you'll explore topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields as diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health within communities.

Public health is founded on a multidisciplinary understanding of health that allows you to explore and examine the basis of disease and wellbeing by considering human behaviour, physical environments, socio-economic and cultural factors, and systems of healthcare management.

This major provides a broad overview of public health and the critical issues it confronts. To establish core understanding of this field, you will examine the foundational disciplines of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, environmental health and social sciences.

Studying public health can lead to a variety of roles within public and global health, health research or public health policy.

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Apply the tools of modern statistics to inform data-driven decision-making and solve real-world problems.

In this major, we combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills.

You'll discover how statistics are used to help solve real-world problems, such as improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

You'll learn and apply statistical techniques to analyse and interpret complex data, and transform it into meaningful insights.

Statisticians and data analysts are in high demand across business, industry, research and government to forecast, analyse and solve a variety of complex issues.

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Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

Through this major, you’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

We'll expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology, and mathematical applications in biology.

You can combine your study of animals with biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science, and gain practical experience through field courses offered in the Australian outback, rainforests, Stradbroke Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research.

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Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Undertake your own original research project in the field of anatomy under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Design, implement and present your research project, with emphasis on defining the research issue, establishing methodology, undertaking appropriate collection and analysis of data and drawing defensible conclusions.

Supporting workshops and courses will further add to your research training.

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An honours year in biophysics allows you to plan, research and produce a substantial project into topics such as molecular processes, biomolecular structure and function, or cellular and membrane biophysics.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Undertake a research apprenticeship at Australia’s highest ranked university for research in environmental sciences.

Take on an independent research project under the guidance of leading environmental researchers.

You'll design, implement and present your research project, with emphasis on defining the research issue, establishing methodology, undertaking appropriate collection and analysis of data, and drawing defensible conclusions.

Depending on your project, you'll also undertake fieldwork in diverse subtropical and tropical ecosystems including World Heritage rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef, North Stradbroke Island and outback Australia.

Supporting workshops and courses will further add to your research training.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Genomics is the analysis of the structure and functional potential of genomes (single organisms to entire communities) facilitated by DNA sequencing and bioinformatics.

It involves the sequencing, assembly and annotation of genomes for comparative, evolutionary and ecological studies.

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Harness the human immune system to prevent, treat and cure diseases.

Take on an independent research project under the guidance of leading researchers who work in laboratories where current medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You'll design, implement and present your research project – with emphasis on defining the research issue, establishing methodology, undertaking appropriate collection and analysis of data, and drawing defensible conclusions.

Supporting workshops and courses will further add to your research training.

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Nanotechnology is the ability to manipulate individual atoms, molecules and groups of molecules to produce the smallest human-made objects.

As a new frontier of science, it is receiving worldwide attention.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Examine the biophysical and biochemical processes that keep the human body alive and functioning and how disturbances affect its health.

Undertake your own original research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Design, implement and present your research project, with emphasis on defining the research issue, establishing methodology, undertaking appropriate collection and analysis of data, and drawing defensible conclusions.

Throughout your honours year, you will gather the knowledge and skills required to kickstart your career as a researcher and/or professional in the field of physiology.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning – including lab and field-based research projects. By completing these projects, you'll gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Combine core archaeology courses with electives and expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

Future work includes positions in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, and educational and research institutions.

View

Study the molecular events controlling the growth and development of cells and organisms in all living things.

In this major, you'll develop an advanced understanding of the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Learn how molecular events can go wrong in certain diseased states and how this contributes to the development of new drugs.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials and specialised seminars.

Career paths lead to some of the most exciting and challenging roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals or government agencies to specific positions in research.

View

More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Study bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain specialised knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

Studying bioinformatics will prepare you for a career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

View

Examine the complex relationship between mind, body and disease to treat, cure and prevent disease.

Study molecular biology, genetics, physiology, anatomy and immunology – then apply your knowledge in laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You’ll put theory into practice and work alongside researchers and healthcare professionals to conduct medical research and test the effectiveness of treatments.

Studying biomedical science can prepare you for a research-based honours program, or employment within the healthcare industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or universities.

View

Help transform the way we detect disease, develop new treatments or sustainably feed a growing world population.

Study a major in cell biology to deepen your understanding of how cellular, genetic, and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

Examine key concepts and techniques to understand genetic information and investigate cellular processes and cell development in a range of organisms. You’ll apply microscopic techniques to observe how cells function in healthy and diseased states.

The growing availability of biological data is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology. You'll learn from leading scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs across biotechnology, and animal, plant and medical sciences.

Studying cell biology will equip you for a range of career opportunities within research, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, conservation or government agencies.

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Chemistry is an enabling science that provides a foundation for fields such as medicine, technology and environmental science.

Chemistry encompasses the synthesis and study of molecules and materials, the exploration of their properties and the development of ways to use them in real life.

Gain advanced level knowledge and technical capabilities in general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, which you can apply to deepen your understanding of nanoscience, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry or synthetic chemistry.

Studying advanced chemistry will strengthen your problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking capabilities, which are essential skills for future work.

You will be equipped to pursue a diverse range of career opportunities. These include roles as a research scientist, pharmaceutical scientist, laboratory manager, toxicologist, quality-assurance specialist, environmental chemist, forensic chemist, science communicator or teacher.

Alternatively, continue into a PhD or other higher degree by research and kickstart your career in research.

View

Examine the intricate relationship between climate, coastal systems and marine environments to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

In this major, you'll dive into the scientific study of coastal processes, oceanography, ecology, marine geology and marine conservation.

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

Enhance your employability by combining your speciality with a minor in a broad range of complementary fields, including ecology and conversation biology, earth science, genetics, microbiology or computational science.

Demand for highly skilled coastal and marine scientists is on the rise. You’ll find opportunities in various fields including:

  • teaching and universities
  • fisheries laboratories
  • environmental consultancies
  • marine parks
  • coastal management
  • government departments.

View

Computer science encompasses everything from the design of hardware to the development of algorithms and programming languages.

Gain technical skills in programming to create or optimise programs, systems or applications that are used across multiple devices.

Programming skills are essential for information management, data analysis, predictive modelling, cyber security, artificial intelligence, gaming, e-commerce and communications.

These transferable skills apply to many industries, including health, science, technology, business and government.

You’ll be equipped for roles such as a web, gaming or app developer, software engineer, information security specialist, data analyst or computer systems expert.

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Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) are used to analyse geological processes and monitor changes in the Earth’s environment.

Dig deeper into our mineral and energy sources by exploring topics such as mineral and rock analysis, mining geology, environmental geology or geochemistry. Develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You may choose to study electives in coastal and ocean science to deepen your understanding of oceanography and help create a sustainable future for marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a career in the natural resource, energy or environmental sectors. Alternatively, help contribute to new scientific knowledge by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Broaden your understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environments, and be part of the solution for protecting our natural world.

Ecology and conservation biology are vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today.

You’ll be taught by internationally renowned conservation experts and can choose to specialise in conservation biology, marine ecology or evolutionary ecology.

Gain real-world experience in solving ecological problems by conducting fieldwork in a range of rainforest, outback and marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to tackle global issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, diminishing natural resources and the environmental impacts of human activity.

Employment demand has risen strongly over the past 5 years with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry and environmental organisations.

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Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

Take a scientific approach to the study of food and its consumption. You'll study all aspects of the food system from farming, processing and distribution to how food is selected and consumed, and how it affects our health.

Food is one of largest industries in the world and offers a diverse range of career opportunities in the fields of nutrition, food science and technology, education, and research and development.

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Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

We integrate theory with practice. Learn about the scientific composition of foods and the chemical reactions that take place during processing.

Study key aspects in the development of food products and develop your expertise in food preservation, processing operations, quality assurance and consumer product testing.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and build your industry connections with work placements at leading food manufacturing organisations.

You'll be prepared to work in areas such as product development, quality assurance and food safety, food microbiology, research and development, food standards and policy or sales and marketing.

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Genetics is transforming the way we investigate diseases, develop medical treatments, protect endangered species and create food security.

You’ll advance your knowledge in genetic structure, genetic interaction and the genetic basis of traits.

We'll expand your critical thinking and teach you to analyse complex biological data using the latest genetic technologies.

You’ll learn to translate genetic information into meaningful insights that may lead to new discoveries.

Studying genetics will prepare you for a broad range of opportunities across ecology, research, medicine and agriculture.

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Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues facing today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

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Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions.

You'll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

We'll show you how to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

You'll be prepared for a broad range of career opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Challenge and expand your problem-solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability.

In this major you'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with a foundation of calculus, linear algebra, probability, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and modelling.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical experience, structured tutorials and specialised lectures.

Our comprehensive mathematical training equips you for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.

Studying mathematics also gives you a strong foundation to continue into a higher degree by research and excel in research positions within universities, government agencies and private companies.

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Microbiology is at the forefront of protection against infectious diseases.

In this major, you'll study the diversity of microorganisms, the immune system, microbial virulence, disease states and the ways in which organisms respond to infection.

You'll learn how vaccines protect animals and humans from infectious diseases, and discover the latest advances in vaccine development from lecturers who are globally recognised experts.

Focusing on the key areas of immunology, virology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial genomics, you'll study bacterial, fungal and viral infections and apply your knowledge in weekly laboratory practicals.

You'll confidently use the specialist biomedical and molecular techniques required to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and to develop new diagnostics. Problem-based scenarios will enhance your analytical, research and communication skills.

This major can lead to challenging and rewarding career opportunities within universities and biotechnology companies, and medical and veterinary institutes, along with roles in forensics, biosecurity and quarantine.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Deepen your understanding of how and why things work.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

You'll be able to combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understand theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics. Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Alternatively, continue into a higher degree by research to uncover new scientific knowledge or apply your findings to develop new devices, products or processes.

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Help to solve 2 of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

In this major, you’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

You'll study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology, and apply your knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

Studying plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities as a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

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Study how people behave, think and feel.

In this major, you'll explore topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields as diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health within communities.

Public health is founded on a multidisciplinary understanding of health that allows you to explore and examine the basis of disease and wellbeing by considering human behaviour, physical environments, socio-economic and cultural factors, and systems of healthcare management.

This major provides a broad overview of public health and the critical issues it confronts. To establish core understanding of this field, you will examine the foundational disciplines of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, environmental health and social sciences.

Studying public health can lead to a variety of roles within public and global health, health research or public health policy.

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Apply the tools of modern statistics to inform data-driven decision-making and solve real-world problems.

In this major, we combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills.

You'll discover how statistics are used to help solve real-world problems, such as improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

You'll learn and apply statistical techniques to analyse and interpret complex data, and transform it into meaningful insights.

Statisticians and data analysts are in high demand across business, industry, research and government to forecast, analyse and solve a variety of complex issues.

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Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

Through this major, you’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

We'll expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology, and mathematical applications in biology.

You can combine your study of animals with biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science, and gain practical experience through field courses offered in the Australian outback, rainforests, Stradbroke Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research.

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Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Undertake your own original research project in the field of anatomy under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Design, implement and present your research project, with emphasis on defining the research issue, establishing methodology, undertaking appropriate collection and analysis of data and drawing defensible conclusions.

Supporting workshops and courses will further add to your research training.

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An honours year in biophysics allows you to plan, research and produce a substantial project into topics such as molecular processes, biomolecular structure and function, or cellular and membrane biophysics.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Undertake a research apprenticeship at Australia’s highest ranked university for research in environmental sciences.

Take on an independent research project under the guidance of leading environmental researchers.

You'll design, implement and present your research project, with emphasis on defining the research issue, establishing methodology, undertaking appropriate collection and analysis of data, and drawing defensible conclusions.

Depending on your project, you'll also undertake fieldwork in diverse subtropical and tropical ecosystems including World Heritage rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef, North Stradbroke Island and outback Australia.

Supporting workshops and courses will further add to your research training.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Genomics is the analysis of the structure and functional potential of genomes (single organisms to entire communities) facilitated by DNA sequencing and bioinformatics.

It involves the sequencing, assembly and annotation of genomes for comparative, evolutionary and ecological studies.

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Harness the human immune system to prevent, treat and cure diseases.

Take on an independent research project under the guidance of leading researchers who work in laboratories where current medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You'll design, implement and present your research project – with emphasis on defining the research issue, establishing methodology, undertaking appropriate collection and analysis of data, and drawing defensible conclusions.

Supporting workshops and courses will further add to your research training.

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Nanotechnology is the ability to manipulate individual atoms, molecules and groups of molecules to produce the smallest human-made objects.

As a new frontier of science, it is receiving worldwide attention.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Examine the biophysical and biochemical processes that keep the human body alive and functioning and how disturbances affect its health.

Undertake your own original research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Design, implement and present your research project, with emphasis on defining the research issue, establishing methodology, undertaking appropriate collection and analysis of data, and drawing defensible conclusions.

Throughout your honours year, you will gather the knowledge and skills required to kickstart your career as a researcher and/or professional in the field of physiology.

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Students who undertake Honours will be equipped to work as part of a research team in a semi-dependent manner.

Students will be able to identify key questions, plan experiments, acquire new techniques and interpret results.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

$7,060

2022

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Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $45,568

2023

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Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

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HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Applying online

If your senior schooling is from outside Australia, you can submit your application to UQ. Or, if you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) is 2516.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

If your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you're an international student who is currently studying:

  • Australian Year 12 (in Australia or another country), or
  • the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) is 731901.

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Applying through QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) is 731901. You'll need this when applying.

Learn more about applying for undergraduate study

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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