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The University of Queensland  
Brisbane QLD 4072 Australia

About UQ

For more than a century, The University of Queensland (UQ) has maintained a global reputation for delivering knowledge leadership for a better world. UQ consistently ranks in the world’s top universities and has won more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other university. This commitment to quality teaching empowers our 50,000 current students to create positive change for society with a skill set that will prepare them to exceed expectations throughout their careers.

High-quality programs

UQ’s high-quality range of programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, giving you the flexibility to meet your learning goals. Many of our programs offer practical experiences such as field trips and industry placements to boost your skills and enhance employability. We engage with industry to provide mentorship opportunities and inform curriculum development. With nine internationally-recognised research institutes and leading academics on staff, you also have the opportunity to study with top thinkers on research that has global impact.

Great experiences

UQ offers a range of experiences for our students to make the most of your time at university. You can study overseas for up to a year through UQ’s Study Abroad program while still gaining credit towards your UQ degree.  Some UQ programs also include overseas placements or field trips as a core study component, enabling you to discover new cultures in a short space of time. Closer to home, you can take advantage of the many extra-curricular activities on offer, such as the Summer and Winter Research Programs, and our intensive language training programs.

A life beyond the classroom is a big part of university, and UQ is a great place to meet new people and access a wide range of sporting and cultural activities. Our three main campuses boast beautiful grounds where you can relax between classes or catch up with friends. We also offer world-class sporting facilities; more than 190 social, sports, and academic clubs and societies; and many cultural activities such as theatre, dances, concerts, movies, debates, barbecues, markets, and art exhibitions.

Campuses

St Lucia campus

Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, the St Lucia campus provides a perfect study, research, and living environment. The gracious sandstone architecture, with its hub of cloistered buildings enclosing the National Trust-registered Great Court—along with spacious parklands and lakes—encompass world-class teaching and research facilities, including Queensland’s largest research library, fully equipped laboratories and modern lecture theatres.

Gatton campus

The Gatton campus combines its Queensland Agricultural College heritage with modern research and teaching facilities in agriculture, agribusiness and veterinary science. Just over an hour’s drive west of Brisbane and five kilometres from the local township, the Gatton campus offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and world-class facilities including the Queensland Animal Science Precinct, the UQ Veterinary Medical Centre, Gatton Research Dairy, nursery and glasshouse facilities, and the southern hemisphere’s largest photovoltaic solar array research facility.

Herston campus

UQ’s core clinical health teaching and research campus is at Herston, a five-minute drive from Brisbane’s CBD. Sharing premises with the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, the Herston campus houses a vibrant clinical and research community that delivers innovative and contemporary research and education programs in a clinical academic environment. Major research institutes on campus include the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, along with other key facilities such as the Oral Health Centre and the purpose-built Herston Imaging Research Facility.

Open days

St Lucia: Sunday, 6 August 
9am–3pm

Gatton: Sunday, 20 August 
9am–3pm

Campus tours are available; visit the UQ website for more information. 

Important dates

Visit the UQ website for information on enrolment, teaching, semester start and end, and other important academic dates.

Visit key dates and fees for information on important QTAC dates.

Admission criteria

General admission information

To be eligible for admission to a UQ program, you must satisfy all entry requirements. These requirements include subject prerequisites, entry score (OP/selection rank), and, for some programs, program specific requirements. The entry requirements for UQ programs are listed under the program pages on UQ’s Future Students website.

The prerequisite subjects for each UQ program vary depending on the area of study within the degree. Subject prerequisites are specific subjects that applicants need to have studied and passed (expressed as 4 semesters of sound achievement) at Queensland Year 12/matriculation level or equivalent. Consult the prerequisites guide to find subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects, bridging subjects and tertiary preparation programs. 

You are guaranteed a place in many undergraduate programs if you achieve an OP 1–5 (or selection rank equivalent) and satisfy the program's prerequisites. For more information, visit the UQ website

Current Year 12 applicants

Current Queensland Year 12 OP-eligible students will be considered for an offer based on their OP (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school).

Current Queensland Year 12 students who are ineligible to receive an OP will be assigned a QTAC selection rank based on this study and will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school).

Current Interstate Year 12 students will be assigned a selection rank based on their ATAR and will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school). For more information on the calculation of entry ranks from interstate studies, contact UQ Admissions.

Current International Baccalaureate (IB) students will be assigned a selection rank based on the score from the completed IB Diploma. As agreed by admissions centres around Australia, the IB score is converted to a 'combined rank'. The combined rank is on the same scale as the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). This is then converted to QTAC selection rank. Visit IB studies for more information. IB Diploma students will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school). For more information on the admissions process, visit UQ’s Undergraduate, Non-Award and CSP Admissions Procedures.

Other recognised qualifications completed when at school such as competency-based and graded AQF certificates III and IV (completed),  diplomas, higher education study, and some creative arts qualifications (in the areas of music, dance, and speech) will also be assigned a selection rank.

For more information on the calculation of selection ranks for Year 12 students, refer to Entry Options or contact UQ Admissions.

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for. These can be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). Consult the prerequisites guide to find subject equivalents. You must also satisfy any additional entry requirements.

Completed Year 12 (within the past two years)

Until the point you have completed one full year of bachelor (or higher) level study, you  will be considered for entry based on previous secondary education or other recognised qualifications completed while at school or post school.

This includes formal qualifications such as Senior External Examination results, VET study such as competency-based and graded AQF certificates III and IV (completed), diplomas and sub-degree level study and bridging and preparation courses. Other post-secondary professional and paraprofessional qualifications and service will also be considered, including:

  • some creative arts, language and civil aviation qualifications
  • memberships of professional associations for which qualifying exams are undertaken
  • police, defence and emergency services experience.

You may also use alternative entry pathways such as employment experience and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) (age restrictions apply). 

If you have several selection ranks (e.g. based on year 12 results, VET study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest rank (where less than one year of bachelor (or higher) level study has been undertaken). Some course exceptions may apply.

For more information, visit UQ’s Undergraduate, Non-Award and CSP Admissions Procedures  and Entry Options. Also see ‘Applicants with work and life experience’ below.

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for.  This may be satisfied by successfully completed Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). Consult the prerequisites guide to find subject equivalents. Any additional entry requirements must also be satisfied.

Completed Year 12 (more than two years ago)

Until the point you have completed one full year of bachelor (or higher) level study you  will be considered for entry based on previous secondary education or other recognised qualifications completed while at school or post school.

This includes formal qualifications such as Senior External Examination results, VET study such as competency-based and graded AQF Certificates III and IV (completed), diplomas and sub-degree level study and bridging and preparation courses. Other post-secondary professional and paraprofessional qualifications and service will also be considered including:

  • some creative arts, language and civil aviation qualifications
  • memberships of professional associations for which qualifying exams are undertaken
  • police, defence and emergency services experience.

You may also use alternative entry pathways such as employment experience and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) (age restrictions apply). 

If you have several selection ranks calculated (e.g. ranks based on year 12 results, VET study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest rank (where less than one year of Bachelor (or higher) level study has been undertaken). Some course exceptions may apply.

For more information, visit UQ’s Undergraduate, Non-Award and CSP Admissions Procedures  and Entry Options. Also see ‘Applicants with work and life experience’ below.

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for. These can be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). Consult the prerequisites guide to find subject equivalents. You must also any additional entry requirements.

Applicants with higher education study

If you have undertaken previous recognised higher education level study at bachelor-level or higher this will be assigned a selection rank based on the level, duration and Grade Point Average (GPA) of the study. Once you have completed the equivalent of one full year of bachelor (or higher) level study, your selection rank will be based solely on this study (i.e. selection ranks from other qualifications are ignored). Where multiple attempts at tertiary study have been undertaken, UQ derives a selection rank from the total cumulative GPA of this study. When combining multiple attempts at tertiary study, if the cumulative duration totals less than one full year, the selection rank derived will only be used if it advantages you.

For more information on the admissions process, see UQ’s Undergraduate, Non-Award and CSP Admissions Procedures and Entry Options

For more assistance with calculating your selection rank, contact UQ Admissions.

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for.  These can be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent).  Consult the prerequisites guide to find subject equivalents. You must also satisfy any additional entry requirements.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Competency-based and graded AQF certificates III and IV (completed), AQF diplomas and sub-degree level study (based on level, duration, Grade Point Average (GPA)) will be assigned a selection rank.

The selection ranks assigned to VET study are capped and are not sufficient for entry to all of UQ’s programs. For more information on the admissions process, visit UQ’s Undergraduate, Non-Award and CSP Admissions Procedures.

For more information about the calculation of selection ranks for VET Study, visit Entry Options or contact UQ Admissions.

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for. These can be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). Subject prerequisites generally cannot be met through certificate-level study. Consult the prerequisites guide to find subject equivalents. You must also satisfy any additional entry requirements.

Applicants with work and life experience

Post-secondary professional and paraprofessional qualifications and service will be considered, including:

  • some creative arts, language and civil aviation qualifications
  • memberships of professional associations for which qualifying exams are undertaken
  • police, defence and emergency services experience

You may also use alternative entry pathways such as employment experience and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Some course exceptions may apply. STAT results are not accepted for current Year 12 students or for applicants under the age of 18.    

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for. Please note that work and life experience may not satisfy subject prerequisite requirements.

Consult the prerequisites guide to find subject equivalents. Any additional entry requirements must also be satisfied.

For more information, visit Entry Options or contact UQ Admissions.

Bridging or tertiary preparation course entry

For applicants who have completed less than one full year of bachelor (or higher) level study, bridging preparatory programs can help applicants upgrade to their preferred UQ course. For more information, visit Entry Options.

OP/selection rank-related adjustments – current Year 12 applicants

UQ has established special entry schemes that support and increase the participation of disadvantaged and culturally-diverse groups in tertiary study. Applicants can be allocated a maximum bonus of two (2) Ops or five (5) ranks across all schemes.

UQ’s OP Guarantee Scheme is a guaranteed entry scheme for applicants who achieve an OP in the range of 1–5 (or equivalent entry rank) and have completed the required prerequisite subjects, for many UQ undergraduate programs regardless of published program cut-offs. No additional application process is required. You simply complete your QTAC application, listing up to six preferences. The UQ OP Guarantee applies to your highest eligible UQ preference in the major offer round in January. Please note that the scheme does not apply to later offer rounds.

UQ’s Bonus Rank Scheme is offered to all domestic students currently completing an internal Australian Year 12 program or International Baccalaureate who have completed studies in the higher level mathematics, an approved language, or a university-level enrichment course. The scheme is also open to International students who are completing Year 12 in Australia, as well as Australian citizens completing an approved senior program overseas which is assessed as equivalent to Queensland Senior. The bonus points are awarded to the entry rank on the following basis:

  • two points for passing an approved language other than English
  • two points for passing the QCAA subject Mathematics C or equivalent (as determined by UQ)
  • one point for successfully completing a university-level enrichment course

UQ’s Rural Access Scheme supports applicants from Australian rural and regional areas by boosting their entry score for a number of undergraduate programs. To be eligible, applicants must have lived for at least five years consecutively or ten years cumulatively in a geographic region classified as RA2–RA5 as defined by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) system and submit the requested documentation through QTAC. Rural areas of Australia often have restricted or limited access to educational opportunities, resources and health services compared with those available in cities or larger towns. To help address these challenges, and if eligible, two bonus points will be added onto an applicant’s rank for the following programs:

  • Doctor of Medicine (Provisional Entry)
  • Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

The UQ Link Program provides equitable access and support for higher education to students who have experienced educational disadvantage as a result of financial hardship. Applicants who are approved for the UQ-Link Program receive five bonus points to assist with their entry to UQ and will be considered for scholarship assistance.

QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS) aims to assist applicants who have experienced difficult circumstances which have adversely affected their academic results. Applicants can apply for EAS on the basis of one or more of five categories:

  • Category 1: Financial hardship
  • Category 2: Home environment and responsibilities
  • Category 3: English language difficulty
  • Category 4: Personal illness or disability
  • Category 5: Educational disruption

Applicants may receive a maximum bonus of four (4) ranks under EAS (or up to five (5) in the financial hardship category). For more information on EAS, contact QTAC.

UQ’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alternative Entry Scheme encourages and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants through the process of applying to study at UQ. The alternative entry application process considers a range of factors in addition to formal education, such as employment history, academic abilities, personal interests and references. Contact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit for more information.

UQ’s Special Admissions Scheme for Undergraduate Law is open to Australian citizens, or humanitarian visa holders, who are currently in Year 12 (or taking a gap year) and haven't previously studied at bachelor level or higher. To be eligible for this scheme, applicants need to have experienced educational disadvantage through their schooling, be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, or be the first in their immediate family to attend university. Applicants must also meet the subject prerequisites for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program and have a minimum selection rank of 90 (excluding adjustment points).

For more information on UQ’s special entry schemes, including application and eligibility requirements, contact UQ Admissions.

Selection rank-related adjustments – non-Year 12 applicants

UQ has established special entry schemes that support and increase the participation of disadvantaged and culturally-diverse groups in tertiary study. Applicants can be allocated a maximum adjustment of five bonus (5) ranks across all schemes.

UQ’s Rural Access Scheme supports applicants from Australian rural and regional areas by boosting their selection rank for a number of undergraduate programs. To be eligible, applicants must have lived for at least five years consecutively or ten years cumulatively in a geographic region classified as RA2–RA5 as defined by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) system and submit the requested documentation through QTAC. Rural areas of Australia often have restricted or limited access to educational opportunities, resources and health services compared with those available in cities or larger towns. To help address these challenges, and if eligible, two bonus points will be added onto an applicant’s rank for the following programs:

  • Doctor of Medicine (Provisional Entry)
  • Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

The UQ Link Program provides equitable access and support for higher education to students who have experienced educational disadvantage as a result of financial hardship. Applicants who are approved for the UQ-Link Program receive five bonus points to assist with their entry to UQ and will be considered for scholarship assistance.

QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS) aims to assist applicants who have experienced difficult circumstances which have adversely affected their academic results. Applicants can apply for EAS on the basis of one or more of five categories:

  • Category 1: Financial hardship
  • Category 2: Home environment and responsibilities
  • Category 3: English language difficulty
  • Category 4: Personal illness or disability
  • Category 5: Educational disruption

Applicants may receive a maximum adjustment of four bonus (4) ranks under EAS (or up to five (5) in the financial hardship category). For more information on EAS, contact QTAC.

UQ’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alternative Entry Scheme encourages and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants through the process of applying to study at UQ. The alternative entry application process considers a range of factors in addition to formal education, such as employment history, academic abilities, personal interests and references. Contact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit for more information.

UQ’s Special Admissions Scheme for Undergraduate Law is open to Australian citizens, or humanitarian visa holders, who are currently in Year 12 (or taking a gap year) and haven't previously studied at bachelor level or higher. To be eligible for this scheme, applicants need to have experienced educational disadvantage through their schooling, be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, or be the first in their immediate family to attend university. Applicants must also meet the subject prerequisites for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program and have a minimum selection rank of 90 (excluding adjustment points).

For more information on UQ’s special entry schemes, including application and eligibility requirements, contact UQ Admissions.

Other admission options

The Aerospace Gateway Schools Direct Entry Scheme allows students at participating secondary schools to apply for direct entry into selected engineering and information technology programs at UQ. For more information, visit Aerospace Gateway Schools Direct Entry Scheme.

Applicants for UQ programs are assessed on the basis of meeting program entry requirements. If you are not meeting the entry requirements of your desired program, contact UQ Admissions for advice. Applicants from disadvantaged and culturally-diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for UQ’s special entry schemes.

Criteria that may apply in addition to OP/selection rank

Some UQ programs require additional application requirements. Applicants applying for the MD Provisional Entry for School-Leavers and the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) program must sit the Undergraduate Medical and Health Science Admission Test (UMAT).

Applicants applying for the Bachelor of Music (Honours) and music dual programs must attend an audition. Applicants applying for education programs and education dual programs must provide a personal statement. The entry requirements for all UQ programs are provided under the program pages on UQ’s Future Students website.

Additional information

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

UQ established The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (ATSIS) Unit as a commitment to the learning, discovery and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

The ATSIS Unit strongly supports and encourages the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and recognises the enormous contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to UQ. The ATSIS Unit can provide assistance with:

  • admission to UQ, including information on UQ’s range of tertiary programs, pre-enrolment preparation programs and alternative entry pathways
  • orientation for new students to assist with the transition to university life and study
  • advice on scholarships, prizes, cadetships and student support payments
  • learning support and advice, including workshops, group sessions, tutorial sessions and individual consultations.

Visit the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit for more information.

Domestic students with overseas qualifications

Domestic students with overseas qualifications should contact UQ for information on how their qualifications will be assessed for entry.

English language proficiency

UQ requires students to demonstrate that they can speak, write, read and comprehend English to a specified standard. Visit English language proficiency for information on UQ's English proficiency requirements, including ways to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Enrolment

Timing of offers

UQ makes year round offers for most courses. Term 1 offers will take place between August and February, Term 2 offers will occur between March and June.

Offers

QTAC applicants are notified of their UQ offer by email and must respond to their offer online by the due date. Applicants accepting their offer can enrol at UQ via a link in their QTAC application.

Credit transfer

Applicants who have successfully completed recent tertiary study elsewhere, of a similar standard and content as that required for the UQ program may apply for academic credit. Academic credit is determined on an individual basis.

Applicants may submit a formal application for credit with the University only once they have accepted a QTAC offer. UQ may limit the amount of credit that can be transferred towards the completion of a program. The UQ Credit Precedents Database is a tool that can be used as a guide to previously approved credit applications, which UQ may apply when deciding subsequent applications.

Fees and charges

The fees that you pay depend on what kind of student you are, when you commenced your program, and the courses in which you enrol. Visit the UQ website for more information.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students UQ. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date for semester 1, 2017, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.

Student profile
Applicant background Semester 1, 2017
Number of students % of all students
(a) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
2710 28.4%
(b) Past vocational education and training (VET) study 221 2.3%

(c) Recent secondary education:

Admitted solely on the basis of OP (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points

 

4368

 

45.7%

Admitted where both OP and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum OP) 163
 
1.7%
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, school recommendation scheme with no minimum OP, VET qualification completed during school)
238

2.5%
(d) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
227 2.4%
International students 1613 16.9%
All students 9540 100%
Notes:        L/N – Low numbers: the numbers of students is less than five.
                    N/A – Data not available for this item.
                    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than five students. (The values of suppressed cells can be approximated by using the totals and subtracting the values of some other cells, but only to within five students of the actual number, thereby retaining the confidentiality of the cells marked "L/N.)

How to apply

Domestic students (or International students studying Year 12 in Australia) applying for undergraduate study apply through QTAC.

International students apply through UQ.

Students considering postgraduate study should contact UQ to find out how to apply for their chosen course.

Student and campus services

Student support

As a UQ student, you will have access to a wide range of services to support you while you study, including disability support, accommodation assistance, counselling services, and careers advice and guidance. You can attend group seminars and workshops, make individual appointments, and access a range of online resources. We also offer learning advisers to help you develop the core academic skills needed to achieve the best possible outcomes at university. Visit Student Services for more information.

Student accommodation

From on-campus residential colleges to off-campus student housing, or privately rented houses and units, at UQ you will find something that suits you and your lifestyle. We maintain a complete list of preferred accommodation providers as well as an extensive rentals database. You can also access help with living and life skills, share housing, conflict resolution, accommodation concerns and tenancy advice. Visit UQ Accommodation for more information.

Course admissions information semester 1, 2017 

View course offer information (PDF 1.2MB) (including the OP/selection rank profile for a course) for the semester 1, 2017 admissions period.

Where to get more information

 

Page last updated: 04 Sep 2017