The University of Queensland Faculty of Science – Australia

The University of Queensland (UQ), located in Brisbane, is one of Australia’s largest and most well established universities. UQ is ranked among the world’s top 50 universities and is one of only three Australian members of Universitas 21, a leading network of research universities for the 21st century.

UQ’s Faculty of Science, based across the university’s St Lucia campus and Gatton campus, offers students one of the widest choices of science disciplines in Australia. The Faculty offers a broad range of programs, including Veterinary Science, with the most modern veterinary science facilities in the southern hemisphere; and Biological Sciences, with a specialist focus on Ecology, Marine Science and Zoology. The Faculty is ranked in the world’s top 20 universities for Environmental Sciences,  Agriculture and Forestry, and has been commended for excellence in two critical measures of science research by the prestigious Nature index.

The Faculty accommodates approximately 1,100 full-time staff and 7,500 full-time students. UQ provides science students with the ability to tailor programs to their individual interests and combine their science degrees with business, law, arts, engineering or education. Access to a well-connected, vast network of employers and industry placements also provides UQ Science students with endless opportunities and pathways in their chosen field.

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Dr Jack Wang, Microbiology Lecturer at UQ. Pic: University of Queensland Faculty of Science

World-class research and teaching

The university is ranked as one of Australia’s top three research universities. With strong links between the enabling and applied sciences, UQ researchers and graduates are working on a broad range of ground-breaking projects from the molecular characterisation of drug-resistant bacteria that affect piglets, through to finding better treatments for illness and rehabilitation of the environment. Access to this research and the research facilities enables students to excel in, and focus on, a wide range of specialisations and forward thinking work.

Science students at UQ work alongside some of the world’s top scientists and teaching staff, who have received more awards than staff at any other Australian university. Students have access to more than 1,800 teaching and research laboratories, from high-performance supercomputers for quantitative studies to sensory labs for food science. Cutting-edge facilities, leading technologies and access to a wide range of scientific services all ensure that UQ Science students are well equipped to tackle their research questions and to address some of the most important global scientific challenges facing society today.

The benefits of studying Science at UQ

The Advanced Study Program in Science allows high-achieving students to broaden their university experience through an enriched program of study. With individual mentoring from a scientist, exposure to research laboratories during the first year and access to creative thinkers across all disciplines, this is a unique opportunity to see research in action.

The wider university itself also offers an exciting range of opportunities and benefits to students. UQ students have access to over 100 extracurricular activities, from sports and fitness to clubs and societies, providing many opportunities to develop key skills, keep fit and socialise with like-minded people.

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Environmental Science research trip to French Polynesia. Pic: University of Queensland

UQ practical exchange opportunities

UQ Science students benefit from a range of practical opportunities during their studies with all programs offering hands-on activities to help develop technical skills. In addition, students can participate in scientific field trips to explore the wonders of world-renowned sites, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Moreton Bay, Lamington National Park and outback Australia on various field trips. These trips provide a great opportunity for students to build their knowledge and practical skills, interact with science research teams, tour active research laboratories and get involved in research group placements.

UQ also has exchange agreements with more than 170 world-class universities in more than 38 countries. Overseas study gives students an invaluable opportunity to experience another culture, gain additional skills and enhance their employment opportunities while earning credit towards their UQ science degrees.

Further study and employment

The University of Queensland’s excellence and success in such an extensive variety of scientific disciplines is recognised by employers worldwide. Graduates hit the ground running, ready to pursue their chosen career with an advanced, innovative knowledge and a competitive advantage that employers really value. Consistently ranked as the number one University in Australia for graduate outcomes, the average UQ graduate finds employment within the first six months of graduating.

UQ’s Faculty of Science is the perfect example of a forward thinking scientific institution and students can be confident that they will gain a world-class education in an exciting environment, as part of a welcoming and diverse community.

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