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Brief Background

The University of Queensland (UQ), located in Australia, dates back to 1909 when the University act signing took place. It is one of Australia's leading research and teaching institutions and has been ranked as one of the world's top 50 universities. The University’s official foundation dates back to 16 April 1910.

The motto of the university is Scientia ac Labore (Latin) which translates to ' by means of knowledge and hard work.'

UQ believes in diversity and inclusivity. The university accepts people from all origins and backgrounds. It always strives for excellence and works along to apply the highest standards to benefit communities.

UQ believes in teaching excellence. It has won more Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) than any other in the country.

UQ has received more Australian Research Council funding for discovery and early-career research than any other Australian university. They have three major campuses located at St Lucia and Herston in Brisbane and Gatton. UQ has developed state-of-the-art learning spaces that aid student's demands as well as industry expectations.

UQ has established eight research institutes, many with a multidisciplinary focus:

  1. Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
  2. Global Change Institute
  3. Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  4. Institute for Social Science Research
  5. Mater Research Institute-UQ
  6. Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
  7. Queensland Brain Institute
  8. Sustainable Minerals Institute.

UQ has also partnered with the Translational Research Institute (TRI) which represents the future in biomedical research. TRI can discover, produce, test and manufacture new treatments and vaccines in one location. UQ established UniQuest which is one of Australia’s leading research commercialization companies.


UQ has state-of-the-art facilities for both teaching and research. It has a Student Centre that operates on each campus. It is a single point for the students to access all the services that the university offers. UQ has a separate Student Services staff whose main role is to help UQ students and staff to manage personal, career, welfare and learning issues. UQ has its safety awareness program to maximize personal safety on campus. It provides various services that include safety bus, escort service and a network of emergency call points primarily on St Lucia and Gatton campuses. The university also provides childcare facilities for all the students and staff which include kindergarten and after- school care facilities on most of the campuses. All the campuses have ATMs. Students at the main campuses of St Lucia and Gatton also have access to a post office. UQ has on-campus health services for both the staff and the students. UQ also offers dental services at St Lucia campus. UQ houses a big library that hosts around 2.17 million book titles and 158,000 journals. They are available in both electronic and printed versions. It also has an institutional repository called UQ eSpace which houses more than 363,000 items authored or co-authored by UQ-affiliated researchers. The library also has extensive cultural and historical collections. Additionally, UQ offers proper parking spaces which include accessible parking facilities for people with disabilities. Online parking maps are available with a live feed from parking spots. There are various sports facilities in St Lucia And Gatton campuses which include a fitness centre, tennis centre, aquatics centre, and athletics centre.
UQ's teaching, research, and other facilities in Brisbane and Queensland include:
Boyce Gardens; UQ Brisbane City; Customs House; Heron Island Research Station; Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre; Long Pocket; Medicine clinical units and teaching hospitals; Moreton Bay Research Station; Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence; Pinjarra Hills Research Facility; UQ seismograph stations; UQ Vets Dayboro 

Residing Options 

Fully furnished unserviced two-bedroom apartments are provided by Dell Lodge for the University Affiliated visitors. The apartments are conveniently located at a 2-minute walk from St Lucia campus with a 5-minute walk from supermarkets and restaurants. They can be reached in 20-minutes via bus to Brisbane CBD.
UQ has many approved accommodation providers who offer high quality serviced residences for the students. These places can be pre-booked. They have students from various universities and may also have non-student residents. These accommodations can be booked via the University's student service.
UQ also offers on-campus accommodations and believes that living in a university will enhance the student's experience and result in stronger academic progression and university results. They offer 10 Residential Colleges that are home to over 3,000 students from Australia and overseas studying at Brisbane universities. 
UQ also has a website called UQ Rentals which features vacant rooms and properties that are suitable for students and staff. They can be booked via the registered student or staff ID.
UQ also offers a guaranteed accommodation program that confirms accommodation facilities for the students.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Many scholarships are provided by UQ for deserving students. They also allow a person to hold more than one scholarship at a time based on the rules and eligibility criteria. Numerous scholarships are open throughout the year. 

  1. Study Area Scholarships - UQ offers Study area scholarships which can be applied for by students who are enrolled in a specific degree, school or faculty, or are involved in researching or studying a particular topic. These scholarships are available throughout the year.

  2. Research Scholarships - Research scholarships are funded by UQ, the Australian Government, private donors, international organizations, or other sources. The funding covers tuition fees, living expenses, travel, and other costs. The scholarships are meant for research students.

  3. Equity Scholarships - UQ believes in equal access to education. Equity scholarships are designed to financially support students from low socio-economic or under-represented backgrounds.

  4. Sporting Scholarships - UQ, an Elite Athlete Friendly University, provides scholarships for sporting excellence. The students who exhibit excellence in their chosen sport will be awarded the scholarship.

  5. UQ Academic Scholarships Program - The UQ Academic Scholarships Program is an undergraduate scholarship scheme. Three scholarships are offered in the program:

    • UQ Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships
    • UQ Excellence Scholarships
    • UQ Merit Scholarships

Up to 150 scholarships are awarded through the program each year.

Employability Grants

Employability Grants are designed for UQ students to enhance their employability through activities like an exchange, global opportunities, entrepreneurial activities, and volunteering.

Jobs and Placements

UQ offers the Student Employability Centre which provides students with opportunities, choices, and support with respect to career development and enhancement. UQ believes that each student has their aspirations, and it strives to guide the students so that they can become masters in their chosen field of study. Students are provided with opportunities to have global experiences by participating in conferences and research opportunities. Students are provided with more than 220 clubs and societies to excel in their careers. The University’s outstanding 268,000-plus alumni include a Nobel laureate, an Academy Award winner, and leaders in government, law, science, public service, and the arts. The average job placement rate for graduates from UQ is 78.2% for an average full-time rate for Bachelor's degree, and the national average is 73.3%.
In 2018, the University had more than 53,000 students including 18,000 international students from 134 countries. UQ's more than 18,600 postgraduate students include one of Australia's largest PhD cohorts, celebrating its 13,000th PhD degree in 2017.

The top recruiters employing graduates from the university include University of Queensland, GREEN CROSS, Aecom Corporation, Flight Centre Ltd, RACQ. 


  • St Lucia - The University’s main campus is located in St Lucia. The campus has more than 10 direct bus routes from the Brisbane CBD and outer suburbs which stop at UQ's bus station located at Chancellor’s Place and the Lakes. A congestion-free service is also provided through rapid-transit busways. Frequent bus services are available from Indooroopilly Shopping Centre and Toowong. UQ also provides staff and students with a free intercampus bus service to travel between St Lucia and Gatton campuses and also between St Lucia and Long Pocket. The nearest train stations to the St Lucia campus are Toowong, Park Road, and Dutton Park. CityCats is a ferry service and is a scenic way to travel to St Lucia campus from riverside suburbs.
  • Gatton - The campus at Gatton was formed by merging with the Queensland Agricultural College in 1990. Gatton is UQ's rural campus and is located in the Lockyer Valley, 87 kilometres west of Brisbane's city centre, and halfway between Ipswich and Toowoomba. People can reach the Gatton University campus via the rail-bus service. This service runs between Brisbane and Gatton. From Brisbane, catch an Ipswich-Rosewood-line train to Rosewood station and then transfer onto the 539 bus to Gatton campus. The journey takes about 2 hours. The Gatton campus is located on the Warrego Highway, just over an hour's drive west of Brisbane, and 10 minutes from the centre of Gatton.
  • Herston - The third campus of the University, established in 2010, is located in Herston. The campus is located very near to Brisbane CBD. This campus is located three kilometres from Brisbane's city centre. It has services from more than a dozen direct bus routes from the Brisbane CBD. Several of these routes travel via rapid-transit busways, which offer congestion-free services to and from campus. Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital busway stop, Herston busway stop, Bramston Terrace bus stops and Herston Road bus stops are the closest to the campus. The nearest train stations to Herston campus are Windsor, Bowen Hills, and Fortitude Valley. Parking around Herston is extremely limited. The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital have three privately-run car parks, however, they can be expensive.

Chemical Engineering

The School of Chemical Engineering is an international leader in chemical engineering education and research. Its project-centred teaching program forms a part of UQ's undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Chemical, Biological, Environmental, Materials, and Metallurgical Engineering, and Sustainable Energy. The undergraduate course offered is The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). It is a four-year program that will prepare you for a career as an engineer. 
The Master of Engineering is designed to develop your expertise through advanced courses and specialized electives. The program is a pathway to becoming an accredited engineer and has also been submitted for accreditation by Engineers Australia. The Master of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) is designed to allow chemical engineers take up more senior leadership roles in scoping and tackling the complex, interdisciplinary challenges associated with the design and optimization of industrial-scale processing of raw materials into commercial products. All the students complete a two-semester research project or industry placement as a part of this programme.
UQ maintains a strong engagement program with organizations including Boeing, Deloitte, Ernst and Young, Google, Energex, and Rio Tinto. They also regularly host workshops for students to network with industry and employers. The world-class research is underpinned by three industry-supported chairs and five industry-supported centres.

Civil Engineering

UQ School of Civil Engineering is renowned for teaching and research in water, environmental, geotechnical, structural, fire, and transportation engineering. The department offers world-class teaching expertise in the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), a new Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)/Master of Engineering programme, and postgraduate programs. The research practitioners in the department include expert academics and students from around the world. It provides the industry with consulting expertise, research collaboration, and testing facilities.
The Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) provides options for in-depth study in the broad engineering fields of structural, geotechnical, transportation and water and environmental engineering. The program enables students to advance their existing civil engineering skills and knowledge through advanced and practice-focused technical courses which are coupled with experiential learning experiences. Students will also be able to work intensively and directly with academic mentors through a research project in their final year. The master’s program is a two-year programme of full-time study.

Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

UQ's School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering is one of the topmost in the country and is at the leading edge of information and communications technology (ICT) and electrical engineering. The School of ITEE recognizes the importance of collaborating with industry for the advancement of teaching and research in the ICT and engineering fields. The undergraduate programs offered are Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Computer Science.
The Master of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) is designed to combine technical and research skills across biomedical imaging and instrumentation, power and energy systems, or photonics and microwave engineering with a global perspective on professional engineering practice. Students have the flexibility to choose from a range of elective courses and will complete a two-semester research project or industry placement at companies like Allergen, Bayer or Cochlear as part of this program.

Mechanical and Mining Engineering

The School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering provides quality programs and leadership in engineering education, expert consulting and research and development. The comprehensive teaching program in engineering encompasses undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Mechanical, Materials, Aerospace, Mechatronic, Geotechnical, and Mining engineering. UQ Engineering's postgraduate coursework programs enable professional engineers to develop advanced, practical skills in specialized fields and to cross-disciplinary boundaries.
The undergraduate courses offered are Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Mining Engineering, Mining, and Geotechnical Engineering.

The master's Programs provide three options for students to choose from:
The Master of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) is one of the broadest programmes in engineering, covering dynamics and control, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, structures and solid mechanics and design and manufacture. The ability to formulate a problem, model and study solutions and identify the most appropriate solution within constraints is core to mechanical engineering processes. This approach is followed across a number of professions and is integrated within the program, thus preparing graduates for a changing world.
The Master of Engineering Science provides graduates with advanced skills in engineering analysis and problem-solving. This specialization is suitable for those interested in solving advanced technical challenges, managing projects, and overseeing teams.
The Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, and Mechatronic Engineering majors of the Master of Engineering Science (Management) add a component of business studies to the engineering science program. 

Pure Sciences

1. School of Mathematics and Physics

The disciplines of mathematics, statistics, and physics describe the natural world and underpin a wide range of technological advances. The school has an established international reputation for research excellence. UQ is ranked in the top 45 universities in the world for statistics and operational research. Most of the academic staff are world leaders in their fields. More than 200 peer-reviewed publications are produced every year.
Undergraduate courses are offered in mathematics, statistics, and physics. The Bachelor's degrees include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Data Analytics and Operations Research, Mathematical Physics, Pure Mathematics, Statistics, Bachelor of Science.
Master's project work involves an independent investigation of a topic of particular interest under the supervision of one of the faculty members. Master of Data Science has courses in mathematics, statistics, computer science, and other interdisciplinary areas. Master of Financial Mathematics is a 2-year program that contains 32 units to be completed by the students. Master of Financial Mathematics is a 1½ year program and consists of 24 units. Master of Quantum Technology is a new 1½ year program.

2. Chemistry

UQ has world-class research and teaching in Chemistry. Chemistry at UQ is primarily offered by the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences. The department’s research themes follow the sub-disciplines of organic, inorganic, physical and computational chemistry. 
The undergraduate degrees provide a solid foundation for the study of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular cell biology, biotechnology and microbiology. The courses provided are Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours), Chemical Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Drug Design & Development, Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Chemical Sciences, Bachelor of Science (Honours), Chemistry.
Master’s coursework opportunities are offered in a range of disciplines including biotechnology, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. The two-year Biotechnology master's programs are recognized by the US National Professional Science Master's Association as affiliated Professional Science Master's programs. One-year Master's programs offered are Master of Bioinformatics, Master of Biotechnology and Master of Molecular Biology. Two-year master's programs that include research are Master of Bioinformatics Research Extensive, Master of Biotechnology Research Extensive and Master of Molecular Biology Research Extensive.

3. School of Biological Sciences

The School of Biological Sciences delivers world-class research and teaching across a broad range of fundamental disciplines in biology. It has a stunning range of terrestrial and marine subtropical habitats and their native biodiversity on campus. The research spans the scales of biological organization, from molecules and cells to organisms, species, communities, and populations. The programs and courses include the highly competitive Masters of Conservation Biology/Science degrees and the popular Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange-approved courses in Australian terrestrial and marine science

The undergraduate degree programs provided are Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Honours), Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours).

The two major master’s program offered are Master of Conservation Biology and Master of Conservation Science. The Master of Conservation Biology uses the science of conservation, ecology, and biodiversity to develop strategies and policies that aim to find effective solutions to secure the world's biological diversity. This one-year program provides a comprehensive education in the ecosystems and evolutionary potential of the world's flora and fauna.

Master of Conservation Science is taught in an intensive mode and is designed around blocks of fieldwork that allow you to complete the equivalent of two academic years in just 18 months. This program helps students to deepen the understanding of all the aspects of biodiversity and conservation, environmental philosophy, national and international conservation policy, and systematic conservation decision-making processes. 

These streamlined 12- and 18-month master’s degree programs will provide you with comprehensive theoretical, analytical and practical knowledge and real-world application, covering ecology and wildlife conservation, and conservation decision making.

Other Departments 

1. Business, Economics and Law

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) combines the UQ Business School, the School of Economics and the TC Beirne School of Law. The goal of the business, economics and law school is to be a leader in business, economics and law that creates positive changes in the world and have positive repercussions throughout. 
The University of Queensland Business School is ranked amongst one of the top business schools in Australia and amongst the leading institutes worldwide. There are 12,200 students including 6,600 international students enrolled over the three schools.

The school offers various courses on business such as Advanced Presentation Skills, Advanced Presentation Skills, Finance for Non-Finance Managers, Innovation for Productivity and Business Improvement, Leadership for Senior Executive Women, Leading High Performing Teams, Learning to Lead, Optimising Influence in Negotiation.
The school offers graduate degrees such as Master of Business, Master of Business Administration, Master of Commerce, Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Master of Global Management, Master of Leadership in Service Innovation, Master of Tourist, Hotel and event management.

2. Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

The Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology school aims to be universally recognized as a global top 20 program for engineering, technology and design as it continuously and progressively strives to change the world through creative technologies, outstanding staff, creative thinking students and alumni.

3. Health and Behavioural Sciences 

A diverse and wide range of disciplines is provided by the faculty of UQ health and behavioural sciences. The department comprises of schools from the health, behavioural and social sciences as well as research centers and clinics. Students gain practical experience in providing healthcare and rehabilitation services to the wider community through clinical and non-clinical partnerships.
The Faculty of Health and behavioural sciences offers a truly immersive and world-class education to a pool of more than 7000 students and over 800 students from foreign countries and, with an alumni network of 50,000 people.

4. Humanities and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences strives to give knowledge leadership in a wide and diverse range of teaching and graduate programs, including archaeology, anthropology, arts, history, communication, classics, criminology, cultural studies, history, international relations, drama, journalism, linguistics, literature,languages, media studies, political science, philosophy, music, sociology, and world religions.

5. Medicine

Housing two research-intensive schools, five hospital-based institutes,medical education and centres, the school of medicine is very well capable of linking the clinical and pre-clinical sciences and global health and population. The faculty comprises of teachers and researchers.
UQ is ranked 30th in the field of Life Sciences and Medicine.

Annual fees for Indians $41,958
Annual off-campus living $7,600
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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