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The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland is ranked #47 by the QS World University Rankings, placing it 5th in Australia, just below UNSW Sydney. Queensland offers a number of unique study options, including short courses that can earn you a postgraduate qualification in 6 months, and a range of free online courses for learners to complete at their own pace.

Subject Rankings

  • Sports-related subjects - #2 (1st in Australia)
  • Engineering (Mineral) - #3 (2nd in Australia)
  • Environmental Sciences - #17 (1st in Australia)
  • Psychology - #26 (3rd in Australia)
  • Agriculture/Forestry - #26 (1st in Australia)
  • Engineering (Petroleum) - #27 (3rd in Australia)
  • Veterinary Science - #26 (3rd in Australia)
  • Anatomy/Physiology - #29 (4th in Australia)
  • Education & Training - #30 (4th in Australia)
  • Life Sciences/Medicine - #38 (5th in Australia)

Broad Subject Rankings

  • Arts/Humanities #96 (6th in Australia)
  • Business/Management #61 (5th in Australia)
  • Engineering & Technology #85 (6th in Australia)
  • Life Sciences/Medicine #38 (4th in Australia)
  • Natural Sciences #92 (6th in Australia)
  • Social Sciences/Management #63 (6th in Australia)

Though the main campus is stationed in St Lucia, Brisbane, the University of Queensland is spread across an impressive number of campuses and stations. Owing to its status as a Group of Eight research university, Queensland is affiliated with over 100 research centres, including the Dermatology Research Centre and Centre for Superbug Solutions (Fun fact-- Queensland developed a Covid-19 vaccine that saw use in trials).

The main St Lucia campus is located a convenient 7km away from the Brisbane city centre. The campus grounds hold the largest research library in Queensland, 10 residential colleges, and the beautiful Great Court structure at the heart, listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.

Startup Business Support

Queensland offers a huge range of programs and accelerators through its Ventures division, ranging from introductory to advanced – there is something for startups at every stage of the concept process, and programs can be mixed and matched to suit your level of experience. The university's St Lucia campus also holds two dedicated 24/7 co-working spaces.

In addition to the above, Queensland has over 100 entrepreneurship-related courses available across its faculties, with some being among the university's many free online masterclasses.

For information about research commercialisation, see Research & Development below.

Research And Development

Queensland's research output has a focus in science, medicine and technology. The university's place in the Group of Eight shows its high research focus, but what opportunities are there for research students, particularly compared to other Go8 unis?

Queensland is partnered with UniQuest, a technology transfer company established to commercialise Queensland Uni research. UniQuest holds a two-day workshop each year aimed at research higher degree students to demonstrate how your research project could be commercialised, combining practical activities with presentations from industry leaders. If you are unsure of the right pathway to get into the industry with your research, this workshop is designed for you.

Job Placement

As with other universities, courses in certain fields at Queensland have required internship placements as part of your study. These fields are Business, Economics & Law, Engineering, Architecture & IT, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Graduate School. Work Integrated Learning, which can take the form of placements, is also included as part of certain courses.

For research students, Queensland offers the Employability Award and Summer & Winter Research Programs: Open to undergraduate and postgraduates, offering the chance to work with the university's leading researchers. The selected students receive scholarships.

The Student Employability Centre is also in charge of providing students with resources, including research opportunities.

Student Life

City and campus life

As the third most populated city in Australia, Brisbane is a big place, known for its sunny weather year-round. It's also one of the greenest cities in the country, with a convenient transport network that makes getting around a much less daunting prospect.

Student support

Students in any program who are facing financial difficulties can apply for a grant from Student Services. Queensland also offers a range of support services and accessibility for students with disabilities, including specialized workshops to help students with ASD to adapt to university life.

Student Support satisfaction at Queensland is currently at 69.7% on gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Why should you choose this university?

Recent graduate satisfaction rates from QILT student survey scores (2020-2021) are 80.3% for undergraduates and 78.8% for postgraduates.

If soaking up the sun is one of your main concerns during your study in Australia, Brisbane is what you're looking for – Melbourne in particular is known for its changeable weather, leaving many international students wishing they had brought their coats and umbrellas.

Subject Ranking Comparisons

Subjects ranking on the lower end at Queensland include Art & Design, Physics & Astronomy, Philosophy, Modern Languages, and Engineering (Mechanical).

Australian universities better-ranked for these subjects include: (Queensland unis in italics)

  • RMIT University – Art & Design #15
  • University of Technology Sydney – Art & Design #25
  • Queensland University of Technology – Art & Design #48
  • The Australian National University – Philosophy #5, Modern Languages #39, Physics & Astronomy #40
  • Macquarie University – Philosophy #23
  • UNSW – Engineering (Mechanical) #54

Ranking BodyYearRanking Number
QS World University Rankings202147