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Undergraduate

To be considered for an offer to a program, you'll need to meet all the entry requirements.

Check the program page for specific entry requirements.

For all of our programs, you need to meet the:

Some programs also have inherent requirements that you must meet to be able to graduate.

Change to ATAR in Queensland

From 2020, Queensland Year 12 students will receive an ATAR instead of an OP. Find out how this will affect Queensland high school students applying to study at UQ from 2021.

How the change to ATAR will affect admission to UQ (PDF, 83.51 KB)

Subject prerequisites

All our undergraduate programs have subject prerequisites. These are specific subjects you must have studied to be eligible for an offer. Prerequisites ensure you have an appropriate level of subject area knowledge when you start your program.

Subject prerequisites are listed as Queensland Year 12 General subjects. You need to achieve a grade of C or higher in Units 3 and 4.

However, you can also meet the prerequisites if you've passed equivalent subjects through high school (interstate or overseas) or tertiary study (including bridging and preparatory) programs.

View equivalent prerequisite subjects

Some programs also have recommended knowledge areas. These aren't compulsory, but they may help you to understand program material.

If you're from a non-English speaking background, you'll also have to meet our English language requirements.

Entry score threshold

Once you satisfy a program's subject prerequisites and any other requirements, admission is based on your entry score. 

Entry to UQ programs is competitive – the number of available places is usually smaller than the number of people applying. 

Places are allocated in order of applicants' entry scores until the program is full. When the last place in a program is filled, the entry score of the last applicant to be made an offer becomes the 'entry score threshold'. This threshold includes any adjustments received under our admissions schemes. Entry score thresholds can change each year depending on how many places are available and how many people apply.

Each program lists 3 equivalent entry score thresholds: OP, International Baccalaureate (IB) score and selection rank. The published scores are a guide based on the previous year.

Semester 1, 2021 will be the first semester that students are selected based on ATARs, so there is no previous ATAR entry score threshold. From Semester 2, 2021 ATARs will be displayed as entry score thresholds and we’ll no longer display OPs.  

If you’re a current Year 12 student and eligible for an ATAR, use QTAC’s OP to ATAR conversion table (PDF) as a rough guide.  

If you have an OP or IB score from the current year or previous 2 years, use that as a guide. 

Otherwise, you'll be assigned a QTAC selection rank based on your previous study, qualifications or employment. This allows us to compare applicants with different experience. Selection ranks range from 30.00 to 99.95, with 99.95 being the highest score. 

To make sure you're assessed on your highest possible entry score, apply for any admission schemes you're eligible for.

View admission schemes

How your experience converts to a selection rank 

Select the option that's most relevant to your study and work background.  

If you have several potential selection ranks (e.g. from previous Year 12 results, VET study and employment), you'll generally be assessed on the highest rank. Some exceptions may apply. 

If you've completed 1 year full-time (or equivalent) of higher education study at bachelor level or higher, your selection rank will be based on this study only – even if your rank from another qualification is higher.

Recent secondary education

You're a recent secondary student if you've completed secondary education in the current year or previous 2 years. This includes secondary education completed in Australia or overseas at a school, TAFE, or other VET or higher education provider.

Australian Year 12

If you're currently studying Year 12 in Australia and you’re eligible for an ATAR, this will be used as your entry score.

If you’re a current Year 12 student and you’re not eligible for an ATAR, you won’t receive a selection rank for your secondary studies. 

If you apply to start studying at UQ in the year after you finish Year 12, you can only use your secondary education qualification to gain an entry score. Other qualifications won’t count towards your entry score, including Certificate III or IV, diplomas, or music, speech or drama awards. You may be able to use these qualifications for entry in later years. 

Some other types of secondary education results may be converted to a selection rank.

You may be able to calculate your rank using the following information sheets:

If you've completed other types of secondary education studies, contact us for advice.

Higher education study (including bridging study)

If your highest level of study is in higher education (such as at university), you can be assigned a selection rank based on:

  • your level of study (such as bachelor's or master's level)
  • the duration of your study
  • your grade point average (GPA). 

Once you've completed 1 year of full-time study (or equivalent) at bachelor level or higher, your selection rank will be based on this study only – even if your rank from another qualification is higher. 

You may be able to calculate your rank using the following information sheet:

Tertiary studies selection rank information sheet (PDF, 77.38 KB)
How you can use tertiary studies to calculate a selection rank. 

Bridging study 

If you've completed less than one full year of bachelor-level (or higher) study, UQ-approved bridging programs can be used to determine your selection rank. 

If you've completed the UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program you can calculate your rank using the following information sheet:

UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program information sheet (PDF, 63.57 KB) 
How you can use the UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program to meet subject prerequisites and gain a selection rank.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

You can be assigned a selection rank based on Vocational and Education Training (VET) study if your highest level of study is a competency-based or graded:

  • AQF Certificate III (completed)
  • AQF Certificate IV (completed)
  • AQF Diploma
  • sub-bachelor level study (based on the level and duration of study, and your grade point average).

If you’re a current Year 12 student, you can’t use VET study for entry to UQ in the next year after you finish Year 12. You may be able to use this study for entry in later years.

If you've completed competency-based VET study, you can raise your selection rank by combining it with results from the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), as long as you're over 18 and not a current Year 12 student.

You may be able to calculate your rank using the following information sheets:

Attainable selection rank information sheet (PDF, 51.98 KB)
The maximum selection rank you can achieve through Vocational Education and Training (VET) study, tertiary study, the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) or employment experience.

Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation information sheet (PDF, 73.87 KB)
How you can use the Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation to meet subject prerequisites and gain a selection rank.

Work and life experience

If you left secondary education more than 2 years ago and haven't done any VET or higher education study, you can be assigned a selection rank based on:

Post-secondary professional or para-professional qualifications and service can include:

  • some creative arts, language and civil aviation qualifications
  • memberships of professional associations that have qualifying exams
  • police, defence and emergency services.

If you've completed previous secondary education, you may be able to calculate your rank using the following information sheets:  

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

Our pathway options can help you meet the subject prerequisite or entry score requirements for your preferred program.

View pathway options

Check the program page and select your qualification for specific entry requirements.

For all our programs, you need to:

Some programs have a quota, which means there are limited places available. As entry is competitive, meeting the minimum entry requirements for these programs does not guarantee admission. For programs without a quota, UQ offers places to all applicants who meet the program's minimum entry requirements.

Some programs also have inherent requirements that you must meet to be able to graduate.

Qualification

To be offered a place in an undergraduate program, you need to have successfully completed Queensland Year 12, or a qualification equivalent to Queensland Year 12, with the required minimum entry score for the program you're interested in studying.

You may also be considered if you have studied a diploma, advanced diploma, or a year or more of tertiary study. 

Minimum entry score

A minimum entry score is the lowest score you need to achieve to be considered for a place in a program.

This score is displayed in different ways, depending on the studies you have completed:

Australian Year 12, International Baccalaureate or New Zealand NCEA studies

You must achieve the required OP, Queensland rank or ATAR score, or IB score for your preferred UQ program if you are currently studying:

  • Australian Year 12 (or equivalent)
  • International Baccalaureate, or
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 in New Zealand.

International studies equivalent to Australian Year 12

If you're currently completing your senior schooling overseas, you must achieve the equivalent of the required entry score for your preferred UQ program.

Non-school leavers

If you’re not a current school leaver, we’ll assess your application based on any study you have completed since finishing high school. 

Prerequisites

Some undergraduate programs have subject prerequisites – specific subjects you must have studied to gain admission. Prerequisites help ensure that you have an appropriate level of subject area knowledge when you start the program.

Subject prerequisites are listed as Queensland Year 12 General subjects, but you may be able to meet them if you've studied equivalent subjects at an interstate or overseas high school, at university or through a bridging program.

Some programs also have recommended knowledge areas. These aren't compulsory, but we recommend them to ensure you're in the best possible position to understand program material.

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 (or equivalent), your application will be assessed to determine whether you have met the required prerequisites.

English language requirements

All applicants have to meet our English language requirements. For most programs, you’ll need to meet the minimum requirements, but some programs have higher requirements.

There are many ways you can meet English requirements, including previous study, English language tests and work experience.  

How to meet English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

Our pathway options can help you meet the qualification, minimum entry score, subject prerequisite or English language requirements for your preferred program.

View pathway options

If you're studying Year 12 in Australia, you may be eligible for admission schemes to help boost your entry score.

View admission schemes

Program-specific requirements

Some programs have program-specific entry requirements, such as entry tests, auditions or interviews. Check your program entry requirements for details.

If you're applying for the Doctor of Medicine, there's a specific application process to follow.

Find out about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Inherent requirements

Some programs also have inherent requirements you must meet to be able to graduate. These requirements are core activities, tasks or skills that are essential to the program.

Before you apply for a program that has inherent requirements, it’s important to read through them carefully and think about whether you’ll be able to meet them.

Learn more about inherent requirements