2. Admission information

To be eligible for admission to a UQ program, you need to satisfy all of its entry requirements.

Subject prerequisites

All bachelor's programs at UQ have English as a subject prerequisite. Many programs also have mathematics and/or science subject prerequisites.

Subject prerequisites are the assumed knowledge requirements of a program. They can be found under the 'Program details' tab on each program page.

You need to satisfy a program's subject prerequisites to be considered for admission. For dual programs, you have to satisfy subject prerequisites for both programs.

Subject prerequisites are usually Queensland Year 12 authority subjects, but can also be met through subject equivalents or bridging courses.

Some programs also have recommended (non-compulsory) knowledge areas. We make these recommendations to ensure you are in the best possible position to understand program material.

If you're from a non-English speaking background, you also have to show English language proficiency to be eligible for admission.

Studied interstate, overseas or somewhere else?

Consult the equivalent subject prerequisites guide to find subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects, and bridging programs.

Entry scores

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

Each program page lists three equivalent entry scores: Overall Positions (OPs), International Baccalaureate (IB) scores, and selection ranks. 

OPs

Current eligible Queensland Year 12 students receive an OP score. OPs are allocated by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority and range from 1 to 25, with 1 the highest score.

IB score

Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate receive an IB score. This score ranges from 24 to 45, with 45 the highest score.

Selection ranks

Other applicants are allocated a selection rank on a scale of 1 to 99, with 99 the highest score.

Selection ranks are usually based on previous Year 12 study, but they can also be derived from university-level study, VET study, bridging study, or work and life experience.

Once you have completed one year of full-time bachelor-level (or higher) study, your selection rank will be based solely on this higher education study.

Selection ranks help us compare different types of study, experience and qualifications. Select one of the below options to find out how your application will be assessed:

Current Year 12 applicants

Current Queensland Year 12 students who are eligible to receive an OP are assessed based on their OP.*

Current Queensland Year 12 students who are ineligible to receive an OP are assigned a selection rank by QTAC and are assessed based on this rank.*

Current interstate students are assigned a selection rank based on their ATAR and are assessed based on this rank.*

Current IB students are assigned a selection rank based on their IB score. QTAC will first convert the IB score into a 'combined rank' that is then converted to a selection rank. IB students are assessed based on this selection rank.*

* Or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school.

Students with higher education study

Applicants who have undertaken recognised higher education study are assigned a selection rank based on their:

  • level and duration of study, and
  • grade point average (GPA).

Once these applicants have completed one year of full-time, bachelor-level (or higher) study, their selection rank is based solely on this higher education study.

If you have made several attempts at higher education study, we will use your total cumulative GPA to assign a selection rank. If the total duration of study is less than one year (16 units at UQ), we will only use the selection rank if it advantages you.

Students with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

Applicants are assigned a selection rank if they have completed a competency-based or graded:

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

Competency based studies can be combined with results from the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) to raise an applicant's selection rank. The new rank is based on the score from the STAT and the level of study. Please note the STAT can't be used for applicants who are completing Year 12 in the year of tertiary application. 

Make sure you still meet any subject prerequisites and additional entry requirements for the program you're applying for. Subject prerequisites aren't usually satisfied by certificate-level study. Read the equivalent subject prerequisites guide to find bridging courses that will satisfy subject prerequisites.

Students who completed bridging or enabling study

For applicants who have completed less than one full year of recognised bachelor-level (or higher) study, UQ-approved bridging courses or enabling programs can be used to derive an entry rank and/or meet subject prerequisites. Some exceptions may apply.

Make sure you still meet the subject prerequisites and any additional entry requirements for the UQ program you're applying for.

Students who completed Year 12

Until applicants have completed one year of full-time bachelor-level (or higher) study, their selection rank is based on their previous secondary education, or recognised qualifications such as:

  • Senior External Examination results
  • VET study
  • any bridging or enabling courses
  • other post-secondary professional and para-professional qualifications and service
  • admission pathways such as employment experience and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (age restrictions apply).

If you have several potential selection ranks (e.g. ranks based on Year 12 results, VET study or employment), you will generally be assessed on the highest rank. Some exceptions may apply.

Students with work and life experience

Applicants who have post-secondary professional or para-professional qualifications and service can be assigned a selection rank. These include:

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

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

Make sure you still meet any subject prerequisites and additional entry requirements for the program you're applying for. Subject prerequisites aren't usually satisfied by work and life experience. Read the equivalent subject prerequisites guide to find bridging courses that will satisfy subject prerequisites.

For more information, see the Undergraduate, Non-award and CSP Admissions Procedures

Minimum selection threshold

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

Once eligible applicants are identified, places in a program are allocated in order of applicants' entry scores until the program is full.

When the last place in a program is filled, the OP score or selection rank of the last applicant to gain admission becomes the 'minimum selection threshold' – or the minimum adjusted score you need to achieve to be considered for admission to the program.

The minimum selection threshold required for admission is based on the previous year's Semester 1 intake period. It varies from year to year.

If your entry score isn't high enough to get you into a program, you may want to consider an admission pathway.

Adjusted and unadjusted scores

Each domestic undergraduate program shows an 'OP / Rank profile' in the 'Program details' tab. This profile displays the highest, median and lowest OPs and selection ranks of all recent secondary students who received an offer in the last intake for that program.

These OPs and selection ranks are divided into adjusted and unadjusted scores. These reflect whether any additional 'adjustment factors' have been added to the entry score.

Common types of adjustment factors include:

  • equity adjustments
  • subject adjustments
  • location adjustments.

An adjusted score has been boosted by one or several adjustment factors. The lowest adjusted score is also known as the 'minimum selection threshold'.

An unadjusted score is a 'raw' score that doesn't include any adjustment factors.

The maximum number of adjustments you can achieve across all schemes is capped at five.

You can learn more about how you might qualify for adjustments on the Admission schemes page.

Applicants with the same entry score

For some programs, there are more applicants with the same OP or selection rank than there are places available.

In these circumstances, we choose between applicants by using more detailed measures within each OP or entry rank. These measures might include:

  • field positions for OP scores (these are listed under entry requirements on the QTAC website)
  • UMAT scores (for entry into certain programs in 2019) or University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) scores (for entry into certain programs in 2020 or later)
  • Section 1 UMAT scores (for 2019 entry, where applicants have the same UMAT score). For entry in 2020 and later, a tie-breaker is yet to be determined.
  • further breakdown of an applicant's GPA (for selection ranks based on tertiary study). 

Program-specific application requirements

Some programs use more than subject prerequisites and entry scores:

  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours): For 2019 entry, applicants are required to sit the UMAT. For entry in 2020 and later, applicants are required to sit the UCAT. See past UMAT scores for recent intakes.
  • Education programs: Applicants for any UQ education degree from 2018 must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria. Refer to the QTAC website for more information.
  • Bachelor of Music (Honours): Applicants are selected based on an audition, interview and academic results.
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours): Applicants are required to take an online situational judgement test

Carefully check each program page for specific application requirements. These will be listed under the ‘Program details’ tab.

Applying for the Doctor of Medicine

There is a unique application process for the Doctor of Medicine. See Applying for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) for more information.

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