2. Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission to a UQ program, you need to satisfy any prerequisites and entry score requirements. You can also learn more about admissions transparency on the QTAC website.


Prerequisites are the assumed knowledge requirements for a program. You need to have successfully completed a program's prerequisites to be considered for admission. 

If you're interested in completing a dual program, you must satisfy the subject prerequisites for both programs. 

At a minimum, prerequisites are usually Queensland Year 12 authority subjects (or equivalent).

Prerequisites can also be met through interstate, International Baccalaureate and New Zealand subject equivalents, as well as through pathway and bridging programs.

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.

Applicants from a non-English speaking background must also demonstrate their English language proficiency (PDF, 458KB) for tertiary admission.

Not sure if you meet a program's prerequisites?

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

Entry scores

Once an applicant satisfies a program's prerequisites, admission is based on their entry score. Entry scores include OPs and entry ranks.


Current 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 as the highest score. 

Entry ranks

All other applicants are allocated an entry rank on a scale of 1–99, with 99 as the highest score.

This scale allows many different types of ranks and scores to be compared, including:

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranks (ATAR), which are used for interstate Year 12 students,
  • QTAC's combined rank, which is used for Australian International Baccalaureate students, 
  • previous secondary, tertiary, TAFE, or bridging studies for non-school leavers and OP-ineligible Queensland Year 12 school leavers, and
  • professional qualifications and/or work experience for non-school leavers and OP-ineligible Queensland Year 12 school leavers.

Places in a program are allocated in order of applicants' entry scores until the program's quota is filled. Entry to programs is competitive – the number of places available in a program is usually smaller than the number of people applying.

When the last place is filled, the OP score or entry rank of the last applicant to gain admission becomes the cut-off score for the program.

The cut-off score required for entry to a program varies from year to year.

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

What happens when applicants have the same entry score?

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

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

  • Field positions for OP scores
  • UMAT scores (for programs that require a UMAT score)
  • Section 1 UMAT scores (in situations where applicants have the same UMAT score)
  • Further breakdown of an applicant's grade point average for entry ranks based on tertiary study.

The field positions we use for each undergraduate program are listed under entry requirements on the QTAC website.

Program-specific application requirements

Some programs use more than subject prerequisites and entry scores:

  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours): Applicants are required to sit the UMAT. 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.

Please carefully check each program you are interested in studying for specific application requirements. These will be listed under ‘Program Details’.

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