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Francis Nona, Master of Public Health

How UQ provides flexibility for postgraduates

Uni life
Published 8 Jun, 2021  ·  4 minute read

Going back to uni as a postgraduate is a very different experience than studying as an undergrad. Now you’ve got a lot more responsibilities to balance alongside your study load.

So, how can you ensure your postgrad study fits your busy schedule?

While there are some things you can do to manage your work, study and life commitments, your uni also has a role to play. You need a degree of flexibility. And that’s where initiatives like UQ flexible delivery can make a world of difference.

Here’s an overview of how UQ gives postgrads the freedom to study in their own way and at their own pace.

Flexible delivery at UQ

Watching lecture online

Several UQ postgrad programs are available via a combination of on-campus and online learning. This means you can schedule online classes when it suits you to stay home – without missing out on the important benefits of in-person sessions.

UQ also offers a suite of programs that are delivered 100% online for students who need ultimate flexibility in their learning.

Duration options

Full-time study isn’t a viable option for every postgraduate – especially if you can’t afford (or don’t want) to put your current career on pause. But waiting three years to get your degree isn’t ideal for everyone either.

Many of our postgraduate programs are available with various duration options, so you can:

  • juggle part-time study with your existing job, or
  • study full-time to get your degree sooner.

For example, you can complete the UQ Master of Business Administration (MBA) in any timeframe between 12 months and seven years.

Online alternatives during restrictions

Studying online at UQ

You don’t want a disruption to delay your degree. Neither do we.

During lockdowns and when restrictions make it too difficult to run courses on site, UQ teaching shifts smoothly to online lectures and classes. This gives you peace of mind, knowing your program will keep progressing – no matter how many times COVID-19 rears its ugly head.

Prior study and learning can shorten your program

Sometimes, units completed during your bachelor’s degree or previous postgraduate program (i.e. previous formal studies) can count towards a master’s degree. Similarly, some informal studies may also be considered when looking at the courses you do/don't need to complete as part of your program (i.e. recognised prior learning).

Of course, this depends on the courses and learning you’ve done being relevant to the master’s you’re looking to study.

For example, the Master of Biotechnology is usually a 2-year full-time program. However, it can become:

  • a 1.5-years program if you already have a bachelor's degree in biotechnology, science, bioinformatics, pharmacy, agriculture, medicine or engineering; or a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology
  • a 1-year program if you already have a bachelor’s degree (honours) in biotechnology, science, bioinformatics, pharmacy or engineering.

This versatile approach to postgraduate study gives you the freedom to dip your toes in a study area with a graduate certificate or diploma. This way, you haven’t over-committed if the subject matter doesn’t connect with you, but you've still gained useful, transferrable skills and knowledge. Yet, if you’ve found your true passion, you can seamlessly transition into a full master’s degree without wasting any time or repeating any units.

On the fence about doing a full master’s or a shorter course? Get some guidance in our graduate diploma vs master’s degree article.

Convenient location and facilities

UQ bus stop

Our St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane CBD. We’re serviced by over 10 direct bus routes from the city and outer suburbs. Plus, regular ferries provide a leisurely way to get between UQ and riverside suburbs. This convenient location means you’ll rarely be going out of your way to join us on campus.

The wide range of services and facilities here ensure you won’t need to travel back and forth when you’ve got classes. When studying on campus, you’ll have access to:

  • day care, kindergarten and early learning centres
  • parenting rooms and baby change facilities
  • printing services
  • plenty of dining options
  • heaps of quiet study spaces
  • Commonwealth Bank and ATMs
  • a newsagency, pharmacy, grocery store, hair salon and post office
  • a medical centre, physiotherapist and pathology collection centre
  • sporting courts, fields and facilities.

UQ also has campuses in Herston and Gatton. These locations offer specialised learning facilities and equipment for medicine and public health students (Herston) and agriculture, food science and veterinary students (Gatton). Each campus offers all the amenities and services for a convenient and comfortable experience while you're studying on site. Our Herston campus is easy to get to via public transport, and our Gatton campus is serviced by our free intercampus bus service. 

From UQ flexible delivery to the facilities on campus, you’ll have all the freedom you need to juggle your study with your other life priorities. If your situation changes or evolves, our support staff are always available to discuss your options and find a solution.

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