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Avril Robertson, postgraduate academic

Top 5 reasons to choose UQ for postgraduate study

Careers
Published 15 Jun, 2021  ·  3 minute read

Discover what sets The University of Queensland apart as we explore the best reasons to choose UQ for postgraduate study.

You know which degree you want. You know what you’d like to achieve after you graduate. The only question left to answer is where to study your postgraduate program.

Sure, we’re a little biased. But we think The University of Queensland truly is the ideal place to get your postgrad degree. Here are 5 reasons why.

1. Exceptional teachers

If you want to be the best in your field, you need to learn from the best in your field.

UQ postgraduate study connects you with internationally recognised academics and industry pioneers who use innovative teaching styles and methods. It’s no wonder we’ve won more national teaching awards than any other university in the country (Australian Learning and Teaching Council).

Our student-centred approach to learning – enhanced by the flexible options available in many programs – allows you to tailor your education to suit your interests and desired outcomes.

Many UQ postgraduate degrees include a capstone project or industry placement, so you can specialise in a field or niche that matches your career aspirations.

Professor Marta Indulska and Dr Ida Asadi Someh work in the UQ Business School, developing programs such as the Master of Business Analytics

2. Outstanding reputation

As a global top-50 university, UQ is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions.

But this doesn’t just mean we have a culture of research excellence and that we get to brag a little (though, yes, both those things are true). It also means we attract the most passionate and talented students and teachers. So, when you choose UQ, you’ll know you’re studying among the brightest minds around – perfect for postgraduates seeking to extend and challenge their thinking.

3. Fantastic career outcomes

Thanks largely to our reputation and teachers, our programs are recognised and highly regarded both nationally and globally. People with postgraduate degrees from UQ are in demand around the world, contributing to our high employment and graduate satisfaction rates.

91.9% of UQ postgrads are employed, with 75.3% in full-time employment (2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

As a UQ postgraduate, you’ll also join our global alumni network, gaining access to alumni benefits including:

  • exclusive events
  • mentoring opportunities
  • the ilab Accelerator Program
  • free UQx online courses, plus professional development courses from UQ Business School
  • a 10% Lifelong Learner scholarship for any UQ postgrad programs you study in the future.

All these benefits can help you elevate your career further after you graduate.

4. Wide range of programs

With more than 100 research institutes and centres across 10 study areas, UQ provides a postgraduate program to suit almost any student.

The University of Queensland offers around 100 master’s programs alone, giving you access to a wide breadth of options for developing or changing your career.

5. World-class campus and facilities

Whether you study at our St Lucia, Herston or Gatton campus, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art research facilities during your UQ postgraduate program. We’re also home to one of Australia’s largest academic libraries.

But what would all this substance be without a little style? As well as providing students with all the practical facilities they need, our campuses are also stunning to see. From St Lucia’s glorious Great Court to the iconic palm-lined walkway at Gatton, there’s no shortage of idyllic locations to study and relax between classes.

UQ Lakes is a lovely spot for some thoughtful downtime, as demonstrated here by UQ academic Dr Alastair Stark

The university also hosts a wide range of clubs, societies and sporting groups. As a postgrad, you may think your water polo or social chess days are behind you, but you might be surprised. Socialising and participating in clubs is a key reason to come to campus for 19.8% of our postgraduate students, while sport is a motivating factor for 18.3% (UQ Student Strategy Survey 2015). So, you may need to go digging in the closet for your old tennis shoes or stargazing telescope.

UQ is a wonderful place to take your career and education a step further with postgraduate study. If you want to be ready to face any unknown, apply today.

Need a little extra motivation to start your journey? Get inspired by these alumni and academics who are mastering the unknowns in their respective fields.

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