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What's it really like to study at UQ?

Get a personal perspective from our students and teachers.
UQ people
Published 21 Oct, 2020  ·  6 minute read

Choosing your future path can be hard, especially when there are so many unknowns out there. Our students and teachers have joined forces to answer some questions about what it's really like to study their program at UQ.

Environmental science

Ron Johnstone and Laura

Find out what it’s really like to study environmental science at UQ. Join one of our current students, Laura, as she sits down with environmental and marine science lecturer Associate Professor Ron Johnstone to discuss what it’s like to be a student, career opportunities and skills for success.

Discover what it's like to study environmental science at UQ

Social work

Karen Healy and Heidi

Have you ever wondered if social work is the right career for you?

Join Heidi, a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) student, and Professor Karen Healy, Head of Social Work and Counselling, as they sit down to talk about Heidi’s UQ experience, the interesting ways the program prepares students to work with clients and the best advice Professor Healy has for those considering a career in social work.

Discover what it's like to study social work at UQ

Science

Susan Rowland and Jasper

Join Jasper, a current student, and lecturer Professor Susan Rowland as they discuss what it’s really like to study science at UQ.

Learn about some of the diverse places science can take you, get a glimpse into the day of a UQ science student and hear about some of Jasper’s favourite lab sessions.

Discover what it's like to study science at UQ

Engineering and computing

Jiwon and Tierney

Discover what it’s really like to study engineering and computing as one of our graduates, Tierney, comes back to UQ to chat all things engineering with lecturer Dr Jiwon Kim.

Find out how Tierney’s degree prepared her for industry, and why skills such as resilience and problem solving are important to find the right solution to problems or challenges.

Discover what it's like to study engineering and computing at UQ

Public health

Simon Reid and Bianca

Since COVID-19 hit, you’ve probably heard more about public health than ever before. But have you ever wondered what studying it might be like?

Hear from Associate Professor Simon Reid and public health student Bianca, as they discuss what it’s really like to study a public health degree, what kind of hands-on experiences students get, and what employers in the health industry are looking for in job candidates.

Discover what it's like to study public health at UQ

Medicine

Stuart Carney and Rosie

Doctor of Medicine student Rosie Stoke sits down with UQ’s Medical Dean, Dr Stuart Carney, to discuss what life is really like as a medical student.

Find out what some of Dr Carney’s previous students are doing now, hear about a day in the life of a medical student, and learn what it takes to be a successful medical student and doctor in this diverse field.

Discover what it's like to study medicine at UQ

Mathematics

Sara Herke and Sean

What does life look like when you choose you study a maths degree?

Sean is a mathematics student and Dr Sara Herke is a lecturer in mathematics. They’ve teamed up to discuss the diverse job opportunities available to mathematicians, the most valuable skills Sean has learned so far in his degree, and how Sean and Sara agree that communication is fundamental to succeeding as a student and professional.

Discover what it's like to study mathematics at UQ

Law

Ryan Catterwell and Mitree

What’s it really like to study Law at UQ? Mitree, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) student, and Dr Ryan Caterwell, a law lecturer, discuss life for a law student.

What are law firms looking for in the next law graduate? How many hours of study do you really need to do in a Bachelor of Laws? And what opportunities do law students have to flex their skills before entering the workforce?

Discover what it's like to study law at UQ  

Nursing

Amanda and Leon

Lecturer Dr Amanda Cottle-Quinn and Leon, a Bachelor of Nursing student, have teamed up to answer some common questions about studying nursing at UQ.

Amanda talks about the diverse careers her former students are enjoying, and Leon explains how he is learning that leadership, creativity, compassion and empathy are some of the most valuable skills he needs as a nurse.

Discover what it's like to study nursing at UQ

Exercise, sport and nutrition

Paul Treschman and Laura

What does the day in the life of an exercise, sport and nutrition student look like? What kind of job can you get with an exercise, sport and nutrition degree?

Laura is a current student and Paul Treschman is a lecturer in exercise, sport and nutrition.

They’ve teamed up to answer some of your questions and help you decide what’s right for you.

Discover what it's like to study exercise, sport and nutrition at UQ

Education

Simone Smala and Jason

Are you passionate about becoming a teacher?

Jason is an education student and Dr Simone Smala is a lecturer in education. They’ve teamed up to answer some of your questions about what it’s really like to study education at UQ.

Discover what it's like to study education at UQ

Computer Science

Ryan Ko and Holly

What does the day in the life of a computer science student look like? What kind of job can you get with a computer science degree? And how will UQ give you the skills you need to face the future, when you don’t know what the future looks like?

Holly is a UQ graduate working in cyber security and Professor Ryan Ko is Chair and Director of UQ Cyber Security. They’ve teamed up to answer some of your questions.

Discover what it's like to study computer science at UQ

Criminology

Lorraine Mazerolle and Rebecca

Get a personal perspective from current student, Beck, and Professor Lorraine Mazerolle about what it’s really like to study crime and justice.

Beck discusses the most valuable things she has learned as part of her degree, as well as some insights she has learned about herself, while Lorraine describes how the way students learn at UQ sets them up with the connections, skills, and confidence to become expert criminologists.

Discover what it's like to study criminology at UQ

Arts

Sebastian Kaempf and Giaan

What kind of job can you get with an arts degree? What’s it really like to study a Bachelor of Arts at UQ?

Dr Sebastian Kaempf and current student, Giaan, discuss the enormous range of career possibilities available to arts graduates, what kind of skills are needed to succeed in the job market, and what a day in the life of an arts student is really like.

Discover what it's like to study arts at UQ

Agribusiness and agriculture

Ammar Abdul Aziz and Genevieve

Genevieve, an agribusiness and agricultural sciences student, has teamed up with senior agribusiness lecturer Dr Ammar Abdul Aziz to discuss what it’s really like to study agribusiness and agriculture at UQ.

Ammar describes where he sees the industry headed and the skills students will need to meet the future, while Genevieve discusses the important experiences she is fostering outside the classroom.

Discover what it's like to study agribusiness and agriculture at UQ 

Commerce

Debbie Jeffery and Dhruv

What is it really like to study commerce? Dhruv is studying commerce and law at UQ, and Debbie Jeffery is an Associate Lecturer in Commerce.

They’ve teamed up to answer some of your questions, such as: how do you prepare students for the future when we don't know what the future looks like? If you were employing the next commerce graduate, what would you be looking for? And what is the most unexpected thing Dhruv has been happy to discover at UQ that Debbie doesn’t know about?

Discover what it's like to study commerce at UQ

Advanced humanities

Alastair Blanshard and Amelia

Professor Alastair Blanshard and Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Honours) student Amelia discuss the ins and outs of studying at UQ.

Amelia describes some of the most valuable skills she has learnt as part of her degree, as well as what she has learnt about herself outside the classroom, while Professor Blanshard explains how UQ is preparing students with the skills and confidence to thrive in a constantly changing world.

Discover what it's like to study advanced humanities at UQ

Civil engineering

Joe Gattas and Caitlin

Join Caitlin, a current civil engineering student, and Dr Joe Gattas, as they discuss what it’s really like to study civil engineering, and why employers value UQ so highly.

Learn how UQ’s engineering curriculum is designed hand-in-hand with industry partnerships, and how the skills students learn continue to evolve as the industry grows. Joe also shares the one piece of advice that will set you apart as a job candidate.

Discover what it's like to study civil engineering at UQ

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