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Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)

Overview

Challenge and develop your critical thinking and analytical skills in this elite four-year program, and prepare yourself for a rewarding career in science research and industry.

The Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) is a specialised program that provides high-achieving future leaders the opportunity to pursue their scientific passion and gain extensive research experience under the guidance of prominent research scientists and thought leaders.

Throughout your program you’ll work alongside researchers and collaborate with your peers on cutting-edge research projects to challenge your problem-solving capabilities and develop your research, analytical and communications skills.

In first year, a broad range of advanced courses will enhance your interdisciplinary scientific knowledge and practical skills.

You’ll then develop your scientific expertise and technical skills through a core specialisation. Choose from 24 specialist fields from across science and mathematics.

You’ll have the option to complement your specialisation with a major or minor across a broad range of scientific fields, with a choice of 24 majors and 32 minors. Alternatively, diversify your skill set by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Your final year will be dedicated to an independent research project in your chosen specialisation. In some cases this may also be combined with advanced coursework to enhance your expertise.

You'll graduate with a respected honours qualification, with advanced knowledge and skills that will set you apart in a competitive job market, prove your leadership potential and provide a pathway into future research and learning.

Location
Herston, St Lucia
Duration
4 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
731901
Program Code
2516
AQF
Level 8
Location
Herston, St Lucia
Fees
A$43504 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
731901
Program Code
2516
CRICOS Code
079390F
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Our new program structure gives you increased flexibility and more study options for greater career opportunities. Choose from 24 specialisations, 24 majors and 32 minors.
  • Follow your curiosity outside the world of science. Combine your specialisation with a choice of 46 minors in languages, communication, design or economics.
  • From the very beginning of your degree you’ll work alongside distinguished researchers and contribute to scientific research - essentially giving you a research apprenticeship.
  • Embark on an excellent pathway to further studies in medicine or a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

1 in Queensland for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2021

1 in Queensland for materials science

QS World University Rankings 2021

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Archaeological Science
  • Archaeological Science

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Advanced Genetics
  • Condensed Matter Physics: Electronic Properties of Crystals
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry

See all courses in this program

See program rules [PDF]

In Semester 2, 2021, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options for students who can't attend in person. Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Biochemist
  • Embryologist
  • Palaeo-environmental scientist
  • Biodiversity project officer
  • Exploration technician
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Wildlife management officer
  • Mine geologist
  • Quantitative researcher
  • Materials scientist

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

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Next steps after graduation

You will find expanding career possibilities in diverse roles within the government, health, corporate, environmental and financial sectors, and in research organisations globally.

Advanced science is also an excellent pathway into medicine or a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

You can apply your skills in a range of industries, including:

  • research organisations
  • government agencies
  • industrial organisations
  • universities
  • hospitals and the healthcare system
  • marine preservation authorities
  • secondary schools (with further study)
  • environmental organisations including planning and site assessment
  • operations research and logistics consultancies and corporations
  • financial enterprises.

Find out more about careers that started in science

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); Two of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Specialist Mathematics or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C), at least one of which must be Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); Two of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Specialist Mathematics or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C), at least one of which must be Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Entry score threshold

ATAR / RankIB
96.0038

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Advanced Science (Hons) for Semester 1, 2021

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest99.9599.95
Median97.8399.73
Lowest92.796.15

Majors

Specialisations

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Applied Mathematics

Did you know that mathematical modelling is used to create disease models that enable scientists to better understand infectious diseases?

Specialise in applied mathematics to learn and apply advanced mathematical methods to translate data and insights into innovative, practical solutions in a variety of real-world contexts.

Apply your advanced knowledge of calculus and linear algebra to strengthen your aptitude in mathematical analysis, mathematical modelling, and computer programming.

You'll enhance your critical thinking skills and learn complex mathematical techniques for approaching problems in a logical, analytical and creative manner.

Apply your statistical knowledge and mathematics expertise in areas of interest by undertaking advanced coursework in natural resources mathematics, physics or operations research.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Complement your specialist learning and enhance your employability by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well equipped to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research career.

Your expertise will highly sought after for data-driven, analytical or technical roles within business, financial services, engineering, technology and sciences.

No matter which path you choose, you'll be expertly prepared for the jobs of the future.

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Archaeological Science

Examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning – including lab and field-based research projects. By completing these projects, you'll gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Combine core archaeology courses with electives to expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Complement your specialist learning and enhance your employability by combining your specialisation with a major or minor from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well equipped to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research career.

Future work employment opportunities can be found in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, universities or research institutions.

No matter which path you choose, you'll be expertly prepared for the jobs of the future.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Study the molecular events controlling the growth and development of cells and organisms in all living things.

In this specialisation, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Learn how molecular events can go wrong in certain diseased states and how this contributes to the development of new drugs.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials, specialised seminars, and contributing to active research projects.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well equipped to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research career.

Career paths lead to some of the most exciting, challenging and innovation-led roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals and government agencies to specific positions in research.

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Bioinformatics

More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Specialise in bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain expert knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and advanced technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well equipped to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research career.

Specialising in bioinformatics will prepare you for a career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

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Biomedical Science

Examine the complex relationship between mind, body and disease to treat, cure and prevent disease.

Study molecular biology, genetics, physiology, anatomy and immunology – then apply your knowledge in laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You’ll put theory into practice and work alongside researchers and healthcare professionals to conduct medical research and test the effectiveness of treatments.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.<

Specialising in biomedical science can prepare you for further study in medicine or allied health, or employment within the healthcare industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or universities.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

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Cell Biology

Help transform the way we detect disease, develop new treatments or sustainably feed a growing world population.

Specialise in cell biology to deepen your understanding of how cellular, genetic, and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

Examine key concepts and techniques to understand genetic information and investigate cellular processes and cell development in a range of organisms. You’ll apply microscopic techniques to observe how cells function in healthy and diseased states.

The growing availability of biological data is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as biotechnology, human medicine, agriculture, and conservation biology. You'll work alongside and learn from leading scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs across biotechnology, and animal, plant or medical sciences.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you'll be well placed to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research career.

Specialising in cell biology will also equip you for a range of career opportunities within biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, conservation or government agencies.

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Chemistry

Chemistry is an enabling science that provides a foundation for fields such as medicine, technology and environmental science.

Chemistry encompasses the synthesis and study of molecules and materials, the exploration of their properties and the development of ways to use them in real life.

Gain advanced level knowledge and technical capabilities across experimental, physical, organic, and inorganic chemistry which you can apply to deepen your understanding of scientific fields such as nanoscience, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry or synthetic chemistry.

Undertaking advanced coursework in chemistry will strengthen your problem-solving, analytical, and critical thinking capabilities, which are essential skills for future work.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well placed to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart a rewarding research career.

You will also be equipped to pursue a diverse range of career opportunities in traditional and emerging fields of science. These include roles as a pharmaceutical scientist, laboratory manager, toxicologist, quality-assurance specialist, environmental chemist, forensic chemist, science communicator or academic.

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Coastal and Ocean Science

Examine the intricate relationship between climate, coastal systems and marine environments to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

In this specialisation, you'll dive deep into the scientific study of coastal processes, oceanography, ecology, marine geology and marine conservation.

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Enhance your employability by combining your speciality with a major or minor in a broad range of complementary scientific fields, including ecology and conversation biology, earth science, genetics, microbiology or bioinformatics. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Demand for highly skilled coastal and marine scientists is on the rise. Kickstart your research career by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

With a qualification in advanced science, your expertise will be highly sought after for opportunities in various fields including:

  • teaching and universities
  • fisheries laboratories
  • environmental consultancies 
  • marine parks
  • coastal management
  • government departments.

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Computer Science

Computer science encompasses everything from the design of hardware to the development of algorithms and programming languages.

Gain advanced technical skills in programming to create or optimise programs, systems or applications that are used across multiple devices.

Advanced programming skills are essential for large scale information management, complex data analysis and data visualisation requirements, predictive modelling, cyber security, artificial intelligence, gaming, and e-commerce. These transferable skills apply to many industries, including health, science, technology, business and government.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be equipped for roles such as a web, gaming or app developer, software engineer, information security specialist, data scientist or computer systems expert.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

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Earth Science

Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) are used to analyse geological processes and monitor changes in the Earth’s environment.

Dig deeper into our mineral and energy sources by exploring topics such as mineral and rock analysis, mining geology, environmental geology or geochemistry. Develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, specialised seminars, and research.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be equipped to pursue a career in the natural resource, energy or environmental sectors. Alternatively, help contribute to new scientific knowledge by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD. No matter which path you choose, you'll be expertly prepared for the jobs of the future.

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Ecology and Conservation Biology

Deepen your expertise of how organisms interact with each other and their environments, and be part of the solution for protecting our natural world.

Ecology and conservation biology are vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today.

Led by internationally renowned conservation experts, gain real-world experience in solving ecological problems by conducting extensive fieldwork in a range of rainforest, outback, and marine environments.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

You’ll be well equipped to tackle global issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, diminishing natural resources and the environmental impacts of human activity.

Employment demand has risen strongly over the past 5 years, with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry and environmental organisations.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well placed to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart a rewarding career in conservation research.

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Food Science and Nutrition

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

Take a scientific approach to the study of food and its consumption. You'll study all aspects of the food system from farming, processing and distribution to how food is selected and consumed, and how it affects our health.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Food is one of largest industries in the world and offers a diverse range of career opportunities in the fields of nutrition, food science and technology, education, as well as research and development.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well positioned to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research career.

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Food Technology

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

We integrate theory with practice. Learn about the scientific composition of foods and the chemical reactions that take place during processing.

Study key aspects in the development of food products and develop your expertise in food preservation, processing operations, quality assurance and consumer product testing.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and build your industry connections with work placements at leading food manufacturing organisations.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

You'll be prepared to work in areas such as product development, quality assurance and food safety, food microbiology, research and development, food standards and policy, or sales and marketing.

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Genetics

Genetics is transforming the way we investigate diseases, develop medical treatments, protect endangered species and create food security.

You’ll advance your knowledge in genetic structure, genetic interaction and the genetic basis of traits.

We'll expand your critical thinking and teach you to analyse complex biological data using the latest genetic technologies.

You’ll learn to translate genetic information into meaningful insights that may lead to new discoveries.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

A specialisation in genetics will prepare you for a broad range of employment and research opportunities across ecology, medicine and agriculture.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well equipped to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart a rewarding research career.

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Geographical Science

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical thinking and teach you how to apply advanced GIS techniques to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues facing today’s modern world.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With an advanced science qualification, you’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

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Marine Biology

Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions.

You'll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

We'll show you how to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you'll be expertly prepared for a broad range of career opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Mathematics

Choose from more than 30 different courses in mathematics and statistics to suit your interests and career goals.

A specialisation in mathematics will challenge and expand your problem-solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability. You'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with advanced skills in calculus, linear algebra, probability, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and modelling.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical experience, structured tutorials, specialised lectures and research.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor in combination with advanced coursework to further enhance your skills and challenge your aptitude.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Our advanced mathematical training ensures you are expertly prepared for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.

A specialisation in mathematics also gives you a strong foundation to continue into a higher degree by research and excel in research positions within universities, government agencies and private companies.

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Microbiology

Microbiology is at the forefront of protection against infectious diseases.

In this specialisation, you'll study the diversity of microorganisms, the immune system, microbial virulence, disease states and the ways in which organisms respond to infection.

You'll learn how vaccines protect animals and humans from infectious diseases, and discover the latest advances in vaccine development from lecturers who are globally recognised experts.

Focusing on the key areas of immunology, virology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial genomics, you'll study bacterial, fungal and viral infections and apply your knowledge in weekly laboratory practicals.

You'll confidently use the specialist biomedical and molecular techniques required to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and to develop new diagnostics. Problem-based scenarios will enhance your analytical, research and communication skills.

Complement your specialist learning and enhance your employability by combining your specialisation with a major or minor from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Specialising in microbiology can lead to challenging and rewarding career opportunities within universities and biotechnology companies, and medical and veterinary institutes, along with roles in forensics, biosecurity and quarantine.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

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Physics

Deepen your understanding of how and why things work.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

Combine your advanced scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understand theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics. Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Alternatively, continue into a higher degree by research to uncover new scientific knowledge or apply your findings to develop new devices, products or processes.

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Plant Science

Help to solve 2 of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

In this specialisation, you’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

You'll study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology, and apply your knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Specialising in plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities as a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

With a qualification in advanced science you’ll be well equipped to progress into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

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Psychology

Study how people behave, think and feel.

In this specialisation, you'll explore key topics such as brain function, memory, learning, decision-making and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

In your final year, you’ll undertake a research project within a specialist area of psychology, either individually or within a team, and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields as diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well equipped to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research career.

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Public Health

Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health within communities.

Public health is founded on a multidisciplinary understanding of health that allows you to explore and examine the basis of disease and wellbeing by considering human behaviour, physical environments, socio-economic and cultural factors, and systems of healthcare management.

This specialisation provides a broad overview of public health and the critical issues it confronts. To establish core understanding of this field, you will examine the foundational disciplines of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, environmental health and social sciences.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Specialising in public health can lead to a variety of roles within public and global health, health research or public health policy.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

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Statistics

Apply the tools of modern statistics to inform data-driven decision-making and solve real-world problems.

In this specialisation, we combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills.

You'll discover how statistics are used to help solve real-world problems, such as improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

You'll learn and apply advanced statistical techniques to analyse and interpret complex data, and transform it into meaningful insights.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well positioned to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research ;career.

Statisticians and data analysts are in high demand across business, industry, research and government to forecast, analyse and solve a variety of complex issues.

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Zoology

Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

Through this specialisation, you’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

We'll expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology, and mathematical applications in biology.

You can combine your study of animals with biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science, and gain practical experience through field courses offered in the Australian outback, rainforests, Stradbroke Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research.

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Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Applied Mathematics

Did you know that mathematical modelling is used to create disease models that enable scientists to better understand infectious diseases?

Study applied mathematics and learn how advanced mathematical methods are used to develop practical solutions in a variety of real-world contexts.

Deepen your knowledge in core topics such as applied mathematical analysis, mathematical modelling and the numerical methods used in computer programming.

You'll enhance your critical thinking skills and learn advanced mathematical techniques for approaching problems in a logical, analytical and creative manner.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your expertise in areas of interest such as natural resources mathematics, operations research or physics.

With practical experience gained through work placements, you'll be prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities in sectors such as government, financial services, engineering, technology and sciences.

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Archaeological Science

Examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning – including lab and field-based research projects. By completing these projects, you'll gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Combine core archaeology courses with electives and expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

Future work includes positions in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, and educational and research institutions.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Study the molecular events controlling the growth and development of cells and organisms in all living things.

In this major, you'll develop an advanced understanding of the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Learn how molecular events can go wrong in certain diseased states and how this contributes to the development of new drugs.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials and specialised seminars.

Career paths lead to some of the most exciting and challenging roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals or government agencies to specific positions in research.

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Bioinformatics

More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Study bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain specialised knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

Studying bioinformatics will prepare you for a career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

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Biomedical Science

Examine the complex relationship between mind, body and disease to treat, cure and prevent disease.

Study molecular biology, genetics, physiology, anatomy and immunology – then apply your knowledge in laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You’ll put theory into practice and work alongside researchers and healthcare professionals to conduct medical research and test the effectiveness of treatments.

Studying biomedical science can prepare you for a research-based honours program, or employment within the healthcare industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or universities.

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Cell Biology

Help transform the way we detect disease, develop new treatments or sustainably feed a growing world population.

Study a major in cell biology to deepen your understanding of how cellular, genetic, and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

Examine key concepts and techniques to understand genetic information and investigate cellular processes and cell development in a range of organisms. You’ll apply microscopic techniques to observe how cells function in healthy and diseased states.

The growing availability of biological data is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology. You'll learn from leading scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs across biotechnology, and animal, plant and medical sciences.

Studying cell biology will equip you for a range of career opportunities within research, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, conservation or government agencies.

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Chemistry

Chemistry is an enabling science that provides a foundation for fields such as medicine, technology and environmental science.

Chemistry encompasses the synthesis and study of molecules and materials, the exploration of their properties and the development of ways to use them in real life.

Gain advanced level knowledge and technical capabilities in general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, which you can apply to deepen your understanding of nanoscience, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry or synthetic chemistry.

Studying advanced chemistry will strengthen your problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking capabilities, which are essential skills for future work.

You will be equipped to pursue a diverse range of career opportunities. These include roles as a research scientist, pharmaceutical scientist, laboratory manager, toxicologist, quality-assurance specialist, environmental chemist, forensic chemist, science communicator or teacher.

Alternatively, continue into a PhD or other higher degree by research and kickstart your career in research.

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Coastal and Ocean Science

Examine the intricate relationship between climate, coastal systems and marine environments to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

In this major, you'll dive into the scientific study of coastal processes, oceanography, ecology, marine geology and marine conservation.

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

Enhance your employability by combining your speciality with a minor in a broad range of complementary fields, including ecology and conversation biology, earth science, genetics, microbiology or computational science.

Demand for highly skilled coastal and marine scientists is on the rise. You’ll find opportunities in various fields including:

  • teaching and universities
  • fisheries laboratories
  • environmental consultancies
  • marine parks
  • coastal management
  • government departments.

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Computer Science

Computer science encompasses everything from the design of hardware to the development of algorithms and programming languages.

Gain technical skills in programming to create or optimise programs, systems or applications that are used across multiple devices.

Programming skills are essential for information management, data analysis, predictive modelling, cyber security, artificial intelligence, gaming, e-commerce and communications.

These transferable skills apply to many industries, including health, science, technology, business and government.

You’ll be equipped for roles such as a web, gaming or app developer, software engineer, information security specialist, data analyst or computer systems expert.

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Earth Science

Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) are used to analyse geological processes and monitor changes in the Earth’s environment.

Dig deeper into our mineral and energy sources by exploring topics such as mineral and rock analysis, mining geology, environmental geology or geochemistry. Develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You may choose to study electives in coastal and ocean science to deepen your understanding of oceanography and help create a sustainable future for marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a career in the natural resource, energy or environmental sectors. Alternatively, help contribute to new scientific knowledge by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Ecology and Conservation Biology

Broaden your understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environments, and be part of the solution for protecting our natural world.

Ecology and conservation biology are vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today.

You’ll be taught by internationally renowned conservation experts and can choose to specialise in conservation biology, marine ecology or evolutionary ecology.

Gain real-world experience in solving ecological problems by conducting fieldwork in a range of rainforest, outback and marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to tackle global issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, diminishing natural resources and the environmental impacts of human activity.

Employment demand has risen strongly over the past 5 years with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry and environmental organisations.

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Food Science and Nutrition

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

Take a scientific approach to the study of food and its consumption. You'll study all aspects of the food system from farming, processing and distribution to how food is selected and consumed, and how it affects our health.

Food is one of largest industries in the world and offers a diverse range of career opportunities in the fields of nutrition, food science and technology, education, and research and development.

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Food Technology

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

We integrate theory with practice. Learn about the scientific composition of foods and the chemical reactions that take place during processing.

Study key aspects in the development of food products and develop your expertise in food preservation, processing operations, quality assurance and consumer product testing.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and build your industry connections with work placements at leading food manufacturing organisations.

You'll be prepared to work in areas such as product development, quality assurance and food safety, food microbiology, research and development, food standards and policy or sales and marketing.

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Genetics

Genetics is transforming the way we investigate diseases, develop medical treatments, protect endangered species and create food security.

You’ll advance your knowledge in genetic structure, genetic interaction and the genetic basis of traits.

We'll expand your critical thinking and teach you to analyse complex biological data using the latest genetic technologies.

You’ll learn to translate genetic information into meaningful insights that may lead to new discoveries.

Studying genetics will prepare you for a broad range of opportunities across ecology, research, medicine and agriculture.

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Geographical Science

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues facing today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

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Marine Biology

Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions.

You'll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

We'll show you how to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

You'll be prepared for a broad range of career opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Mathematics

Challenge and expand your problem-solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability.

In this major you'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with a foundation of calculus, linear algebra, probability, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and modelling.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical experience, structured tutorials and specialised lectures.

Our comprehensive mathematical training equips you for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.

Studying mathematics also gives you a strong foundation to continue into a higher degree by research and excel in research positions within universities, government agencies and private companies.

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Microbiology

Microbiology is at the forefront of protection against infectious diseases.

In this major, you'll study the diversity of microorganisms, the immune system, microbial virulence, disease states and the ways in which organisms respond to infection.

You'll learn how vaccines protect animals and humans from infectious diseases, and discover the latest advances in vaccine development from lecturers who are globally recognised experts.

Focusing on the key areas of immunology, virology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial genomics, you'll study bacterial, fungal and viral infections and apply your knowledge in weekly laboratory practicals.

You'll confidently use the specialist biomedical and molecular techniques required to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and to develop new diagnostics. Problem-based scenarios will enhance your analytical, research and communication skills.

This major can lead to challenging and rewarding career opportunities within universities and biotechnology companies, and medical and veterinary institutes, along with roles in forensics, biosecurity and quarantine.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Physics

Deepen your understanding of how and why things work.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

You'll be able to combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understand theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics. Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Alternatively, continue into a higher degree by research to uncover new scientific knowledge or apply your findings to develop new devices, products or processes.

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Plant Science

Help to solve 2 of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

In this major, you’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

You'll study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology, and apply your knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

Studying plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities as a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

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Psychology

Study how people behave, think and feel.

In this major, you'll explore topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields as diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Public Health

Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health within communities.

Public health is founded on a multidisciplinary understanding of health that allows you to explore and examine the basis of disease and wellbeing by considering human behaviour, physical environments, socio-economic and cultural factors, and systems of healthcare management.

This major provides a broad overview of public health and the critical issues it confronts. To establish core understanding of this field, you will examine the foundational disciplines of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, environmental health and social sciences.

Studying public health can lead to a variety of roles within public and global health, health research or public health policy.

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Statistics

Apply the tools of modern statistics to inform data-driven decision-making and solve real-world problems.

In this major, we combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills.

You'll discover how statistics are used to help solve real-world problems, such as improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

You'll learn and apply statistical techniques to analyse and interpret complex data, and transform it into meaningful insights.

Statisticians and data analysts are in high demand across business, industry, research and government to forecast, analyse and solve a variety of complex issues.

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Zoology

Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

Through this major, you’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

We'll expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology, and mathematical applications in biology.

You can combine your study of animals with biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science, and gain practical experience through field courses offered in the Australian outback, rainforests, Stradbroke Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research.

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Specialisations

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Applied Mathematics

Did you know that mathematical modelling is used to create disease models that enable scientists to better understand infectious diseases?

Specialise in applied mathematics to learn and apply advanced mathematical methods to translate data and insights into innovative, practical solutions in a variety of real-world contexts.

Apply your advanced knowledge of calculus and linear algebra to strengthen your aptitude in mathematical analysis, mathematical modelling, and computer programming.

You'll enhance your critical thinking skills and learn complex mathematical techniques for approaching problems in a logical, analytical and creative manner.

Apply your statistical knowledge and mathematics expertise in areas of interest by undertaking advanced coursework in natural resources mathematics, physics or operations research.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Complement your specialist learning and enhance your employability by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well equipped to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research career.

Your expertise will highly sought after for data-driven, analytical or technical roles within business, financial services, engineering, technology and sciences.

No matter which path you choose, you'll be expertly prepared for the jobs of the future.

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Archaeological Science

Examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning – including lab and field-based research projects. By completing these projects, you'll gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Combine core archaeology courses with electives to expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Complement your specialist learning and enhance your employability by combining your specialisation with a major or minor from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well equipped to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research career.

Future work employment opportunities can be found in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, universities or research institutions.

No matter which path you choose, you'll be expertly prepared for the jobs of the future.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Study the molecular events controlling the growth and development of cells and organisms in all living things.

In this specialisation, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Learn how molecular events can go wrong in certain diseased states and how this contributes to the development of new drugs.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials, specialised seminars, and contributing to active research projects.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well equipped to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research career.

Career paths lead to some of the most exciting, challenging and innovation-led roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals and government agencies to specific positions in research.

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Bioinformatics

More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Specialise in bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain expert knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and advanced technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well equipped to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research career.

Specialising in bioinformatics will prepare you for a career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

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Biomedical Science

Examine the complex relationship between mind, body and disease to treat, cure and prevent disease.

Study molecular biology, genetics, physiology, anatomy and immunology – then apply your knowledge in laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You’ll put theory into practice and work alongside researchers and healthcare professionals to conduct medical research and test the effectiveness of treatments.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.<

Specialising in biomedical science can prepare you for further study in medicine or allied health, or employment within the healthcare industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or universities.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

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Cell Biology

Help transform the way we detect disease, develop new treatments or sustainably feed a growing world population.

Specialise in cell biology to deepen your understanding of how cellular, genetic, and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

Examine key concepts and techniques to understand genetic information and investigate cellular processes and cell development in a range of organisms. You’ll apply microscopic techniques to observe how cells function in healthy and diseased states.

The growing availability of biological data is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as biotechnology, human medicine, agriculture, and conservation biology. You'll work alongside and learn from leading scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs across biotechnology, and animal, plant or medical sciences.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you'll be well placed to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research career.

Specialising in cell biology will also equip you for a range of career opportunities within biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, conservation or government agencies.

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Chemistry

Chemistry is an enabling science that provides a foundation for fields such as medicine, technology and environmental science.

Chemistry encompasses the synthesis and study of molecules and materials, the exploration of their properties and the development of ways to use them in real life.

Gain advanced level knowledge and technical capabilities across experimental, physical, organic, and inorganic chemistry which you can apply to deepen your understanding of scientific fields such as nanoscience, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry or synthetic chemistry.

Undertaking advanced coursework in chemistry will strengthen your problem-solving, analytical, and critical thinking capabilities, which are essential skills for future work.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well placed to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart a rewarding research career.

You will also be equipped to pursue a diverse range of career opportunities in traditional and emerging fields of science. These include roles as a pharmaceutical scientist, laboratory manager, toxicologist, quality-assurance specialist, environmental chemist, forensic chemist, science communicator or academic.

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Coastal and Ocean Science

Examine the intricate relationship between climate, coastal systems and marine environments to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

In this specialisation, you'll dive deep into the scientific study of coastal processes, oceanography, ecology, marine geology and marine conservation.

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Enhance your employability by combining your speciality with a major or minor in a broad range of complementary scientific fields, including ecology and conversation biology, earth science, genetics, microbiology or bioinformatics. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Demand for highly skilled coastal and marine scientists is on the rise. Kickstart your research career by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

With a qualification in advanced science, your expertise will be highly sought after for opportunities in various fields including:

  • teaching and universities
  • fisheries laboratories
  • environmental consultancies 
  • marine parks
  • coastal management
  • government departments.

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Computer Science

Computer science encompasses everything from the design of hardware to the development of algorithms and programming languages.

Gain advanced technical skills in programming to create or optimise programs, systems or applications that are used across multiple devices.

Advanced programming skills are essential for large scale information management, complex data analysis and data visualisation requirements, predictive modelling, cyber security, artificial intelligence, gaming, and e-commerce. These transferable skills apply to many industries, including health, science, technology, business and government.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be equipped for roles such as a web, gaming or app developer, software engineer, information security specialist, data scientist or computer systems expert.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

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Earth Science

Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) are used to analyse geological processes and monitor changes in the Earth’s environment.

Dig deeper into our mineral and energy sources by exploring topics such as mineral and rock analysis, mining geology, environmental geology or geochemistry. Develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, specialised seminars, and research.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be equipped to pursue a career in the natural resource, energy or environmental sectors. Alternatively, help contribute to new scientific knowledge by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD. No matter which path you choose, you'll be expertly prepared for the jobs of the future.

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Ecology and Conservation Biology

Deepen your expertise of how organisms interact with each other and their environments, and be part of the solution for protecting our natural world.

Ecology and conservation biology are vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today.

Led by internationally renowned conservation experts, gain real-world experience in solving ecological problems by conducting extensive fieldwork in a range of rainforest, outback, and marine environments.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

You’ll be well equipped to tackle global issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, diminishing natural resources and the environmental impacts of human activity.

Employment demand has risen strongly over the past 5 years, with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry and environmental organisations.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well placed to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart a rewarding career in conservation research.

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Food Science and Nutrition

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

Take a scientific approach to the study of food and its consumption. You'll study all aspects of the food system from farming, processing and distribution to how food is selected and consumed, and how it affects our health.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Food is one of largest industries in the world and offers a diverse range of career opportunities in the fields of nutrition, food science and technology, education, as well as research and development.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well positioned to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research career.

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Food Technology

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

We integrate theory with practice. Learn about the scientific composition of foods and the chemical reactions that take place during processing.

Study key aspects in the development of food products and develop your expertise in food preservation, processing operations, quality assurance and consumer product testing.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and build your industry connections with work placements at leading food manufacturing organisations.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

You'll be prepared to work in areas such as product development, quality assurance and food safety, food microbiology, research and development, food standards and policy, or sales and marketing.

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Genetics

Genetics is transforming the way we investigate diseases, develop medical treatments, protect endangered species and create food security.

You’ll advance your knowledge in genetic structure, genetic interaction and the genetic basis of traits.

We'll expand your critical thinking and teach you to analyse complex biological data using the latest genetic technologies.

You’ll learn to translate genetic information into meaningful insights that may lead to new discoveries.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

A specialisation in genetics will prepare you for a broad range of employment and research opportunities across ecology, medicine and agriculture.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well equipped to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart a rewarding research career.

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Geographical Science

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical thinking and teach you how to apply advanced GIS techniques to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues facing today’s modern world.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With an advanced science qualification, you’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

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Marine Biology

Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions.

You'll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

We'll show you how to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you'll be expertly prepared for a broad range of career opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Mathematics

Choose from more than 30 different courses in mathematics and statistics to suit your interests and career goals.

A specialisation in mathematics will challenge and expand your problem-solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability. You'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with advanced skills in calculus, linear algebra, probability, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and modelling.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical experience, structured tutorials, specialised lectures and research.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor in combination with advanced coursework to further enhance your skills and challenge your aptitude.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Our advanced mathematical training ensures you are expertly prepared for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.

A specialisation in mathematics also gives you a strong foundation to continue into a higher degree by research and excel in research positions within universities, government agencies and private companies.

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Microbiology

Microbiology is at the forefront of protection against infectious diseases.

In this specialisation, you'll study the diversity of microorganisms, the immune system, microbial virulence, disease states and the ways in which organisms respond to infection.

You'll learn how vaccines protect animals and humans from infectious diseases, and discover the latest advances in vaccine development from lecturers who are globally recognised experts.

Focusing on the key areas of immunology, virology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial genomics, you'll study bacterial, fungal and viral infections and apply your knowledge in weekly laboratory practicals.

You'll confidently use the specialist biomedical and molecular techniques required to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and to develop new diagnostics. Problem-based scenarios will enhance your analytical, research and communication skills.

Complement your specialist learning and enhance your employability by combining your specialisation with a major or minor from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Specialising in microbiology can lead to challenging and rewarding career opportunities within universities and biotechnology companies, and medical and veterinary institutes, along with roles in forensics, biosecurity and quarantine.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

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Physics

Deepen your understanding of how and why things work.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

Combine your advanced scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understand theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics. Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Alternatively, continue into a higher degree by research to uncover new scientific knowledge or apply your findings to develop new devices, products or processes.

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Plant Science

Help to solve 2 of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

In this specialisation, you’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

You'll study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology, and apply your knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Specialising in plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities as a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

With a qualification in advanced science you’ll be well equipped to progress into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

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Psychology

Study how people behave, think and feel.

In this specialisation, you'll explore key topics such as brain function, memory, learning, decision-making and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

In your final year, you’ll undertake a research project within a specialist area of psychology, either individually or within a team, and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields as diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well equipped to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research career.

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Public Health

Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health within communities.

Public health is founded on a multidisciplinary understanding of health that allows you to explore and examine the basis of disease and wellbeing by considering human behaviour, physical environments, socio-economic and cultural factors, and systems of healthcare management.

This specialisation provides a broad overview of public health and the critical issues it confronts. To establish core understanding of this field, you will examine the foundational disciplines of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, environmental health and social sciences.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Specialising in public health can lead to a variety of roles within public and global health, health research or public health policy.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

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Statistics

Apply the tools of modern statistics to inform data-driven decision-making and solve real-world problems.

In this specialisation, we combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills.

You'll discover how statistics are used to help solve real-world problems, such as improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

You'll learn and apply advanced statistical techniques to analyse and interpret complex data, and transform it into meaningful insights.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well positioned to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research ;career.

Statisticians and data analysts are in high demand across business, industry, research and government to forecast, analyse and solve a variety of complex issues.

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Zoology

Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

Through this specialisation, you’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

We'll expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology, and mathematical applications in biology.

You can combine your study of animals with biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science, and gain practical experience through field courses offered in the Australian outback, rainforests, Stradbroke Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research.

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Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Applied Mathematics

Did you know that mathematical modelling is used to create disease models that enable scientists to better understand infectious diseases?

Study applied mathematics and learn how advanced mathematical methods are used to develop practical solutions in a variety of real-world contexts.

Deepen your knowledge in core topics such as applied mathematical analysis, mathematical modelling and the numerical methods used in computer programming.

You'll enhance your critical thinking skills and learn advanced mathematical techniques for approaching problems in a logical, analytical and creative manner.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your expertise in areas of interest such as natural resources mathematics, operations research or physics.

With practical experience gained through work placements, you'll be prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities in sectors such as government, financial services, engineering, technology and sciences.

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Archaeological Science

Examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning – including lab and field-based research projects. By completing these projects, you'll gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Combine core archaeology courses with electives and expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

Future work includes positions in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, and educational and research institutions.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Study the molecular events controlling the growth and development of cells and organisms in all living things.

In this major, you'll develop an advanced understanding of the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Learn how molecular events can go wrong in certain diseased states and how this contributes to the development of new drugs.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials and specialised seminars.

Career paths lead to some of the most exciting and challenging roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals or government agencies to specific positions in research.

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Bioinformatics

More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Study bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain specialised knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

Studying bioinformatics will prepare you for a career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

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Biomedical Science

Examine the complex relationship between mind, body and disease to treat, cure and prevent disease.

Study molecular biology, genetics, physiology, anatomy and immunology – then apply your knowledge in laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You’ll put theory into practice and work alongside researchers and healthcare professionals to conduct medical research and test the effectiveness of treatments.

Studying biomedical science can prepare you for a research-based honours program, or employment within the healthcare industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or universities.

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Cell Biology

Help transform the way we detect disease, develop new treatments or sustainably feed a growing world population.

Study a major in cell biology to deepen your understanding of how cellular, genetic, and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

Examine key concepts and techniques to understand genetic information and investigate cellular processes and cell development in a range of organisms. You’ll apply microscopic techniques to observe how cells function in healthy and diseased states.

The growing availability of biological data is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology. You'll learn from leading scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs across biotechnology, and animal, plant and medical sciences.

Studying cell biology will equip you for a range of career opportunities within research, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, conservation or government agencies.

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Chemistry

Chemistry is an enabling science that provides a foundation for fields such as medicine, technology and environmental science.

Chemistry encompasses the synthesis and study of molecules and materials, the exploration of their properties and the development of ways to use them in real life.

Gain advanced level knowledge and technical capabilities in general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, which you can apply to deepen your understanding of nanoscience, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry or synthetic chemistry.

Studying advanced chemistry will strengthen your problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking capabilities, which are essential skills for future work.

You will be equipped to pursue a diverse range of career opportunities. These include roles as a research scientist, pharmaceutical scientist, laboratory manager, toxicologist, quality-assurance specialist, environmental chemist, forensic chemist, science communicator or teacher.

Alternatively, continue into a PhD or other higher degree by research and kickstart your career in research.

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Coastal and Ocean Science

Examine the intricate relationship between climate, coastal systems and marine environments to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

In this major, you'll dive into the scientific study of coastal processes, oceanography, ecology, marine geology and marine conservation.

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

Enhance your employability by combining your speciality with a minor in a broad range of complementary fields, including ecology and conversation biology, earth science, genetics, microbiology or computational science.

Demand for highly skilled coastal and marine scientists is on the rise. You’ll find opportunities in various fields including:

  • teaching and universities
  • fisheries laboratories
  • environmental consultancies
  • marine parks
  • coastal management
  • government departments.

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Computer Science

Computer science encompasses everything from the design of hardware to the development of algorithms and programming languages.

Gain technical skills in programming to create or optimise programs, systems or applications that are used across multiple devices.

Programming skills are essential for information management, data analysis, predictive modelling, cyber security, artificial intelligence, gaming, e-commerce and communications.

These transferable skills apply to many industries, including health, science, technology, business and government.

You’ll be equipped for roles such as a web, gaming or app developer, software engineer, information security specialist, data analyst or computer systems expert.

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Earth Science

Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) are used to analyse geological processes and monitor changes in the Earth’s environment.

Dig deeper into our mineral and energy sources by exploring topics such as mineral and rock analysis, mining geology, environmental geology or geochemistry. Develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You may choose to study electives in coastal and ocean science to deepen your understanding of oceanography and help create a sustainable future for marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a career in the natural resource, energy or environmental sectors. Alternatively, help contribute to new scientific knowledge by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Ecology and Conservation Biology

Broaden your understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environments, and be part of the solution for protecting our natural world.

Ecology and conservation biology are vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today.

You’ll be taught by internationally renowned conservation experts and can choose to specialise in conservation biology, marine ecology or evolutionary ecology.

Gain real-world experience in solving ecological problems by conducting fieldwork in a range of rainforest, outback and marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to tackle global issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, diminishing natural resources and the environmental impacts of human activity.

Employment demand has risen strongly over the past 5 years with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry and environmental organisations.

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Food Science and Nutrition

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

Take a scientific approach to the study of food and its consumption. You'll study all aspects of the food system from farming, processing and distribution to how food is selected and consumed, and how it affects our health.

Food is one of largest industries in the world and offers a diverse range of career opportunities in the fields of nutrition, food science and technology, education, and research and development.

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Food Technology

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

We integrate theory with practice. Learn about the scientific composition of foods and the chemical reactions that take place during processing.

Study key aspects in the development of food products and develop your expertise in food preservation, processing operations, quality assurance and consumer product testing.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and build your industry connections with work placements at leading food manufacturing organisations.

You'll be prepared to work in areas such as product development, quality assurance and food safety, food microbiology, research and development, food standards and policy or sales and marketing.

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Genetics

Genetics is transforming the way we investigate diseases, develop medical treatments, protect endangered species and create food security.

You’ll advance your knowledge in genetic structure, genetic interaction and the genetic basis of traits.

We'll expand your critical thinking and teach you to analyse complex biological data using the latest genetic technologies.

You’ll learn to translate genetic information into meaningful insights that may lead to new discoveries.

Studying genetics will prepare you for a broad range of opportunities across ecology, research, medicine and agriculture.

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Geographical Science

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues facing today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

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Marine Biology

Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions.

You'll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

We'll show you how to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

You'll be prepared for a broad range of career opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Mathematics

Challenge and expand your problem-solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability.

In this major you'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with a foundation of calculus, linear algebra, probability, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and modelling.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical experience, structured tutorials and specialised lectures.

Our comprehensive mathematical training equips you for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.

Studying mathematics also gives you a strong foundation to continue into a higher degree by research and excel in research positions within universities, government agencies and private companies.

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Microbiology

Microbiology is at the forefront of protection against infectious diseases.

In this major, you'll study the diversity of microorganisms, the immune system, microbial virulence, disease states and the ways in which organisms respond to infection.

You'll learn how vaccines protect animals and humans from infectious diseases, and discover the latest advances in vaccine development from lecturers who are globally recognised experts.

Focusing on the key areas of immunology, virology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial genomics, you'll study bacterial, fungal and viral infections and apply your knowledge in weekly laboratory practicals.

You'll confidently use the specialist biomedical and molecular techniques required to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and to develop new diagnostics. Problem-based scenarios will enhance your analytical, research and communication skills.

This major can lead to challenging and rewarding career opportunities within universities and biotechnology companies, and medical and veterinary institutes, along with roles in forensics, biosecurity and quarantine.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Physics

Deepen your understanding of how and why things work.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

You'll be able to combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understand theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics. Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Alternatively, continue into a higher degree by research to uncover new scientific knowledge or apply your findings to develop new devices, products or processes.

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Plant Science

Help to solve 2 of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

In this major, you’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

You'll study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology, and apply your knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

Studying plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities as a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

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Psychology

Study how people behave, think and feel.

In this major, you'll explore topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields as diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Public Health

Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health within communities.

Public health is founded on a multidisciplinary understanding of health that allows you to explore and examine the basis of disease and wellbeing by considering human behaviour, physical environments, socio-economic and cultural factors, and systems of healthcare management.

This major provides a broad overview of public health and the critical issues it confronts. To establish core understanding of this field, you will examine the foundational disciplines of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, environmental health and social sciences.

Studying public health can lead to a variety of roles within public and global health, health research or public health policy.

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Statistics

Apply the tools of modern statistics to inform data-driven decision-making and solve real-world problems.

In this major, we combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills.

You'll discover how statistics are used to help solve real-world problems, such as improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

You'll learn and apply statistical techniques to analyse and interpret complex data, and transform it into meaningful insights.

Statisticians and data analysts are in high demand across business, industry, research and government to forecast, analyse and solve a variety of complex issues.

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Zoology

Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

Through this major, you’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

We'll expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology, and mathematical applications in biology.

You can combine your study of animals with biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science, and gain practical experience through field courses offered in the Australian outback, rainforests, Stradbroke Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $43,504

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Indicative annual fee

AUD $7,040

Indicative annual fee 2021 Commonwealth supported place

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) is 731901.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) is 2516.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

Express yourself. And your interest.

They say choosing a degree is hard, which is why we've made it easy. Register your interest in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) and we'll send you everything you need to know about applying to UQ.