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Entry into UQ programs is competitive. If you’re not offered a place in your first program of choice, you can upgrade. 

Upgrading involves improving your entry score or meeting subject prerequisites by studying an alternative program.

It's a good idea to choose an alternative program that has something in common with your desired degree – whether it's from the same, or a similar discipline.

In many cases, if you successfully upgrade between two similar degrees you can apply to have study credits transferred to the new program. 

We recommend you complete at least one year of successful full-time study (16 units) to improve your entry rank. The better your results, the better your chances of upgrading into your desired program. 

Please note that once you have attempted one year of full-time study we will no longer use your Year 12 results.

It is possible to earn a competitive entry rank with less than one year of full-time bachelor-level (or higher) study; however, these ranks are capped and may be inadequate for entry into high-demand programs (e.g. physiotherapy).

We allocate higher entry ranks for study completed at UQ. Further information about how we assign entry ranks is in available in our Entry Options (PDF, 1.1MB) publication.

Upgrading can be a complex process, especially for applicants who have previously undertaken tertiary study. For further information, contact UQ Admissions.

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