Griffith University

Griffith University Gold Coast campus.

Gold Coast campus

Griffith University is a Gold Coast and Brisbane university with campuses set in bushland away from busy city areas. It's a large university, with 45,000+ students, and is a noted research institution. If you've ever studied at Griffith, you're welcome to post a review outlining your experiences.

Griffith Rating

User Rating 2.63 (163 votes)
Comments Rating 1.97 (29 reviews)

Student Reviews

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  1. han
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    Bach of Education

    Started my bach of education mid last year. While I have enjoyed my time at Griffith I have found that organisation is not one of their main priorities. I was told that my trimester 3 was compulsory as I did start in tri 2, I have now been told that is not the case. During tri 3 my 4 classes were 6 weeks long, I did 2 classes for the first 6 weeks, had a break over christmas and my next 2 classes started again. Because of covid, my classes are now all online, we are still expected to do all of the assignments in half the time with less help than ever. Each of my assignments has been due from 3 days to a week apart, but we are not offered any sort of exemptions for this. How are we expected to achieve our best while given minimal time? The tutors say how disappointed they are but are not doing anything to support us

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  2. Emily
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    Horrible Experience!
    As a foreign student, I previously studied with Griffith online as the borders were closed. However, I experienced several terrible experiences when I went to this school. I simply want to post this to warn other students about the reality of Griffith:
    1.) The staff and teachers are rude and disgusting towards their attitudes towards students. If you write them an email, wether that’s asking a question, seeking help or otherwise don’t expect an answer from them or at the least a very short replied and late one. They teachers have the worst attitudes when writing back to you, basically putting you in a position where they are on a pedestal and you should be worshiping the very ground they walk on. Don’t expect to be a priority either, you are lucky if you receive the support you need, especially as a foreign student.
    2.) They WILL take your money. Lost thousands of dollars towards a school that treated us poorly and decided to take my education elsewhere. If you ever decide to change universities in Griffith BEWARE they will not allow you to. As a student I was blamed for spending money at their college (such disgusting behavior) and that I shouldn’t have studied with them in the first place. Basically be prepared to apply for another student visa entirely (it’s not worth your troubles trust me).
    3.) Incapable of taking any responsibility. If you are studying here, you will be blamed for many of the teachers and staffs mistakes. Griffith is a place full of broken promises!

    As a student it breaks my heart to write messages such as these as education should be a special and wonderful time for students. However, I would highly recommend you take your money elsewhere unless you want to end up in the position of hundreds of other students like myself.

    • Zanele
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      Hey! I hope you don’t me asking. What course did you study at Griffith and which university are you at now?

  3. Anonymous
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    Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University
    Postgraduate studies – Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy)

    I would rate the learning experience within this course and with all of the lecturers associated with both the Graduate Certificate in Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy) and Master of Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy) with a zero rating if at all possible. The reasons for this are several. However, I will list the few main issues, in the hope that this will assist others to reconsider choosing this course and studies with these particular lecturers.

    1. The lecturers are negative, rude and highly disrespectful to deal with. If you make contact by email, you will be lucky to receive a reply to your course related questions at all sometimes. When you do, you are treated like you should get down on your knees and kiss their feet for their generosity of time. Other experiences will include having rude and insulting emails sent to you and also, emails which are highly derogatory written about you and sent both to you (so as you can read the insults) and to all of your other lecturers as well.
    2. Some people may find they gain some knowledge from this course. However, I learnt this and more from my private tuition with a really good teacher twenty five years ago. I know that what my private Singing teacher taught me was correct because all of her students have achieved international success and none of us ever had any problems with our voice in singing or otherwise. We learnt a really good technique which protected our voice from damage.
    3. After spending my whole life singing without any damage to my voice, once I commenced studying this course, my voice was destroyed. I now have no voice to sing because of incorrect guidance by the singing tutors within the course, who probably had less than a third as much knowledge as I have, but had a University piece of paper, instead of years of study behind them.

    In Summary, the course is detrimental. If you are not from Brisbane, you are not supported. If you are somebody who has worked for an extended period of time teaching in the field and worked under a high calibre teacher such as I had (ranked as one of the top ten teachers in the world), then you will be seen as a threat to the lecturers, who in actual fact, on repeated occasions, gave out the most unhelpful and incorrect directions I have ever heard.

    They try to promote themselves through a few people achieving success in performance degrees. But, they are certainly not the best voices you will hear at all when you analyse them properly and they have only achieved any success as a result of marketing.

    After studying various degrees for over thirty years, this is the worst University (extremely disorganised with incorrect information given out readily and not stocked with recently published books in the libraries); the worst course (the most boring, uninformative, self-promoted degree/s), taught by the rudest, most bitter, cynical and highly toxic educators that you will ever come across.

    I do not recommend Griffith University for these courses and I recommend none of the lecturers – not unless you want your voice damaged for the first time in your life, by a bunch of egotistical, know-it-alls, who actually don’t know as much about how to sing as you do – but have talked you down so much that you have lost all confidence in your singing ability. It is a very toxic learning environment, of a highly incestuous nature. My recommendation is for you to study somewhere like the Sydney Conservatorium, Victorian College of the Arts, ANU or WAAPA. They might not be in Queensland, but they are much better institutions and educators to learn through and from.

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  4. Chloe
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    A detriment to your mental health

    Do not study here, it will be bad for your mental health. They say that they’re, “for the students,” but that’s about as much true as Hitler was for the Jews. I have studied nursing here for the past five years. One year, they lost my exam paper and gave me my standard overall grade instead, and another time, they failed me on an exam because they lost my exam paper and tried to tell me that I didn’t attend the exam, which was just outrageous and untrue. I was shocked when I received that email. Another time, I had asked for a deferred assessment date as I was very ill, and when I failed that exam, they wouldn’t give me a supplementary exam as they sit all deferred and supplementary exams at once (which is just plain stupid). I had to repeat a year because of this, but it was partially my own fault. Another year, I got a 6 in my class and passed my clinical placement with flying colours. Unfortunately, it was close to Christmas and my dad had cancer and my brother was deathly ill from a rare disease so I forgot to hand in one sheet from my placement. They only sent two emails about it which got lost in the hundreds of useless emails that are sent to you; they never bothered contacting me via phone or text. They failed me on that class because of the missing sheet and I had to repeat a year; I would have graduated and would be working as a nurse right now if they had bothered to message me on my phone. Recently, they made us use a website to record and upload a video speech assignment. I’m not sure what happened, I told them when I had submitted it that I was having technical difficulties, but only one minute of my 6 minute speech was uploaded, which they refused to let me resubmit so I failed it despite having got 6-7’s in the previous class assignments. They don’t give a toss about their students, they’re inflexible and want to fail you; there’s barely any student support or kindness and it’s caused me to have many anxiety attacks and feel depressed. They’ve actually made me less confident in myself and my abilities, and it has caused made me to revert back to when I was a stressed-out, self-conscious, nail-biting teenager. My palms get sweaty and I can hear my heartbeat in my ears whenever I log into my student emails as I think, “what’s next?” I can’t wait to be rid of them. I will never study here again and I will never recommend them. I friggin hate Griffith.

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    • Chloe
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      ALSO when I contacted their crisis line because I was having a bit of a breakdown and so stressed out, also needed help getting diagnosed with autism, they literally text me back telling me the times the therapist office is open (which is booked out for months in advance). That was it. Disgusting.
      The class I failed because my family was hospitalised was also Mental Health Nursing which was extremely ironic to me. I want to sue for emotional damages just because it’s been problem after problem after problem and no help at all. Very disheartening when I had a genuine passion to learn more; this has kind of killed it. I struggle most days with my anxiety, and the issues I’ve had with Griffith has only made my assignment procrastination and class attendance so much worse.

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  5. Neronandruff
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    Better to bang your head against a brick wall

    Currently a student (Bachelor of Business) at Griffith via Online University Australia (oua).
    Must say I find the teaching to be rather poor at not useful. I have been in the workforce for 20+ years and studying this course just makes me hate manager who come into positions straight from uni even more. Nothing of value is actually being taught, unless you like writing up assignment after assignment about the most mundane content.

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    • Bbbbbbb
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      Degree mill

      I totally agree. It is completely waste of time and money . Not to mention, the first year and second year courses seem to be more “English courses” with extra steps. How shameful! There’s even a mandatory CV course ( employability course) , they charge you for 4000 for international students. Oh yeah, don’t forget the language for business course 4000 for another English course for 4 months.. Does it look great on your transcript? CV?

  6. GG
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    Asking for Help, SOS!!!!

    Hi guys, Currently I’m about to transfer my credit to Griffith but after read some of the reviews here I’m so confused between Griffith and QUT.
    Could you give me some advice about studying pharmacy?

    • Sammy
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      Same here!! Pls give us some advice!!

      • Abbey
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        Don’t transfer or study here!
        I am studying a double degree bachelor of business and bachelor of psychology. During COVID, 2020, everything was still pretty normal they just put everything online, which was okay for me because I had studied online before. However, 2021 students in criminology, psychology, counselling, and probably more were neglected NEXT LEVEL!. My online course classes went from previous semesters one class per week to once a fortnight, AND went from twelve lectures a semester to ONLY FOUR lectures the entire semester. But students were still given the same amount of content, the school literally said here’s your weekly content and next weeks content, go through it on your own and will see you in two weeks and talk about your assignment. Not to mention half of the “content” was random youtube videos…

        There was no support whatsoever, you were expected to teach yourself

        Don’t study here, you will regret it!

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  7. AvGirl21
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    Thinking of pursuing aviation? Fly as far as possible from this wretched place

    Wow, where to start?! A $hit show from the beginning.
    I started a Bach in Aviation in 2019 and am expecting to finish it early next year. I would like to become a pilot and had no idea where to start my journey, so this was my best option. Don’t let it be yours. Here are some reasons why:
    *The course is designed to be completed in 2 years as it is accelerated” – some trimesters consist of undertaking 5 subjects! As a graduate of another well known uni, doing 5 subjects is insanity in itself. Usually only GPA 6+ students get approved of this – not at Griffith. Here, it is expected that you do the 5 subjects, in 2 consecutive trimesters. A recipe for suicide, especially if you work F/T, like myself, or have a family etc.
    *They allocate you to “flight schools” much like Hufflepuff and Gryffindor in Harry Potter. Not only is this childish, but the events run by these groups are supposedly “mandatory” -rolls eyes- yes, attendance is taken and recorded in case you want to apply for a leadership position within the group. Nowhere is this mentioned prior to joining the degree. If you have work or another valid reason not to attend, you can forget it because they don’t care.
    *Like others on here have said, a lot of the coursework is from other institutions. My aerodynamics lecturer only used slides from NASA, i.e. none were made by the lecturer. The same lecturer admitted that they were suspended as a commercial pilot when they were in the industry…appalling.
    *If everything I have said isn’t bad enough, this will convice you. I had some health complications and asked for an extension, which was granted. When I came to submit my assignment, they wouldn’t accept it because “it was late”. I know you’re thinking, ‘hang on, you had an extension’ – I did. They forget they gave one to me!!!! Not only did I have to escalate this to the level above the course convenor, but it actually went to one of the HODs. The best part? When the HOD contacted me, they gaslight me by saying I submitted the assignment late…hello??? I HAD AN EXTENSION.
    *As mentioned, I went to another uni, and as such, was taught not to settle for a low quality of teaching. If something is wrong and the uni take the approach as my previous point, there is always an Ombudsman. Contact them.

    Ok. Rant over. Well, mostly. Apart from learning nothing, other than what I have had to teach myself, this uni is a bigger scam than online nigerian princes asking for money. In fact, you’d probably have better luck with them, than at Griffith.

    • John
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      Sorry to here your experience, but man, I like your reply title, very creative and funny lollll

    • EE
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      Stay Away from Griffith University’s Bachelor of Aviation

      I’m in Aviation too. This degree has actually made me hate aviation. I’ve had a good friend pass away recently who I was doing this degree with and my mother got cancer early 2020 both affecting my quality of work. I reached out for help admitting I was personally struggling and nobody even responded. I have had no lecturer for aviation science this year (a joke of a course), and have failed it as a result. How can they allow a course to be taught with no lecturer? It also makes me so mad that they use the exams as a passing point, so if you don’t do well on the exam then you fail the rest of the course. Some students do better with assignments then exams. It is not at all fair, and makes the rest of the assessment pieces practically useless and severely effects your academic standings despite you putting in all your effort. The expectations are too high for a degree that gets you nowhere and whose lecturers have no aviation experience. It gets worse by the year and I regret choosing the course and Griffith as my university. There is absolutely no remorse, sincerity or care given. Do not expect any type of moral support if you have unexpected issues with your personal life that are outside of your handling, the university only cares about money.

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    • Alex
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      Bachelor of Aviation is hard, tough, but extremely rewarding and interesting

      It sounds to me that you clearly did not try hard enough or cared enough about your university studies. I work and have a large family but that doesnt stop me from doing well. Being a pilot is hard work and this course is designed to help you cope with the future workload youll have. On top of this, the courses are delivered by professionals who know the industry very well. The whole reasons someone would take this rather than to go to flight school is to have that extra degree to qualify better.

      The flights (there are 6) are designed to network with other class mates who you will most likely be flying with in the future. Yes its mandatory but guess what, its once a week for 3 hours. You also get the opportunity to listen to a professional in the industry talk about his life and what it takes to be apart of this growing industry.

      Sounds to me you choose griffith because of the low entry requirements and because you didnt know what else to do. Your not committed, most likely not doing great, and are in denial, blaming everyone but yourself.

      For anyone reading this, the university is great and ive had a fantastic time learning and understanding the aviation industry, along with the sciences that come with it. I will say the degree is no easy task, but if you spend around 3-5 hours a day working on assignments and watching lectures you’ll pass easily. Don’t listen to these people who clearly have no understanding of ‘hard work’ and are definitely not suited to the difficult working environment as a pilot.

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  8. Smile
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    Waste of money

    Attended bachelor of Information Technology only to find out that the lecturers were not helping. If you are international student , I suggest not to spend that money to this uni. Especially for online uni after coronavirus. Scam.

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  9. Jonathan
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    Decent Uni - Bachelor of Criminology

    I graduated in 2017 in the Criminology and Criminal Justice course. I enjoyed my time at this Uni. Griffith is often referred to as one of the “lesser” uni’s in Brisbane, but I have to disagree with this based on my personal experience. I felt supported when completing course material and course tutors and convenors were generally quick to respond if I had a query. Also, as you’d expect in a Criminology course, the content is varied in law, sociology and psychology, giving you exposure to various fields that you could consider to specialise in future.

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    • Abbey
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      It’s not like that anymore

      Hey Jonathon,
      Are you still with Griffith?
      This year during the pandemic criminology, psychology, counseling and probably other Griffith schools had learning support cut more than half.
      I had faith in Griffith until this happened, when our courses were reduced to one class every fortnight and only 4 lectures in the 12 week trimesters. They created modules, which was basically a file full of reading available through mygriffith. If of my subjects was biological psychology and Griffith was literally just giving us content each week to go through alone until we had an online or in person class the next fortnight. One of the weekly modules took me 8 hours to get through, and I still didn’t understand.
      I now hate Griffith and can’t believe the lack of compassion and support the uni has.
      Oh and also, the lectures and classes were about your assignments … there was literally no support for understanding concepts that will be in your exam…

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  10. Ash
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    Terrible Teaching Quality

    Bachelor of Business – Student.
    Do not let Griffith advertisements fool you. It is a money making industry now with really bad teaching quality.
    You pay them to give you 10% of information which you can already find on the internet and is delivered through bad lecture classes.
    What about the other 90%? That is what YOU have teach yourself, which you could have done by yourself instead of wasting your time. I guess 90% of your course fees goes towards the high quality paper used to print you certificate.

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    • anon
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      Its digital

      The certificate is digital, lol

  11. Honest Reviewer
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    Go Find a Better Uni (Griffith is a HOT MESS)

    I completed my Masters at QCA and I’m generally not impressed and feel like I should’ve picked a better uni. Such as shame because I had high hopes for my uni experience at Griffith QCA. I’m the type of student who takes studying VERY seriously. From the get-go, admissions was a terrible experience, the admissions officer I was communicating with was such a pain in the @ss and exuded a bitchy attitude in her (mostly delayed) responses which were often comprised on “no, it’s not possible” when I asked about getting credit for prior learning. When I finally enrolled in the program, I spoke to the program director about credit transfer and surprise surprise, she approved my request! The teachers were okay, some seemed more knowledgeable than others, there were a couple of teachers who appeared to be experts but weren’t too great in passing on their knowledge to students. The Southbank campus is disgusting and feels like it hadn’t been deep-cleaned since the 90s. Everything about it was grimy and felt forlorn. I couldn’t find the books I needed at the Library and the lady at the library reception desk was a grump. Help desk folks were pretty useless too. Now back to the program itself, on paper, all the courses sounded great but in reality, I’ve had better undergrad courses. Most of them were fixated on theoretical concepts and lacked practical, real-world and hands-on learning (there was a lot of lazy teaching too, the so-called “Flipped Classroom” style of learning). Most of the courses involved a lot of group work ( every slacker’s dream) which pulled down my grades quite a bit. I was actually expecting more creative, practical work with it being an art and design school and all, but unfortunately, all we got was a bunch of fluff and blah blah blah. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few golden nuggets at QCA (Chantelle from GUPSA was awesome). Overall though, I feel I would’ve been better off at QUT. Wouldn’t recommend it to future students, local and international alike. Griffith is a hot mess of a uni.

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    • Prospective student
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      Hi honest reviewer
      I was considering doing a Master of Arts in Visual Arts at Griffith. What was your masters in? I am guessing something art related as it is at Southbank campus.
      I actually attended QCA when it was at the TAFE campus at Morningside and from the sounds of it they should have stayed there. Did not see any really stunning examples of current lecturer’s work and get the feeling from course descriptions they are more focused on the academic or theoretical side of fine art rather than teaching practical skills. I am a bit alarmed by the talk of cuts and the fact they shut the art supplies shop as well.

  12. Vidhi
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    Griffith (gold coast) , UniSA or University of Newcastle for bachelor of physiotherapy?

  13. Arushi Jain
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    Griifith or deakin for bachelor of nursing

    Hi. I am interested in Bachelor of Nursing and I am torn between Deakin Waterfront (Geelong) and Griffith Gold Coast. Can anyone guide me on this? I also want to know if there are ample job opportunities in Geelong and Gold Coast. Thankyou 😊

    • Elaina Massaad
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      Worst experience ever

      I started last trimester and am already looking for another university. Numerous insidences with careless teachers, already had someone plagarise my work in which the teacher couldnt have cared less until i went to the program director. Had a teacher copy and paste my email to another students which was a breach of confidentiality. If you have an issue and tell them you are going to put in a formal complaint then they jump and say sorry but otherwise they couldnt care less. Would not recommend this uni at all

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  14. John
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    Avoid Griffith University for anyone thinking of studying Information Technology

    I completed my Bachelor Degree in Information Technology with a GPA of 6.3 and despite my high GPA I can say with absolutely certainty that this University is an absolute joke and should be avoided by any person looking for a quality education in IT. After putting up with three years of nonsense where do I even begin?

    * The passing criteria is ridiculously lenient so there are many who “scrape through” so to speak and barely come to understand the content. These people are able to pass courses and receive their degree which devalues the degree for people who actually work hard.

    * Don’t expect feedback from assignments and especially your marks for final exams. Apparently the process of students learning from their mistakes is not recognised to be of any importance to the management of the University.

    * The teaching resources are often outdated or not updated and the courses are poorly structured and unorganised with absurd time constraints.

    * The tutors and lecturers are sometimes too lazy to assemble their own teaching resources and instead advocate using “self-learning” resources and force you to watch YouTube videos which are FREE despite the fact that you are paying thousands of dollars for these courses.

    * The university are perfectly willing to hire foreign teachers who can barely speak English fluently or coherently. I’m not talking about foreign teachers with an accent (that’s fine), I’m talking about people who fail to use the correct terminology and can barely be understood that are teaching highly technical, complex and intricate subjects. Therefore they are not able to satisfy the most basic principle of teaching; communication.

    Griffith University obviously priorities profits over quality teaching resources and is fundamentally a business that sells degrees, which in turn, devalues the degree offered. I can only speak for my experience with the Bachelor of Information Technology at the Gold Coast campus but I would not be surprised if other programs are subject to the same nonsensical standards.

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    • Don
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      Dear John,
      I am going to get a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology, and really want to have a quality education as I want to join the workforce in IT after graduated. Do you have any recommendations? Many bad reviews on this site and no idea where to go. Whereas, some of the university tuition is too expensive. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you very much.

  15. C.D.
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    Masters of Teaching

    They are generally quite slow in returning assessments and I was quite surprised that you cannot appeal the mark for an assessment piece. Often the instructions provided for an assessment is poor/unclear and requires extensive questioning by students. You pay for an allotted time for contact hours in lectures and tutorials; however, for many units they do not or have not prepared enough materials to utilise all this time and they pass it off as time for yourself ….!!! They also seem to be more interested in winding up a class early for their own sake. On a few occasions this can add up to a couple of weeks worth. I even experienced tutorials where they requested we use the time to do surveys for the demonstrator’s own research and has nothing to do with the course. I sometimes found that marks were not aligned with the assessment piece but biased to the markers own personal opinion and interests. They also seem to have a high turnover as lecturers/demonstrators etc that seek positions at other universities. I also find it amusing that they ask for student surveys for units well before you have completed the unit.

    I found this course to be very disappointing

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    • Parth
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      Which uni to study ?

      Hi. Actually i am thinking of persuing a double degree program of masters of Marketing / masters of international business . So is Griffith
      (nathan campus) a good choice or i should go for Qut or uni of Wollongong ? It’s really very confusing after reading all types of negative and positive comments.

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  16. DisappointedGriffithStudent
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    Terrible experience so far!

    I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Information Technology at Griffith University and so far it is a complete joke. Perhaps it is because I am at the Gold Coast campus, but I find myself not even being able to understand any of my lecturers and I end up watching the Nathan lectures or using YouTube and other FREE resources for help. The courses are structured stupidly and the lecturers don’t seem to like explaining things, pretty much just leaving the students to fend for themselves. Can’t believe they can actually charge people for this garbage, extremely disappointed by how unprofessional this university is.

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  17. Tahlia Briody
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    Confused Tafe Law Student seeking help

    I am planning to study a double degree in Law and Behavioural Psychology. I’ve skimmed through most of these and all I can say is I don’t know what to do. Both the Griffith and QUT pages have similar reviews but I haven’t seen any reviews for this particular course. Does anyone know someone or went through this course? Also, what are the different assessment styles?

  18. Tanya
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    Poor quality compared to other universities

    I’m doing my minor with Griffith (business) and my major through RMIT (Information Tech). Compared to RMIT, Griffith is very low quality. The lecturers are very self obsessed and assignments are marked by other students, so there is a distinct feeling of “passing the buck” and disinterest by the lecturers. There is no feedback and emails don’t get answered. The quality of the learning materials is dated and seems a bit slapped together. The contrast between the quality of lecturers between both universities is significantly different. There is a distinct feeling that Griffith is the university you go to as a last resort.

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  19. Private and confidential
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    Griffith ranks top 2% in the world, and in some disciplines is in top 0.1%, for a reason.

    University has plenty of negatives, but then what place of education doesn’t?

    There is some academia corruption, however most of it goes unnoticed by undergraduate students so you wouldn’t even know it happens.

    Some lecturers are simply difficult to work with / study under, in terms of marking fairness / overly-rigorous courses.

    Some courses (some people call the degree a course, which is inappropriate vocabulary because it leads to confusion) are utterly useless and some are written to a standard below that which you would expect.

    The university also likes to pretend that the students all know each other and everyone is friends, when the reality is if you don’t have / make (requires effort) any friends, you will only be attending classes / studying alone, period. The majority of students walk this path, and its fine.

    Now lets talk about why I give it a 5 star, but first let me enforce your trust in my words by saying I completed a hard degree (yes, relatively easy degrees do exist) at Griffith University.

    1. The facilities may not seem like it at first, but they are world-class. The only better ones you may find would be in the top 0.1% universities, and considering Griffith is top 2%, that is a really positive statement. And that is why I said ‘may not seem like it at first’, because if you expect shiny laboratories / computer laboratories everywhere with top-of-the-range hardware for undergraduate use, you are dreaming. Compared to QUT, Griffith has visibly better facilities for undergraduate purposes.

    2. An extension of 1, Griffith has a lot of facilities, as a matter of fact more than anywhere else you may study in a 1000km radius of the University, potentially bigger than UNSW (my first unsure comment, but probably true). Compare QUT to Griffith and you will see that Griffith (just GC campus alone) is over 2 times bigger, all the Griffith campuses put together and maybe 4 times bigger.

    3. Relatively small parking issues. If you start your study days before 8am, you are pretty much guaranteed year-round a parking spot (somewhere, not in all allocated parking areas, some are busier than others) on campus. If you start between 10 am and 3 pm, depending if you need to stay 2 hours or over, your chances of finding a parking spot are 50/50. If you don’t mind walking 20 minutes to campus / using public transport near the campus, you can do that too every day consistently (and probably save a lot of money unless you buy a parking permit). Compare Griffith to QUT or UQ and the winner will be decided within a second, as most other Australian universities (in cities) have appalling parking, QUT has none at all and UQ I’m unsure but definitely not as much as Griffith. Nathan campus has twice the parking capacity of Gold Coast.

    I want to emphasize how important point #3 is, because it is a long-term benefit. If you live very close to QUT it may be the better campus for you than Griffith under some special circumstances, however if you need to drive (say from Gold Coast to QUT), you are in a world of problems.

    4. Some of the staff members are very supportive and can give you pointers for your path, so you walk a good one. For example they can help prepare you to be job-ready, by providing you industry-expert advice on what current trends are / ‘where the money is at’. When you pay your tuition fees, you have to understand you are also paying for this opportunity of domain expert knowledge ‘tips’, they are very valuable and most people don’t bother to learn their lecturer’s name let alone converse frequently with them. Griffith employs some wonderful academics from all over the world.

    I’m sure this positive point #4 is valid for all universities in Australia.

    5. If you wanted to, you could get involved. Griffith supports students with opportunities to volunteer (the uni actually relies heavily on undergraduate volunteers, many programs / groups in place i.e. STEM Squad / Griffith Mates).

    At the end of the day, each and every degree is useless, it is up to you to make it useful FOR YOU. If you just sit at home / library studying the lecture materials in order to scrape it through uni, i.e. get GPA 4, you can expect to have a difficult time finding work post-graduation (if you make it that far, you would be surprised how small the % of graduates is, relative to number of enrollments). GPA 4 does not automatically mean you are unable to perform work-duties in the same field, but it does guarantee your behavior (study, social
    i.e. responsibilities) sucks.

    The amazing thing about Griffith is, should you strive to be the best that you can be, Griffith has the facilities and staff necessary to make it possible. And best of all, Griffith recognizes and commends good behavior by ways of awards / recognition, which make you stand out in crowds (i.e. Griffith Award for Academic Excellence).

    While there are more negatives than those that I commented, I truly believe that the positives outweigh them enough for the university to receive a 5 star rating from me, based on my experiences and what I have learnt in my journey.

    As a side note, which is neither positive nor negative, as many others have posted here, Higher Education in Australia is a business, and Griffith is no exception.

    It is a double-edged sword, in that corruption exists (especially for international students), and that anyone and everyone can have an attempt at uni, I knew someone who received an OP 23, and got into a Bachelor of Biomedical Science through a guaranteed admission high school scheme, which was easy. OP 23 is borderline mentally challenged & zero care for education, Year 12 result. So it is up to you to make the most out of this fact about Business and Education, if you feel like redeeming yourself after years of negligence toward education, you may find an opportunity to study at Griffith. This is rare because in America you would be forced to go to community college, which stands for almost nothing compared to Griffith University, in most oversea places you would have simply NO SHOT at securing a spot in a top university.

    Griffith deserves my 5 star rating, however I made the most out of my experiences, it is up to you to work hard & be able to confidently say its a 5 star university.

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    • Neronandruff
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      Facts Please

      How is Griffith in the top 2%? Do you have the facts backing that up?

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  20. Withheld
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    Education in Australia is a business, especially for international students, don't expect quality or responsibility

    Hi all,

    I’m almost finished a research masters at Griffith Nathan campus. At times I have been to the Gold Coast campus.

    A lot of what I have written below relates to Australian culture (of not accepting responsibility mainly and not being inclusive of others) and also government budget cuts since around 2012/2013 when universities started organising partnerships with recruitment agencies in other countries (especially China) and paying them commissions for each student they brought in. This caused documentation to be faked (the universities don’t check, as long as it looks good enough), a lot of students not properly understanding English in classes and therefore struggling, academics under unneeded pressure due to disorganisation and pushed to pass failing students to “keep paying clients”, or students failing due to not putting effort and classes being disorganised.

    A number of academics have told me stories of either them being pushed to “bump up marks” to pass people, or very commonly another “academic reviewer” putting marks up for more people to pass, of course there is the other scenario of students having to retake classes due to the university being disorganised and not accepting responsibility. I believe it was in 2016 that 15 science and 17 environmental academics were “retired” and so in January of 2017, the newer academics were only told then that they had to decide among themselves who would teach what classes. A big issue was that some academics deleted all their course notes and lectures when they left, and there were no copies. The newer academics had to make up their own ones for the start of class in maybe 2 weeks.

    Look up “Degrees of deception” by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It is a very good documentary from 2015, I don’t think things have changed much except for it to become more widespread.
    Education has become a separate sector in Australia’s economy when mining had its downturn in 2012, and so it is a business of recruiting international students.

    Australia has cut down most/all of its engineering industries, so it is less and less likely for teachers/academics to have real practical engineering knowledge.

    In general, Griffith is very disorganised, especially the administration staff. I did my undergraduate degree at QUT (Garden’s Point) so only know about post grad at Griffith. From my experience, Griffith is not the place for research students, it doesn’t matter what Griffith has on their website about being “remarkable” etc and showing people allegedly doing research etc in a chemistry lab, you will be left on your own. It is very telling that there aren’t many Australians doing research, largely internationals. That is not an issue in it’s self, but it means it is a lot less likely for international research students to meet and know Australians and how things work when problems arise (Australian culture isn’t socially outgoing anyway to get to know people, usually only when alcohol is involved).

    In terms of campus culture, the Gold Coast campus may have more “Western” international students, but there is no official culture to bring people together, you just go to classes and leave if you don’t have friends. There is GUPSA (for post grads), but you have to make the effort to be involved, there is the SRC (student representative council) for other students which may let you know of more options, but don’t expect much.

    Griffith has currently no information on their site of the step by step procedure for doing research and how to plan for publishing. I tried to explain this to the administration, but no one cared and kept telling me to go to my supervisor (repeating it just in a different way as though I am stupid and I don’t understand English). Honest academics at Griffith will admit that they don’t deal with the administration unless it is filling out forms because they don’t do anything else and put pressure back on the academics to get things done.

    This is not just a Griffith issue, it is largely Australian, but just more exaggerated here. It is normal behaviour for Australians to not care, or laugh things off, but then later expect that you knew what to do and how to do it without anyone telling you.

    QUT had is own problems, especially cramming all their engineering maths content into 3 subjects, which they restructured later when I reported it to someone who cared, as others were in denial.

    Please thoroughly check online and from your friends what Griffith and Australia is like for international students before thinking about Australia if you want to study abroad. Australia has nice sides to it, but education here is purely a business and they are not used to people pushing for quality, Australians commonly want to try a “quick fix” to keep people happy and not complaining, or at times, they tell you nothing can be done and you have to accept it.

    In general, Austalians don’t like it pointed out when they are wrong, and at times will become seriously offended. So it is common for your complaints to be acknowledged, but not seriously reviewed and rectified if a quick fix won’t solve it. People may shrug their shoulders and tell you they are sorry about it but can’t do anything.

    Seriously keep it in mind as I’ve been here for 15 years, my English is perfect and I speak to a lot of people about these issues to get their personal experiences and feedback.

    • John
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      Bad experience

      I did my first semester at Griffith 2019. I am a domestic skilled migrant and this was my second degree. After my first semester I did not feel like continuing after a pretty weird experience that I faced in one of the subjects in Psychology. I was treated as if I cannot communicate and I was failed in all the practicles and they also failed my assignment. I felt for this particular subject, the people in charge was quite nasty and descriminative. I passed the other two subjects and failed this subjects based on basically nothing tangible.

      The first practicle role play was craftly schedule right after your academic census date. So you could not even drop out without academic penalty. I lost my money for the subject and also lost credit points simply because my role plays did not meet their criteria.

      I believe some staff and lectures at Griffith university is bias and would not recommend anyone those of nationalities where, English is a second language.

    • unknown
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      I appreciate your thoughtful and honest response. I have been studying at two different unis in Australia for 8 years and agree to your opinion in general – about Australian culture, particularly in academia

  21. Marty
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    Academically good - poorly organised at times

    I am a current M Primary Teaching student, online, full-time.

    I have found the teaching staff to be great and the courses to be really rigorous – the assessment tasks are very demanding but they ensure you know your stuff, which is the whole purpose. There are face-to-face lectures online so you’re not stuck just listening to stale, inaudible recordings of the on-campus students’ lectures; the online sessions are fully interactive and are run like classes. My previous master’s (at a different university) did not do this and the experience was so much less engaging.

    I’ve also been really impressed with my peers. We formed a closed FB group where we discuss the readings, assessments, general stress levels etc. and I’ve seen some pretty high standards all round.

    On the flip side, the overall organisation of this degree has been terrible, especially in this last term. Term begins in four days and I am still not entirely sure when all my classes are. I haven’t found the staff to be uncaring (quite the opposite), I’ve just found the whole thing to be unclear and disorganised to the point of infuriation.

    The trimester system, I should also point out, is a double-edged sword. Many of us chose this particular course and university because the trimester system allows you to complete the degree in less time; however, there are only two weeks between submitting the final of a long string of huge assessments, and having to launch into the next term and prepare for the next batch. In between, you need to be checking the student site for updates, ordering textbooks and lining up readings because it’s all go from week 1 of each term. The course is a hard slog with little respite and it’s important to know that going in. We had an assessment due the day before Christmas. We had assessments due throughout January – and a lot of us have our own kids home on school holidays at that time. We generally start receiving emails from the next term’s subject coordinators in the second week of our two-week end-of-term breaks, telling us what we need to do and read in preparation. We also often don’t get our final grades back until the start of the following term (not laziness, it just usually takes about 3 weeks for marks to be finalised after any assessment). If you are doing this course online, start a Facebook group because the support you get there from peers will be invaluable and you will need it.

    On the whole, the subjects themselves have been great, my placements have gone well and I couldn’t have asked for a better cohort – but this course has been the hardest thing I have ever put myself through and the organisation of this final trimester has been unbelievably poor and frankly unprofessional.

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    • Joey
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      Am an international student still thinking of which UNI to join in Queensland and according to the reviews being posted 90 percent are negative reviews which i think is really ironic because it is in all universities and you cant tell me that all universities are bad….If you look at other websites the students giving reviews are really positive about there uni and also stating the cons so either majority of the people posting the reviews have had really bad experiences in uni ….If posting reviews i think its better to post both negative and positive reviews to avoid discouraging future students.Especially undergraduate students and international students .

      • admin
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        Reviews on other websites are generally fake or selectively chosen. The ones here are real. Unfortunately, students with the energy to write a review tend be those who feel hard done by.

        • Marty
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          I didn’t say I was hard done by. I gave plenty of positives as well as the negatives. I stand by my comments regarding the course being disorganised, because it is. I have done a double degree and a previous master’s degree at two separate unis and this one has been noticeably less well organised. But I also stand by my comments about most of the staff being very caring and helpful, and the course content being generally quite rigorous.

          The trimester system is indeed a time squeeze. That is neither positive nor negative, but important to know, which is why I included it. We had a former program convenor, who also taught one of our first units in the degree, encourage us not to do it full-time. It is simply useful information.

          If you choose to take only the negatives away from that, it is your own choice.

  22. Jee Wang
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    Offer in Bachelor of Fine Art

    I have an offer in QCA Bachelor of Fine Art. Any recommendations should I join or look else where?

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  23. Richard
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    A degree mill

    I did a masters at Griffith and remember fondly one of the lecturers turning up for a class unprepared and telling us to “Google up” some search results to pass the time. For post-graduate studies, this is totally unacceptable. I really lost faith in the place after this.

    In my experience, many of the staff strutted around thinking they are the bomb and condescend to the students. Not cool. I’ve also met plenty of Griffith graduates who had literally no idea. Take that for whatever its worth!

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  24. James
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    I’m currently a fourth year mechanical engineering student from the US at the Gold Coast campus and I can say (at least for me) that Griffith has been very good to me (I don’t know if these experiences vary depending on what degree your studying). The course content up until now have been very relevant to real world applications and the lecturers here were very knowledgeable about what they were teaching, although there were some bad lecturers here and there. In terms of support the staff were great, always emailing me back within 24hrs or sometimes just an hour or two. However if i’m talking about Griffith itself, like mentioned in some of the other comments this college is very dull in terms of aesthetics and culture. The only culture here that I found was the unibar events and parties but not too much going on. Overall i give it a 4 star as for me the teaching aspect is the most important thing for me.

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    • Jay
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      Hello James, I’m planning to do mechanical engineering at Griffith. I’m from Canada will get into 3rd year. Please help me with some information. How’s the overall experience and job market after graduation? I want to get as much information I can get before making any move.
      Thanks and i’d really appreciate your help

  25. Hayley
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    Just another number

    I have tried Griffith several times both Brisbane and Gold Coast campuses and have really disliked my experiences and ended up transferring to other universities. I am currently studying at Southern Cross and found the administration and staff to be much more helpful and considerate to my needs.
    Griffith made me feel as if I was just a number and I had to fight repetitively to get my results updated as they failed me but I actually got a 6 which is a distinction. No apology for their screw ups or anything.
    It was by far the least caring uni I’ve been to and it seems they were happy to take my money but not ensure I got anything back in return.

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  26. Nalan Secgin
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    Griffith is amazing

    I have studied at the University of Melbourne, La Trobe and now Griffith.

    I am doing my masters at Griffith and my experience so far is great. They are organised, the course content is relevant and practical, and the teaching staff are all from within the industry with a passion for their jobs. Most importantly, resources for the courses are easily accessible and I know exactly what is expected of me. It is student centric; they are very helpful and focused on making the study experience a good one for the students. Even the head of department is contactable for me, and takes a direct interest in how I am travelling (not just me, all students within the degree)

    My experience at Griffith has taught me that university rankings do not matter when it comes down to student experience, because my experience at University of Melbourne was appalling. I never knew what was expected of me, the staff were rude and arrogant and treated the students like grade preps, not students within a masters degree, which is why I left and I am now at Griffith

    La trobe is also a great uni, the grounds are amazing if nothing else! But Griffith is for me the better of the 3

    I would rank Griffith 1, La Trobe 2, and Uni Melb 3

  27. Horace
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    Selling degrees

    I think they are still selling degrees to poorly qualified people who have poor English. Close the place down!

  28. pamela
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    Griffith not returning phones calls for enquiries

    I have been trying to contact the university, first by phone now by email. Been a few days with nothing. Not a good sign. Other universities replied almost instantly

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  29. Chloe
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    I have attended this uni twice now (deferred to have a child) and both of my experiences were brilliant. Every staff member I have interacted with has been incredible and helpful, I have never waited more than 48 hours for a response to a question, and find ample instruction when it comes to assessment. You won’t be spoon fed, but as an adult learner you shouldn’t expect to be. To address the second year of nursing being self directed, it’s half the trimester to accommodate prac. The work load is actually bareable if you keep on top of it, and the YouTube videos are like mini lectures.

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  30. L
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    I am a first-year studying BPsychSci. I personally dislike this campus. The lecturers and courses are good but there’s no sense of community. The buildings themselves feel very bland and lifeless. I can’t comment on the people because I’m extremely shy when meeting new people.
    The university as a whole feels bleak and almost depressing – just “blah”.

    • LJ
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      I kinda agree however they are currently undertaking a large revamp of the entire gold coast campus. The master plan looks really good and I am quite eager to see how it turns out

    • nandini
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      hey so you must’ve finished your degree right? what would you like to say now about the gold coast campus? im looking for a double degree in BBusiness and BPsychSci. Would you recommend living on campus or off campus? or with a family? like which one would be cheaper?

  31. Ave
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    @Matt/ Hello, I’ve been reading reviews on university’s related to Nursing. This uni was considered by I saw your review and would like some input on other universites best suited for studying Nursing. Preferably in Sydney and Brisbane please! -Thank You.

  32. Jason Mattheou
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    Came to this university from Canada, I had the impression that it was good Uni due. Paid $28,500 to arrive in Brisbane and and find out my teachers are terrible, most people that go to this uni are bottom of the barrel, didn’t get into what they wanted kind of student. Everyone’s ugly, wtf!? 75% of my course is online? I love Brisbane, and Australia but honestly hate Griffith. Only good part is Uni-bar and you don’t even need to be a student!

    • Adam
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      Hi Jason,

      I’m from Vancouver and am considering studying nursing at Griffith. I really thought it was one of the best places to study nursing in Queensland but I’m a bit confused now after reading some of the reviews.

      Is there any other uni you’d recommend for nursing?

      Thank in advance for any info!!!!



      • Debbie
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        I would recommend James Cook University in Cairns Queensland for nursing.

    • Sue Grant
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      Everyone’s ugly? Just listen to yourself. How appalling. Please go back to Canada.

  33. Rose
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    Studying Fine Arts at griffith, as a first year student it is apparent that staff are teaching for the first time, and therefore come off as untrained and unprofessional.

    The southbank campus is in the city so the location is great, however, the campus itself is very small.

    Teachers are hard to contact as they do not check their emails, even when assessment is due.

    If you’re looking to do fine arts at Griffith, note that all classes are essentially self-directed, if you miss a day it doesn’t matter, which is slightly concerning.

  34. Matt
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    This university is junk!
    I commenced at Griffith in second year entry of a Nursing degree and was surprised how bad it was. To start with the course had no lectures! Like none at all! In its place an online “self directed learning” system whereby you are instructed to read chapters in the textbook and watch linked YouTube clips, making for a very poor learning experience. It’s obvious from this approach that Griffith is trying save money by not paying for lecturers and funnelling everyone onto a computer. Worse still, getting hold of an actual person is a nightmare. If you’re lucky, a course convener ‘might’ get back to your email 3 days later, if you’re even luckier the response ‘might’ even be relevant to your question.
    In addition the facilities are so dirty, dated and run down with only the outside of the buildings renovated to look new for potential students doing a campus tour. I’m so disappointed by this university, if I’d known what I know now, I would’ve never enrolled. I’ve since transferred to another university and am incredibly glad I did.

    • pamela
      | Reply

      what uni have you transferred to?

      matt i am contemplating nursing as my second undergrad and was considering griffith. Which uni have to transferred to?

  35. San
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    Terribly disorganized administration and the many tutors are rude or biased. Don’t waste your time here.

  36. Mark
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    I do not typically write reviews- but people have to be warned about this school.

    The dis-organisation of this university is unbelievable.

    Upper management are absent, lower administrators are incompetent to deal with minor processes due to an incredible lack in organisational structure.

    If you are a researcher or masters student in particular- I would avoid this university entirely.

    Staff are untrained, disorganised and only are capable of operating within their (very narrow) field. This is a recurring issue, with the latest taking over 2 months to have a small enrollment article dealt with.

    AVOID THIS SCHOOL. Even if you have a scholarship, i would advise you to take your talents elsewhere.

    • randomstudent
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      Agree. Administration at Griffith is absolutely terrible. If you can go to a different university like UQ or QUT.

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  37. Mike
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    I was studying a Degree in IT qualification and finished with 6.6/7 GPA (so consider this review to be fare & non-biased assessment of griffith).
    Most of the Nathan campus is dirty with floor & ceiling water stains, mouldy buildings and cleaners only take trash out while not cleaning rooms or toilets.
    Seems that the teaching emphasis or priorities is on the lecture’s time that is spent on academic research. Thereby minimising the interactions with students willing to ask questions and do well. Some lecturers were entirely unapproachable and unhelpful. I was not demanding (dominating the teacher’s time) or did not expect for them to do the work for me. I got the excuse that they cannot favour a single student (REALLY!).
    Most Griffith lectures do NOT publish the student grades on the student web portal during or after the course, only through the portal do you get feedback which is the final official grade. If you want to see the exam results you have to get management to force the teacher. So the student’s only feedback is the assignment grades handed back during the course, Griffith teaching processes don’t realise learning is open cycle of getting feedback to improve learning.
    Some of the courses were only available at the Gold Coast campus which is 90km away and Griffith has no problem with this setup. The student front help desk staff are not trained and thereby not knowledgeable of Griffith processes.
    I heard of someone being PHYSICALLY ASSAULTED BY STAFF and they denied it ever happened because there was no evidence and nothing was done (staff still working for Griffith). I think if Griffith fires the staff then they would legally be admitting liability (compensation payout).
    Overall, I was very disappointed and would not recommend Griffith University. The university is a business that provides an education service and I did not receive a good service for the fees I paid.

  38. samuel
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    Currently third year design futures at QCA Southbank, Brisbane campus – I studied at the Gold Coast campus for 18months before moving North. Both campuses have pro’s and con’s. The GC campus is improving, and the support I got from staff there was great. Had parking on GC, expensive and such – but public transport for the most part was very effective, especially with tram system.
    Studying at SBank is very different, super close to the city, in a cultural precinct, just a short walk to West End which is famous for relaxed vibe (though slowly becoming gentrified). Campus is small, but great for creatives for the most part as basically all the courses focus on creativity in some form. Great teachers as far as I am concerned. Design Futures is an incredible course, very rich in theory and philosophy, a lot of design thinking occurs and subjects internal to the course also deal with more practical, hands on scenarios – great work shop access.
    I have spent some time at Nathan campus – average campus from the looks of it, although I am sure it could be more than it seems. People seem friendly but nothing else near the uni, so it is rather isolated.

    Gold Coast: 6/10
    South Bank: 8/10
    Nathan: 4/10

  39. Terrena Hooper
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    I was studying a Diploma education-based qualification and exited early at Grad Cert level because I found some of the teaching terrible. Some lecturers were entirely unapproachable and unhelpful. I attended Mt Gravatt, which I found quite isolated and the tutorial rooms very old. I was very disappointed. I had my own transport – I don’t know what public transport is like to that area.

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