University of Queensland

University of Queensland, graduation day.

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The University of Queensland is Brisbane's most prestigious university. It's based at the suburb of St Lucia, set against the banks of the Brisbane River not far from the city centre. UQ is often ranked as one of Australia's best research universities. Course quality is generally good according to graduate surveys. If you are a UQ graduate or student, you're invited to rate UQ and post a review.

UQ Rating

User Rating 2.7 (82 votes)
Comments Rating 2.38 (16 reviews)

Student Reviews

32 Responses

  1. Stephen Born
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    Big University - You are a product and if you are not amass produced unit, you are forgotten.

    As a University goes they are so politically correct its insane. However, this care and all hugs apparent approach is not as nice as you would expect. I cannot review the undergrad course because I am not an undergrad, and I am/was part-time.

    So what is it like ? Some of the staff are amazing, but because they actually care they are swamped.

    To be honest, I doubt that they would notice if I dropped dead in the middle of campus because part-timers are literally unseen. There are lots of warm fuzzy emails about bland things but they are totally not applicable to a part-timer. Now as I am a rare beast in doing a part-time course (I guess because I don’t know anyone else being so isolated as i am), I can only say that if you want to do a PhD which is fecking hard without having to do a job as well, find a different university!

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  2. Jane
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    Really miss UQ

    I have to say, after enrolling in another uni (USyd) for my postgrad degree that UQ really is much better. Everyone was kinder and less elitist, and professors were more understanding. Although Ive complained about UQ’s online courses last year, I have to say that they are not so bad compared to my current uni’s.

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  3. Lockey
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    UQ living reviews for a new to UQ

    Looking for best living options of attending UQ?
    Is on campus living a better option and if nit what about the approved off campus and which one? Totally new to this, so any information would be appreciated.

  4. Emma
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    I’m not sure what I expected but it wasn’t what I’m getting. Im in my first Semester studying International Relations and it’s bad. I get that covid makes things harder but I’m literally teaching myself really complex stuff and struggling every step of the way.

    I started in second Sem but I didn’t realise how hard this would make things. I was forced to take on 2 second year subjects (in order to do a full time load – there was only 2 first year subjects out of my entire double degree that were available to start in second Sem). I’m not sure why they allow students to start in second semester when they can’t really “start”, they just have to either drag by or struggle super hard to keep up in a second year class with no support.

    I graduated high school 6 years ago and have just made my way to uni. I assumed that things would be taught from the bottom but they are not. It seems we are assumed to have years of background knowledge about politics, and if you don’t, then too bad. I was honestly so stressed trying to figure out not only how uni itself worked but also wtf was going on in my classes because they seemed to start from a really advanced starting point.

    The workload itself is HUGE. I do 3 subjects now and I am expected to do nearly a hundred pages of reading each week. I understand uni is tough but it’s hard to focus on lectures, tutes, and assignments whilst still being expected to read half a book a week. It’s complex stuff too so reading it is one thing, actually understanding is another. Between work and housework and life in general is seems pretty hard to keep up with. I’m trying to manage my time but I have to feed myself and pay rent. It seems like the course is designed for fresh high school grads who still live with their parents and don’t work. I would expect a decent level reading content from any uni course but I feel like I am drowning in this course. My very first assignment for my intro politics course required me to read about 80 pages of readings then do a comparative essay on the 2. I had no idea about the content of the readings, they’re super jargon-y and complicated and pretentious and it honestly took me days just to read them, let alone write the assignment. I have 3 friends who are at QUT who all said the workload is something they’d expect from an honours class.

    I’ve worked full time for 6 years since high school so I understand sometimes you’ve got to give up time for stuff. But this course seems to have no grounding in real life – it’s so airy fairy and abstract. That could be my fault for choosing this course lol and maybe others are different but let this be a warning if you’re considering it.

    The structure is rubbish too. All tasksheets are random word documents thrown together by tutors/lecturers. There are no solid criteria, structure, or framework. I have no idea where the bar is set and no idea what I’m meant to be doing half the time. There’s no continuity and nothing is clear about what is required of me to pass. Couple this all with covid and it’s just trash.

    Maybe other courses here are decent, idk. I’ve never been to another uni but I think it’s pretty clear that UQ does things in their own way – a way that has no application to the real world. It feels pretentious and unsupportive and the bar is way too high. If you want to be a researcher or scholar or whatever then go for it, this is probably the place for you.

  5. Joe
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    All about the money

    The care factor for students who aren’t studying medicine/PHDs is incredibly low, and is becoming increasingly more evident with the current crisis. The administration thinks they’re above any students concerns and are happy to keep taking money from communist Chinese organisations, and silencing any students who speak out. Just don’t come here.

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    • Nick
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      The care factor for medical students ain’t that good as well. This is in phase 1 year 1 and 2 . Some Lecture materials are poor in quality and heaps of resources are just given to students and many are expected to know them. These resources are not ideal for studying as they are time consuming and all over the place. The teaching facilities for students prior to covid19 are already stretched to the limit but UQ somehow is struggling to provide adequate PROPER resource for its Med students. They are just interested in taking money from both domestic and international students but are not interested in teaching her students.

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    • Liam
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      Disgusting Organisation

      I can assure you the care factor for medical students and PhD students is also extremely subpar. Their absolute disregard for student satisfaction and mental health is very worrying. If I had a choice I would not partake in this University’s curriculum and send my money elsewhere.

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  6. Meghana
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    piece of advice??

    Any international student who has done or who is doing a Master in Life Sciences(such as molecular biology) at UQ?
    How was your experience ? How are international students being treated? Is the degree worth it?

  7. UQ student
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    A typical UQ experience

    UQ ranks high because of the research it produces. However, the university is more interested in maintaining their outward reputation as a go8, meeting their politically correct quotas and their courses achieving a nice bell curve distribution of grades, rather than actually teaching their students anything.

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  8. Angie
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    Creative industries nightmare

    What a waste of time and money Batchelor of creative industries was for my son. Bugger all support for placement. Real jobs slim, plus requirements for entry jobs not even covered in course. Only jobs out there for those with connections. Biggest waste of time and money for our family. They sold a dream,. Do not sign up for this pointless degree. Please…..thank god he moved on and now has a job, paying well, no thanks to uni. Should get a refund. Rto,s have monitored standards, I question credibility of content, just not current. Enough to even be considered for work. Shame on you academic gooses.

    • What
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      Re: Angie

      Angie only QUT offers the Bachelor of Creative Industries, you’ve left your review on the wrong uni


      Anyway UQ has very strong Life Sciences teaching. I felt very supported in all my first-year Biology and Chemistry courses (which all have 500+ students), with all the tutors and even Course Co-ordinators opening themselves up to helping.

      UQ student support in general is also very good. I have used them a lot and always felt genuinely looked after.

      4.5 Stars

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      • Tamas
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        She wrote the same comment in the QUT reviews..

        July 29, 2019 | Reply
        Don’t sign up for a dream……please

        Hi, my son wasted his time on this course too. They sold a dream and did not deliver. The degree is worth nothing with no jobs in this industry. Should sue them for taking the money for this course. Please get it out there, it’s pointless enrolling. For any parent wanting to support their family please don’t let them take this course. Only person to get a job had family reading the news, disgusting .”

  9. Rafael
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    My experience at UQ

    Very low quality education. School is more interested in just taking student’s money and putting in minimal effort to teach. Student teacher ratio is very high ( a lot of students to one instructor) This effect is seen especially in anatomy classes. 90% of the time, my friends and I have no access to an instructor and we all end up learning things ourselves. The personalised education experience is virtually non existent and do expect to be just one of the students studying at a diploma mill, where the quality of teaching is mediocre at best.

    A lot of lip service action by the faculty and they cannot seem to understand why so many students are struggling and do not like their experience here. Lecture materials are not vetted and not uploaded on time almost half the time. The worse of all is the school of public health. A lot of stuff are not taught but are magically expected of the students. Based on their rationale, you might as well become a research god prior to enrolling in their course.

    The aim of UQ is just to make money off students but they are not invested in the educating the future generation. I am by no means a struggling student but I am appalled by how bad some of the courses are structured. UQ doesn’t want you to do badly (reflects badly on the school) but they don’t want you to do too well as well (grades inflation). This can be a problem especially for many who want a higher GPA. (Problem is that the content is not assessed properly like in the MD program. Assignments are very subjective and depends utterly on which marker you get. You can write a very good piece and get a low grade if the work piece does not fit the palate of the marker and vice versa.

    Ranking does not correlate to good teaching although UQ likes to promotes themselves via their ranking. Embarrassingly, their ranking is not that fantastic and pales in comparison to other universities out there in the world. Nearly all my friends and I regretted studying at this ‘establishment’. I recommend UQ as a last choice option.

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  10. Po
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    I think you idiots need to shut up and suck it up. I am doing a Doctor of Medicine degree and I get straight 7s for everything. Maybe you lot are just dumb. Oops, did that hurt your feelings?

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    • Todd
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      Straight 7’s for book smarts, straight 1’s for class.

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    • NoName
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      NOT a doctor

      That’s no way for a future doctor to be treating someone

  11. Sally
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    I studied a Bachelor of Communication at UQ part time over a LONG time (2006 – 2013). The sandstone cloistered main sections of St Lucia campus are indeed beautiful, inspiring and Hogwarts-y. Clubs & Societies are abundant, the uni bar was a cheap and casual place to hang out, the Duhig library (the main HASS library) was great, and many of the subjects and lecturers/tutors were excellent (and many were not).

    Now that I live in Victoria, I feel like my degree holds some sandstone university prestige, in the way that Unimelb and ANU degrees do, without real merit. A beautiful place to study (but painful location for most of Brisbanites), but just a bit of a meh dinosaur university in some regards.

    • Sally
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      Also I find the comments about grading kind of unfounded (at least at a university-wide level), as I received many 7s throughout my degree (and have zero network/neoptism affiliations).

  12. Sarah
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    Caroline's an idiot

    Caroline, I work at UQ and have processed grades in many Schools. Has it occurred to you that your work may actually not be worth a 7?? There are many students who get just under 85% and there are many who get over 85% If you are unhappy with a grade, there are processes in place to review your work and apply for a remark. If you address and satisfy the remark criteria your work will be remarked by a second marker. If your grade comes back under a 7 there may be a reason fur this ! I administer this process and can tell you, many students are successful in having a piece of assessment remarked and a final grade changed. You are talking rubbish and sounding just like a student who didn’t get the grade they wanted and can’t be bothered following the re-mark procedure. All grade distributiobs are reviewed by the HoS, the process is rigourous, and yes, the turn around time is quick because it has to be, course enrolments can exceed 1000, we have a grand total of 2 weeks to get the papers marked and grades uploaded.. You have no idea.

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    • Ahmed Muhammad Lee
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      A dose of truth.

      It is common at UQ for staff to respond aggressively to criticism, it is a part of the culture. It is also common for a different grade structure for overseas students in comparison to local students. This is in reality a multi-million dollars business that has a vested interest in attracting overseas students. For example any comments criticizing China for it’s aggressive military expansion in the south China Sea are quickly slapped down in fear of offending Chinese students. Any conservative comments are slapped down, any comments debunking the established left wing doctrine of staff are slapped down. For a institution that purports to champion diversity any divergent comments are quickly attacked. Want to attend UQ, make sure you are a good little communist first. It is very possible that grades for high achieving local students are artificially kept low to give room on the normal curve for overseas High Fee paying students.

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      • Gavin
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        On the contrary, social science classes are riddled with far-left fallacy. Do you know how difficult it can be to write a paper on a subject that has zero credibility?

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  13. Ruby
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    UQ Gatton is better than St. Lucia

  14. Tom Phillips
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    UQ has a very big campus, with very nice gardens.
    However when it comes to the buildings a lot of them have fixtures and amenities that seem like they’re from the 1970s. In other words a lot of there rooms are old fashioned, but not the good kind of old fashioned.
    The university created it’s own company for printing called coop, which exists to sell overpriced course booklets with a plastic binder- something like 17$- that you could most likely print off yourself at a normal printer for 5$.
    Then there’s the bookshop where you can find other books and textbooks that are bruited by the lecturers, mainly because they co-wrote them and want you to buy their book.
    You must be very careful when it comes to borrowing books, because if the book you borrowed gets recalled and you don’t check your emails the library will reduce the time you can borrow it, and if it is past 7 days after the altered due date then you will incur an obligatory 20$ ‘processing fee’. In other words UQ is trying to bleed you of everything you are worth by any means necessary, while supplying some very talented, and at other times mediocre teaching staff; well from my experience anyway.

    • Derek Morg
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      UQ is a well-established university, with well qualified academics and a beautiful campus.

      Really did think I need to reply to clarify a lot of what this review says.
      Yes, there are buildings made in the 1970s, it is a massive campus that has probably 30,000 students at one time and also a few thousand staff and researchers. They do a lot of renovating and upgrading but it takes time to get to everything. I’m personally pretty happy with the facilities available and the quality of the infrastructure. The campus is open to everyone, come take a look and decide for yourself.

      Coop charges printing at 9 cents a page currently for black and white (18 cents if you print double sided). They also do offer binding services and such. You are not obligated to go to them. You can print your material anywhere you want. They offer a service that’s all. If a $17 booklet costs $5 by printing yourself, I’d like to see the printer that prints at 3-4 cents a page.

      Yes, textbooks are mainly written by professors. There is a rigorous process to ensure that these textbooks are of high academic quality and are typically published by reputed publishers. You are mostly not required to buy the textbook. Here’s another helpful point. There aren’t that many experts in each specific area. If you take constitutional law, there may be 50-60 academics specializing in it at a high level (as full professors for e.g.). UQ would employ a few of them, who them write a textbook on that area of law. If you buy it, you can sell it after finishing the course and mostly incur $10-$20 per book, which is a small percentage of the thousands you paid for the course.

      When you borrow a book, you normally get the typical 2 weeks borrowing time. What the library does, as a benefit, is that they let you keep the book longer if no one else puts in a request to borrow it – often times up to a month. If another request comes in, you get an email to return it in a few days. This instruction is clearly mentioned when you borrow the books and any reasonably competent reader will understand them (and we all should be if we are going to university).

      There will always be things to criticize but in my book UQ gets a lot of things right and is largely interested in a collaborative process to improve its services. The student union is great in advocating for student rights and interests – such as standardized rules on exam procedure, more frequent buses, campus safety issues as well.

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  15. Craig
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    Yes Caroline you are right. I worked in the Engineering School a few years ago. After marking all the exams i was summoned by the Dean who was demanding to know why Jenkins only had a 6 grade instead of 7. This fellow had not remarked the exams, and he thought I must be very ignorant not to know that Jenkins always gets a 7. He changed the marks accordingly and I did not work there again. Corrupt.

    • Ahmed Muhammad Lee
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      So someone disagrees with you and that makes them clearly corrupt? You certainly sound like UQ staff.

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      • Jade
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        Your comments are extremely cynical, biased and aggressive, which makes them extremely unreliable. Thank you and I will ignore them all.

        PS: It’s pretty funny to see you label everyone you dislike a UQ staff and leave one-star in literally every comment. That’s some spirit. Also, a good little communist? As a Chinese, I’m glad I am only a socialist and still get admitted.

  16. peter
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    Yes, UQ has certainly had a few scandals in recent years. Two of the senior staff at the medical school got 2 year jail sentences for falsifying research results.

  17. Jimmy
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    Caroline – don’t you realize that the upgraded grades are reserved for the special few. The Vice Chancellor’s daughter got a special upgraded grade a few years ago so she could get into medical school. Sweep it all under the carpet!!!

  18. Ella
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    I attended UQ for two years and recently deferred my studies but I’ve decided to return this year. From my experience during those two years I loved campus life and the clubs within the university, the university has amazing facilities and I loved going on exchange to New York. My teachers have always been well informed though many don’t seem particularly passionate about what they teach.

  19. Caroline
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    Very bad experience at this university, and I have been studying for 6 year, have two Master’s and one Bachelor’s degree, studying both in Australia and in Sweden. I have never seen a less organized grading system anywhere and as a student you feel less empowered. Students have no control or say in their grading and it is done last minute, so when the final grade comes out the student has to go through hell and back to try and change a grade. Which seems impossible.

    I have talked to so many students that end up with 83-84/100 for their final grade, including myself, leaving us standing with one or two points under the highest mark for the course (with no reasonable explanation, as the rest of the assignments get the highest mark). It is too much of a coincidence to believe that we always happen to get just below the line and the fact that this happens so often seems to suggest that it happens on purpose. The teachers must be getting paid and taught to never give high grades or 10/10, which is shocking because it is such a high ranked University and it seems very petty. At least talking to the teachers usually means you have some influence and can meet on common ground, but not here. I would never recommend this university.

    • Ahmed Muhammad Lee
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      Stastically impossible.

      Absolutely correct, my recent grading in one course, 4 pieces of assessment. 83.5%, 83%, 83%, 85%, giving me a total grade of 84% overall. The feedback on the work did not give any real reasons for this type of grading. I will be appealing and asking for a remark on every piece of work.

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