Queensland University of Technology

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QUT (Gardens Point).

Gardens Point. Photo credit: Just a Traveler

Queensland University of Technology is Australia's 2nd-biggest study destination for Australian school leavers. QUT has 3 campuses, 2 in Brisbane and one 45km north in the Caboolture urban centre. The university focuses on applied subjects relating to technology. If you are a current or former QUT student, you're invited to post a review and let people know about your experiences.

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  1. Amalee
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    Bachelor of Creative Industries Theatre Production

    Started a Bachelor of Creative Industries Technical Theatre Production course with high hopes as I’d done previous work in this field and enjoyed it and hoped to exceed to professional level. Well I was wrong! If you’re not part of an elite group of students who form these groups themselves forget about getting any information about lecture changes, updates on show rehearsals, meetings etc. You’re left in the dark and you miss out. Lecturers hard to locate or contact as they’re usually off campus doing a second job, terrible communication breakdowns, the favourite students are given prac assessments in the lovely modern theatres. If you’re not a favourite you’re dumped into a crappy old theatre space that doesn’t even represent a professional space not to mention a fire hazard. Every show and rehearsal in that space in I block , the security guard had to be notified that students were deactivating the fire alarms and smoke detectors themselves for the whole building. Yes that’s right, a 3 storey building with limited exits with no fire or hazard control. And students were in charge, not security or lecturers. Disgusting. I watched one student with a disability ostracized and isolated from students and staff as they didn’t believe she was worthy to be part of the course structure deemed too hard for her. Well why accept her then as she had the same OP score as all us selected and passed every unit. She left after the first year and so did I in disgust. Notably at graduation ironically the favourite students graduated with honours and were the only ones given employment. Kiss ass central . Don’t do performing arts there.

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  2. Bernie
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    Ralph!

    I would recommend heading anywhere but here if you’re intending to study any of the clinical sciences/allied health disciplines. There are some few excellent PhD’d lecturers/tutors though way too many lesser qualified “trade experienced” people appear to have made their way into positions at QUT; the result being that Clinical Science’s level of academic rigor is like TAFE. As far as Admin is concerned, those who are front office in Admin appear to do okay though struggle due to lack of competent management leadership; those who sit between Admin and Academics – helluva payday right – like so called Course Coordinators, appear to lack the intestinal fortitude to fulfill either part of their role with any modicum of integrity. The overall effect from international students’ perspective seems to range from cynical, “gee I’m glad ma and pa are paying for this because I sure as heck wouldn’t”; to dejected, “how long before I can get out of this nonsense?”

    So, some hints;
    for Academics there; don’t be a Course Coordinator unless you’re prepared to be open and honest with your staff, student customers, and all other stakeholders;

    for international students; think carefully, there’s a reason you chose uni over TAFE;

    for domestic students; sure, HECS can be deferred though by the time you graduate expect to have been sneered at a lot by people you come across during clinical placement – QUT Clinical Science students and graduates tend to be held in the lowest regard relative to those from other universities; on the bright side, if you can’t get that health sector job you won’t have to pay off that HECS debt;

    for anyone heading into a uni Admin role, do yourself a favor, steer well clear of QUT Clinical Science offers.

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  3. Sally
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    Very disorganised academic management system. I received a few credits from my previous Master’s degree for doing another Master’s degree at QUT. They’ve changed a course structure several times within 2 years. then told me that one of my credited subject has been withdrawn and I have to study the same unit again. What a waste of time and money! Definitely not recommended!

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  4. Sandy
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    Its pretty good! :>

    Maybe I’m lucky but i had such a great time in QUT i really feel bad for those that said otherwise. Studying Biz Marketing (Bachelors) and im an international student. QUT does host many events, from public speaking to using different softwares. Just try not to be lazy and sign up for them :)! i went to a few a greatly enjoyed them. Ive had a few lecturers ( SRI <3) that were downright amazing and obviously a few that were basically boring AF, but isnt that the case for most universities? I have received support as an international student and people are realtively kind and nice to me.

    Pros
    – Relaxed environment
    – Great location (GP campus)
    – People have been friendly
    – You can do well BUT STUDY
    -Tutors and lecturers are pretty good IF U APPROACH THEM

    Cons
    – Some international AND australian students are so LAZY so u have to be a hard carry
    – Campus is a little small but considering its right smack in the city i guess u just gotta give and take

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  5. Steve
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    Only if you really need that degree

    Teaching Guidelines not updated since 2010 – it shows. Terrible content delivery for external (online) students. Lectures that should last for 2-3 hours are cut short or aren’t provided at all. Mostly ageing and out-of-touch (date?) staff. Lack of proper focus on modern technologies, media and techniques.
    Please don’t teach that constructivism is preferable to behaviourism if you then apply a purely behaviourist methodology.
    If I didn’t require this degree for my profession, I wouldn’t waste my time or money.
    (There are a few really great teachers there, but QUT hamstrings them).

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  6. Henry
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    Bachelor of Public Health

    Any students who has done or doing Public Health at QUT, how was your experience and is it a good course?

    • Anon
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      QUT public health

      Don’t do it. I had a pretty rubbish experience. The work integrated learning is particularly poor; very few options for placement, placement supervisors don’t know what to do with you. After finishing the degree, I still don’t know what I’m qualified to do and since finishing in 2017, I am yet to find a job.

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  7. D W
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    NOT a University for the real world...

    QUT is NOT a university for the real world! At least not the real world I am part of. This establishment is a degree factory of the lowest order, churning out masses of poorly prepared, debt-laden students with the sole intention of returning maximum profit for minimal effort. Staffed by a predominance of unmotivated and dispassionate sessional lecturers it is little wonder they cash in twice when ,any students lacking cutting-edge skills return to complete post-graduate courses that feel like first year undergraduate courses at better establishments.
    I returned to study with some serious trepidation in 2017 having completed my first degree in 1992 and was instantly disappointed by the massively limited opportunities presented by mid-year entry. The poor quality of the induction process, with minimal opportunities to meet other members of my cohort, was quickly followed by an appalling series of first semester lectures delivered by a clearly disinterested part-timer delivering a predecessor’s notes without any checking or updating. Attendance was, on average, around 30% due to the poor quality teaching, amplified by repetitious content between two individual units. Determined to stay focussed and passionate to succeed I managed to achieve a GPA of 7.0 and was looking forward to better things in semester 2, only to be told my course was being cancelled with immediate effect and that I would have only that semester to complete my studies. Knowing this would be impossible due to existing work commitments and a block-out period I needed to enforce to enable completion a major external project, I asked why I had been encouraged to join a course in terminal decline but received no satisfactory answer and was told I would have to complete non-standard units from other courses to finish the course.
    If semester 1 was bad, semester 2 has been so much worse! This semester has been delivered online and has been truly appalling. Old notes recycled for years without updates, outdated information delivered in a lazy and haphazard manner and little or no opportunity to engage properly with teacher or fellow students. Despite a GPS of 6.0 for the first half of the semester, I feel I have learned ABSOLUTELY NOTHING and the sad truth is that I have now lost all motivation and will not be completing the course. Due to my age, background and residency status, I have had to fund this study myself and have parted with over $7500 in cash that could have been better spent in a multitude of ways to more benefit.
    If you value your future look elsewhere – this is not somewhere you want to waste time or money.

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  8. Jess
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    Film Program - don't do it

    I attended the Film and Screen Production course and graduated in 2011. Still laugh with some friends at how terrible this university, the teachers and the program was. The teachers (apart from 1) had very little relevant, current, professional industry experience and didn’t know what they were doing. Compared to other universities, we literally learnt nothing. I was bullied by one teacher in particular and so were other girls that I spoke with. Unfortunately, I waited too late to discuss this with the Ombudsman, who was shocked at the stories I told him. Was really disappointing, I wish I had transferred somewhere else through the course, but didn’t want to quit. They actually hire students who just graduated to lecture on subjects which should be taught by an industry professional. Pretty funny. Definitely not a University for the real world. Hilarious.

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  9. Hamilton B.
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    Any international student who has done or who is doing a Bachelor of Design (Architectural Studies) at QUT .
    How was your experience ?

    • Ship on the Shore
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      Time Lost Here

      Hi Hamilton,
      I attempted this course in 2013. I moved here from Melbourne to study this thinking it would be a cutting edge place to study in a warm climate.
      Only a few weeks in I found myself to be in a disastrous situation. First of all many of the tutors and staff for this course are female. If you have a problem with something the women will look out for each other and your genuine complaint or grievance will not be heard.
      I was forced to do group work straight away in most of the classes. In one group the members refused to meet at agreed times and the Australian girls in the group had secret meetings of their own and excluded myself who is from inter-state and male, and also excluded a guy from Taiwan from their own secret meetings. Crazy! those girls were rude.
      Also one of those girls did not come to class until week 7. Special treatment was expected by her.
      I tried to raise a complaint about the group problems but nobody would help me. I tried to take the problem to the woman who was in charge of the architecture faculty for first year students and she said that there was nothing in her power to alter the situation.
      If you are male you must be careful when studying something like Design, it attracts many female students and you have to answer to all there whims and moody attitudes. And if you are a gay man like me, those women/girls really hate that because they can not manipulate you with their womanly charms.
      I came to Q.U.T to study design and not go around chasing women.

  10. Jourdan
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    A profitable echo chamber

    I am about to enter my final exam at QUT tomorrow. Studying Law. It is first and foremost a joke of a university. Assignments and exams are consistently recycled with little more effort put in than changing the names of the parties. We pay the highest threshold to receive a couple of lectures that see very little update from previous years and are given a checklist marking structure that does not allow for any kind of original thought.

    For a university with “Technology” in the name the technology is pathetic. Lectures are constantly unwatchable due to low quality equipment making being an external student almost impossible. There are constant outages.

    Understandably universities are quite left winged. However for a number of subjects the university constantly paints anyone to the right of the Greens as foolish and words assignments and exams in a way that does not allow for any sort of belief outside of the universities agenda. They claim to be a university for the real world, yet almost everything learned at QUT has been of little to no use in practice and the university essentially leaves students very few actual legal skills. This is most likely due to the fact that the majority of staff are career academics with little to no practical experience. I have consistently lost marks in well written assignments as they have not liked my “reasoning”. I am constantly given exactly 50% marks, not one mark up or down but spot on 50%. This is due to the fact that many of these papers are written well, however caring about the economy is not a university policy.

    The best thing about the university is that when you call them out it, they instantly boost your mark.

    The university however does have plenty of business experience. This can be seen by the negligent enrollment rates that create an oversupply of students in an industry that is struggling. This is most likely due to the fact that the university gets paid regardless of employment rates. They then tell you employment is heavily reliant on grades, which is simply false. I just wish I could get a refund. If I could do it all again I would have gotten a trade or gone to business school.

    Every decent review needs some pros so here they are:
    -You can pass most subjects when you understand the checklist structure with previous years notes without any study.
    -The food court is awesome
    -The location is great if you are one of the lucky few to obtain a job in a firm whilst studying
    -The 24 hour labs are cool
    -They work really hard to get people from poorer families in debt as well

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  11. Tom
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    QUT Gardens Point is situated in a beautiful location with the Brisbane botanical gardens directly adjacent, and likewise the Brisbane river, and with views of the Kangaroo Point cliffs. The Kelvin Grove campus is likewise beautifully situated with amazing views of the city. The facilities are all modern and nice, with 21st century hand dryers etc, some of the lecture rooms are a bit old but nothing that would detract from the learning experience.
    I studied at both Gardens Point, and Kelvin Grove as a part of my Science degree with minors in Creative writing.
    I feel the professors are highly intelligent, but are not the best educators, although it’s a mixed bad there are some excellent ones and some who only teach because the university makes them.
    I think campus life is amazing actually, only if you take the initiative to sign up to clubs, and to participate. The best way to do so would be to come to orientation week where all the major clubs have a stall, and sign up to their facebook pages.
    QUT is in the city so the city life is amazing. I cannot speak for accomodation, but transport is the best available.

  12. Jinda
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    I suspect the highly-regarded, well-read lecturers must be sick of teaching very basic marketing theories (that are more suited to high school or undergraduate students). Not sure why the expectations/complexity level for students is unexpectedly low?

    Me: Small amount of work experience (none in marketing) enrolled in graduate certificate in business (marketing)

    Pros: friendly, warm lecturers and tutors; GREAT non-curricular support (e.g. career/internships/psychological services/networking/clubs).
    Emphasis on general (not in-depth) theory; easy classes
    Campus location and facilities usually pretty good

    Cons: old knowledge = old case studies, curriculum NOT up-to-date with current needs of students of marketing

    Question EVERYTHING that is told to you in class (if it’s info that can become out-of-date, e.g. any tech-related or consumer taste or industry practice-related, reconfirm everything because some things are outright wrong (after fact-checking with credible sources) and it would have been super embarrassing for me if I had not fact-checked it first…

    I learned more about marketing from a 1-hour guest lecture than in 10 weeks of instruction 🙁 and I’m not well-read at all… most of the time, as I drove home from class, I felt my time and money (spent on parking) would have been better spent purchasing and reading a recently-published marketing book/study.

    That said, it was not a complete waste of money because I made use of its other facilities (such as research database and subscriptions) and clubs, and some tutors are amazing – make connections, try not to let the things you cannot control bother you.

  13. Ewrigh
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    Unbelievably disappointed with QUT. It’s clearly become nothing more than a degree factory. The evaluation surveys that they send to students close after only a few weeks of lectures, so you’ve barely even started before they ask you to evaluate the course. My guess is that this leads to poor completion rates and skewed results in favour of the university. Every other university that I have attended has done this later in the semester. There is little information provided to students about the various options for placements and there are far too many sites for students to navigate through to get to information that they need. Professors and tutors in my program appear more concerned with tripping people up with vague assignments than turning out genuinely capable health professionals. Classes are overloaded and under-resourced, to the point where students are told to stay home rather than attend lectures because there isn’t sufficient space in the classrooms. Tutors who have gone above and beyond to improve student knowledge by providing them with additional exercises to complete during tutorials have been disciplined and threatened with dismissal rather than rewarded for trying to educate people further. I would not recommend this university and given the opportunity to do this degree (which is actually my third university degree) over again, I would do it elsewhere.

  14. International painful student
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    NO Support for international students,
    Teachers should have the sense to how to deal with international students , just racist and all they need is Uni fees and they fail students just so that they can pay uni fees again and again for each unit,

    • Ronak
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      Need to know more

      Tell us more about the university and how they treat international students..

    • Jorge
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      QUT student review

      That is true !!!

  15. Nell
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    I am particularly dissatisfied with QUT. I am studying social sciences, and find the set-up lazy. Lectures and lecturers are flippant and vague, the study material is inadequate, and you get the feeling that nobody is going to be prepared for the real world unless they’ve already lived in it!

    If I knew the teaching staff didn’t give a stuff and the material was textbook focused, I would never have applied. I understand that study material should be comprehensive and explicit. It appears lazy and vague by QUT’s standards.

    In saying all of this, I am sure they have some incredibly bright grads – just not as a result of their efforts.

  16. parvej
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    I’ll can apply without IELTS this university………please answer me

  17. Terrena Hooper
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    I studied a Bachelor of Business, including Honours, at the Garden’s Point campus. The degree reflected the real workplace and has been useful in my career (now 6 years on). The different units integrated well and the teaching staff were knowledgeable and helpful. The Gardens Point campus is very pleasant, right on the botanical gardens. All facilities are good and in close proximity.

  18. Jessica
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    Both campuses are conveniently located in regards to transport and shopping facilities. The campuses themselves are clean, navigable and equipped with appropriate technology for all students. In my experience the lectures and tutorials have been informative and very reflective of what occurs in reality and the QUT staff offer several opportunities for assistance in course work.
    Personally, however, I don’t find that QUT holds any recreational interest.

  19. Kate
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    I study a double degree with classes at both the Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses and I find that they both have very good facilities, and a really nice campus life, but that’s only if you get involved with what’s offered (and plenty is). GP and KG have weekly markets and there are often events going on which is a great way to get involved and there are also heaps of restaurants and cafes on each campus, that are really close to the buildings (KG’s Urban Village is right next to all of the Media and Journalism classrooms, which is a huge bonus). Both campuses are really close to the city, and there is a free shuttle but between the two campuses for students, which is super convenient. I find the teaching staff to be really supportive, especially in my law degree where a lot of effort is put in by the lecturers and tutors to make sure that you can get your questions answered and know how and where to ask. My only issue would be that Brisbane transport itself is unreliable and costly, but that has nothing to do with the university. Overall it’s a really great place to study and I’m enjoying my time there.

  20. madeleine
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    So far I have spent most of my time at the Kelvin Grove campus. I’m studying a Bachelor of Nursing and so far I have really enjoyed the subjects. I found most of them to be relevant and cover all of the important aspects I needed to learn. The lectures are also recorded and placed online, which is convenient if you can’t make it to them. More importantly the lectures and tutors are amazing. They are very friendly and approachable and help you wherever they can. I have found the assessment to be challenging at times, but not impossible if you put in a reasonable amount of work. The assignments are interesting and really relate to what you have learnt. The exams aren’t weighted too much and they make it as easy as possible to pass. Overall I’m impressed with the educational aspect of QUT. However, my only complaints is that they add more food/drink facilities on the actual campus, because some days you just don’t want to walk up and down that hill to all the restaurant and facilities. Also due to their only being one library its almost impossible to get a computer or space during peak hour times. I do love the area down the hill as it has a medical centre, Woolworths, pharmacy and a wide range of restaurants to choose from. I would recommend QUT to anyone who learns through hands on practical methods and enjoys a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

  21. Nicholas Lancaster
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    Great locations and accessibility by public transport across all campuses. Teachers are generally enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable in their fields from my experience at the business school. However the campuses lacks all the recreational facilities offers by other universities.

  22. Laura
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    The Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point campuses both have great locations close to the city and really convenient public transport. It’s nice and modern and the way QUT approaches its courses is really reflective of whats happening in the industry now compared to other Queensland universities which teaching styles seem a bit out dated.

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