University of Tasmania

Centenary Building, University of Tasmania.

The University of Tasmania is the only university in Australia's island state. It's based in a prime part of the scenic city of Hobart and has a sizeable Launceston campus. As the only local uni, UTAS is an education all-rounder and offers a good range of courses. Students also benefit from cheap accommodation and low tuition fees. If you've studied at UTS and have insight into the student experience, feel free to post a review and share your thoughts.

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Student Reviews

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  1. Stephanie
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    Professional and supported learning environment at UTAS

    I graduated from UTAS in 2017, and have continued further studies with the Arts college rather than switching to another uni simply because of the high professionalism and rich content of the units offered. I am immensely happy with the treatment of online students, like myself, who are given equal treatment and attention to those on campus. Cannot fault the admin or teaching staff. I will stay with UTAS.

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  2. Felicity
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    University of Tasmania failing students need help

    I need help and it is so hard to find on the ground staff who can answer my questions, I have been to the business building where there used to be people to talk to but now there is a sign to go to uconnect in the library, I went to the library and talked to someone who clearly wasnt in a position to answer my question, I was referred to the estudent page by him…. but the reason I wanted to speak with someone was because I couldnt find the answer on the estudent page. I need to see a past exam paper so I dont make the same mistakes and fail again but no one can help me. I am just trying to pass but there is no help offered or easy to access…. can someone from the business faculty PLEASE contact me, I am facing another failure this year…

  3. Callum
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    Trainwreck University

    A disorganised mess. The administration and admissions offices are a complete disaster, they are unorganised, unprofessional and have absolutely no idea about what they are doing or the courses their university offers. When enrolling in my units for my first year, it took me over a month to get a response to a simple question over my enrollment.

    I completed an Arts degree and found the content to be very much the same throughout my entire degree, just the same recycled content in different units. Beware anyone thinking of studying philosophy, sociology, or any other related field at UTAS, as the content will focus solely on radical left-wing theory and they will ram it down your throats until you regurgitate it back to them in a robotic, brainwashed manner. While I accept that some people might find this interesting, I did not study these fields to be taught only one side of a very broad spectrum of ideas.

    While my own experience is only within one faculty, I know people who have studied or are still studying in other areas. Business units are taught largely my Chinese businessmen with very poor content knowledge and even worse English language skills. Visual Arts aren’t taught by anyone and students were forced to go an entire semester, or longer, without any lectures or teachers. Both Medicine and Law focus solely on the high achieving students and leave everyone else behind to either catch up on their own or drop out from failure. Nursing students are taught entirely online, with no face to face learning, and then qualified as practising nurses after only two years.

    Another issue that I have with UTAS, yes there is more, is the total 100% on international students. This university is only one in the state and is where most Tasmanian students choose to go when looking for a uni. Despite this, the university could not care less about the local students and instead chooses to cater everything towards international students, even prioritising time with them over local students because “they need more help adjusting to university life.”

    Despite its many failings, UTAS is not a complete disaster. From what I know, the Engineering, Chemistry, Antarctic Studies, Pharmacy and Plant Sciences are all excellent at UTAS. Whether this is down to the individual teaching staff in these areas or simply more care put into them by the university leadership, I am not sure.

    Overall, I would not recommend UTAS. If you are a local and want to come here because it is the only one in the state, explore your options and find a university interstate that suits your needs. If you are coming from elsewhere, don’t. Save yourself the pain of moving to this overpriced yet antiquated island state and go elsewhere.

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  4. James
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    Utas, Ag Science,

    I studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at UTas,

    Utas does not provide “specialized learning” the courses are broad and barely touch on the discipline you plan to study.

    Dont study Science here, they force all students to study irrelevent units to bulk out the degree and because of it you miss out on all usable/relevant stuff to the field you wish to study. This degree (Agricultural Science) was good 20 years ago but all the good stuff has been cut since then.

    Utas is a waste of time, save your money or find a uni that teaches what they advertise. Hope this helps someone as I wish someone had told me this before I went.

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    • Makarand Darekar
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      Plz guide me with my queries

      Hello James,
      I’ve got a offer letter for the same course from UTAS for July intake reading your comment made me concerned about opting the course. Should I really not apply for this course and what is it after you complete your master’s…? I need a brief idea abt the opportunities I can avail after finishing master’s there..?

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      • Colin
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        I’m not doing science but I’m doing engineering currently. I agree with James. The lecturers I have have no passion at all for their units. They don’t know how to use the lecture recording facilities, their exams are copy pasted from last year. Even though UTAS has a new engineering course with new units, most lecturers are still using the same exact content of the previous units. This just shows you how lazy. It is known that other universities hire honours or postgrad students to tutor some introductory units however in UTAS, my lecturer was a 4th year engi/science student and he was also the tutor. For some units, I was taught by other students. I remember I had a lecturer for a core unit that forms the basis of future analysis and because my lecturer was a forgien phd student who was clearly nervous and had a hard accent, I have a very serious gap in knowledge.

        I’m an international student so changing or transferring now would be too hard for me but after studying engineering for 3 years here, I’d say you’ll get a better more enthusiastic staff with great support there.

        That being said, I have to give credit where it is due. I have had very few but really amazing lecturers. Also, the student experience team and the support services available are really good. UTAS feels like a community and it is fun to be a part of it however academically, it’s long gone

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  5. eric beason
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    University Tasmania Admissions Paramedic Pathways

    UTAS admission and enrollment for the Paramedic Pathways Degree is poorly managed. My application to study was approved based on the documentation they requested in my application process. I was then subsequently denied and asked to provide more evidence of prior learning, however they could not provide who or examples of the documentation they desired. I also tried to follow up several times prior to enrollment about the schedule the university placed me into. Little to no reply for weeks. Scheduled phone consultations with no follow through from the university. Wasted six months of my time as now I can’t study in semester one 2019. Really poor showing I would highly discourage all who would apply to Paramedic Pathways Bachelor Degree. Chose another University

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  6. Anon
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    The computing faculty is awful

    If you’re considering studying computing at UTas, don’t. Look at OUA and RMIT or another university, anything but this faculty. Lecturers were often unavailable for consultation, and responses via email were mixed at best. They were also rude, condescending and at times downright incompetent, with marks often making no sense or at odds with provided solutions and the marks of other students. The overall course structure is also quite limiting, being focused on either games and creative technologies or software development, with very little in the way of other fields. To top it off exams were often unrelated to work done during semester, meaning that 13 weeks worth of work could be undone in as little as 2 hours. Avoid like the plague.

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    • Anon
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      This couldn’t be more true.
      I’ve moved to Melbourne, just because of UTAS and how useless the IT degree is.

  7. Khem Raj Chetri
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    Masters

    I am from Bhutan and exploring admission at Tas Uni. to pursue Masters in HR Management/MBA (International). Also I need do part-time jobs. Is it easy to get part-time jobs in Tasmania. Please advice me.

    regards

  8. Anonymous
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    Had an overall bad experience with a postgraduate course in pharmacy. There wasn’t much support (if any) for students whatsoever despite discussion forums. Assignments were marked down for ridiculous reasons that are not valid despite assignments being assessed by clinicians prior to submission to be of good quality. Very 1920s enrolment process with mixed information provided which caused a lot of unnecessary delays.There is also unfortunately a condescending attitude portrayed by some tutors and the head of school. Found that many good tutors actually stopped working for the university too. It seems like the school has a fail quota to meet so students are forced to repeat their units and waste more money. Would not recommend wasting precious time and money on this.

  9. Kitkat
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    Fine Art UTAS Needs Improvement

    I studied one year at University of Tas doing Fine Art at Hunter Street and hated it.
    The teachers are very old fashioned in there thinking as is the work, you are expected to look up how to use oil paint and all that yourself or just know how to use the stuff.
    There is a lot of snobbery regarding mediums as well, oil paint is recommend as Old Masters used it. And other mediums are secondary! They don’t even have a major of drawing! It’s either digital, printmaking and painting.
    The teachers themselves many seem unhappy, and one even said “you’ll be taking our jobs when you’re finished. Taking commissions away from us.” Teachers shouldn’t be saying that to students!
    One teacher in painting said to me she wasn’t giving out High Distinctions and gave me a high Distinction instead, but she told me and everyone else in the class that my artwork was HD standard. I wasn’t given the marks I deserved. Just because the teacher wasn’t giving our Hd’s It’s not fair!
    The campus itself is nice he feels like there isn’t enough toilets. Parking could be better, have to hike to my campus or get a lift. If you’re thinking of going to Utas for Fine Art go to Curtin Uni online through OUA instead.

    • Arts Student
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      i 100% agree with u

  10. big daddy
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    enrolment

    Enrolment process is just very 1920s. it is just frustrating. make it simpler utas. make it user friendly. keep it simple.

  11. Nicole Dean
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    WARNING

    Read all the comments below before you apply. Don’t waste your precious time and money.

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    • Binh Nguyen
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      I’m intending to study Electrical Engineering in UTAS. Can you give me some devices. Thanks.

  12. LW
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    The lecturers are mostly very good, and the tutors are skilled. Hobart is a nice and cheap city to live in. The Sandy Bay campus has some facilities, including a gym, sport fields, a cafe, a bookshop and a library with 24 hour access. There are buses but very limited parking.

    It’s important to understand that the nursing course at UTAS in Hobart is not run from the main Sandy Bay campus or the large Medical Campus in the city. It is taught at the Domain Campus. There is a lecture room, three classrooms and some basic facilities: boiling water, toilets, wifi, three computers and a printer. This is not a campus with space or facilities for socialising, and most of the lectures are given online. The nursing and medical library is located a few blocks away. The library is very good, but does not have 24 access. Nursing students are no longer allowed to have a building access card, so if the building is locked the library cannot be accessed.

    The course that I completed in Hobart (nursing) was quite overcrowded, disorganised and poorly resourced. Grading was often inconsistent, and it was difficult to get constructive feedback. I think this is more to do with the overcrowding and the administration issues that with the quality of the teachers. There seems to be an ongoing problem with administration where errors are not acknowledged. Communication is flawed, with calls not returned, incorrect information given, and emails not answered. Nursing placements are sometimes in remote locations, where accommodation is not always available. Having to stay for weeks in hotels for over $100 per night and without access to laundry or cooking facilities makes this a much more expensive course that it seems at first. The placements are usually good, friendly and supportive, although it is common for nursing students to be supervised by carers instead of registered nurses.

    Student accommodation is available and seems to be friendly and good quality. In Hobart it is much more expensive to stay in student accommodation than to rent privately.

    If I had my time over I would choose to live in Hobart and study by distance through another institution.

  13. Cate
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    A bit of a mix of teaching and support staff – some are fantastic and others seem busy doing nothing. The course structures can look inflexible, but if you ask the degree coordinator lots of things can be suited to you – not handed to you on a plate, actually need to be an adult and put yourself forward. Depending on the faculty it can be quicker to contact direct rather than through student services though. Pretty place with plenty of study space.

    • Ayla
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      BS

      Sorry that is not true

  14. Evan
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    Very poor procedures for internal reassessment, completely lacking integrity, where errors are either not addressed or ignored to discourage future reassessment requests. No formal procedures followed in some faculties. A very unprofessional approach. Would not recommend to future students.

    • Nicole Dean
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      UTAS SUCKS

      This is exactly what I wanna say. This university will definitely go down if it continues ignoring the fundamental problems in academic quality while feeding on international students with no intentions to really provide anything.

      Basically I couldn’t even believe it is an university per se, what I got studying a master’s degree here was the worst “high school experience” ever. You will learn a lot more watching YouTube videos. Don’t waste your money on UTAS.

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  15. Ayla
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    As a mature age student who works full time I feel that there is absolutely no flexibility and I HATE being made to do group assignments and I feel like I am in primary school again by having to get my book ticked off each week. Turn back the clock I would have chose to go with another uni online where there is more support and flexibility for us workers who want to get a head in life.

  16. Edward
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    If you’re contemplating studying computer science at Utas, don’t. It is a very unfunny joke.

    • Nicole Dean
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      UTAS IS A FRAUD

      Couldn’t agree more. I should have read your comment 6 months ago, but now you can congratulate me for throwing the tuition fees away for absolutely nothing.

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  17. Ian
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    I recently completed a degree with UTAS.
    On completion of my degree UTAS sent me a questionnaire asking for information about my career path; however I don’t believe I was offered a real opportunity to comment about my concerns about service delivery. I view the lack of opportunity to provide meaningful feedback about my UTAS experience as a serious flaw.
    Overall I am disappointed with my UTAS experience because I felt lecturers didn’t provide me with clear or timely feed back in response to assignments, online discussion and major assessments. Maybe they are overworked, but that is not my problem, I paid a lot of money to study at UTAS and I don’t feel that I rec’d value for money.
    I have studied with several universities, and one thing that continues to amaze me is how many universities fail to acknowledge that students are in fact customers and should be provided with quality customer service.
    Also I believe all universities should be mindful how ridiculous it is for universities to expect exceptional performance from students when many lecturers fall considerably short in delivering an exceptional learning experience to students.

  18. Rez
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    This year my partner and I applied through the “express admission”. Admission office made a mistake about our offers and they were really bad with communicating with us. The information provided by student cervices staff is misleading. It is better to contact more than once if you seeking advice. It is the worst university experience I ever encountered in Australia.

  19. Amelia
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    Tas Uni was a great study experience. Hobart is not a big city but it’s lively enough and the Sandy Bay / Battery Point area has plenty on for students, including some good pubs. The uni sits in the shadow of Mount Wellington, which is a beautiful backdrop, especially when its snow-capped in winter. The lecturers and tutors vary in quality but mostly try hard to do a good job. A degree from Tas Uni is pretty well respected, partly because most of the brightest Tasmanian students are happy to study there.

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