Choosing UQ

The University of Queensland (UQ) has awarded over 15,000 students with a higher degree by research (HDR) and is currently supporting a further 4,300 students to achieve their research goals.  As an HDR student at UQ you join a culture of research excellence. Your HDR provides choice and opportunity from UQ's many advantages.

1. Financial resourcing

  • UQ provides financial support to over 1800 HDR students from an annual scholarship budget of almost $40 million from the Australian Government and UQ.
  • UQ receives more than $360 million in research funding from a variety of sources including the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
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2. First class facilities

UQ campuses are among the most attractive in Australia, boasting outstanding sporting and recreational facilities, as well as a vibrant campus culture and:

  • Multi-million dollar laboratories and research centres
  • One of the country's largest academic libraries, with more than two million physical format resources and 116,800+ distinct journal titles
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3. Unrivalled support

  • Each year UQ supports approximately 1200 students through almost 150 specialised Skills Training sessions, workshops and applied training activities, social functions, professional development, and cross-disciplinary collaboration events.
  • The Graduate School's annual research competition, Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the contribution of HDR students and encourages the development of strong communication and presentation skills. Since starting at UQ in 2008, the competition has grown exponentially and 3MT competitions are now held in nearly 500 universities across more than 60 countries.
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4. Career Development Framework

The Career Development Framework (CDF) provides directed, experiential learning to help connect UQ research students with industry. It ensures that upon completion of a research degree students are well-rounded, with the necessary leadership, professional and research skills that will enhance their career prospects and help shape them into future knowledge leaders.

UQ’s CDF was developed in consultation with industry and aims to aid in the transfer of knowledge between researchers and business by supporting research candidates and preparing them for careers beyond academia.

The CDF provides a holistic approach to research training. While recognising the excellent disciplinary training provided as part of the UQ research degree, it allows students to undertake additional training in the following three key areas:

  • Transferrable Skills
  • Professional Skills
  • Research Skills
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5. International reputation

UQ is consistently ranked in the top 100 universities in the world:

  • 46th - QS World University Rankings 2015-2016
  • 77th - Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015
  • 60th - Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016
  • 45th - Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities 2015

UQ is a founding member of:

  • Group of Eight (Go8) - a leading group of Australian universities that conduct 70 percent of all university research in Australia; and
  • Universitas 21 (U21) - an international network of leading research-intensive universities.
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6. World-renowned research

  • UQ is a destination of choice for a growing community of internationally renowned scholars, scientists and research experts.
  • One hundred percent of UQ’s research — evaluated across all 22 broad fields of research and 97 specialised fields of research — has been ranked at world standard or above in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)assessment.
  • In 2012, UQ topped the country for Australian Research Council early career research and overall funding.

According to the 2012 Excellence in Innovation for Australia trial, many research projects at UQ have delivered outstanding economic, social and environmental benefits including:

  • Cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil®
  • Triple P Parenting Program
  • Change in pesticide regulation due to dioxin contamination research
  • The development of titanium fabrication technology for aerospace materials
  • Improved imaging for MRI systems
  • GroundProbe Slope Stability Radar, used on mine sites
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7. Supervision excellence

  • Since 2000, UQ has recognised advisors who provide outstanding mentorship through the Awards for Excellence in HDR Supervision.
  • Over 50 advisors have been rewarded for leading by example, training, and inspiring our HDR students.
  • UQ advisors foster a supportive research community and are dedicated to ensuring the success and development of new knowledge from HDR students.
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8. Research commercialisation

  • UQ’s primary commercialisation company, UniQuest, delivers commercialisation outcomes that create impact for UQ and provide solutions for commercial, environmental and social benefit
  • UQ offers free research commercialisation workshops to research candidates
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