1. Compulsory courses and elective courses

Programs, majors and fields of study usually have compulsory courses and elective courses.

The amount of flexibility you have when choosing courses will depend on

  • the rules of your specific program, and
  • the number of compulsory courses you are obliged to complete.

Where to begin

1. Course lists and program rules

Get started by searching for your program in the program and course catalogue. The catalogue has a record of every UQ program since 2008. 

After finding your program, you will see your:

  • Course list, which shows all the courses offered in a program. Each course is allocated a certain number of units. A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.
  • Program rules, which explain what is required to complete a program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

The course list also links to the electronic course profile (ECP) for each course. Click on each course profile to see information about lecture topics, assessment, textbooks and more.

It is your responsibility to read your program rules and to consult your course list. These will allow you to become familiar with your study options and how you might progress through your program.

Dual degrees – course lists and program rules

Each dual program is made up of two course lists and one set of program rules. These can be found on relevant dual program page in the program and course catalogue.

Unless you are told otherwise, always consult the program rules for the year you first enrolled in a program (i.e. if you enrolled in an arts degree in 2016, consult the Bachelor of Arts program rules for 2016). You can change year in the catalogue. See where

2. Study planners and guides

Several faculties have created study planners and enrolment guides to help you navigate your program:

Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Faculty of Medicine Faculty of Science

If a planner or guide isn't available, you may have to consult with your school for help, or with an advisor in your faculty.

Dual degree planners

The program and course catalogue links to a dual degree planner for each dual program:

  1. Search for and click on your dual program
  2. The dual degree planner is at the bottom of the first section of the grey column (just above 'Entry Requirements'). 
 See an example

You are not required to submit the planner for approval.

If you can't find the planner for your dual program, use the generic template (DOC, 66KB) and, if necessary, consult with an advisor in your faculty.

3. Orientation

Help and advice about choosing courses and progressing through your program is offered during Orientation.

It is your responsibility to attend all compulsory orientation sessions for your program. Sessions are run by academics and knowledgeable administrative staff who can clearly explain program requirements and answer any questions.

We strongly encourage you to attend any optional (i.e. non-compulsory) orientation sessions so that you can get the most out of your studies at UQ.

4. Academic advisors

Understanding your study options can be a complex process and is sometimes best done face-to-face.

If you have any questions about how to progress through your degree, or about what courses you need to complete to satisfy program requirements, please make an appointment to meet with an advisor in your faculty:

Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty of Medicine Faculty of Science

Advisors provide specialist help in course selection and can look at your individual study history to make personalised recommendations.

If you are studying a dual degree, you may belong to one or two faculties. Contact the relevant faculty that administers each program with any questions.