1. Compulsory courses and elective courses

Programs, majors and fields of study are typically made up of 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

The Courses and Programs website is a comprehensive directory of UQ programs, dating from 2008 to present. After finding your program you will see:

  • The course list, which sets out all the courses offered in a program. Note that each course is allocated a certain number of units. A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.
  • The 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.

  • ECPs provide detailed information about each course, including aims and objectives, learning activities, and assessment. ECPs are also available through mySI-net.

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 on Courses and Programs.

You must 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). In some instances, you may be allowed to consult newer or updated program rules – check with an advisor in your faculty for confirmation.

2. Study planners and guides

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

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

Courses and Programs 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). 

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) and, if necessary, consult with an advisor in your faculty.

I don’t know which faculty to contact.
Information about your faculty is available in mySI-net. After logging in, select Program > Program summary. Your faculty is listed as the “Program owner”.

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:

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.

I don’t know which faculty to contact.
Information about your faculty is available in mySI-net. After logging in, select Program > Program summary. Your faculty is listed as the “Program owner”.