Six new degree programs for 2017

19 August 2016

The foundation degree of choice for Prime Ministers and many other political leaders will be available in Queensland for the first time next year.

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron and former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser are some of the best-known politicians who took a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).

The PPE is one of six new degree programs – spanning science, arts, criminology, law, politics, economics and exercise science – that will debut at The University of Queensland in 2017.

UQ Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Doune Macdonald said UQ’s faculties of Business, Economics and Law, and Humanities and Social Sciences would jointly offer the new PPE degree.

“This elite academic program will offer broad and rigorous education in the foundations of politics, philosophy and economics,” Professor Macdonald said.

“Students will examine current and future global challenges, drawing from historical, political, social and economic knowledge bases.

“As a university that takes pride in innovation and delivering graduates who create change in the world, it is imperative that we continue to innovate and update the programs available to students.”

UQ joins a distinguished group of universities already offering the program, including Oxford University and Yale University.

UQ recently rocketed up the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, arguably the most recognised ranking of the world’s more than 10,000 universities, to rank 55th globally and second in Australia. The news comes on the back of UQ’s top-50 placings in other global rankings.

The new UQ programs to be offered from 2017 are:

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (three years) – QTAC code: 731201

  • Three-year program replaces the four-year BBiomedSc (Hons)
  • Pathway to medicine or allied health programs
  • Foundation in modern healthcare that focuses on the human body at the molecular, cellular and whole-body levels
  • Covers extensive biomedical disciplines including physiology, anatomy, genetics, biochemistry, neuroscience and microbiology
  • Practical laboratory and research skills
  • Dual program option with the Bachelor of Science – complete two degrees in four years (BBiomedSc/BSc, QTAC code: 714112)
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Bachelor of Advanced Science, majoring in Biomedical Science (four years) QTAC code: 731901

  • Provides an intensive option for budding basic and clinical researchers
  • Broad focus on the human body and an opportunity to gain a specialisation in physiology, pharmacology, anatomy, developmental biology, neuroscience, human immunology and infectious diseases
  • Specialist research seminars and field trips
  • A research-focused Honours year is embedded in the fourth year
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Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Honours) (four years) – QTAC code: 718101

  • Specialised four-year program for high-achieving students
  • A strong focus on professional practice, criminology and criminal justice
  • Students learn from academics and industry professionals working in the top levels of criminology and criminal justice
  • Program delivers industry-relevant skills with a number of specialised criminal law courses, and professional development courses for each year level
  • Graduates will be equipped with high-level crime, law and justice policy skills providing an edge in the growing criminology job markets
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Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Honours) (four years) – QTAC code: 757101

  • For high-achieving students with an interest in the humanities
  • Students will work in a small cohort and be mentored by internationally leading humanities specialists and industry professionals
  • This four-year program offers industry internships, field study and study abroad options
  • Specifically tailored extracurricular activities include a camp and a conference
  • Majors offered: Ancient history, art history, drama, English literature, history, philosophy, mathematics, musicology, studies in religion
  • Offered for the first time in Queensland
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Bachelor Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) – QTAC code: 714112

  • Internationally renowned leadership program
  • Provides rigorous education in the foundations of politics, philosophy and economics
  • Students will examine current and future global challenges and have the opportunity to undertake work placements and overseas study
  • Graduate careers include political leaders, public commentators, analysts and advisors
  • Offered for the first time in Queensland
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Bachelor Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) (four years) - QTAC code: 729801

  • Specialised four-year program replaces the Clinical Exercise Physiology major within the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours) degree
  • Prepares students to work as accredited exercise physiologists and accredited exercise scientists
  • Strong focus on clinical professional practice, over 500+ hours professional practicum experiences
  • Students will have the opportunity to work with clients who have specific clinical conditions in both on-campus exercise clinics and external industry placements
  • Research courses embedded into the fourth year
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