Engineering (Honours)

Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Master of Engineering

What do you study?

I am currently undertaking the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering majoring in Biochemical Engineering. This discipline is a specialism of chemical engineering with focus on the development of drug therapies, synthetic materials, and environmental and industrial applications that engages biological components instead of conventional approaches. For example, designing and optimising living cells such as microalgae to manufacture a wide range of products, from biodiesel to antibiotics, on a large scale.

Why did you choose to study at UQ?

The foremost reason is really straightforward, I believe, but it carries a lot of weight in order for me to make the decision. From an international student perspective, with their global reputation, national-leading teachers, premier institutions and diverse demographics, I recognise that UQ is an excellence incubator for new talents, not only to learn but to also develop professionally and make more social connections with other talented and great minds. Additionally, UQ also offers a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities from their affiliated clubs and students societies, Summer and Winter Research Programs, Start-up Adventures, etc. which could undoubtedly offer me invaluable experience to improve my aptitude in multi-areas. Ultimately, I chose UQ since the university can push me to my limits, redefine my limits, and give me the opportunities to strive to be a better person and a better engineer in other ways.

What advice do you have for prospective students interested in studying engineering, architecture, computer science and/or information technology at UQ?

The most important thing is that you need to push yourself and take initiative in your studies. Time management is the most crucial aspect to keep up with the workload. Nobody was born a genius as everyone works hard to become the best version of themselves. However, it always better to work smarter, not harder. And if you struggle during the process, there are people from different student teams and learning advisers who are happy to help you throughout the process. Knowing that you are not alone in this journey is really reassuring and keeping you moving forward. On the other hand, university is not only about studying, it is also about networking and rebuild yourself as a better person. UQ has more than 220 student clubs and societies for you to take part in and improve your professional, academic and interest-based skills as well as potentially life-long friends. Life moves fast in UQ and there are many more opportunities – for fun, for work or both- but when the path you choose gets difficult, it will be very helpful to rekindle your passion and sense of purpose.