Engineering (Honours)

Why did you choose to study your discipline?

As James Kip Finch said:” The engineer has been, and is, a maker of history.” I am an aspiring civil engineering student. When I was a child, I always designed things, built things, dismantled things, fixed things and that’s what led me to become an engineering student. Civil engineering is a real team effort, you collaborate with a wide range of people to solve real-world problems. I think it’s perfect for me, and I improve my communication skills, collaboration skills, time management skills, etc. These skills are useful and applied to everything I do. I am confident that all theories and skills I learn at UQ will be useful in the future and will be beneficial for my career development.

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

1. Get ready for this busy journey
UQ is a high-quality university, there is a gap between high school and university. We need to spend 10 hours per week on each course, it is easy to fall behind. First-year learning is important for further study, so new engineering students need to manage their time well and catch up as soon as possible if there is anything they cannot understand.

2. Ask for help
UQ offers a range of support services to help students settle in. We have a first-year engineering learning centre, employability centre, faculty advisor, nice lecturers and tutors, they will give your personal support. So, if you have any questions, why don’t you contact them ask for help! It’s free!

3. Get involved
UQ has a variety of activities and programs, such as the UQ Employability Award program, try to participate in some activities to further your skills beyond the classroom and meet more new people. Try to keep a uni-life balance!

4. Full use of facilities
UQ has amazing facilities and resources, including libraries, software, health services, career advice, etc. Trying to fully use them and enjoy your wonderful university life.

What do you love most about your degree?

I like the practical active-learning styles for engineering students at UQ. The learning activities are always connected with real-world problems that I can easily apply theories to practices. We have field trips, laboratory classes through coursework, which help me have a better understanding of the course concepts. Also, we have many assignments based on teams, which give us great opportunities to learn how to collaborate with others. UQ not only teaches us the concepts from textbooks but also the career skills for further development.