Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I’ve been offered a provisional entry into medicine at UQ. What program should I choose to study?
A: As you have a provisional place, you are free to study any undergraduate program, granted you study for a minimum time of 3 years. For instance, students have chosen to study Law, Commerce and Art degrees. By far the most popular choice is a Biomedicine major in the Bachelor of Science (BSc). This is preferred over a Bachelor of Biomedical Science because of the extra flexibility in available courses and the BSc is one year shorter. However, you should study what you are truly interested in! There are no restrictions on your choice of an undergraduate degree as long as you meet the requirements for it. Also, be aware that some programs may only be offered at campuses other than St Lucia, the main campus.
Q: I’m an interstate student and would like to find out more about accommodation. What are my options?
A: There are several options for accommodation. One option is to live at college, either on campus or off. Information about the different colleges on campus and their pricing can be found here: http://www.uq.edu.au/student-services/long-term-accommodation-campus-1. There are also a number of off-campus college-style accommodation located nearby. Information about this, student unit complexes and apartments can be found here.
Alternatively, more affordable accommodation include share houses; UQ Rentals may be useful for this. Similarly information about potential places can be found on sites such as Gumtree or Domain.
Q: I’m having a hard time choosing my courses. Any recommendations?
A: This will all depend on what program you end up choosing. For first year science students intending to complete a biomedicine major, a mixture of chemistry and biology is recommended for first year. For second year and beyond, you will inevitably study more specialised courses depending on your major. We highly recommend taking a look at study plans for your chosen major!
Q: I’m having difficulties with my si-net registrations. Who should I ask for help?
A: If you are having trouble with si-net, there is a section labelled other links where you can ask questions via email. Responses are usually between one or two days. However, feel free to give a shout out in one of the Facebook groups for UQPMS and there will likely be people who would be able to help.
Q: I am not sure when term starts or when cut-off dates are. Is there somewhere where I can find out the key dates?
A: This information can be found at the UQ website. Alternatively, here is the calendar.
Q: I’ve chosen not to study a non-science degree – will this affect my studies in medicine?
A: Depending on the choice of degree, it might affect your studies to varying degrees. Programs such as Dental Science and Engineering may not allow as much freedom of choice for courses as Arts. Programs with less contact hours and more flexibility enable students to complete courses which are imperative for later studies in medicine.
With the MD, much of the foundations are presumed knowledge stemming from your undergraduate degree. However, beginning medical students do undergo some revision of basic concepts to assist those who lack those foundations. In saying that, it will be difficult in the beginning until you have caught up. Hence, your undergraduate courses will affect your studies in medicine.
Q: I’m stuck between a single and an extended major. Will choosing one over the other assist me with medicine later on?
A: There should be no difference in choosing either. One gives you a little more freedom with your choice of subjects while the other requires more commitment to study courses in your chosen major. Ultimately, as long as you complete certain courses for medicine within your undergraduate degree, both will provide equal assistance later on.
Q: I am a first year student and I have heard that medicine at UQ is undergoing some changes at the moment. How will this affect me?
A: Essentially, the 6 year MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) program will gradually be replaced with the 7 year MD (Doctor of Medicine) degree. This means that you will now be studying an undergraduate degree of your choice before postgraduate medicine. This is in contrast to a 6 year undergraduate degree, of which 2 years are devoted to science and 4 years to medicine. More information can be found here: http://www.som.uq.edu.au/about/organisation/doctor-of-medicine-degree-(md)-at-uq.aspx.
Q: Where can I grab a UQPMS Membership Card?
A: The easiest way is to visit our stall at UQ Market Days during O-week, where they will be distributed by one of our friendly execs. For more information, click here.
Q. How do I use the UQPMS Membership Card?
A: If you are using the UQPMS Card for express/free entry at one of our sponsoring night clubs, simply flash the card! The staff will know the deal and help you with the rest. If obtaining a discount on a purchase, present the UQPMS Card to the staff who will apply the discount/deal.
Q. What do I do if a venue does not honour a deal?
A. All participating businesses have been sent the information about the card and how it works. Staff of the relevant businesses should be aware of the deals that are available. Although, if a venue fails to honour a deal, please let us know immediately.
Send an email to Matt at email@example.com and we will attempt to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
Also note that all deals are subject to change without notice and conditions may apply. Please check regularly for updates to existing deals.
Q. How long is the UQPMS Membership Card valid for?
A. The 2016 UQPMS Membership Card is valid from the time of purchase until 31st December 2016. In 2017, a new card with new deals will be launched.