Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I find UQPMS execs during semester?
A: You might bump into us around campus during semester, but the fastest way to reach us is by contacting us online. If you just want a chat, come to our events! Our friendly execs are always down to chat.
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. If you’re joining during semester, get in touch to pick up a card.
Q. How do I use the UQPMS Membership Card?
A: Simply flash the card to staff. They will know the deal and help you with the rest.
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 contact us right away.
Q. How long is the UQPMS Membership Card valid for?
A. The 2020 UQPMS Membership Card is valid from the time of purchase until 31st December 2020. In 2021, a new card with new deals will be launched.
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 Arts 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. 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 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!
We also have a comprehensive first year course guide to help you out.
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.
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