We offer an extensive range of flexible undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs along with state-of-the-art learning facilities, providing our students with a world-class education.

Our research is focused on areas critical to healthcare for the future – from disease prevention and ageing to environmental health and cognitive science.  We don’t shy away from the big issues either - mental health, ageing, substance abuse and addictions, obesity and Indigenous health to name a few.  We pride ourselves on translating knowledge into action.

Fast facts


  • established in January 2014 following the 2013 Faculties Review
  • composed of a select group of schools and centres from the Faculties of Health Sciences and Social and Behavioural Sciences that were disestablished at the end of 2013

Staffing profile

  • 692 salaried staff (575 Full Time Equivalents (FTE)) - 367 academic (312 FTE) and 325 professional (263 FTE)
  • 52 professors (46.5 FTE)
  • 585 unpaid academic title holders and honorary, adjunct and affiliate staff

Teaching profile

  • 5,800 undergraduate students enrolled in over 20 programs
  • 1,250 postgraduate coursework students enrolled over 37 programs
  • 827 international students from 46 different countries
  • Exchange agreements with more than 175 universities in 40 countries around the world (including Study Abroad)
  • Six national teaching awards and one national fellowship (since 2010)
  • In partnership with edX, two UQx Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) debuted in 2014
    • The first ever UQx course Think101x: The Science of Everyday Thinking had 93,027 enrolments
    • Crime101x: The Psychology of Criminal Justice debuted in October 2014 and has 13,333 enrolments

Research profile

  • 541 research higher degree students (101 International)
  • Annual competitive research income of ~$21M
  • Two ARC Laureate Fellows, eight ARC Future Fellows, one NHMRC Australia Research Fellow, one NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and two NHMRC Career Development Fellows
  • Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Two NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (Spine and Aphasia) plus Chief Investigators in five other UQ-based CREs
  • 2015 QS World rankings for Psychology (18) 
  • Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) rankings of five (“Well above world class") in Psychology, Nursing and Human Movement and Sports Science.
  • NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow
  • NHMRC Program Grant

Examples of world-class achievements

Game Changers

Read about the high calibre of graduates produced, researchers whose studies make an impact globally, alumni in leading roles, and academic staff who consistently win awards, in our faculty magazine Game Changers.

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