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Top Universities to Study Economics Degree in Australia

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Have you ever thought about what it means by ‘the economy is bad’ and why can’t the government just print more money? Have you ever wondered why changes in the American Dollar rate affects the rest of the world? If you want to understand the economy of the world and have a basic understanding of supply and demand, a degree in Economics can be one of the courses you could consider pursuing. 

Down below, we have provided a detailed guide including everything you need to know about studying Economics in Australia to help you decide if  it is the right course for you.

What is Economics?

Economics is the study of scarcity, how people use resources and respond to incentives, and how people make decisions. It frequently discusses wealth and finance, although it is not only about money. Economics is a wide discipline that enables us to comprehend historical trends, analyse current headlines, and forecast future events.

Economics has two sub-areas under it; macroeconomics and microeconomics. Macroeconomics is the study of the economy as a whole, on a larger scale, whereas microeconomics is the study of individual decisions.

Why Should You Study Economics?

Students who take up economics not only gain a deeper understanding of the different markets, they also learn strong problem-solving skills and analytical skills in addition to the necessary business knowledge to succeed in the working world. Economics is a broad discipline that can be used in business and other different areas as well. 

If you have the skills listed down below, it is more than enough reason to consider pursuing your studies in Economics. 

  • You find researching and analyzing data interesting

This is a major part of being an economics professional. Summarized results from various data can hold a lot of useful information. If you enjoy going through data and understanding them, Economics is the professional for you.

  • You are detail-oriented

Having an eye for detail can make you a great economist, since you will be verifying and fact checking endless reports and data to look for economic trends or even patterns of production and consumption of goods. 

  • You are good with numbers 

If numbers is one of your strong suits, you will have no problems studying a course in Economics, as you will be taking up many mathematical concepts including algebra, statistics and even calculus. 

  • You are curious about the economy and how it works

If you have always been keen on learning about how different economies, governments and businesses work, Economics will give you everything you need to know. 

What Will You Study in a Degree in Economics?

In an Economics degree you are exposed to various subjects related to economics, the finance industry and the business world. 

Listed below are the main subjects you will be covering in a Degree in Economics;

  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Econometrics
  • Advanced micro & macro economics
  • International Trade Policy

Most universities also offer work placements in various industries, so that students will get first-hand industry experience and will be ready for the working world when they graduate. 

What are the Career Opportunities for an Economics Graduate?

With an economics degree, you will not be limited to one specific industry, rather it will open your doors to a vast variety of opportunities from different sectors, including government, businesses, research firms, financial institutions and many more.

Listed below are some of the most common careers that Economics graduates take up:

  • Economist
  • Data analyst
  • Financial Risk analyst
  • Economic Researcher
  • Financial consultant
  • Investment analyst

What are the General Entry Requirements for a Degree in Economics?

GCE A Levels 

Minimum 10 points in 3 subjects, where A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)

31

ATAR

• 86.85

UEC

• 16,  aggregate of the best 5 subjects. (where A1 = 1, A2 = 2, B3 = 3, B4 = 4, B5 = 5, B6 = 6.)

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What are the English Language Requirements for International Students?

IELTS

Overall 6.5, with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL IBT 

Overall 79-93, writing 21 

TOEFL (Paper Based Test) 

550

Pearson (PTE):

58-64

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Top 10 Universities to Study Economics Degree in Australia

The University of Melbourne

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University of Melbourne is ranked 23rd in the world for Economics by QS World University Rankings by Subject. This university offers economics as a major under Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts. Within the economics major you will be focusing on microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Commerce (Economics)

Intake

March  | July

Duration

3 Years (Full time)

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Monash University

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Monash University’s Bachelor of Economics will give you the necessary analytical skills needed to be successful as an economics professional. With this degree you have the choice to further your studies by choosing from the two streams offered; Economics and Economy Policy, and  Mathematical Economics and Econometrics. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Economics

Intake

February  | July

Duration

3 Years (Full time)

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University of Sydney

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University of Sydney’s Bachelor of Economics provides its students the choice to choose a major from the 4 core majors offered; Econometrics, Economics, Environmental, Agricultural and Resource Economics and Financial Economics. You will also have the option to choose a second major or minor in other areas offered with this program. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Economics

Intake

February | July

Duration

3 Years (Full time)

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University of New South Wales (UNSW)

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UNSW is ranked 50th in the world for Economics and Econometrics. UNSW’s Bachelor of Economics allows students to specialize in one area from the 3 economics specializations offered; Econometrics, Business Economics and Financial Economics. This program also offers students the flexibility to expand their knowledge by giving them the choice to major in a second specialization from the business majors offered.

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Economics

Intake

February | May | September 

Duration

3 Years (Full time)

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University of Queensland

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University of Queensland is the only institute in Queensland that offers a bachelor of Economics program and is ranked the 2nd in Australia for business and economics by Times Higher Education University Ranking 2021. This course offers 4 majors that you can specialize in which includes, Economics and Public Policy, Economics of Strategy and Behaviour, International Financial Econometrics, and Quantitative Analysis. This course also provides you with the opportunity to apply theoretical and conceptual knowledge to the workplace via a professional placement. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Economics

Intake

February | July 

Duration

3 Years (Full time)

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University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

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UTS’s Bachelor of Economics provides students with training in Econometrics, macroeconomics and microeconomics, with a focus on practical policy. The course allows you to combine the knowledge you get from this course with options from majors across selected business disciplines. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Economics

Intake

February | July | November  

Duration

3 Years (Full time)

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University of Tasmania (UTAS)

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With UTAS’s Bachelor of Economics you are offered a catalyst program, which is specifically made for high achieving students who want to make the best out of their university life. This program combines your degree with scholarships, extracurricular experiences, special events, and networking opportunities. This course also allows you to cross-skill by giving you the option to choose electives from other areas offered in the university. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Economics

Intake

February | July

Duration

3 Years (Full time)

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Becoming a Lawyer in Australia

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The study of law is the study of a system where a framework of rules is created and enforced through governmental or social institutions, varying from institutions or countries to regulate behaviour and ensure a fair, safe and equal world. 

Lawyers generally provide legal advice to clients (individuals or organizations) when legal advice or assistance is required. Tasks and duties done by lawyers include: conducting research on the case, arranging witnesses, preparing  and reviewing contracts, drawing up claims, acting as executor of will and representing clients in court (just to name a few)!

Different Types of Law

Types of Law   

Specialization 

Criminal Law 

Finding and punishing individuals who have broken the law – uncover the true perpetrator of a crime and bring justice to the victim of that crime 

Corporate Law 

Ensuring businesses adhere to the set local and federal regulations in their operations 

International Law 

Governs the interactions between different countries in ensuring safety of citizens 

Commercial Law 

Deals with commerce, trade and consumer transactions, including bankruptcy, contracts, mortgages, real estate 

Family Law 

Handles family relationships including divorce, child custody, adoption, child abuse or domestic violence 

Constitutional Law 

Legal proceedings related to upholding or interesting the constitution of the country including civil rights and freedom of speech 

Labour Law 

Focuses on relationships between employers and employees including ensuring employees are not being exploited, governing collective bargaining and benefits dispute 

Intellectual property law 

Protects creators from copyright infringement including intangible creative works that are protected by copyrights or trademarks 

Steps to Become a Practicing Lawyer in Australia

To become a Lawyer in Australia you will need to go through multiple steps: 

1.  Complete a Bachelor of Law (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) 

To become a practicing lawyer, you would need to undertake either a Bachelor of Law (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD). LLB is suitable for students who do not already possess a degree whilst a JD is suitable for students who already have a degree in another discipline. Typically, both of these courses take 4-5 years to complete. 

2. Complete a Practical Legal Training  (PLT)

Law graduates who wish to become certified lawyers need to undergo Practical Legal Training  otherwise known as the ‘Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice’ assessed by the Legal Admissions Board varying by each state or territory in Australia. This qualification focuses on practical skills needed to become a lawyer and can be attained within a minimum of 6 months. Another alternative option would be through the Legal Practice Experience which is an 80 day supervised legal practice with an experienced lawyer. 

3. Admission to Legal Practice 

Application to the Law Admissions Authority at the state or territories of choice to practice is then applied by law graduates within 5 years of graduation. 

4. Apply for Practicing Certificate from the local Law Society 

Final step of transition to becoming a practicing lawyer is to complete an 18 to 24 months of supervised practice before the application to the Law Society of the state for Practising Certificate. 

NOTE: Australia operates a system of Solicitors and Barristers. Once you have become a practising lawyer, you are able to decide if you want to remain as a Solicitor or move onto becoming a Barrister.

What is the difference between a Solicitor and Barristers?

Solicitor 

A solicitor is a qualified legal practitioner that works out of court. Main responsibilities of solicitors include working directly with clients in providing legal advice, writing documents and contracts, negotiating with clients, conducting research and gathering evidence. Solicitors only represent their clients in court if necessary. 

Barrister

A barrister generally focuses on litigation, which is the process of taking legal action. Main responsibility of the barrister is conducting court appearances to represent their clients. This includes presenting the case and representing and translating their client’s view into legal arguments. 

 It is important to note that in Australia, each state and territory acquires its own legal Bar authority where in order to become a Barrister, you need to gain entrance to the Bar Readers’ Course by taking the Bar exam and pass the course. It is important for you to understand that the pathway of becoming a lawyer upon graduation varies based on state or territories chosen. The process of becoming a lawyer typically requires a combination of 6-8 years of education and training.  International students wishing to work as a Lawyer in Australia need to fulfil certain requirements to be eligible to apply for the ‘Temporary Graduate Visa’ upon completion of their education. Contact us for further assistance!

Average annual salary for law graduates varies significantly depending on your job position, country or state of practice along with other external factors. However, generally- An entry-level Lawyer can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$58,158 while a lawyer of 2-4 years of experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of around A$65,309. Mid-level & experienced lawyers with 5-20 years of experience can expect to earn from a range of $98,741 to A$117,446. 

General Entry Requirements to Study Law in Australia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

A-Levels 

Min. 3A’s

STPM

Min. 3A’s 

Malaysian Matriculation

Min. GPA 3.7

Australian Matriculation

Min. 95.5 

UEC 

Min. 5 A1

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LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

IELTS

Min. 7.5

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 105

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Min. 76

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Top Universities to Study Law in Australia

#1 University of New South Wales (UNSW)

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The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) offered at UNSW is a double degree program, which means you pair your legal studies with a bachelor’s degree in a non-law field of study.

Program Offered 

Bachelor of Laws 

Examples of double degrees options: 

  • Actuarial Science 
  • Arts
  • Computer Science 
  • Criminology 
  • Economics
  • Engineering 
  • Media 
  • Science 

Program Duration 

5- 7 years (Full time) 

Intake 

February and September

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$37,920 – A$45,660

#2 University of Sydney

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The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) offered at University of Sydney is a double degree program, which means you pair your legal studies with a bachelor’s degree in a non-law field of study.

Program Offered 

Bachelor of Law 

Examples of double degree options: 

  • Arts
  • Commerce
  • Science 
  • Economics
  • Engineering 

Program Duration 

5 years

Intake 

March and August 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$46,000

#3 Monash University

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Laws 

Program Duration 

4.25 years (Full time)

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$42,000

#4 University Technology of Sydney (UTS)

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Laws

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time)

Intake 

March and September 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$45,360

#5 University of Queensland

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Law (Honours)

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time) 

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$43,888

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Top Universities to Study Computer Science in Australia

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Let’s start by asking yourself some questions: 

  1. Do I love maths?
  2. Would I enjoy learning programs to communicate with computers?
  3. Am I creative and love solving challenging problems?
  4. Can I think logically and persistently? 

If your answers are yes to all the questions above, taking up a Computer Science course would be ideal for you! 

What is Computer Science?

Computer Science can be defined as the study of computers and the theoretical and practical applications that build its system. The study of computer science applies a combination of mathematics, engineering, algorithm, software engineering, hardware engineering and artificial intelligence. Various programming softwares is used such as Java, Python, C++ where it’s used to create, develop and design more effective computer programs whilst solving different problems. Majoring in this field will guide you in developing incredible technical skills and give you a whole new perspective on problem-solving. 

Diving into the world of Computer Science is known to be a tough pathway for many students. However, if you’re willing to invest the time and effort, you’ll definitely be able to learn the disciplines in leading to many lucrative careers in a high-demand industry! 

Key Skills Needed to Study Computer Science

1. Analytical & Problem Solving skills 

Being a computer science student, your main responsibility includes identifying a problem and coming up with solutions to address and fix it using technology in a systematic and logical way. Most of your tasks that you’ll be working on will require you to have strong analytical skills for you to transform concepts you have into reality. 

2. Critical-thinking skills 

Critical thinking is yet another important asset to have in this field. Many problems that you’re expected to find solutions for are not direct. Variety of projects that you will work on will require a variety of methodologies- and knowing techniques to use and when to use them is important in your work output, quality and effectiveness assured. 

3. Resilience 

The process of the work that individuals do in the field of computer science requires a lot of resilience. The entire process of programming is a lengthy process as you’re most likely going to fail multiple times before finding the best solution. Being resilient and determined throughout is an extremely important skill to have to ensure a successful career. 

Career Pathways After Studying A Computer Science Degree

To work in the field of Computer Science in Australia, you are usually expected to have completed an undergraduate qualification related to the field along with hands-on experience building software applications outside of education settings (ex: internships, hobbies or freelancing).

Here are different career options for Computer Science graduates: 

  1. Computer Programmer
  2. Data Scientist 
  3. Software tester 
  4. Web developer
  5. System Analyst 
  6. Business Analyst 
  7. Database administrator 

An entry-level Computer Programmer can expect to earn an average total income of AU$55,877. An early career Computer Programmer with less than 4 years of experience can expect to earn an average total income of AU$65,634. A mid-career Computer Programmer can earn an average total income of AU$68,200 while experienced Computer Programmers can expect to earn AU$90,010 and above. 

*Average annual total income differs between states in Australia. 

Graduates will be eligible to apply to join the Australian Computer Society (ACS), and the program has been designed to specifically meet level 1 accreditation. Students and graduates can also join the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

General Entry Requirements to Study Computer Science in Australia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification                                                          

Scores

A-Levels 

Min. 1A 2B

STPM

Min. 3B

Malaysian Matriculation

Min. GPA 2.6

Australian Matriculation

Min. ATAR 80 

UEC 

Min. A2, best out of 5 subjects  

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

IELTS

Min. 6.5

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 85

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Min. 61 

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

Top 5 Universities to Study Computer Science in Australia

#1 University of Melbourne

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Science 

Major in: 

  • Computing and Software Systems 
  • Data Science 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$41,492

#2 University of Sydney

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Science 

Major in: 

  • Computer Science 
  • Data Science 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

March and August 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$50,000

#3 Monash University

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Computer Science 

Specialization: 

  • Data science 
  • Advanced computer science 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

February, July and October 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$42,800

#4 University of Queensland

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Computer Science 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

February and July

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$45,120

#5 University of Technology Sydney

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Computing Science (Hons)

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time) 

Intake 

March and September 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$44,832 

#6 Griffith University

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Computer Science 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Intake 

March and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$32,000

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Top Universities to Study Architecture Degrees in Australia

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Have you always had a fascination for the shape and designs of buildings you see? Do you like the idea of ​​working on new designs and creating beautiful spaces? Do you have a creative but also analytical mind?

If yes, architecture is definitely a career pathway for you to consider. 

Architecture is known to be the art of designing and constructing to fulfill both practical and expressive desires. An architect’s main role and responsibility include: planning and creating designs for new construction projects, alterations and redevelopments. They are well knowledgeable on both art and science of building design as they are not only incharge of the external aesthetic but also the internal functionality and safety of their buildings’ occupants.  

Different Specialization of Architecture

  • Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture focuses on outdoor spaces such as neighbourhood, parks, gardens and public spaces. Landscape architects engage in core ecological, cultural and social issues faced in the society when designing spaces to ensure efficiency and engagement with the environment. They are also in charge of deciding locations for buildings, walkways and parks in building a community. Examples of responsibilities of landscape architects: deciding types of trees in areas and types of material used for walls and walkways. 

  • Interior Architecture 

Interior Architecture is known as a combination between two fields of study: interior designing and architecture. It focuses on the interior of a space and its human functionality. Interior architects are usually involved in the building or rebuilding of interior environments, taking building structure and building codes into account to create a safe and habitable living space. Examples of responsibilities of interior architects: ensuring proper plumbing, electrical system as well as including sustainable designs.

  • Urban Planning 

Urban Planning focuses on the study of how cities grow, change and the policies that guide towards a better quality of life through a resilient and healthy future. Urban Planning learns about the historical evolution of cities and of the discipline in a global perspective; the responsibilities of the profession, and how cities are planned and governed. Examples of responsibilities of urban planners: plan making, policy analysis, and technical writing in both urban and regional contexts. 

Skills Needed to Study Architecture

  • Creative and Design Skills 

If you’re going to be spending the rest of your career designing cutting-edge buildings that push the boundaries of aesthetics, then you’re going to need a flair for the imaginative. It is important for you to have creativity to visualize design and concepts to bring new ideas to life as well as to keep up with the constantly evolving society. However, it is also important for you to create ideas that are practical and suitable for the needs of your clients. A good architect needs to be able to combine visuals with functionality to bring a design to life. 

  • Attention to Detail

Architectural drawings are known to be really detailed pieces of work that work as a guide for construction workers to rely on as a guide in constructing the building. You would need to acquire the skills in paying attention to detail as you cant afford to go wrong with any details as even a single misplaced window or faulty plumbing arrangements can affect the outcome of the entire building. 

  • Computer Software Skills 

To become an architect, it is important for you to be tech-savvy. Many drafting of construction plans and designs have moved into the world of digital technology. Be sure to familiarise yourself with computer software such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) 

  • Teamwork 

As an architect, you will have to work closely with numerous parties such as lawyers, construction managers, surveyors, local government officials and even structural engineers in the process of bringing your design to life. It is important to be able to communicate effectively with all these parties, work together with them to ensure the needs of your clients are met in completing a design successfully.

4 Famous Australian Architecture

#1 Sydney Opera House

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In 1959, the Sydney Opera House is known as one of the most iconic architectural pieces in the country built by Jørn Utzon where it has since been a home to many of the world’s greatest artists and performances, and a meeting place for matters of local and international significance. 

#2 Buildings Spanning The Olderfleet to Rialto

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Constructed back in 1888 by Architect William Pit- these are a collection of five buildings of different styles that are considered essential pieces of Australian architecture on Collins Street in Melbourne

#3 Boyd Baker House

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Arguably the most influential architect in Australia, Robin Boyd constructed about 100 houses that demonstrate his ideas about architecture. Boyd’s most significant designs brought to life include Blott House, Stone House, Lyons House, King House & Studios. Image above shows Blott House constructed back in 1956 by Robin Boyd.

#4 Lobster Bay House

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Designer Ian Mckay designed this house back in 1971 in New South Wales, incorporating a series of geometrically shed-like forms that turned into a beautiful piece of landscape by the sea.

Pathway of Becoming an Architect in Australia

To become an architect, you would need to complete a Year 12 equivalent qualification (eg: A Levels, STPM, Matriculation, IB Diploma) along with an English Language Requirement (eg: IELTS, TOEFL PCE). Then, you have to complete an accredited degree in architecture. At this stage, you would have the option of pursuing a Degree in Arts/Design with a major in Architecture OR a direct Degree in Architecture, depending on the availability of courses based on your university of choice. Upon graduation, you can option to pursue a Master’s Degree followed by a phD in Architecture. If you intend to practise, it is important to note that you must complete an accredited architecture degree, have 2 years monitored experience with an architectural firm followed by the completion of an examination in architectural practice set by Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) to be registered with the Architects Registration Board state specific.

General Entry Requirements to Study Architecture in Australia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification                                                                                                                                                           

Scores

A-Levels 

Min. 1A 2B

STPM

Min. 3B’s 

Malaysian Matriculation

Min. GPA 2.6

Australian Matriculation

Min. ATAR 80

UEC 

Min. A2 , average of 5 subjects

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

IELTS

Min. 7.0 

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 96

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Min. 68

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

Top 5 Universities to Study Architecture in Australia

#1 University of Sydney

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Program Offered 

I. Bachelor of Architecture and Environments

II. Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

March 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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#2 University of Melbourne

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Design 

Major in: 

I. Architecture 

II. Landscape Architecture 

III. Urban Planning 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

March and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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#3 RMIT University

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Program Offered 

I. Bachelor of Architectural Design 

II. Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design

III.  Bachelor of Interior Design (Hons)

IV. Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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#4 University of New South Wales (UNSW)

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Program Offered 

I. Bachelor of Architectural Studies 

II. Bachelor of Industrial Design 

III. Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Hons)

IV. Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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#5 Curtin University

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Program Offered 

I. Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science)

II. Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture)

IV. Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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You might have heard of the cool word “rocket scientists” when you were a kid. With an aerospace engineering degree you will actually be considered a rocket scientist, making you the person with the coolest job in the room. 

Aerospace Engineering degrees pave the way for people interested in building and maintenance of aircrafts and spacecrafts. So if you are someone who is fascinated by the built of the once ground-breaking invention, aircrafts, this would be the perfect course for you. 

The Australian aerospace industry generated a revenue of around AU$4 billion as of 2019. To service the growing air traffic NSW’s aerospace industry needs approximately 253,000 pilots and 256,000 aircraft technicians over the next 20 years. Hence, you do not have to worry about the demand for aerospace engineers because it has been skyrocketing. 

Down below, we have the essential guide to kick-starting your career as an aerospace engineer or as your 9-year-old self might call it a “rocket scientist”. 

What is Aerospace Engineering?

Aerospace engineering is one of the most challenging branches of engineering which mainly involves the designing, building, and maintenance of aircrafts, spacecrafts and even missiles and weapon systems. Flight safety, fuel efficiency, operational costs, and environmental impact are some of the main focuses of this degree. 

In aerospace engineering you may get to choose between the research, development and testing side of the profession or the maintenance side of the profession. Typically aerospace engineering encompasses the task of calculating the project costs, writing manuals, upgrading and developing new technologies. 

In this digital day and age, aerospace engineers are also now getting into computer-aided design software for plans. With experience, you might also get to investigate malfunctioning parts of aircrafts and air crashes too. 

Aerospace Engineering students typically need to apply concepts involving mathematics, science and technology to the development of aircrafts. Specialisms in this degree include, aerodynamics, propulsion, avionics and system integration.

What Will You Study in Aerospace Engineering?

Aerospace engineering may take upto 4-5 years depending on the type of qualification that you choose. Modules in aerospace engineering may include:

  • Fluid mathematics and thermodynamics
  • Numerical and experimental methods
  • Solid mechanics
  • Structural mechanics
  • Airframe design 
  • Flight dynamics and control
  • Flight testing and analysis 
  • Computer aided engineering
  • Gas dynamics
  • Research thesis (for honours)

You will also get to complete work placements where you will get to work on actual aircrafts. 

What Are The Skills You Need to be an Aerospace Engineer?

Since the work environment is interdisciplinary, having a clear understanding of how aerospace engineering relates to other engineering disciplines is crucial. Moreover, considering the fact that aerospace engineers work with international partners, language skills and the ability to work with a team is essential. Here are some of the skills you might need to work on if you want to be an aerospace engineer:

  • Strong mathematical, analytical and problem solving skills 
  • Technical expertise 
  • Creativity and innovative thinking
  • Strong awareness of safety issues 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Project and time management 
  • Keeping up to date with technical developments
  • Verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines 

What Are The Career Opportunities for Aerospace Engineering Graduates?

Even though the task of an aerospace engineer involves designing and operating aircrafts, their careers are far more diverse than it might sound. 

Aerospace engineers can pursue rewarding careers across a range of sectors such as:

  • Space
  • Aeronautical
  • Defence
  • National Security
  • Airline
  • Transportation
  • Maritime Construction
  • Consulting

General Entry Requirements for Aerospace Engineering in Australia

AUS Year 12 ATAR

86.85

STPM

 9.4 , with a local of 3 subjects excluding General Studies

A-level

Minimum of 2 A levels with A grades, including Mathematics, Physics/Chemistry

UEC

Average score of 3 where, 

A1=1; A2=2; B3=3; B4=4; B5=5; B6=6

International Baccalaureate Diploma

31

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

General English Language Requirements for International Students

IELTS

6.5

TOEFL IBT 

85

University Cambridge – CAE 

162

Pearson (PTE):

61

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Top 5 Universities to Study Aerospace Engineering in Australia

1. University of New South Wales (UNSW)

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UNSW is ranked the top university in Australia for engineering and technology. It is also ranked 38th in the world based on the 2019 QS World University Rankings. UNSW also has a 5 star rating for employability, helping you move forward with your career after graduation. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Aerospace Engineering) 

Intake

February | May | September 

Duration

4 years (full time)

Indicative Fees

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2. University of Sydney

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University of Sydney is ranked 65th in the world for engineering and technology according QS World University Rankings 2021. It is also ranked 1st for employability in Australia and 4th globally by the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Aeronautical Engineering) 

Intake

February | July

Duration

4 years (full time)

Indicative Fees

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3. University of Queensland

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University of Queensland is no.1 for engineering and technology in Queensland and 85th in the world according to QS World University Rankings 2021.

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Aerospace Engineering 

Intake

February | July

Duration

4 years (full time)

Indicative Fees

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4. RMIT University

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If you want to go for a course with slightly lower entry requirements compared to the other universities, you should check out this course at RMIT University. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) (Honours)

Intake

February | July

Duration

4 years (full time)

Indicative Fees

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5. Queens University of Technology (QUT)

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QUT is ranked 217th in the world in the 2021 QS World University Rankings. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Aerospace) 

Intake

February | May | September 

Duration

4 years (full time)

Indicative Fees

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Top 3 Career Choices If You Love Working With People

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#1 Social Worker

Are you an empathetic person? Do you have good verbal and non-verbal communication skills? Do you have a good conscience and have a good sense of the social world? Are you highly culturally competent? A social work degree might be the right choice for you if your answers are yes to the questions above. 

Social Work is an academic and practice based field that seeks to improve quality of life for individuals, families and communities. The Social Work industry is derived on the understanding and striving to improve the lives of others. A degree in social work equips graduates with the knowledge and skills required for the industry such as legal and ethical standards in social work, case management, psychology, human behaviour and even sociology. Social Workers usually have huge responsibilities with helping individuals, families and groups of people through the hardships they are facing such as addiction, domestic violence and helping them cope to improve the quality of their life. 

A degree in Social Work is usually 4 years long which includes a minimum of 500 hours of practicum in a social community program or agency. 

Potential Career Opportunities : 

a) Child Welfare Social Worker 

b) Community Development Officer 

c) Youth Project Officer 

d) Social Work Teacher

e) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker

*Note: Do keep in mind that specific careers require higher qualifications to pursue.

General Entry Requirements for Social Work Degree in Australia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

A-Levels                                              

Min. 3B’s

STPM

Min. 3B’s 

Australian Matriculation

Min. ATAR 80

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

IELTS

Min. 6.5-7.0 

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 94

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Min. 65

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

Top 3 Recommended Universities for Social Work Degree in Australia

1. University of Sydney

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Social Work 

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time)

Intake 

March and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$46,000

2. Deakin University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Social Work 

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time)

Intake 

March and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$32,600

3. Griffith University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Social Work 

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time)

Intake 

March and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$28,500  

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#2 Psychologist

Are you interested in the way people think and behave? Do you have good research skills?

Do you have the ability to relate to and empathise with individuals of different backgrounds? Do you have good observational and communication skills? A psychology degree might be the right choice for you if your answers are yes to the questions above. 

Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour  in which they seek to understand, predict and further explain the functioning of individuals, families and communities. The Psychology industry encompasses biological predispositions, social influence as well as environmental factors that are believed to be the reasoning behind the understanding of other people. In Psychology, you will study behaviour, development, emotions, personality, motivation and even the thoughts that go through the mind of individuals. The main field in which psychology is used is in the mental health sector in which psychologists use their knowledge and skills of principles, prior research and findings from clinical experiments to help clients overcome their psychological illnesses.

Potential Fields You Can Explore with ONLY an Undergraduate degree: 

a) Government 

b) Marketing & Market Research 

c) Health Promotion

d) Social Research 

e) Human Resources 

f) Policy Development 

To become a professionally accredited psychologist in Australia, you would need to undertake a Bachelor’s Degree along with an honours year, followed by progression into a postgraduate Master’s degree or Doctorate degree (PhD) (optional) 

Potential Fields of Psychology you can explore after qualify as a registered psychologist: 

a) Clinical Psychology 

b) Clinical neuropsychology

c) Community psychology 

d) Counselling psychology

e) Educational psychology

f) Forensic psychology

g) Health psychology

h) Organisational/industrial psychology

i) Sports psychology

j) Academic psychology

General Entry Requirements for Psychology Degree in Australia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

A-Levels                                                                                                                                                  

Min. 1B’s & 2C’s

STPM

Min. 3.3 (Best of 4 subjects)

Australian Matriculation

Min. ATAR 83

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

IELTS

Min. 6.5 

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 79

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Min. 58

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

Top 3 Recommended Universities for Psychology Degree in Australia

Before picking your university of choice, be sure your program is accredited by the ‘Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)’!

1. University of Melbourne

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Program Name                                                    

You can study Psychology as a major through: 

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Biomedicine 

Bachelor of Arts

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) +1 year if you opt for Honours 

Intake 

March and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$46,464 

*Varies based on which Bachelor’s degree you decide to pursue

2. University of Queensland

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Program Name                                        

You can study Psycholgy as a major through:

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science  

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time) 

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$34,208 – A$43,504 

3. Griffith University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Psychological Science 

Bachelor of Psychology 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

February, April & July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$28,500 

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#3 Early Childhood Teacher

Do you love children? Do you love the ability to share knowledge to other individuals? Do you have an incredible amount of patience? Are you energetic and organized? Are you a good listener and communicator? Do you have creative and critical thinking skills? An education degree with a specialization in early childhood education might be the right choice for you if your answers are yes to the questions above. 

Education is known as the exchange of teaching and learning. Studying Education as a degree will prepare you with adequate knowledge and skills needed to teach in preschools as an Early Childhood Teacher. Early Childhood Education focuses on developing and educating children between the ages of 0 and 8 years old. You will learn various methods of teaching-learning processes to be implemented in classrooms as well as structures of how to accurately evaluate student’s performance. 

It is also important to keep in mind that to work as a Teacher in Australia – you will need to have a course assessed by the ‘Australian Institute For Teaching and School Leadership’ which is the equivalent to at least four years full-time higher education (university) level study. The qualification of your choice should also include a minimum of 45 days of supervised teaching practice with students. 

Each state in Australia has its own education system, which means you will need to ensure that you meet all the specific registration or accreditations required for the state you wish to work in.  

Because of this, it is recommended that you check with the specific state that you would like to teach in. 

Potential Career Opportunities: 

a) Early Childhood Teacher 

b) Youth and Children’s Support Officer 

c) Tutor 

d) Education Administrator

General Entry Requirements for Education Degree in Australia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

A-Levels                                                                                                                                                  

Min. 2C’s & 1D

STPM

Min. 2.67 GPA (B- average)

UEC

Min. 2.5 GPA (B3 average)

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification                                                    

Scores

IELTS

Min. 7.0-7.5

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 79

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Min. 58

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

Top 3 Recommended Universities to Study Early Childhood Education

NOTE: The following recommended Early Childhood Education programs are accredited by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

Additional requirements may apply based on universities or states chosen to teach in. 

1. Monash University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Education (Honours)

Specialization: Early childhood and primary education 

Program Duration 

4.25 years (Full time)

Intake 

February

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$34,000

NOTE: If you plan to teach in a preschool or kindergarten setting then you’ll need to register with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)

2. Griffith University

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Program Name                                               

Bachelor of Education 

Primary Major : Major in Early Childhood Education 

Minors to Choose From: English, Mathematics or Science 

Program Duration 

3.5 years (Full time)

Intake 

March and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$30,500 

NOTE: The Bachelor of Education is accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT)

Upon successful completion, you will be eligible to apply for registration with QCT. 

3. Flinders University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education 

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time)

Intake 

March

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$31,000

NOTE: Upon successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia.

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Mechanical or Mechatronic? Which Degree to Study?

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Are you the kind of person who’s constantly curious about how things work, from smart machines to air crafts that float 30,000ft above the ground? Have you ever wanted to invent devices or equipment that could serve great benefits to society? Yes? Then a degree in Mechanical or Mechatronics engineering is perfect as your starting point. 

This article will help students to distinguish between Mechanical and Mechatronics engineering to decide on which course suits their preference for their future careers. 

What is Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical engineering is one of the most diverse engineering disciplines that study the principles of motion, energy and force to design and develop mechanical systems which fulfil the demands of society, such as vehicle engines, refrigerators, air conditioning systems and elevators.

They introduce innovative technologies in food production, develop 3D printers and even wireless chargers. They also create solutions in technological aspects of health care, transportation, energy and space crafts. 

Career Opportunity in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineer

Design, develop, construct, and testing mechanical and thermal sensors and appliances.

Automotive Engineer

Responsible for vehicle design, development, manufacture and testing.

CAD Technician

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Technicians create electronic design plans for buildings and machinery using computer software.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Engineer (HVAC)

HVAC engineers improve the available technologies in heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration systems. 

What is Mechatronics Engineering?

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Mechatronics Engineering covers both electrical and mechanical devices and can include the use of computer, Artificial Intelligence (AI), power, electronics and telecommunications systems. 

Examples of devices developed for mechatronics technologies include robotic systems, anti-lock braking systems for vehicles and prosthetic limbs. While these products are mechanical, computers and electrical control systems are required to operate.

Career Opportunities in Mechatronics Engineering

Robotic Engineer

Responsible in design and test machine prototype and conduct research in creating safe and cost-efficient manufacture of the robotic system

Automation Engineer 

Work with other teams in the automation industry to identify problems and implement automated solutions for software processes to be implemented in vehicles.

Instrumentation Engineer

Responsible for planning, implementing and maintaining control systems and machines in the manufacturing industry. 

Control System Engineer

Design, develop and implement solutions that stabilize dynamic systems such as anti-lock braking systems in cars. 

Differences between Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

In simpler terms, mechanical engineering combines the fundamentals of other engineering disciplines such as chemical, civil and electrical engineering in designing and developing safe, efficient and reliable devices or systems. A mechanical engineer knows better than a mechatronics engineer in the mechanical aspect of machines or devices. 

Mechatronics engineering focuses on computing and electronics in developing innovative technologies or modifying existing ones. Students who enrol in this course will learn about robots, smart systems and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Entry Requirement for Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering in Australia

STPM

Minimum CGPA of 3.30 or grade of 3Bs and above

A-Levels

A minimum grade of BCC

UEC

A minimum grade of 5Bs 

ATAR

A minimum score of 80 points or above

International Baccalaureate (IB)

A minimum score of 30 or above

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

English Requirement for Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering in Australia

IELTS

6.5 Overall and 6.0 in every sub-bands

TOEFL

79 overall with Listening: 16, Reading:16, Writing:21, Speaking:18

PTE

58 overall with 50 in every sub-bands

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Top Universities to Study Mechanical and Mechatronics in Australia

#1 University of New-South Wales (UNSW)

Program

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical Engineering)

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronic)

Intake (2021)

February, May & September

Duration

4 years (Full-time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUS $47,760

#2 University of Melbourne

Program

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Systems

Bachelor of Science in Mechatronic Systems

Intake (2021)

March & July

Duration

3 years (Full-time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $41,912-$45,944

#3 University of Sydney

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Program

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical Engineering)

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechatronic Engineering)

Intake (2021)

March & August

Duration

4 years full time

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $50,000

#4 University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Program

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering

Intake (2021)

February & July

Duration

4 years (Full-time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $48,164

#5 University of Western Sydney

Program

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Mechanical

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Robotics and Mechatronics

Intake (2021)

March & July

Duration

4 years (Full-time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $33,000

#6 Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Program

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics)

Intake (2021)

February & July

Duration

4 years (Full-time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $39,300

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Study Financial Investment in Australia

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When you come across conversations or topics about money, the economy, stock markets or interest rates, do you get daunted and immediately want to turn the other way, or are you curious and intrigued to learn and understand how it works? If you choose the latter, keep reading- a degree in financial investment might interest you!

What is Financial Investment?

Finance is the procurement and management of financial resources (including cash, bonds, assets, property, stocks, etc) by individuals, companies and governments. 

A financial investment is the act of leveraging your financial resources into an asset with the hope that it will accumulate into a larger sum than what was put in, over a stipulated time frame. The time frame could range anywhere from a few months or for a span of decades.

People choose to invest in order to have more financial security in the future. How much time you’re willing to put into your investment is a key factor to consider. The more time you have, the more risk you can take, and the more risk you take, the more potential for making more money, and vice versa. 

A degree in finance prepares students to acquire, administer and allocate wealth, to make informed decisions within financial and trade markets and draw connections between risk and rewards. In order to excel at a career in financial investment, you need to have a keen eye for detail, enjoy taking up challenges and solving problems, excel at critical and analytical thinking, and possess a great deal of discipline and patience, as you will be subjected to an immense amount of pressure and stress.

Types of Financial Investment

Areas of Study

  • Corporate Finance

  • Economics

  • Statistics

  • Mathematics

  • Business

  • Risk Management

How to Determine Good or Bad Investments

Investments are made with the hope for potential gains in the future- there is always a certain level of risk attached to it. An investment may not generate any income, or even end up losing value over time. 

There are a plethora of available choices when it comes to investing. The distinction between a good or a bad investment is not always black or white- but there are certain red flags and positive signals that could help you identify what is worth putting your time, money and effort into.

1. Stock Prices

  1. Analyse a stock’s price change over a financial year, to get a sense of the overall performance
  2. Calculate the stock’s price-to-earnings ratio
  3. Compare the results with the average price-to-earnings ratio (approx. 15). If the results exceed or severely miss the price-to-earnings ratio, it could be an indicator that the stock is either priced too high or too low- which calls for further investigation

2. Balance Sheet/ Financial Statements

  1. Look at the company’s most recent financial statements and quarterly reports to determine if they are profitable
  2. Compare profitability, sales and market share with other companies in the same industry and see if they have a competitive edge- which often makes for good investments
  3. Identify economic risks common to the industry. Assess how these conditions could affect short-run and long-run returns on investment

3. Bonds

  1. Identify the return % on the bond (use an investment calculator) and compare yielding results with other bonds to see if you stand to receive a fair return
  2. Categorise potential bonds into investment grade and non-investment grade: investment grade bonds are more reliable (the lower it ranks, the better) while the latter pays higher yields but carries the threat of default
  3. Figure out the time frame in which you want to start earning your gains, and see if it matches up to your investment timeline. Some bonds mature in a matter of years, while others might take decades

Signs of a Bad Investment

1. Your Financial Advisor Stands to Gain a Big Commission

Financial Investors are not legally required to act in your best interest, and more often than not, when they are working on a commission basis, they will prioritise their interests over yours. They may recommend investments that do not match what you are looking for, if they stand to earn money from your buying it. If they charge you commissions up front, your advisor has no incentive to provide you with the best incentive regarding your investment, so avoid those as well. 

2. Everyone is Buying It

Following the herd and investing in what’s most “hot” at the moment might not be the best idea- these stocks are prone to rise quickly, but they often fall just as quickly too. While many want to get rich quick, jumping on the latest bandwagon might not work out for you, or it just might.

3. It Sounds Too Good to be True

If you are being pitched an investment idea that carries zero risks, with guaranteed returns and quick, you might be led into a scam. All investments carry risk.

4. It Doesn't Match Your Risk Tolerance

Of course, an investment opportunity that is a bad fit for someone else might be the perfect one for you; ultimately it comes down to how much risk you are willing to take. If you need returns quickly, it doesn’t make sense for you to take up high-risk stocks as you don’t have the time to wait for them to recover.

5. Investments that Carry Surrender Charges

Some investments carry surrender charges, meaning if you want to get out of an investment, for any reason, you are not allowed access to your money without paying a hefty fee.

6. Investments with Limited Marketability

Investing in illiquid assets (ones that do not have much trading volume) limits your access to your funds as well, limiting flexibility.

7. Confusing Investments

If you are unable to understand the investment, or if it sounds too complicated, you could either ask more questions, or hire a professional to evaluate the investment. If the salespeople cannot explain the details of the investment in plain English, walk away.

Common Questions by an Investor

Why Invest When I Can Just Save Money With Zero Risk?

With an investment, you are putting your money in the hands of a firm, expecting it to grow and provide you with positive returns in the form of capital gains, dividends, and interest.  Cash in its original form will not grow by itself, and may even lose its purchasing power over time due to economic fluctuations or inflation.

Should I Invest All My Money In a Single Stock?

You could be tempted to pour all your money in a single investment that looks promising, but it is more advisable to consider investing in small amounts at regular intervals instead, to reduce potential risk from market conditions.

Where Can I Invest My Money?

For many people, when it comes to investing, stocks are the first thing that comes to mind. But there are a diverse array of investment choices- bonds, real estate, commodities, and even money. You could also choose to invest in different industries in order to reduce risk.

Misconceptions About Investments

I Need a lot of Money to Start Investing

While it’s true that more money will allow you more options, more investing and get you more returns, it’s not necessarily a requirement. Many brokers now allow you to invest even with pocket change. Starting small means you get to start early on.

I Need to Wait Until I’m Older to Start Investing

You are more likely to have more financial commitments when you’re older, like starting a family or buying a house, which might make allocating investment funds challenging. Also, if you start investing later in life, you might be tempted to take on riskier investment, hoping for a quicker return, which could lead to loss with no time to recover from it. Starting small and keeping it going for a long period of time allows you to take advantage of reinvesting and the compound effect.

Investments Tie My Money Up for a Long Time

The length of the investment is entirely up to you and your investment needs. Short and medium term investments allow you to take advantage of market opportunities and cash out in a matter of months or years, while long-term investments are for those willing to withstand the short-term fluctuations in the market.

Investments are the Same as Speculations

Investments are long-term commitments, and the gaining the returns is expected to take several years. Hence, they are made after careful consideration and several risk benefit analyses, once proven to be worthy. Investors look to expand their investment portfolios over time.

Speculation, on the other hand, is short-term and attempts to capitalise on market inefficiencies for a quick profit. While speculators do make informed decisions as well, they are subject to higher risks than traditional investments as they are often pure, directional bets on prices.

Investments are the Same as Gambling

When investing, you are putting money into a cause, expecting it to provide you with returns in the future. They carry risk, but are expected to have positive outcomes. 

Gambles are based entirely on chance, and do not require money to be put in. They carry risk, and are expected to have negative returns in most cases.

How to Become a Financial Investor

Career Opportunities with a Degree in Finance

  • Financial Analyst
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Accounts Executive
  • Corporate Finance Manager
  • Investment Banker
  • Economic Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Stock Broker
  • Income Auditor
  • Treasury Executive

Entry Requirements to Study Finance in Australia

STPM/ GCE A Levels or Equivalent

A minimum score of 12 points

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

A minimum score of 30 points

Foundation/ Diploma

CGPA 2.0

ATAR

Achieve a Competitive Selection Rank (80-90)

UEC

30

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

English Requirements to Study Finance in Australia

IELTS

A minimum overall of 6.5 and 6.0 in all sub-bands

TOEFL – IBT

A minimum overall score of 85; Minimum 17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing

TOEFL – PBT

A minimum overall score of 565 and minimum 5 in Writing

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

A minimum overall score of 58 and and 50 in all sub-bands

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Recommended Universities to Study Finance in Australia

1. The University of Melbourne

Program

Bachelor of Finance 

Intake

July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $44,756

2. University of Queensland

Program

Bachelor of Advanced Finance & Economics (Honours)

Intake

July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $43,888

3. Monash University

Program

Bachelor Finance

Intake

July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $45,000

4. University of Sydney

Program

Bachelor Commerce (Finance)

Intake

July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $46,000



5. University of Adelaide

Program

Bachelor of Finance

Intake

July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $43,000

6. University of Wollongong

Program

Bachelor of Mathematics & Finance (Honours) (Quantitative Corporate Finance & Investments)

Intake

July

Duration

4 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $33,840

7. Western Sydney University

Program

Bachelor of Business (Applied Finance)

Intake

July, November

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $28,922

8. La Trobe University

Program

Bachelor of Finance

Intake

July, November

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $37,400

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Do We Need More Gender Studies Graduates?

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Gender studies is a relatively new field, derived from women’s studies and is heavily influenced by postmodern and poststructuralist theory. It is offered in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Gender studies revolve around the belief that all of social life is gendered, and simultaneously subverts the traditional assumption of what it is like to be a “man” or a “woman”. It focuses on studying the impact gender and sexuality has on our social interactions, and understanding the implications of gender in a social, political and economic point of view. 

Gender studies enables students to get a deeper, intellectual understanding of the ways in which our bodies are sexed, gendered and sexually oriented and how these contribute to current global debates on gender inequality, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the plurality of sexualities. Students learn to develop connections between gender and sexuality with other facets such as race, class, disability, religion, etc. 

Areas Covered in Gender Studies

Gender studies trains students to think openly, critically and expand their worldview in terms of gender equality, feminism, LGBTQ rights and everything in between. You will develop transferable skills in gender analysis, the ideology of gender equality and social justice that you can apply to several other professions and facets of life in the real world. 

Students are able to establish how gender and sexuality form lenses through which we analyze everyday realities and experiences, and apply feminist and queer lenses to the lived realities of marginalised communities. Gender studies courses teach students to be more empathic, and show understanding and acceptance towards other people and their ideas. Students are able to take part in debates and discussions that challenge their intellectual curiosity, and ultimately help them formulate and express their own ideas essential for innovation and progress of a society or community as a whole. 

Gender studies is about so much more than just women’s rights. Theories of masculinity, and the ways in which they enforce cultural stereotypes on men are also among covered topics. Other areas explored include fighting prejudice and discriminiation, changing and challenging existing, harmful mentalities put in place by social institutions such as families, the laws, religion and media, among others, by implementing diversity, inclusivity and outreach policies. 

A lot of the areas of study involved in gender studies are sensitive but relevant topics in today’s world, which often have personal resonance to students. Students are taught to approach these complex issues mindfully, with cultural sensitivity and with a problem solving, impact and action-oriented mindset in order to find ways to effectively communicate to support their arguments.

The Necessity for Gender Studies

Social dynamics such as gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation often limiting the opportunities for certain minorities is something we still see happening all around the world. Women, people of colour and people with different sexual orientations than what is socially acceptable have not only been denied education and employment opportunities, but a lot of the time, they are not able to speak up for themselves without jeopardising their employment positions, their physical integrity and sometimes residency in their own countries. 

There is a clear urgency for more academic drive towards normalising an idea of a gender that is free from the concept that the female gender is an anomaly, only second to the male and is inherently sexual, and the expectations upon the male gender to be aggressive, bold and harmfully masculine. 

The study of gender is one of the most intellectually challenging and socially important areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences, as it calls for the creation of more inclusive social, economic and political conditions where socially constructed gender expectations and sexual preferences do not restrict opportunity and freedom.

Potential Career Opportunities for Gender Studies Graduates

  • Political / Public Policy Making

  • International Development

  • Health & Social Welfare Organisations

  • Teaching

  • Media Writing & Advertising

  • Marketing & Public Relations

  • Activism

  • Research Organisations

  • Community Sector Agencies / NGOs

  • Journalism

Entry Requirements to Study Gender Studies in Australia

STPM/ GCE A Levels or Equivalent

A minimum score of 9 points

Foundation/ Diploma

Minimum CGPA of 2.0

International Baccalaureate Diploma

A minimum score of 28 points

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

English Requirements to Study Gender Studies in Australia

IELTS

A minimum overall of 6.5 and 6.0 in all sub-bands

TOEFL – IBT

A minimum overall score of 85; Minimum17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing

TOEFL – PBT

A minimum overall score of 565 and minimum 4.5 in Writing

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

A minimum overall score of 58 and and 50 in all sub-bands

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Recommended Universities to Study Gender Studies in Australia

1. Monash University

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Program

Bachelor of Arts 


Major: Gender Studies (also offered as an Extended Major & Minor)

Intake

February, July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

A$33,000

 

 

2. Deakin University

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Program

Bachelor of Arts in Gender & Sexuality Studies

Intake

March, July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

A$30,200

 

3. University of Sydney

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Program

Bachelor of Arts & Social Sciences


Major: Gender Studies (also offered as a Minor)

Intake

February, August

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

A$43,000

 

4. University of Tasmania

Program

Bachelor of Arts


Major: Gender & Diversity

Intake

July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

A$31,950

 

5. University of Adelaide

Program

Bachelor of Arts

Major: Gender Studies

Intake

July

Duration

3 years (full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

A$35,000

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Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE) Degree in Australia

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What is Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE)?

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Electrical and Electronic Engineering mainly focus on engineering related to electricity and it is the integrated study of electrical and electronics engineering. 

  • Electrical engineering is an engineering branch focused on the study related to electrical devices, systems and the usage of electricity. Power generation from renewable energy, such as wind and sun, and electrical vehicles are some of the applications of electrical engineering.
  • Electronic engineering is a branch of electrical engineering that covers the study of components and circuits used to construct devices such as computer circuits, audio amplifiers and radio transmitters. 

The combination of the two most common branches of engineering enables students to get a clear understanding of designing a device with both electrical and electronics components combined. For example, a hairdryer requires electrical components to turn on and off the device and motors to emit heat; on the other hand, electronic components and circuits allow the users to control the heat level they desire. 

What do Electrical and Electronics Engineers do?

Electrical and Electronics Engineers design and develop electrical equipment, electronic devices and control systems. They design circuits for electrically powered vehicles, computers, electronic memory storage devices and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines. In the telecommunication sector, electrical and electronics engineers set up and operate wireless and Internet networks as well.

Electrical and Electronics Engineers’  Roles & Responsibilities

  • Design methods or processes to use electrical power in developing or improving devices.
  • Understanding and implementing designs from technical drawings
  • Work with project managers on production efforts to ensure that projects are completed within the due date and budget.
  • Design electronic components or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications.
  • Ensure all electrical equipment, instruments, and systems meet safety standards and applicable regulations.
  • Analyze systems and recommend design modifications or equipment repair.
  • Testing electronic components to identify problem and 

What is the study of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE)?

A degree in this field will give students a deep understanding of how electrical devices and technology works. Students will also gain technical knowledge in a variety of areas, including electronics, signal processing, power engineering and engineering management. A degree in EEE typically takes 4 years of study to complete. This includes hands-on practical learning to ensure that you’re prepared for engineering work when you graduate.

Subjects Taught in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) Degree

The typical subjects offered by universities for this course are as follows:

  • Engineering Programming
  • Microprocessor techniques
  • Electronic design
  • Electromagnetics and machines
  • Electromechanics
  • Signal and systems
  • Communication systems

Careers Opportunities with an Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) Degree

Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates may have a wide range of industries to work. Graduates could consider working in aerospace, telecommunications, robotics, broadcasting, computer engineering, nuclear engineering or system analytics.

Instrumentation engineer – Responsible for designing, developing, installing, managing and maintaining equipment to monitor and control engineering systems, machinery and processes.

Control engineer – Designing and developing solutions that bring stability to dynamic systems. Dynamic systems are systems that constantly change.

Sensor design engineer – Designing and building prototypes for research projects and new product concepts. Assist engineering in performing validation activities on new body-worn sensors currently under development.

Power Engineer – Power engineer is in charge of the entire maintenance and operation of all the mechanical systems in a building, industrial power plant, or engine room.

General Entry Requirement to study Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) Degree in Australia

STPM

A minimum grade of B (including Mathematics, Science & Physics)

A- Level

A minimum grade of BBC

UEC

A minimum grade of B4

ATAR

Average score point of 80 

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Average score point of 32

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

English Requirement to study Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) Degree in Australia

IELTS

An overall of 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each band

TOEFL

85 overall including Reading: 17, Listening: 17 and Speaking:17 and Writing:19

PTE

61 overall and a minimum result of 54 in each band

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Top Universities to Study Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Australia

#1 University of New-South Wales (UNSW)

Program

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical)

Intake (2021)

February, May & September

Duration

4 years (Full-time)

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

AUD $47,760

#2 University of Sydney

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Program

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Electrical Engineering)

Intake (2021)

March & August

Duration

4 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

AUD $50,000

#3 University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Program

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical & Electronic Engineering)

Intake (2021)

February & July

Duration

4 years full time

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

AUD $48,163

#4 Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Program

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical)

Intake (2021)

February & July

Duration

4 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

AUD $39,300

#5 Griffith University

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Program

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic and Energy Engineering

Intake (2021)

March & July

Duration

4 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

AUD $37,000

#6 Western Sydney University (WSU)

Program

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical engineering

Intake (2021)

March & July

Duration

4 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

AUD $33,000

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