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contains detailed profiles of 30 fields of study, from
accounting through to veterinary science
lists specialisations available in each field
rates and compares institutions and campuses that offer
degree-level courses in each field
introduces the kinds of jobs you could obtain after graduating
in this field
shows which institutions get the best ratings from graduates
in each field
shows which institutions produce the best results for their
graduates in each field.
How to use the tables
The tables compare campuses and institutions in each of the 30
fields of study. If you are interested in engineering, for example,
and want to see all the campuses where you can do engineering
and how they compare, this is the place to go.
Other comparisons of fields of study are available elsewhere
in the book:
If, for example, you want to see how engineering at UNSW
compares with other UNSW courses, look in the UNSW
profile (Section 4) for the table ‘How the fields of study rate
If you want to compare facts about one field with another (for
example, engineering with computing or maths) just turn to
the ‘Fields of study compared’ table in Section 2 (page 60).
The ‘What’s on offer and who’s there’ tables
These tables show all the providers who offer courses in any
given field of study along with selected information about how you
can study, how tough entry is, what it will cost and a snapshot of
the composition of the student body.
The fees shown are for the whole course and are
approximate. Confirm with the institution concerned.
The Getting in columns
These show the different ways you can study and how difficult (or
easy) it is to get into Commonwealth-supported places (CSPs).
They show the different study options available: F = full-time;
P = part-time; and E = external (distance or correspondence
education). Note that some courses can be taken by mixed
mode (a combination of internal and distance education).
Information about study options is supplied by the
A ‘tough’ rating means that entry to courses in this field at this
campus is among the toughest quarter of all courses in this
field; ‘average’ means the middle half; and ‘easier’ means the
least difficult quarter. Note that these are ‘within-field’ ratings.
A ‘tough’ course in one field (for example, nursing) might be
a lot easier to get into than an ‘easy’ course in another (for
example, law). To see how tough or easy courses are to get
into across fields of study, see the ‘How tough to get in’
tables in Section 2.
Calculations of toughness are based upon the average 2013
cut-off scores for all courses offered at each campus by an
institution. Cut-off scores are as published by the tertiary
admissions centres in January 2013 in each state.
Remember that many institutions offer more than one course
in a field of study at the same campus, and the entry toughness
can vary for each course. For example, an institution may offer
information systems within a BBus degree as well as part of a
BIS, BIT or BSc degree. See the ‘Courses and entry
requirements’ tables for each institution in Section 4 for more
The What’s the cost columns
Here we provide two indicative costs.
The first is the likely CSP rate to be charged by each public
university expressed in 2013 terms. Keep in mind that CSP rates
apply to the individual units that a student takes within a course
and therefore these figures should be considered approximate.
The third column shows the average tuition fees for the
whole course for international students. Where possible, 2013
fees have been used in the calculations. As fee calculations vary
between institutions, the fees shown should be considered as
indicative only. Check and confirm fees with the institution
concerned. Information is supplied by the institutions.
The Who’s there columns
These columns offer a snapshot of the number of undergraduate
students and, of these, the number of international students in
each field at the institution. We also show the proportion of
students commencing courses directly from school, the
proportion of adults, the proportion of students who study part
time, the proportion who study externally and the proportion of
NESB students undertaking courses at the institution.
Information is for 2011 and is supplied by DIICCSRTE and
selected institutions other than universities.
The ‘Who’s still there in second year’ tables
means the proportion of students retained by this university
through to a second year of study, among those enrolled in the
same field of study with a cut-off score that falls within this band,
is either 100 per cent or a minimum of 15 percentage points
greater than the average national rate of retention.
means that the proportion of students retained by this
university through to a second year of study, among those
enrolled in the same field of study with a cut-off score that falls
within this band, is either 0 per cent or a minimum of 15
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