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3 Fields to study in Australia

Learn all about three key fields to study in Australia

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Australia may be a keen choice for travellers, but it’s the world-renown, research-driven universities and buzzing metropolises that make it a top pick for international students. Whilst any choice would be a good one considering the high national standard of education, there are three standout study fields in which Australian institutions are especially impressive. Thinking of studying abroad in Australia? Let our overview of three key fields you should consider studying help you make up your mind.


Geology and Environmental Science

With a strong environmental consciousness, abundance of natural resources and unique geography, studying Geology or Environmental Science in Australia provides unparalleled insight into the natural world. Australia is a world leader in environmental issues, and ranks third worldwide for overall environmental performance.    

Four Australian universities rank within the world’s top 50 for Environmental Sciences, with five in the same range for Earth and Marine Sciences and Geography. Sporting natural landscapes that range from harsh, red desert to rainforests and then to rugged coastlines, students will have the chance to collate data and complete fieldwork across a wide range of environments found no-where else in the world.  

Graduates work across a range of disciplines including environmental planning, environmental design, management, and employment within the mining sector. Mining is a key Australian industry whose production is set to grow by 41% within the next four years, affecting a 1.3% increase in overall GDP. Demand for specific knowledge and skills developed by students of Geology, Geoscience, Earth Science and Mining Engineering then is only set to increase.  

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Medicine and Biological Science

Renowned for the quality of its medical research, Australia has long been at the forefront of groundbreaking advances in medical technology. Boasting a repertoire of dignified institutions, researchers and discoveries, Australian professionals are responsible for developments such as the bionic ear, ‘spray on skin’ for burns victims, and production of cheap contact lenses for people in underdeveloped countries. Not to mention leading ongoing research into stem cells, cancer, the human  immune system and vaccines. In 1939, it was Australian Nobel Laureate Sir Howard Florey who developed penicillin.

Five Australian universities are within the world’s top 50 for Medicine and Biological Sciences, with a further three ranking within the top 100 for both disciplines.  Entry into medical programmes in Australia is extremely competitive, and students should expect to be pushed both in theoretical, academic areas, and in extensive lab-based or clinical practice.

With the nation’s largest and highest-ranking medical school, the University of Queensland offers programmes at all study levels that address a thorough breadth of medical disciplines. Students will have access to offshore clinical schools and remote facilities throughout the state, as well as links to major teaching hospitals within and external to the school. Not far behind, the University of Melbourne introduced a new Doctor of Medicine programme in 2011: the only professional-entry study programme in Australia.

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Browse Biological Science courses in Australia


Media and Communications

For a big country with so many resources, it’s hardly surprising that Australia’s media and communications sector is so dynamic. With increasing rates of national media consumption, especially in digital media, internet content delivers a yearly consumer satisfaction that is valued at $24 billion. Australia ranks 5th worldwide in global intellectual property protection, and offers students the chance to engage with a number of existing media channels and create, distribute and manage content of their own.

Encouraging independent, lateral thought and creativity, students are taught to be decisive in their opinions and consider a broad range of sources when tackling problems. The Australian creative sector is one of the nation’s fastest-growing, and encompasses disciplines such as advertising and marketing, newspapers and radio, publishing, software and digital content. Students of Communications, Advertising, Marketing, PR, Journalism or Multimedia enjoy the opportunity to gain hands-on industry experience, and develop confidence in producing their own content.

Again placing five universities within the world’s top 50 for Communications and Media studies, students are offered a spectrum of programmes at Monash University (19th), the University of Melbourne (22nd), The University of Queensland (25th), Queensland University of Technology (27th) or the University of Sydney (39th). With integrated teaching methods that focus on both theoretical and applied approaches to the industry, you’ll have the chance to sharpen your analytical skills whilst building a working, real-world knowledge of the sector.


Inspired to start building your media empire, or get behind the world’s next big medical discovery? Browse courses in Australia now and get your study abroad planning process on the road!

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Monica Karpinski received her BA (Media and Communications) and Diploma in Modern Languages (French) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. An art and culture aficionado, in her spare time Monica enjoys film, reading and writing about art.


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