Health top pick for Queensland students

Health courses dominated Queensland students' first preferences after the second swag of university offers was released this week.

The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre released offers to more than 35,000 students across two dates - December 21 and January 16.

James Cook University's Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery was the most popular university course choice for Queensland students, with 2404 putting the undergraduate degree as their first preference.

This was followed by Queensland University of Technology's Bachelor of Business, which attracted more than 1000 first preference applications, and The University of Queensland's Doctor of Medicine, with 821 keen applicants.

QTAC chief executive officer Dr John Griffiths said the popularity of health courses, including medicine, physiotherapy and psychological science, reflected a growing demand for allied health professionals in the field.

"Allied health is growing in response to increased demand for services across the disability, mental health, aged care and health sectors," Dr Griffiths said.

"While traditional health programs remain popular, there is a trend toward courses leading to health careers outside medicine, dentistry and nursing that support patients through a variety of therapeutic, diagnostic and technical services."

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UQ's Bachelor of Arts and QUT's Bachelor of Engineering rounded out the top five course picks, attracting 811 and 684 applications respectively.

QUT attracted the largest chunk of first preference applications for the third time, according to QTAC statistics.

UQ came in second ahead of Griffith University, James Cook University and University of the Sunshine Coast, which welcomed its first cohort of students to its inaugural Bachelor of Medical Science on Wednesday.

Of the 20 welcomed into the fold, five were Sunshine Coast locals who welcomed the chance to study medicine at the recently-opened Sunshine Coast University Hospital at Birtinya.

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Former Kawana Waters State College student Carlos Bray said he was excited the university provided, upon graduation of the undergraduate degree, provisional direct entry into Griffith University's Doctor of Medicine at the hospital.

"It costs a lot of money to study away from home, but this way I am able to maintain my job on the coast," he said.

The university offers made in 2017 represent an increase of 17.5 per cent compared to the 2016 offer round.

Applicants who received offers this week were asked to respond by January 22, with further semester 1 offers expected to be made on January 25.

This story Health top pick for Queensland students first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.