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Student Experience


Graduate job ready, world ready and future ready.

Our real-world approach to education means you’ll gain hands-on experience whilst you learn and have the opportunity to experience life in the workplace long before you graduate. Our flexible degrees put you in the driver’s seat and strike the perfect balance between practice and theory, enabling you to thrive in the workplace of tomorrow.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is broadly defined as any learning activity or program that provides students with industry experience.

We work hard to foster close industry connections and collaborations with industry partners who can provide you with work placement positions and training opportunities.

As a science student you will undertake a range of practical activities designed to prepare you for a sustainable career in science, such as exposure to entrepreneurship in science and pitching ideas for funding and patenting, guest lectures by esteemed industry professionals and work placements in an area of science of particular interest to you.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in collaborative work where you’ll team up with research-active academics to develop a research project and report on its outcomes at either UC’s Centre for Research in Therapeutic Solutions, Institute of Applied Ecology, National Centre for Forensic Studies, or another approved professional institution.

Previous students have undertaken internships with ACT Health, ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development, Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority, CSIRO, Department of Agriculture, Icon Water, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, Questacon, Therapeutic Goods Administration, as well as pathology laboratories, federal and ACT government regulatory departments and laboratories, biotech start-ups, and companies within the university sector.

If you’d like to study overseas, we give you the opportunity to learn practical skills in a range of countries around the world. Study Marine Biology in Costa Rica or travel to China to gain an insight into the world of cutting edge medical research and clinical practice.

Academic clubs and societies are an integral part of student life at the University of Canberra. No matter what course you’re studying, there is sure to be something suited to your interests. UC’s student clubs and societies provide an opportunity for you to connect with your classmates, network with industry, and lay the groundwork for your future career.

Science related academic societies include;

  • Canberra Forensic Student Association
  • Blackburn BioMed Society
  • UC Environmental Science Society
  • Research scientist (in the discipline of your chosen majors)
  • Research officer (in the discipline of your chosen majors)
  • Science educator
  • Science communicator
  • Science policy officer
  • Scientific evaluator
  • Scientist (in the discipline of your chosen majors)
  • Technical officer
  • Science policy developer
  • Allied health scientist
  • Biological scientist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Clinical Science technician
  • Health technology assessor
  • Pathology scientific officer
  • Research scientist
  • Research officer
  • Scientific evaluator
  • Science policy officer
  • Science educator
  • Ecologist
  • Educator
  • Environmental chemist
  • Environmental manager
  • Environmental protection officer
  • Environmental scientist
  • Geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geographic information system officer
  • Invasive species officer
  • Natural resource manager
  • Park ranger
  • Research scientist
  • Sustainability officer
  • Water scientist
  • Waterways planner
  • Biological scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biochemist
  • Medical scientist
  • Medical science officer
  • Medical device evaluator
  • Microbiologist
  • Research scientist
  • Research officer
  • Scientific evaluator
  • Science policy officer
  • Science educator
Forensics 3
  • Analytical chemist
  • Forensic biologist
  • Forensic chemist
  • Forensic intelligence officer
  • Forensic scientist
  • Forensic toxicologist
  • Pharmaceutical analyst
  • Police force operative
  • Policy officer
  • Public health officer
  • Quality assurance officer
  • Science educator