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Central Queensland University

World University Rankings 2024
Impact Rankings 2023
Young University Rankings 2023
Bruce Highway, North Rockhampton, Queensland, QLD 4702, Australia

Central Queensland University, known as CQUniversity Australia, is the country’s largest university based in regional Australia. We offer an excellent range of vocational, higher education and research pathways, offering students from Australia, and more than 85 countries, exceptional choice when it comes to quality education.

Our students consistently achieve some of the best full-time employment rates and starting salaries in Australia. With some of the nation’s highest ratios of students from low socio-economic, mature age, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and first-in-family backgrounds, we are proud to define ourselves by who we embrace rather than who we exclude.

We are a benchmark leader for how universities should engage with industry to deliver practical, applied research with true impact to local and global communities. Our renowned research institutions cover key industries including:

  • Australian Indigenous health equity
  • domestic and family violence
  • future farming systems
  • intelligent systems
  • railway engineering
  • regional advancement of learning
  • sleep and physical activity research
  • tourism and regional opportunities.


Social innovation principles are embedded across our courses, empowering students with the skills tomorrow’s employers are seeking to solve the complex challenges of this century. Our commitment to making a difference sees us recognised as Australia’s first Social Enterprise University certified by Social Traders; and first and only Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, joining an exclusive international network of universities committed to social innovation, entrepreneurship and impact.

International Student Guides: https://www.cqu.edu.au/study/international/international-student-guides

Course Directory and Student Brochures here:  www.cqu.edu.au/brochures

Why study with CQUniversity?

Our courses are designed alongside industry and many include hands-on, practical learning experiences such as field and laboratory work, project-based learning and work placements.

More than half of our students choose to study online with us, benefiting from our decades of experience in distance education and the ability to balance study with work and other commitments. Whether students choose to study online or on campus, they benefit from the same quality of student support and learning resources.

We’re proud to be recognised nationally and globally for our excellent graduate outcomes and student experience, plus our commitments to sustainability, social innovation and social equity.


Study areas

CQUniversity offers vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate courses across a broad range of areas including:

  • allied health
  • business and accounting
  • creative, performing and visual arts
  • digital media, communication and arts
  • education, teaching and childcare
  • engineering, built environment and aviation
  • English and study pathways
  • information systems and technology
  • law, criminology and justice
  • nursing, paramedicine and health
  • psychology, social work and community services
  • safety sciences
  • science, environment and agriculture
  • service industries
  • trades.


Research Courses

CQUniversity offers a range of research higher degrees for students from academic, government, or industry/practitioner backgrounds. With state-of-the-art facilities and the support of experienced supervisors, we help people turn passions and interests into research projects that make a difference.



Whether you want to stay close to home or move somewhere new, prefer the bustling city life or the relaxed pace of a regional location, you’ll find a CQU campus to suit you. We also partner with multiple Regional University Centres in five Australian states — providing further access to quality education for those in remote communities.


  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Cairns
  • Emerald
  • Gladstone
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton
  • Townsville

New South Wales

  • Sydney

South Australia

  • Adelaide


  • Melbourne 

Explore rankings data for Central Queensland University

All ranked institutions have an overall score and 4 pillar scores. However for each pillar, only institutions ranked in the top 500 overall or the top 500 in this pillar have a publicly visible score

Key statistics

  • 25.6
    No. of students per staff
  • 65 : 35
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 11%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 25%
    Proportion of ISR Publication
  • 12,874
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings


Subjects taught at Central Queensland University

  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Business & economics

    • Accounting & Finance
    • Business & Management
    • Economics & Econometrics
  • Education

    • Education
  • Physical sciences

    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Chemistry
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • Life sciences

    • Biological Sciences
    • Agriculture & Forestry
    • Sport Science
  • Arts & humanities

    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Medicine & Dentistry
    • Other Health
  • Engineering & technology

    • Chemical Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • General Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Social sciences

    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Sociology
  • Law

    • Law