Demand for Flinders courses stays high

Flinders has made more than 7,000 first-round offers this year.
Flinders has made more than 7,000 first-round offers this year.

Undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses at Flinders University have experienced strong demand in 2015. The University has responded by making a total of 7,016 offers (up from 6,841 offers in 2014) to date.

The 4,830 offers made at undergraduate level for 2015 largely maintain the level of demand for the University’s undergraduate courses, which have experienced strong growth over the previous four years, and there has been continuing strong growth at the postgraduate level.

Professor Andrew Parkin, Flinders Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), said: “We look forward to welcoming our incoming students at a very exciting and dynamic phase of the University’s development.”

The most popular study areas among undergraduate applicants were the health sciences, education, the creative arts, and law and justice. The courses experiencing highest demand include Paramedic Science, Nursing, Education, Midwifery, Criminology, Psychology (Hons), Law, and Arts.

With the high levels of interest, ATAR school-leaver entry scores exceeded 90 for many courses such as Speech Pathology, Nutrition & Dietetics, Midwifery, Law and Legal Practice (ordinary and honours), Science (Hons) Enhanced, Optometry, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Paramedic Science, and Honours Science degrees in Biotechnology, Marine Biology/Aquaculture and Computer Science, along with enhanced Arts and Science (Honours), and Biomedical Engineering degrees.

Professor Parkin said the high entry scores reflect the University’s record of maintaining its intake standards throughout a period of significant growth in student numbers.

The most popular engineering degrees included Civil, Mechanical and Biomedical, while the top IT courses were Computer Science and Digital Media. Offers for Biomedical Engineering increased by 60 per cent.

Flinders will welcome students in new courses that include Community Services and Tourism Management, as well as fashion and visual majors in Creative Arts.

Several of the new courses are being offered as dual awards with TAFE SA, and entry to Flinders through the Vocational Educational Training (VET) stream offers an important alternative to school entry.

“Flinders is continuing to make its courses available to students with the potential to succeed at University, and provides support to students who enter through these programs,” Professor Parkin said.

The University has made 2,186 postgraduate offers to date, up from 1,751 in 2014. The most popular postgraduate courses include Social Work, Nursing, Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Audiology and Teaching.

With further offers to be made in coming weeks, Professor Parkin said anyone considering tertiary study in 2015 should submit a late application.

“Many of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses still have vacancies for qualified applicants.”

Flinders has a variety of entry pathways for students who did not receive an offer or missed out on their first preference, such as commencing in one degree and later transferring to their degree of choice.

Interested students can contact the Admissions/Prospective Students Office by phoning 08 8201 3074 or 1300 657 671 (local call cost), or email admissions@flinders.edu.au

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