If you’re a looking to move into a university degree next year perhaps some recent data from The Good University Guide can help.
According to the Guide, if you want to study medicine and you’re keen on what income you can expect first year out than Bond University, whose graduates earned a median starting salary of $67,800, might be a good choice.
On the other hand, if nursing is your career goal you should look at Griffith ($58,000)
If you’re thinking of doing a law degree, maybe Southern Cross University might not seem a bad a call, with the best starting median salary on of all Gold Coast universities at $65,000.
And while Southern Cross’ lawful pre-eminence may surprise some, to the university’s head of the School of Law and Justice Prof Bill MacNeill the result came as no shock.
“It comes down to location,” he said.
“We’re planted regionally and we’re quite happy with that Tweed to Coffs reach and we have broad connections with local professionals.
“Also something like 80 per cent of our students are online so they can be all around the country.
“That recession proofs our student body as they are not all located in one area.”
He said the move to a strong digital presence had also made the university more nimble and, effectively, had turned it into a national law school.
“It’s about breaking down that metro/hinterland distinction and shifting from the localism and big city parochialism of big city universities,” he said.
“We’re flexible which why I think our salaries are good.”
Griffith University’s director of undergraduate programs (nursing) Victoria Kain said the university’s nursing program was ranked as the best in Queensland and number 34 in the world under one ranking system.
“So it’s seen as being very prestigious in terms of the course,” she said.
“It has also grown at incredible speed and become the university-of-choice for people in Queensland who want to study nursing.”
She said as the prestige of the course grew it allowed the university to increase the score needed to enter the course which meant it attracted very motivated students.
“Also access to the Gold Coast University Hospital, a very strong relationship with GCUH and to have the Menzies Health Institute on campus allows us to bring together world leading research and the hospital network.”
Two of the Gold Coast universities Bond and Griffith were also rated by their students as being among the best in Australia while Bond was rated the best in the country for teacher student ratios, student support, teaching quality skills development and learning resources.
This article originally appeared in the Gold Coast Bulletin – Guide helps narrow degree of choice when it comes to the Gold Coast’s three universities