Federation University Australia is a modern, progressive university committed to providing high-quality education across a national and international network of campuses.

We aim to make a real difference in the lives of every student as well as the communities we help build and are proud to be part of.

Why study with us

While the Brisbane campus may be new, our university has a proud history spanning over 150 years. That’s why we’re renowned for our excellent student support, high-quality teaching and outstanding graduate outcomes.

By joining Federation University’s diverse student cohort, you are joining a community of over 20,000 like-minded individuals who are ready to thrive in a career. Our strength as a university is the ability to provide the highest quality of teaching and support to our students so they are equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in their chosen industry.

As a university we have been ranked number one in Australia in two categories*:

  • #1 in Australia for First-Generation student enrolments
  • #1 in Australia for Teaching Quality (Postgraduate)

Our high quality of education has also been recognised by the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2021:

  • Top 2% of universities worldwide for education
  • Top 3% of universities worldwide for clinical health, social sciences and business and economics

Facilities and services

Federation University is Australia’s third oldest university, with campuses in Ballarat, Berwick, Brisbane, Gippsland and the Wimmera providing easy access to study, and approximately 1,300 staff committed to teaching excellence and student support.

From tech hubs and transformational learning spaces to student lounges and fully equipped study rooms, our award-winning campus provides the best possible learning environment for our students. Spanning four floors, the Brisbane campus boasts a central city location that keeps students connected to industry partners like Rivercity Labs (RCL), Concentrix and Gemstar. These global leaders are instrumental for students to apply their knowledge in a real-world setting and gain invaluable professional experience through work-integrated learning modules and placements. We regularly bring industry to you, with on-campus seminars, skills boot camps and mentorship opportunities — from the moment you arrive at orientation, throughout your degree and beyond. One of the many reasons why Federation is rated so highly for our graduate employment outcomes!

We also provide our students with all the support needed to succeed in their studies and future career. From employment, academic, mental, physical, accommodation or disability support, Federation University has a range of programs available to suit any need or challenge our students may face.

Some of our support programs include:

  • FedReady to help prepare students for university
  • student mentors who will help welcome you to the campus in your first weeks of starting
  • peer assisted study sessions with students who have achieved high marks in subjects
  • disability support
  • Aboriginal Education Centre.

Admission and selection

At Federation University we believe in lifelong learning, so whatever your background or experience may be, we encourage you to apply. Students may wish to apply using:

  • higher education background if they have studied previously
  • work and life experience
  • recent secondary school education
  • previous study at a Certificate III level or higher.

For more information on applying, we recommend contacting us where our friendly Future Students team can talk you through the process.

Study options

Federation University’s Brisbane campus welcomes new students throughout the year in March, July and November. Each degree is carefully curated with links to industry and multiple hands-on learning experiences that give our students a competitive edge when searching for employment.

Our flagship programs for 2022 include:

  • Bachelor of Cognitive Enterprise

Designed in collaboration with IBM, the Bachelor of Cognitive Enterprise is a degree of the future. You will learn how disruptive technologies such as Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) contribute to the digital transformation of organisations. You will be job-ready by earning IBM Digital Badges (certifications) in Blockchain and AI and by gaining valuable experience through out work-integrated learning program. This course will give you the confidence to start you career as a business analyst, systems analyst, digital transformation consultant, technology manager, change management consultant or digital business strategist.

  • Bachelor of Information Technology

Develop strong communication, academic and problem-solving skills — critical attributes for success in the IT sector. Learn programming skills to facilitate smooth communication with software developers, and explore web design, systems modelling and user experience. Participate in our professional engagement course for the opportunity to network and enhance your knowledge of the IT industry.

Alongside our flagship programs, we also offer a variety of short courses designed for online students that allow students the ability to upskill, anytime, anywhere.


We offer a range of scholarships and grants to reward academic achievement, help students in financial difficulty and assist with some of the extra costs of studying. Students at all campuses and study levels can apply — to check out the full range of support we offer, head to federation.edu.au/scholarships.

*The Good Universities Guide 2020

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