If you’re sifting through your course options, you might be aware of general areas like arts, business and sciences, but did you know that there is a wealth of other courses out there? Read on as we highlight some of the specialisations you may not have considered.
If you’re interested in business:
Entrepreneurship and innovation
If starting your own business is on the agenda — or you fancy yourself as the next Mark Zuckerberg — you may consider studying entrepreneurship and innovation. Entrepreneurship courses focus on the knowledge and skills needed to start your own business or work in a corporate environment, while innovation courses are all about creating more effective processes, products and ideas to increase the likelihood of a business succeeding.
If you’re interested in art and design or computing and IT:
Games and interactive media
This a great specialisation for students interested in both IT and design. Within games and interactive media, there are opportunities to take on specialisations across both fields — students can pursue creative design interests through drawing and animating the characters and visuals for games, while those leaning towards the computing and IT side of the field have the opportunity to study programming and coding.
If you’re interested in health and medicine:
Complementary medicine and natural health
You might be thinking about pursuing a career in health and medicine, but unsure if a medicine degree is the right choice. Why not consider some of the complementary medicine and natural health specialisations on offer? This includes specialisations such as chiropractic and osteopathy, as well as homeopathy, herbal medicine, massage and acupuncture.
If you’re interested in sport and recreation:
Exercise and sport science
This is a field that has seen increased exposure in recent years — both good and bad. Sports scientists are becoming increasingly involved at the elite sport level and there have been calls for more accountability and training for these professionals. Sport science courses cover areas such as performance analysis, exercise metabolism, movement neuroscience, health and wellness, injury prevention and rehabilitation. There is also the opportunity to combine exercise and sport science with study in psychology.
If you’re interested in science and technology:
Biotechnology and nanotechnology
These fields encompass some of the latest advancements in science and technology. Nanotechnology is the science and engineering of materials less than a micrometre in size. Nanotechnologists design and engineer materials, machines and systems capable of manipulating single molecules or atoms. Biotechnologists use living organisms to develop new biological products for pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial and environmental use — including developing diagnostic tools to detect, treat and prevent diseases, and manufacturing organic products such as milk and beer.
If you’re interested in humanities and social sciences:
Security and counterterrorism
Global terrorism has become a significant political issue in recent years, leading to a surge in related university courses. Security and counterterrorism courses cover everything from the prevention of terrorism, Australian foreign policy and legislative changes, and human rights and ethical issues, to the use of technology in global warfare and the history and different motivators of terrorism.