Program Architecture 2

UQ’s Program Architecture 2 (PA2) will deliver a set of consistent program design principles, tools, systems and frameworks to help ensure UQ’s programs, majors and courses are sustainable, meet student and market expectations, and optimise the student experience.

PA2 is a foundation project that supports the ambitions of UQ’s Strategic Plan and the objectives of the Student Strategy. It will help ensure our portfolio delivers maximum value to students, employers and communities.


Key deliverables

  • Sustainable portfolio of programs, majors and courses: A portfolio that delivers on student and employer expectations whilst ensuring that UQ remains a comprehensive and sustainable university for the future.
  • Standardised program structures and contemporary program development: Simpler program structures that are easily understood and managed by students and staff. A contemporised approach to the introduction and development of programs and courses that takes student and employer preferences and market trends into account.
  • Improved governance: A Curriculum Management System (CMS) that will provide enhanced governance through improved workflows, version control, and a reduced duplication of effort. The CMS will also automate core aspects of curriculum management to increase efficiency and improve the user experience for students and staff. Find out more about the Curriculum Management System (CMS) on the Curriculum End-to-End Program (CEEP) webpage.
  • Reinvestment of resources: Where applicable, freed resources may be reinvested in other teaching and learning experiences linked to the Student Strategy (for example, flagship courses, the development and delivery of new programs and majors) as well as other initiatives that support students.
  • Simplification of the underpinning policies and procedures: Students and staff can more easily find and understand the policies and procedures that apply to their situation and there is greater consistency between programs.


These outcomes will enrich the student experience and graduate employability through:

  • improvements in navigating the administrative aspects of programs, majors and courses 
  • automation of key processes including study planners, student advice, progression checks 
  • a more personalised and enhanced learning experience 
  • more timely and accurate responses to student enquiries and advice
  • greater support for complex learning needs and mental health
  • greater access to academics and academic support 
  • greater access and ability to participate in a UQ Signature Learning Experience
  • greater ease when transferring between programs
  • a move towards a more flexible academic calendar 
  • improvements to timetabling, including for exams.

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Frequently asked questions

How does Program Architecture 2 (PA2) fit in with other student-focused initiatives underway at UQ?

PA2 is one of a number of foundation projects underway across the University aimed at enhancing the way our students experience university life and learning. It directly supports the Student Strategy 2016-2020 and many aspects of UQ’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021.

This project has been undertaken as a priority as it is a key enabler for several other projects including the introduction of a Signature Learning Experience, a flexible academic calendar, alternative credentials, and numerous employability initiatives.

One of the core outcomes of PA2 is to make room in program curricula for students to take up a Signature Learning Experience. This means students will receive both the world-class disciplinary content needed to earn a qualification alongside opportunities to personalise and enhance their degree to set themselves apart in the employment market.

Who has been involved in the consultation process for this project?

Academic and student input was a high priority during Phase 1 — Proof of Concept in 2018. Consultation activities included: 

  • Students: Students as Partners project, focus groups and survey. 
  • Staff: presentations to Academic Board and its committees, faculty leadership groups and other advisory groups and committees, survey to Associate Deans (Academic) and Padlet.
  • External: site visits and benchmarking to understand the experience of other universities’ that have implemented similar programs.

Engagement with the student body, staff, faculty leadership groups, advisory groups, formal committees, support services and external stakeholders will continue to be a priority throughout PA2.

How will the outcome of this project improve graduate learning outcomes and employability?

PA2 will enable the introduction into programs of learning experiences that will improve learning outcomes and employability for students and allow them to personalise their university experience.

These experiences may take the form of a future-focused course or a co-curricular option that leverages UQ’s powerhouse of research, partnerships and technologies.

The intent of these experiences is to position UQ students as global-facing, adaptable, collaborative and independent learners – helping them to stand out in the eyes of employers and venture capitalists.

What are the flagship courses about? When will they be available?

Flagship courses are envisaged as one element of UQ’s Signature Learning Experience, designed to enrich the student experience and support employability.

The courses, which will be introduced from 2021, will complement our students’ discipline-specific study and provide opportunities for students to focus on contemporary global challenges, 21st century skills and transdisciplinary opportunities.

A Flagship Courses Working Party has been set up to make recommendations on the conceptualisation, integration, development, delivery and implementation of flagship courses across the portfolio.

More information

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Refer to the Frequently asked questions or contact:

Program Architecture 2 Team
P: +61 7 344 31350