Question: How long did you go to uni for?

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  1. I went to uni for four years at the University of Wollongong, in NSW. I did three years of normal lectures and classes and then my final year was an Honours year. During my Honours year I had my own research project in the lab, and wrote up my results as a thesis: basically a big long lab report. Uni was fantastic for being able to meet lots of different people and I met some of my best friends there, who I am still close with today.


  2. Too long!! No, seriously, it does actually take a fair bit of study to become a scientist.

    My undergrad degree took 5 years, which is a year longer than most because I spent a year doing engineering at UNSW before switching into science at University of Wollongong. The last year of that is called an honours year, where you spend most of your time doing a research project in lab. After that I spent 4.5 years doing my PhD, where you take on a big research project and work on a problem in detail. Depending on where you do it, a PhD can feel more like having a job than being a student (except for the pay 😉 At the end of that you have to write a thesis, which is basically a book detailing your research.


  3. I went to Uni in Perth for 3 years to get my undergraduate degree. Then I decided to go to Melbourne to do my Honours degree for a year. At the moment, I’m in the 3rd year of my postgraduate degree in Brisbane…

    Although it does sound like a very long time, uni is lots of fun and you get to learn lots about topics that interest you and make lots of friends from all over the world! 🙂


  4. I went to uni for four years at the University of Melbourne.The last year was an Honours year, like most of the other scientists here.It’s when you learn how to do some research on your own and you get to work in a lab proper. It’s pretty exciting when you do your first project,but there are plenty of people to help you.Then I went to ANU for a few years and did a Masters by research,so it was about 6.5 years all up! Uni is great.It gives you a lot of freedom to explore what you’d like to do,and you learn so much not just about science.And you make friends which last you a life time 🙂


  5. 11 years.

    I studies science and engineering at uni which took me 6 years. Then because I enjoyed research I decided to do a PhD which took me another 5 years doing it part time.

    However most of my science friends at uni finished after 3-4 years and started working.