Double up: 5 reasons to do a double degree

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Want to stand out from the cohort of grads and design your own career path? Taking on a double degree might sound like a big undertaking – and it’s not for everyone – but the decision has some serious upsides if you’re up for the challenge.

Here are 5 reasons you might want to double up when considering your uni options.

1. Combine your passions!

Very few people go through school with just one interest or passion – maybe you aced biology but are also obsessed with computers? Want to build and program robots?


2. Find your STEM + X

On a similar note – double degrees are a great way to combine STEM with your other (not necessarily STEM) interest, hobby or passion. We call it STEM + X – that means taking advantage of the transferable, foundational skills of traditional STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and maths) – that we know are increasingly sought after and relevant in our high tech, data driven world – and applying them in almost any other field. Think science and journalism or engineering and architecture.

3. Future-proof your career

A double degree not only means you don’t have to choose between the areas you love – it also means you’ll graduate with a seriously niche set of skills and qualifications, perfect for the ever-evolving 21st century job market. 

For example, Tammy Butow studied a Bachelor of Computer Science/Bachelor of Education double degree at QUT and went on to be one of the founders of the Girl Geek Academy – a global movement using education to increase the representation of girls in tech.

Check out Tammy’s story in the video below:

4. Save time and money (sort of)

Yes, you read that right. And yes, a double degree takes longer and costs more than a single degree – but it’s also faster and cheaper than studying two degrees separately.

For example, QUT’s Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)/Bachelor of Information Technology double degree takes 5 years full time – instead of the 7 years it would take in total to complete each degree separately. You’ll also save about two years of course fees. 


5. Double your options

In a competitive job market, a double degree can do more than give you an edge with your niche intersection of qualifications (not to mention your demonstrated solid work ethic!) – it also significantly broadens the scope of careers you’re eligible to apply for. 

While we’re obsessed with imagining the cool careers that could come from studying, say, both a degree in civil engineering and IT (hello smart cities) – it could also mean you land a job that requires either qualification, but with an edge over the other applicants, and a-whole-nother degree up your sleeve opening you up to other opportunities down the track.

This article was brought to you in partnership with QUT

Gemma Chilton

Author: Gemma Chilton

Gemma is the Managing Editor of Careers with STEM magazine. She has previously worked as Digital Managing Editor at Australian Geographic and a staff writer at Cosmos science magazine.


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