What’s this subject about?

Listed below are useful Urls  linking to more information what  commonly available university degree subjects are,  to  help future students make informed decisions before applying  for admission to a university in any country or make a long term career choice which you might later find to be regrettable:  

 Make something work

Invent a new Video Game

Make new medical products

Help the sick

  • Dentist -repair teeth, extract teeth, enhance teeth beauty
  • Nursing – Assist doctors, work in hospitals
  • Optometry – assess people with vision  problems, recommend optical aids like glasses and contact lenses
  • Oral hygiene – advice people on how to maintain teeth and mouth health, cleaning, flossing etc
  • Pharmacist – dispense prescribed medications to customers, advise on choice of OTC drugs
  • Radiography– operate X Ray instruments
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine ( Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine )
  • Naturopathy– use of foods and herbs to maintain health
  • Physiotherapy– specialised physical exercise to help patients  recover from injury and illness
  • Chiropractic – spine alignment
  • Podiatry – feet
  • Reflexology – acupuncture focussed on feet
  • Iridology – diagnosing health from eye examination, not an exact science
  • Osteopathy – bones

Help the animals

Save  Planet Earth, make your world a better place to live

  • Renewable energy – Solar, wind farm turbines, geothermal, sea wave biofuel sources of energy
  • Solar Power – harnessing energy from sunlight
  • Environmental science – making your physical environment sustainable, cleaner and  safer by detecting poisons and other hazardous factors, implementing conservation
  • Urban planning – plan cities
  • OHS – Occupational Health & Safety – enforce laws to make workplace safer
  • Ecology  – studies the interrelation between living organism in a shared eco system
  • Conservation – making your environment cleaner, safer and minimising over exploitation and damage and disturbance to the ecological equilibrium
  • Sustainability – Find ways of using natural resources ( energy , minerals, plants) in a manner that doesn’t exhaust natual supply

Make something grow

  • Agriculture – the applied science of growing plants, crops for food and material harvesting
  • Botany – scientific study of plant life
  • Forestry – study of forests and  it’s conservation
  • Horticulture – plant cultivation for human usage

Connect with people

  • Communication studies – how humans commuincate, the medium and technology involved, related to media studies
  • Marketing – initiatives involved in promotion of  a company’s product to increase public awareness and sales
  • Market Research – an interdisciplinary area involving stats, psychology, marketing to gather information about target markets or customers.
    Increasing so, this area overlaps with ” Big Data ” / ” Data Science “
  • Visual Arts – art forms involving ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture,  and electronically created graphics
  • Visual Communication – drawings, signs, grahic design , web design images used to communicate specific messages
  • Big Data – IT based Predictive Analysis methods used in Marketing, Criminology , voting analysis etc Degrees required:  IT, Math, Stats, Psych,
  • Data science – an interdisciplinary field about processes and IT systems to extract knowledge or insights from data in various forms, and is related to ” Big Data”
  • Media –  Broadcast, Print, Internet media etc –  various methods use to mass communicate with the public, newspapers, magazines, publication , internet, radio , television
  • English and other languages

Show me the Money !

  • Accounting / Accountancy -Balance books, check financial information of companies, forecasting, provide advice
  • Economics – the study of what humans and nations do to make a living and create wealth
  • Finance – how companies invest and raise money to fund projects and expenses, best path to becoming an Investment Banker
  • Marketing – initiatives involved in promoting  product to increase public awareness and sales
  • Actuarial science – study of risk, assessment and management, best path to become an Actuary
  • MBA– Master of Business Administration, best NOT taken immediately after a bachelor…but after several years of work experience….and only if you need it.

Connect  with IT

  • Computer Engineering  – fusion of Electronic engineering and Computer Science concepts to create new computer  technology ( at infrastructure level), with focus on hardware design ( microcontrollers, microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers, to circuit design )
  • Computer Science – programming, software development, database design and computing- more software focus, creating applications ( programs ) for consumers. No hardware focus.
  • Software Engineering  – writing computer code in a structured , disciplined and organised manner. No hardware focus.
  • Informatics – a generic term referring to Computer Science, IT, Information Systems, more commonly known as IT or ICT
  • Information Technology – generic term referring to all things Computer related ( Programming  , Technical Support, Database , Network / Systems Admin, Big Data  etc )
  • Bioinformatics – use of IT  to make advance in understanding human biology and medicine
  • Video and PC Games Development

Stay Healthy, help people eat right

Look to the Stars

  • Astrophysics – a specialised branch of Physics studying the cosmos, planets, stars , origin of the universe
  • Astronomy –   specialised branch of Physics studying the cosmos, planets, stars

Understand the laws of nature

Design Buildings

  • Architecture  design ( not build) the outer shape and inner shape of buildings

Find something old

  • Archaeology– digging , finding very old objects used by humans a very long time ago
  • Paleontology – studying the history of ancient bones to help us understand where we came from
  • Anthropology

Fly, manage airports. work with aircraft

Enforce justice

  • Lawyer
  • Policing
  • Criminology
  • Forensic science
  • IT Security


  • Political Science – how do societies organise themselves and delegate collect power
  • Sociology – Why people behave in certain ways in any given community  ie group behaviour as opposed to individual ( Psychology)
  • Social Work – help people & communities who are facing social challenges

For  Australian university degree courses, have a look here