Everything you need to know as a first-time student.
Information and support for postgraduate study.
Courses, supervisors and your life as a researcher.
Discover our campuses, courses and entry requirements.
Step-by-step application guides for our courses.
Get financial support for your studies. Find a scholarship that's right for you.
Options like part-time, external and online study can help you tailor how you learn.
See where our graduates are now, and where your studies can take you.
Our executive education courses give you the skills you need to lead in a fast-paced world.
Boost your career or extend your skills with a short course or unit.
Our free online courses are open to everyone.
We're constantly moving forward in our research output, commercialisation and collaboration. Find out how you can join our research community and bring innovation to the real world.
Considering research with us? Here's what to expect.
Our strengths and achievements, research projects and activity, and research institutes, centres and groups.
Apply for scholarships for research study, or competitive grants as a professional researcher.
Our researchers work in supportive and established networks.
We value and promote integrity and ethical responsibility in all research we conduct.
A selection of world-class research from our research centres and groups.
We collaborate with industry partners to research solutions for real-world problems, and to give our students hands-on experience in the workplace.
Work with our students and graduates, sponsor scholarships, prizes or events, or become an industry partner.
We offer commercial research and consultancy services, research commercialisation, and workplace training and development.
We're working with a range of industry partners and collaborators.
Our customised executive education equips your employees with tools and inspiration to give your organisation a real edge.
We offer short courses to help you advance your career and expand your skills.
Boeing Australia have collaborated on projects with us and provided sponsorship, and their staff have taught in our avionics program.
We are a highly successful and globally positioned Australian university with an applied emphasis in courses and research.
Make a real impact by giving to QUT and supporting our students, researchers and community.
Our history, key statistics, sustainability initiatives and programs and Indigenous acknowledgement.
Meet our staff and executive team.
Our awards, accreditation details, research rankings and scholarly achievements.
Our plans for expanding our university's achievements in learning, teaching and research.
Policies, procedures and annual reports.
What's on at QUT.
Want to work with us? See available jobs.
Our campuses and facilities, including maps, research locations and public venues.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +61 7 3138 2000
Our graduates run successful businesses, conduct ground-breaking research and make significant contributions to their communities.
We celebrate our alumni with annual awards for graduates and students.
Get involved with QUT by engaging with and supporting our current students.
Once you've graduated, we encourage you to keep in touch with the QUT community and your fellow alumni.
Email: email@example.com Phone: +61 7 3138 4778 Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5pm
Darryl McDonough has been named Alumnus of the Year as well as the Faculty of Law Outstanding Alumni Award Winner.
Step-by-step guide to applying as an international student.
We offer scholarships for international students to help with study and living costs.
You may be able to meet with a QUT staff member or official representative in your city.
Find out more about living and studying in Brisbane.
While you're studying here, you can access a range of support services to help you adjust to life in Brisbane.
Come to QUT for one or two semesters.
Freecall: 1800 181 848 (within Australia)
Phone: +61 3 9627 4853 (outside Australia)
Subscribe for email updates
How would you feel if your best friend in your twilight years was a robot? It’s one of the many thought-provoking questions being posed at QUT’s Robotronica event on Sunday.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +61 7 3138 2361
You are here:
Researchers have debunked the myth that extreme sportsmen and women are adrenalin junkies with a death wish, in a recently released book.
Co-authors QUT Adjunct Professor Eric Brymer, who is currently based at Leeds Beckett University in the UK, and QUT Professor Robert Schweitzer said extreme sports were leisure activities in which a mismanaged mistake or accident could result in death, such as BASE jumping, big wave surfing and solo rope free climbing.
“Extreme sports have developed into a worldwide phenomenon and we are witnessing an unprecedented interest in and engagement with these activities,” Professor Brymer said.
“While participant numbers in many traditional team and individual sports such as golf, basketball and racket sports seem to have declined over the past decade, participant numbers in extreme sports have surged, making it a multi-million dollar industry.”
Professor Brymer said until now there had been a gross misunderstanding of what motivates people to take part in extreme sports, with many writing it off as an activity for adrenalin junkies.
“Our research has shown people who engage in extreme sports are anything but irresponsible risk-takers with a death wish. They are highly trained individuals with a deep knowledge of themselves, the activity and the environment who do it to have an experience that is life enhancing and life changing,” he said.
“The experience is very hard to describe in the same way that love is hard to describe. It makes the participant feel very alive where all senses seem to be working better than in everyday life, as if the participant is transcending everyday ways of being and glimpsing their own potential.
“For example, BASE jumpers talk about being able to see all the colours and nooks and crannies of the rock as they zoom past at 300km/h, or extreme climbers feel like they are floating and dancing with the rock. People talk about time slowing down and merging with nature.”
Professor Schweitzer said understanding motivations for extreme sports were important to understanding humans.
“Far from the traditional risk-focused assumptions, extreme sports participation facilitates more positive psychological experiences and express human values such as humility, harmony, creativity, spirituality and a vital sense of self that enriches everyday life,” Professor Schweitzer said.
He said because extreme sports participants found it hard to put their experiences into words, the research project had taken a new approach to understanding the data.
“So rather than a theory based approach which may make judgements that don’t reflect the lived experience of extreme sports participants, we took a phenomenological approach to ensure we went in with an open mind,” he said.
“This allowed us to focus on the lived-experience of extreme sport with the goal of explaining themes that are consistent with participants’ experience.
“By doing this we were able to, for the first time, conceptualise such experiences as potentially representing endeavours at the extreme end of human agency, that is making choices to engage in activity which may in certain circumstances lead to death.
“However, such experiences have been shown to be affirmative of life and the potential for transformation.
“Extreme sport has the potential to induce non-ordinary states of consciousness that are at once powerful and meaningful.
“These experiences enrich the lives of participants and provide a further glimpse into what it means to be human.”
The book Phenomenology and the Extreme Sport Experience is available at https://www.amazon.com/Phenomenology-Extreme-Experience-Routledge-Research/dp/1138957615.
Media contact:Sandra Hutchinson, QUT Media (Tue, Wed), 07 3138 9449 or email@example.comAfter hours, Rose Trapnell, 0407 585 901
Extreme sports men and women are not adrenalin junkies, finds QUT study.