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Bachelor of  Advanced Business (Honours)

Program code: 2424
QTAC code: 709101
CRICOS code: 096015K


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

In business, everyone's looking for an edge. The Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours) prepares you for the globally connected, complex and fast-paced business world.

  • This four-year honours program is aimed at high achieving students seeking to develop the skills to become a critical and reflective thinker, capable of identifying, analysing and developing solutions for the challenges facing businesses in the 21st century.
  • Choose from two pathways: the professional pathway via intensive coursework, or the research pathway via a thesis for those who may wish to enter a PhD. You can also take part in an industry placement course at a leading Australian organisation.
  • Push the boundaries and develop high-level skills in critical and analytical thinking. The small, highly motivated and high-achieving cohort will have a unique and personal experience, run by internationally respected industry experts and academics.
  • Graduate with a globally recognised honours degree that will make you stand out in a competitive job market for companies, agencies and organisations across the private and public sectors, both in Australia and internationally.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours) are ready to take on all the challenges found in competitive and rapidly changing business environments.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ Business School was the first business school in Australia to be accredited by the pre-eminent ranking bodies AACSB International and EQUIS. UQ was also ranked in the 51-100 bracket in the world for management in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Professional experience

    Give back and grow your network

    The Community Engagement Program (CEP) gives you opportunities to work on real-life projects with not-for-profit and community organisations. In small groups, you'll apply your classroom knowledge and experience, and develop your leadership and networking skills.

  • In the classroom

    Stay ahead of the game

    Our business programs are regularly updated to include topical and innovative study areas. Our courses reflect the world right now and address evolving issues such as sustainability, climate, entrepreneurship and innovation, and new technologies.

  • Teaching staff

    Award winners

    Our business academics have been awarded some of Australia's highest accolades, including ANZMAC Distinguished Marketing Educator Award, and numerous Australian Government citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Majors for this program

There are 8 majors available in the Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours).

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours) possess a globally-recognised Honours degree that is highly distinguished in a competitive job market.

Our graduates typically take leading roles in organisations across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, and are ready to pursue opportunities that range from small startups to holding top management positions in large multinational organisations.

The specific roles, industries and sectors our graduates work in largely depend on their choice of majors and career ambitions.

Those who have chosen a research pathway will find themselves equipped with the high-level understanding and skills required to continue into further research.

  • Employability

    Be a leader

    When you graduate with a UQ honours qualification, you'll have the skills and knowledge to stand out as a leader in your field. Many of our honours graduates continue their passion for research and knowledge by pursuing further postgraduate studies.

  • Professional experience

    Link up with industry and the profession

    The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law's award-winning Student Employability Team (SET) helps students develop their careers through internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

  • Teaching staff

    World-leading Academics

    UQ Business School is home to some of the most innovative educators in Australia, who are bound to challenge your thinking. Many also work in consultancy for leading companies, agencies and organisations to help them address the challenges they face.

  • Students
    I feel more informed about the world around me as I progress through my program, and I feel as if my ability to create change will continuously improve. Hari Sinh, Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours)


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English, Mathematics B or C.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 6.5; writing 6.5; speaking 6.5; listening 6.5. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 21, reading 21, writing 24, speaking 21

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 56, reading 56, writing 61/5

Pearsons - Overall 72, all sub bands minimum 64

BE - A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of A in Writing and Speaking

CES - Overall 185, all sub bands minimum 176

OET is not accepted

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • Australian Computer Society
  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Australian Marketing Institute
  • Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Chartered Secretaries Australia Limited
  • Certified Practising Accountants Australia
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Institute of Public Accountants

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.


Courses in the accounting major allow you to develop the skills necessary for entry into the accounting profession. Accountants typically prepare and analyse financial reports for a variety of clients including regulators, corporations and investors. Students complete the accounting major and use their electives to study the necessary prerequisites for associate membership of the key Australian accounting professional bodies, Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).

Business Analytics

The world of business is becoming increasingly quantitative and numeric, in part driven by the explosion of data associated with the digital revolution. The field of business analytics has emerged as data scientists have applied mathematical and statistical methods to business problems. The business analytics major meets the data analytic and decision making challenges confronting firms by providing students interested in the applied business disciplines with an understanding of the fundamental concepts of data science as they apply to business. The major is designed to familiarise students with the technology needed to be effective data scientists working in business and to equip students with a working knowledge of the types of problems relevant to business and frameworks for solving them.

Business Information Systems

The Business Information Systems major is designed for those who wish to obtain in-depth training in the analysis and management of information in a business environment. The major aims to develop skills relevant to a Business Analyst job profile and thus provides students with business analysis skills, including those related to data analytics and business information security, and facilitates the development of advanced Information Systems skills that enable students to advise on organisational information requirements and related strategy. Through completing the major, students gain skills to understand the business context, elicit organisational requirements, and design, develop and manage systems involving business data. The program thus equips students with a broad knowledge of business and technology issues to develop as well-rounded Information Systems professionals.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation major caters for those students seeking knowledge and practical experience at working through a business from the ground-up. Students will first be introduced to foundational principles in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which clarifies the entrepreneurial mindset as well as the process. Students then apply this knowledge through a choice of 'in practice' courses, including commercial, social and corporate, which require them to action the entrepreneurial process and begin to create their own venture. Student development then extends beyond the startup phase to understand issues relating to scaling and growing a venture. Students will also have the option for a deeply personal development experience through the course 'Entrepreneurial Leadership', which utilizes leadership development theory specifically focused on the consciousness required to manage 21st century complexity.


The finance major provides a suite of courses that will enable students on graduation to pursue careers in banking and finance, investment and portfolio management, corporate finance, risk assessment and business statistics. Students will develop the requisite knowledge and skills by completing courses in financial management, portfolio management, and corporate finance principles including risk assessment and business statistics.

Human Resources

The major in human resources (HR) focuses on all aspects of people management. Courses cover managing people; employment relations; developing teams; selection and recruitment; organisational change; interpersonal communication; conflict resolution; training and development; managing staff in the multinational enterprise; negotiating employment agreements; and leadership.

Graduates work as professional HR managers in the public and private sectors; in professional practices such as law firms; trade unions; employer associations; state and federal government departments; HR management consultancies; industrial relations; negotiation and advocacy; and occupational health and safety. A major in human resources is advantageous for line managers across all industries.

International Business

This major provides an understanding of the key issues in international business management. Courses examine international trade and investment; international marketing; international human resource management; and the management of operations in firms engaged in international business, finance and strategy. Students will focus on the challenges encountered by Australian organisations conducting business in regions such as Asia, the European Union and the Americas.

Graduates work in a wide range of private businesses looking to expand operations or who have trading networks overseas. Career opportunities also exist in state and federal government agencies; and industry or trade associations.


Marketing is critical to the success of any business. As a student in the Marketing major, you will learn how to create value through an understanding of customers, brand management, service and relationship management, digital, market research and strategy. On completion of this major you will be an agile, independent, highly skilled problem solver, with an understanding that the customer is central to enterprise success and revenue generation. You will be able to apply your knowledge and creative methods to generate practical, relevant and responsible marketing strategy for organisations.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $43,888
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

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Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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