In business, everyone's looking for an edge. An honours degree signals your outstanding academic abilities and superior analytical skills in your chosen area of business.

  • The Bachelor of Business Management (Honours) is a one-year program that will teach you how to undertake research relevant to business. Entry is competitive and is based on your undergraduate GPA.
  • Choose an honours field that best aligns with your undergraduate studies. Fields are available in Management, or Real Estate and Development. You'll also need to complete a range of elective courses from your field.
  • Complete a compulsory course on research methods that will develop the skills you need to successfully design and conduct research projects. You'll use this knowledge to write a thesis, which is a major part of the honours program.
  • Push the boundaries and develop high-level skills in critical and analytical thinking, research, communication, problem-solving and project management. Your honours year will open doors to careers in research or consulting.

If you're looking to be a respected leader in your field, advance your business skills and develop specialised competence and expertise, the Bachelor of Business Management (Honours) is for you.

  • 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 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • In the classroom

    Work closely with experts

    During your honours year, you'll work closely with internationally respected researchers and academics who will guide your studies. Students also undertake coursework in small and supportive groups, which facilitates more in-depth class discussions.

  • 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.

  • Employability

    Build a professional reputation

    It's possible the thesis you write as an honours student will be publishable and make a significant contribution to the field. This means your research might establish your professional reputation – and potentially act as a gateway for future research jobs.

Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

There are 2 fields of study available in the Bachelor of Business Management (Honours).

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Career outcomes

Whether you undertake an honours year to build on your undergraduate education, or to begin a career in research, our graduates have a distinct advantage when applying for professional roles.

Graduates can use their qualifications to distinguish themselves in a competitive jobs market, or as a stepping stone to careers in research, whether in industry or academia.

Students who earn Class I or Class IIA Honours also qualify for most PhD programs across Australia, and some internationally, including programs in the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Honours graduates have found employment at high-levels, both in Australia and internationally, including roles at multinational companies, start-ups, governments, aid organisations and research institutions.

Graduates enjoy a particularly high rate of employment in management and marketing consulting, and market research.

  • Alumni

    UQ Business School honours program


  • Students
    "UQ Business School really helped me to develop my knowledge along with my marketing and problem-solving skills, which I was able to apply during my Unilever China Summer Internship". Charlane Wong, BBusMan (Hons) (2015), current PhD student
    Social Media Coordinator, Top Shelf Concierge Service
  • 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 with a range of professional opportunities. These include internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

  • Alumni
    "The Honours program has undoubtedly helped me throughout my career and has empowered me to achieve my professional goals in management and gain international experience. I believe the theory, ability to think critically and the project management skills I acquired in developing my final thesis, have aided my progress." Tim O'Brien, BBusMan/BA (Hons) (2007)
    Vice President Consulting, Forethought Research, New York, NY


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


To enrol for honours, a student must complete the Bachelor of Business Management program requirements or equivalent with a GPA of at least 5.5.

International students may start in Semester one only.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Business Management (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 Business Management (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:

  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Australian Institute of Valuers and Land Economists
  • Australian Marketing Institute
  • Economic Society of Australia
  • Real Estate Institute of Queensland

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business Management (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Bachelor of Business Management (Honours).

When you graduate, any fields of study you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.


This field is aimed at high-achieving students who have completed a Bachelor of Business Management in management-related areas like: Advertising; eBusiness; Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations; International Business; Management and Organisations; or Marketing. Honours students in this field complete 12 units of compulsory courses, including a research thesis, and courses in contemporary research issues and qualitative and/or quantitative research methods, plus 4 units of business electives.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business Management (Honours) in the field of Management typically find employment in business economics, business policy and strategy, business research and consulting, entrepreneurship, event management, general management positions, industrial relations, international business, marketing, marketing research, negotiation and advocacy, occupational health and safety management, sales and retailing, small business and human resource management, staff recruitment and selection, and staff training and development.

Real Estate and Development

This field is designed to meet the needs of high-achieving students who are pursuing careers in the property industry, in areas such as property investment, property development, property management and valuation. These careers require knowledge of business principles and land economics, and how to apply these to real-life markets. This field is closely aligned with industry organisations and institutions, and prepares students for the professional institutions involved in the property industry.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business Management (Honours) in Real Estate and Development typically find employment in property investment, property development and property management, and valuation.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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