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 commerce.

  • The Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) is a one-year program that will teach you how to undertake research relevant to business or finance. Entry is competitive and is based on your undergraduate grade point average.
  • Choose a thesis topic that best aligns with your undergraduate studies and your interests and goals. You'll complete a thesis under the supervision of an academic member of the UQ Business School.
  • Complete a compulsory course on research methods that will develop the skills you need to successfully design and conduct research projects. You'll also study a range of electives that will advance your existing knowledge and skills.
  • Push the boundaries and develop high-level skills in critical and analytical thinking, communication, problem-solving and project management. Your honours year will open doors to a career in research or consultancy, within industry or academia.

If you're looking to be a respected leader in your field, advance your knowledge and develop specialised competence and expertise, the Bachelor of Commerce (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 39th in the world for accounting and finance 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.

  • Alumni
    "The UQ honours program embeds a critical mindset, first and foremost. You're challenged to ask why, which is invaluable in any context." Peter Dunn, BCom (Hons) graduate (1995)
    Partner, PwC
  • Alumni
    "The key skill this program teaches is the ability to think – how to come up with solutions to problems you haven't seen before... The supervisors and lecturers who are all involved in the program are fantastic." Chris Catanzaro, BCom (Hons) graduate (2009)
    Associate Director (Corporate Finance), BDO

Career outcomes

Whether you undertake an honours year to build on 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.

Our honours graduates have also found employment at high-levels, both in Australia and internationally, in fields including:

  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Taxation
  • Treasury
  • Financial management
  • Business advisory services
  • Insolvency and business recovery
  • Corporate services
  • Merchant banking
  • Management consulting
  • Information systems

  • 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 jobs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Alumni

    UQ Business School honours program



  • 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 Commerce 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 Commerce (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 Commerce (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 Computer Society
  • Australian Institute of Bankers
  • Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Chartered Secretaries Australia Limited
  • Certified Practising Accountants Australia
  • Institute of Public Accountants

Further study options

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

Courses and Programs

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