Bachelor of  Journalism

Program code: 2040
QTAC code: 737001
CRICOS code: 025992D


St Lucia


3 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

Study the Bachelor of Journalism to become an adaptable and creative journalist of the future.

  • This three-year program will prepare you for a variety of careers in journalism, media, online content development, publishing, communication, public relations and more.
  • Tailor your studies to align with your career goals. You can minor in fields such as economics, film and television, interaction design and more, or you can choose from a range of elective courses.
  • Develop sought-after skills in field recording and camerawork, editing sound, vision and pictures; data analysis, publishing and multi-platform distribution.
  • Gain valuable insights into current production values and practices through UQ's Media and Production Support team and industry professionals from leading media outlets.

The area of journalism and new media has never been as dynamic, with new frontiers in information gathering and dissemination providing previously unforeseen opportunities for journalists.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ was ranked 48th in the world in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject. Communication is one of UQ's research strengths: we employ more than 40 full-time researchers whose knowledge and research inform our programs.

  • In the classroom

    Industry links

    Participate in work-integrated-learning activities such as internships and intensive overseas field reporting courses. Our teachers are award-winning journalists, editors, media executives and reporters who can facilitate industry placements through their strong networks.

  • Why study

    UQ at the forefront of journalism practice


  • Teaching spaces

    State-of-the-art facilities

    You'll have access to our audio-recording and digital radio studios, video production studio and post-production suites. Communication and journalism students can also participate in free workshops conducted by the Media and Production Support (MaPS) Team.

Career outcomes

Graduates from UQ's Bachelor of Journalism are versatile and adaptable, with developed knowledge and skills that are widely valued. Our graduates have found careers in:

  • media and news agencies (newspapers, TV and radio)
  • the magazine sector
  • online content development
  • TV
  • publishing
  • marketing and communications
  • public relations
  • freelance work.

UQ graduates have high success rates in securing jobs in metropolitan and regional areas in Australia and around the world.

Graduates may also choose to further their research ambitions and enrol in an honours year, where they develop their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge in the field.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    Network, socialise and build relationships outside the classroom with our student organisations such as the Journalism and Communications Students (JACS) Association and UQ JACdigital media channels.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more
  • Alumni
    Studying journalism has allowed me to visualise storylines and even come up with alternative narratives quicker than if I had not received the training. By combining science (the 'analytical') with journalism (the 'creative'), I believed my studies put me in good stead for a career in factual television and I still benefit from it everyday. Abi Lees , Bachelor of Science/Journalism (majoring in botany and zoology)
    Director for BBC's Natural History Unit


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

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


Year 12 or equivalent English.

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 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Journalism 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 Journalism 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 Journalism. 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.

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Bachelor of Journalism:

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:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Journalism have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

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.

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 $34,208
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Journalism 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 Journalism depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

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 Journalism is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • 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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