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Bachelor of  Journalism

Program code: 2040
QTAC code: 737001
OP Guarantee Scheme: Yes

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold


St Lucia


3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

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.

Journalism has never been as exciting, with new frontiers in information gathering and dissemination providing previously unforeseen opportunities for journalists.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ was ranked 27th in the world for media and communication in the 2017 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 informs our programs.

  • In the classroom

    Industry links

    Participate in Work Integrated Learning activities such as internships (local, national and international) 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 the 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 (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Admissions criteria


Year 12 or equivalent English.

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Journalism in 2019:

9 82 29

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2019

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Journalism:

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest2 / 97 1 / 99
Median6 / 89 6 / 89
Lowest9 / 82 9 / 82

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.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Journalism in Semester 1, 2019:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study7 21.88%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study0 0%
(C) Work and life experience<5 <5
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
18 56.25%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
<5 <5
International students5 15.63%
Total32 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

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, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Journalism are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,612
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Journalism for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Journalism need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Journalism is 737001. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

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".

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

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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