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Bachelor of Journalism

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

Delivery location

St Lucia


3 Years full-time


Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)

Journalists of the future need to be multi-skilled, adaptable, resourceful and creative. UQ’s Bachelor of Journalism has been designed to meet the expectations of this digital landscape.

  • This three-year program will prepare you for a professional career researching, reporting, writing and telling stories across different media platforms, including digital, print, radio and television.
  • Benefit from a progressive program that keeps pace with industry where you will learn the principles and practices of new digital media production.
  • Gain sought after skills in field recording and camerawork; editing of sound; vision and pictures; data analysis; publishing and multimedia platform distribution.
  • Prepare for a versatile and adaptable career with access to an on-site Media and Production Support team as well as industry professionals and fieldwork and internship opportunities.

Successful journalists are enterprising, imaginative and creative professionals, who play a vital role in society and help people make sense of the world.

  • Why study


  • 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 also one of UQ's research strengths and we employ more than 40 full-time researchers, whose knowledge and research informs our programs.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    The JACS Student Association provides plenty of opportunities for students to network, socialise and build relationships outside of the classroom. You can showcase your work through, JAC Digital, the home of stories, photographs and videos produced by UQ journalism students. 

  • Beyond the classroom

    Link up with industry

    Work-integrated learning is a key part of the program. Our teachers are also award-winning journalists, editors, media executives, and reporters with strong networks and who facilitate industry placements and partnerships.

  • Teaching spaces

    State of the art facilities

    Make the most of state-of-the-art facilities, including a media lab with industry-standard Adobe software packages, audio recording and production rooms, a digital radio studio and control room, a web channel for weekly news broadcasts, and more.

  • 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

Career outcomes

Journalism graduates work in Australia and overseas within a wide range of print and broadcast media organisations.

Career opportunities are found within:

  • metropolitan, national and regional newspapers
  • commercial radio and television stations
  • web and multimedia publications
  • specialty interest magazines and allied fields of publishing
  • marketing, communication and public relations
  • national and overseas news organisations
  • self-employment as freelance journalists and photojournalists.

The skills of a professional journalist – proper and thorough research, interviewing, writing, critical thinking and interpretation – are valued in practically every industry, sector and field you can think of, from the social (arts, business, government, media, law and social sciences) to the technical (engineering, information technology, sciences).

While many of our graduates build successful careers in the media industry, others work in professional communications or corporate publishing, where their ability to tell compelling stories and their knowledge of the media industry are seen as distinctive and desirable strengths.

Other graduates choose to further their research ambitions and enrol in an honours year, where they develop their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code

Entry requirements


Year 12 or equivalent English.

View the equivalent qualifications for international students.

Entry scores

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

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, 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.

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 $30,880
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Journalism for the 2018 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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