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Bachelors of  Journalism/Laws (Honours)

Program code: 2365
QTAC code: 737102
CRICOS code: 082618J


St Lucia


5.5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Lawyers often have to deal with courts of law and the court of public opinion. With degrees in both journalism and laws, you'll have an insider's view of the media alongside your studies in law.

  • The Bachelors of Journalism/Laws (Honours) combines courses about the media and journalism with the in-depth study of the concepts, principles, policies and values of the law, both in Australia and in other jurisdictions.
  • Study a law program that is distinguished by its rigour, depth and conceptual sophistication. You'll develop a high-level understanding of the law, along with personal and professional skills that are transferable across careers and contexts.
  • Benefit from a progressive journalism program that keeps pace with industry. Courses not only teach key knowledge and skills, but also provide insight into how the media is changing and what this means for professional journalists.
  • Learn in the oldest law school in Queensland, which has educated some of Australia's leading legal professionals. You'll graduate with an internationally respected honours qualification, which acts as a pathway to future research or learning.

With degrees in journalism and laws, you'll understand the principles and practices of journalism and the legal profession, which are both vital to healthy democratic societies.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ was ranked 31st in the world for communication in the 2018 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.

  • In the classroom

    Personalised teaching experience

    Our courses are taught in small group settings and informal learning spaces in the Forgan Smith building, refurbished specifically for law students. You'll have the opportunity to test your knowledge with your peers and professors in an active learning environment.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Join the UQ journalism network

    UQ's Bachelor of Journalism is the oldest journalism program in Australia and we have a large alumni network. Many of our former students supervise industry internships within the program and also lecture or teach courses.

  • 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 through internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Journalism/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) dual degree typically work across a large number of fields.

Many of our graduates enjoy employment in the legal profession and complete further training to work as:

  • carristers or solicitors in private practice,
  • public prosecutors,
  • community lawyers,
  • legal officers, or
  • in-house counsels for large companies.

Other graduates pursue careers in media law, or the business world in areas like investment banking, insurance, property development and management; or find work in the consulting industry, with industry associations, lobby and environmental groups, social service groups, research think tanks, community service organisations, or Legal Aid and community legal centres.

Graduates who choose a professional career in media, publishing or journalism typically work as:

  • journalists
  • feature writers
  • magazine editors
  • news editors
  • directors of content and media production
  • digital journalists or bloggers
  • television and radio presenters, producers and writers
  • media advisors
  • programming associates and professionals
  • television and radio researchers
  • photojournalists.

Graduates with a passion for research typically further their ambitions by enrolling in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they develop their research skills and make contributions to knowledge.

  • Campus Life

    State-of-the-art facilities

    Students have access to Queensland’s largest law library, the Walter Harrison Law Library and the newly re-imagined home of the School of Law, the Forgan Smith building.

  • Employability

    Professional experience

    The UQ School of Law has a range of Queensland-based work experience programs. We also offer a dynamic range of international opportunities developed by the School. 

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • 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
  • 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. The school also has its own media channels: JAC DigitalJACradio (broadcasting 24/7) and jacTV.


Admissions criteria


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English.

Entry scores

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

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; writing 7; speaking 7; reading 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 Bachelors of Journalism/Laws (Honours) 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 Bachelors of Journalism/Laws (Honours) is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Journalism/Laws (Honours) has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

If you decide to enrol in a dual program, you can use a Dual Degree Planner to help organise your studies.

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:

  • Bar Association of Queensland
  • Queensland Law Society

Accreditation body

The Bachelors of Journalism/Laws (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Legal Practitioners Admissions Board

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 Bachelors of Journalism/Laws (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

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 $39,104
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelors of Journalism/Laws (Honours) 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 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 Bachelors of Journalism/Laws (Honours) 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 Bachelors of Journalism/Laws (Honours) is:

  • 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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