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Bachelor of Journalism


Communicate local, national, and global stories through traditional and emerging media platforms.

Journalists tell important and impactful stories with a diverse skill set: writing, taking photographs, composing audio and video, developing interactive websites and much more. As a journalist, you will use powerful storytelling techniques to give a voice to local and global issues.

Using UQ's state-of-the-art production facilities, you'll extend your theoretical knowledge by gaining sought-after skills in field recording and camera work, sound editing, vision and pictures, data analysis, publishing and entrepreneurialism, and multi-platform distribution.

You'll also gain valuable insights into current production values and practices from the on-site Media and Production Support team, and industry professionals drawn from leading media outlets.

Despite the highly competitive nature of journalism, UQ graduates have high success rates in securing jobs across the media – in metropolitan and national newspapers, commercial and public radio and television, news agencies and magazines in Australia and around the world, with many now in senior positions.

St Lucia
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
Level 7
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A$34208 (indicative per year)
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Learn production and editing using state-of-the-art facilities, combining creative storytelling with technical skills
  • Graduate with the resourcefulness and skills to simultaneously report online, on-air, in writing, and across social platforms
  • Explore new digital frontiers in journalism, drawing on interviews, complex data analysis, observation, and research to produce rich media content
  • Undertake internships through partnerships with major national and international media outlets

85 in the world for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Media and Society
  • Multimedia
  • International Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Journalistic Narratives

Dual programs

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Journalist
  • Digital content producer
  • Social media manager
  • Photographer
  • Broadcaster
  • Content writer
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Camera operator

Next steps after graduation

Graduates currently work for metropolitan and regional affiliates of the ABC, News Corp Australia, Nine Co., AAP, APN, Prime Media, community media and more, across print, web, TV, radio, and emergent media platforms.

Entry requirements


Year 12 or equivalent English.

Entry score threshold


These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

English language requirements

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.

BE - 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.


Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Journalism for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest1 / 991 / 99
Median6 / 896 / 89
Lowest9 / 829 / 82

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study


(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study


(C) Work and life experience

(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor

International students




"<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.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Journalism are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $34,208

Indicative annual fee 2020

This 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 (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees


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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,732

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Journalism for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees



How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Journalism is 737001.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Journalism is 2040.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to UQ

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

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

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

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

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 entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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