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Bachelors of Arts / Laws (Honours)

Overview

Discover your passion through arts disciplines that provide the skills to succeed in ever changing international work environments, while developing advanced legal knowledge, transferable skills and professional networks so you can shape and create new ways of practising law.

This dual degree allows you to learn from a wide range of disciplines across the arts, while studying at UQ Law School, renowned as a leader in teaching and research.

Flexibility and choice are at the heart of our arts program, allowing you to match your interests and study with career ambitions to create a degree that's unique to you. The transferable skills and knowledge you'll learn – problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and communication – will make you a highly desirable job candidate upon graduation, wherever your career path leads.

In your law studies, you'll gain a high-level understanding of the law, along with personal and professional skills that can be applied across a wide range of careers. You'll also develop your abilities in critical, rational and analytical thinking, and learn how to craft clear and persuasive arguments. When you graduate, you'll have an internationally respected honours qualification, and meet the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
5.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
QTAC Code
707401
Program Code
2361
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$41248 (indicative per year)
Duration
5.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
QTAC Code
707401
Program Code
2361
CRICOS Code
082614B
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Tailor your arts studies to suit your passions with a choice of over 45 study options in humanities, social sciences and languages, world cultures, politics, and much more.
  • Immerse yourself in one of the most comprehensive arts faculties in Australia as you harness the knowledge to engage in a globalised world and contribute to solving its challenges.
  • Study law in small classes and inspiring spaces designed to give you a personalised, supportive and innovative legal educational experience, complemented by opportunities to improve access to justice in our community.
  • Join a long tradition of legal scholarship and learn how you can shape and create new ways of practising law in an era of digital disruption and global transformation.

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

How you'll learn

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Negotiation and dispute resolution specialist
  • Community laws officer
  • Company secretary

Graduate salary

Law & paralegal studies (undergraduate)

$58K–$62K

compared.edu.au

Graduate salary

Humanities, culture and social sciences (undergraduate)

$56K–$60K

compared.edu.au

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Bar Association of Queensland
  • Queensland Law Society

Program accreditation

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

  • Legal Practitioners Admissions Board

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Year 12 or equivalent English.

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
29840

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 7; writing 7; speaking 7; reading 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listen 19, read 19, write 27, speak 23

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listen 54, read 54, write 64/6

Pearsons - Overall 72, listen 60, read 60, write 72, speak 72

BE - A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of A in Writing and Speaking

CES - Overall 185, listening 169, reading 169, writing 185, speaking 185

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 Arts/BLaws(Hons) for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest1 / 991 / 99
Median2 / 972 / 98
Lowest3 / 962 / 97

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

2439.34%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
3659.02%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
<5<5

International students

00%

Total

61100%

"<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 Bachelors of Arts/Laws (Honours) 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

Majors and minors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Gain a deep understanding of Indigenous perspectives on everyday life in Australia and major social, economic and political events in Australia's history.

You'll also learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers from Indigenous communities.

Graduates typically work in a broad range of roles with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, like education, community development, public health, government and advocacy.

View

Ancient History

Discover and learn about the achievements of ancient cultures which still influence ideas and institutions today.

Courses span the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity, and focus on important individuals, ideas and events.

Your major can lead to work that requires researching, writing and presentation skills. These include roles in museums, publishing and international agencies.

View

Ancient History/History

Examine the art, literature, religion, philosophy and social customs of early Mediterranean cultures through to cultures of the Middle Ages and beyond, including modern Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Australia.

Given the lasting influence of ancient ideas and institutions, the study of Ancient History helps to provide a basis for deeper understanding of modern society.

You could pursue roles in museums, publishing, media, international agencies, public and government sector domestically and overseas.

View

Anthropology

Delve into a diversity of cultures in all their complexity and richness.

You'll discover how cultural traditions continue and change over time, informing human beliefs and behaviour.

Graduates usually work in roles that require an understanding of diversity and cultural difference, with positions likely in government departments, Aboriginal Land Councils and consultancy firms.

View

Archaeology

Learn first hand about archaeological methods and techniques, including field survey and excavation, materials analysis, and how to interpret archaeological collections and sites.

You'll develop unique skills for careers with museums, cultural centres and agencies, law enforcement, government departments, educational and research institutions.

View

Art History

See the world through different eyes and understand the evolving values of visual cultures by using a range of different approaches.

You'll develop strong visual literacy and gain a broad knowledge of art traditions.

Employment lies in private galleries and public art institutions, or you could become an arts writer, curator, education officer or registrar.

View

Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture, way of life and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

Many students study Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology, politics, or various other fields.

View

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Understand how culture influences the meaning of written and spoken texts, and how to take culture into consideration when translating or interpreting.

You'll also learn about key issues in translation and interpreting ethics.

Gain the foundations to build a future career as an interpreter or a translator in diplomacy, law, education, business, politics, health, education and academia.

Please note that this major is designed for students who are native Chinese speakers.

View

Classical Languages

Learn reading and writing skills in classical Greek and Latin, two of the oldest languages in the world, which will give you a better understanding other European languages, ideas, cultures and societies.

Career paths lead to positions in government, publishing and editing, cultural centres, education or academia.

View

Criminology

Become a student in this major and you'll be trained in social research methods, learn how to study crime and its regulation, and discover how criminology draws on sociology, psychology and anthropology.

Career paths lead to positions in policing, security and intelligence, corrective services, social policy and research.

View

Drama

Encounter the spectrum of theatre practice through time and across cultures, from Antiquity to today, and most stages in between.

This major will help you understand the performances you see, and those you might want to make.

Graduates typically pursue creative roles within the arts sector like performing, directing, playwriting and reviewing.

View

Economics

Economics is the science of decision making.

Undertake this advanced major and you'll understand how economics, globalisation, development and sustainability shape the availability of resources in today's societies.

Graduates are highly employable across private and public sectors, agencies, international organisations, consultancies, companies and utilities.

View

English

Gain a deeper insight into the English-speaking world and English-language culture.

This major combines courses from English literature, media, film and television studies.

Graduates typically work in education as school teachers, heads of department, education advisers and student mentors.

View

English as an International Language

Further your knowledge of how English is used in intercultural settings and globalised workplaces.

You'll gain a specialisation in English and better understand the complex relationship between language, culture and identity,

Skilled graduates are sought after by international and multinational companies for positions in development, marketing, management and trade.

View

English Literature

Develop your enjoyment of reading and refine your analytical skills by examining some of the world's major English-language novels and works.

Discover the different ways that people from different times have lived, thought, argued, felt and imagined.

Career paths lead to opportunities in education, government and arts administration, arts policy, communications, festivals and marketing.

View

Film and Television Studies

Gain a broad appreciation of how film and TV are both major commercial industries and artistic forms, and have the option of taking practical courses in screenwriting, video production and more.

Graduate opportunities include careers in education, festivals and events, publicity, marketing, film culture, screen corporations and film distributors.

View

French

Immerse yourself in French language and culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

View

Geography

Become actively involved in addressing issues like climate change and population growth as you develop your understanding of the relationship between natural systems and social systems.

Roles for graduates include areas like natural resource management, wildlife conservation, ecotourism, transport and planning.

View

German

Learn about German language, history and culture, and gain an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in German speaking countries at the heart of modern Europe.

Developing competence in speaking, reading and writing German can improve career outcomes in fields such as business, engineering and law.

View

History

History is an ongoing dialogue between the present and past.

As a student, you'll gain an understanding of cause and consequence, and change and continuity, as you learn what informs people and their attitudes, motivations and prejudices.

Your major can lead to work that requires researching, writing and presentation skills. This includes roles in museums, publishing and international agencies.

View

Indonesian

Get to know one of Australia's closest neighbours in this major covering Indonesian history, politics, culture and society.

Learn why Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of Indonesia, has been identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth.

As Indonesia plays a bigger role in our region, this major is beneficial for careers in business, tourism, law, mining and other fields.

View

International Relations

Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues in world politics.

International relations provides an in-depth understanding of the nature and exercise of power in world politics; the origins, constitution and development of the international system; how ideas shape order, justice and security; Australia's role in global affairs, the interplay between domestic, international and transnational politics, and a diverse range of state and non-state actors

Graduates of this major will be global citizens, intellectually open and flexible, aware of and sensitive to cultural difference, and motivated to make positive change through global engagement.

Choose from courses about foreign policy, terrorism and insurgency, human rights and foreign policies.

View

Italian

This major focuses on the culture, art, music, architecture and literature of Italy.

Study includes language courses from beginner to advanced levels, as well as content-based courses (mostly in Italian).

Graduate opportunities include careers in education, translation/interpreting, hospitality and tourism, international politics and diplomacy.

Italian is available cross-institutionally at Griffith University. Details of courses are available on the Griffith University website. To study an Italian course, visit the Brisbane Universities Languages Alliance to submit your application.

View

Japanese

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture, including the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to broaden their career opportunities in these fields.

View

Journalism and Mass Communication

Gain the knowledge vital for exciting careers in media and related professions.

Courses cover the study of journalism and other forms of public communication, along with global journalism, mass communication and digital media.

Career opportunities can be found in arts, business, government and business, marketing, communications or public relations.

View

Korean

Come to understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse history and rich culture.

There are speaking and writing courses, along with teachings about Korean films, TV dramas, internet culture and even pop songs.

Many students also undertake other courses in various fields where their major in Korean can a prove a future career asset, like business, education and tourism.

View

Legal Education Studies

Legal Education Studies prepares students to teach Legal Studies in Secondary Schools.

This senior syllabus area examines the interface of law and society, providing an understanding of the legal system and its protection of individual rights in line with obligations and responsibilities. 

This area of study includes a variety of courses dealing with legal foundations - Criminal, Civil and Business Law, International Law and Human Rights Law.

Elective courses include Offender Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention. 

View

Linguistics

Discover what language is, how we learn and use it, and how it varies and changes across social and historical contexts.

Courses examine the sounds of language, words, sentences and meaning, and the complex interactions between them.

Linguistics leads to careers in areas as diverse as engineering and artificial intelligence, software engineering, health sciences, education, law and publishing.

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Mathematics

This major offers more than 30 different courses to suit different interests and career goals.

Prerequisite courses cover essential topics, with higher-level courses covering mathematical analysis, probability bioinformatics, mathematical biology and many other subjects.

Graduates go on to research positions at universities, government agencies and private companies. There are also opportunities in banking, finance, insurance and risk management.

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Media and Digital Cultures

Broaden your future horizons with this major.

Focus on the ubiquity of digital media technologies in our lives, the role of media in cultural life, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and much more.

Learn about different forms of media like television and news, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and the cultural formations characteristic of media-dense digital societies.

Graduates often go on to careers in events, marketing media and communications fields.

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Music

Develop knowledge about the many social and historical meanings of music.

You'll also better appreciate its written and aural complexities, and approach the study of Western music in an engaging way.

Career opportunities can be found in becoming a professional musician, in education, festivals and events, arts administration, publishing, media and writing.

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Peace and Conflict Studies

Develop a well informed understanding of what causes political conflict, and the possibilities of finding peaceful solutions.

Issues you'll examine include peacekeeping, Indigenous politics, ethics and justice, and development politics.

You'll find many pathways before you in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, international development, humanitarian and community services.

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Philosophy

Philosophy will introduce you to key ideas in areas including epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics.

The purpose of philosophy is to learn how to evaluate theories and arguments, how to construct your own arguments and how to communicate ideas in a clear and powerful way.

Through your studies, you'll develop and use analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills, which can be used in endless careers and roles. You'll also study the philosophy of areas like art, science, education and politics, and learn about different research methods and analysis, which you'll use across your degree.

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Political Science

Examine the contemporary ideas, ideologies and theories that shape political decision-making.

You'll learn about various approaches to co-operation and conflict resolution, and gain a better understanding of political processes.

Careers can be found in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, government and policy, international development and humanitarian and community services.

View

Popular Music and Technology

Make a major out of understanding how popular music has the power to uplift, stimulate, comfort, motivate and communicate.

Learn to express yourself through writing and music production, and become technically equipped for changing music making environments.

Graduates often find work in teaching, music production, broadcasting and audio engineering.

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Professional Writing and Communication

Gain the professional communication skills necessary for contemporary workplaces.

Study topics including multimedia storytelling and production, media design, public relations writing, and editing and publishing practices. 

This major will prepare you for careers that require clear writing and creative communication in print or digital formats.

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Psychology

Enjoy the study variety of this large discipline that covers topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Public Policy

Learn how to influence the forces that inform and shape Australian governance and public policy.

You'll gain the skills needed through courses like Australian politics, Indigenous politics and policy, political communication, development and democracy.

Use your analytical abilities for careers within the public, private and community sectors, with roles including policy adviser, policy maker and lobbyist.

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Russian

In this major you'll learn how Russian society has changed over centuries.

You will develop an appreciation of Russian literature, drama and film, and master a language spoken by 200 million people.

Develop competence in skills which can lead to careers in business, education and law, or various other fields.

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Sociology

See the world in new ways by examining every aspect of human social life.

Learn how we are shaped by education, socio-economic status, religion, gender and ethnicity, and understand how to analyse social problems and issues.

Many graduates secure roles in the public and private sectors as policy analysts, researchers, policy advisers, project managers and social workers.

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Spanish

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Courses also cover Latin American thinking, European film, and how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance future opportunities if you're also studying business, education, engineering and other fields.

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Sports Studies

Take a different view of sport, activity and leisure from sociological, historical, economic and psychological perspectives.

You'll understand the role and importance of sport, and how different social factors can influence motivation and participation.

The career fields are diverse, and include journalism, management, public relations and marketing, public health, education and psychology.

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Studies in Religion

Religion is a major force in every part of the world, and it continues to shape societies across the globe.

This major will lead you to reflect on and understand religious traditions, questions and values. Studies in Religion offers a critical, multi-disciplinary approach to a range of faiths and spiritual experiences.

Future work areas include education and academia, health and social welfare, law and justice, or even broadcasting.

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Writing

Develop a fundamental and substantial understanding of how language works in words, sentences, paragraphs and documents.

You'll also learn strategies for designing, structuring, writing and revising to be a creative or a corporate writer, or simply a better writer.

Writing skills are always in demand. Graduates find work as journalists, teachers, editors, ghost-writers, publishers and playwrights.

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Minors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Gender Studies

This involving and thought-provoking minor brings together ideas about women’s lives, their status around the world and contradictions found in gender relations and sexualities.

Graduates have the opportunity to take on roles that advance social justice and the status of women and girls, or work in politics, public policy, research or analysis.

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Latin American Studies

Explore the factors that shape the diverse cultures of Latin America.

Learn about its Indigenous peoples, and the effects of conquistadors, colonisers and the USA. Courses also cover Latin American culture in contemporary times.

This minor can prepare you for any career that requires cross-cultural understanding with Latin America, like government, diplomacy, business, education and development.

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Music Psychology

Learn how to understand music from diverse perspectives, including the scientific study of the mind, brain and behaviour.

Your study also covers social interaction, through to the everyday uses and therapeutic applications of music.

Graduates can find roles in music practice, educational, therapeutic and organisational contexts.

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Professional Pathways: Humanity and Society

Strengthen your other studies with this future-facing minor.

It's designed to complement, utilise and provide communication between humanities, arts and social sciences course choices, and prepare you for a diversity of career paths.

This minor aims to enhance your employability. It complements your discipline-specific studies by developing your professional skills and preparing you for the future of work.

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Studies in Australian Culture

Discover more about the influences that have shaped Australia from the past to present day.

You'll learn about the iconic images and identities, the major challenges and issues that make Australian culture and society unique.

Graduates can apply their knowledge in areas including tourism and hospitality, business and enterprise, politics, diplomacy, culture and the arts.

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Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Gain a deep understanding of Indigenous perspectives on everyday life in Australia and major social, economic and political events in Australia's history.

You'll also learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers from Indigenous communities.

Graduates typically work in a broad range of roles with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, like education, community development, public health, government and advocacy.

View

Ancient History

Discover and learn about the achievements of ancient cultures which still influence ideas and institutions today.

Courses span the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity, and focus on important individuals, ideas and events.

Your major can lead to work that requires researching, writing and presentation skills. These include roles in museums, publishing and international agencies.

View

Ancient History/History

Examine the art, literature, religion, philosophy and social customs of early Mediterranean cultures through to cultures of the Middle Ages and beyond, including modern Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Australia.

Given the lasting influence of ancient ideas and institutions, the study of Ancient History helps to provide a basis for deeper understanding of modern society.

You could pursue roles in museums, publishing, media, international agencies, public and government sector domestically and overseas.

View

Anthropology

Delve into a diversity of cultures in all their complexity and richness.

You'll discover how cultural traditions continue and change over time, informing human beliefs and behaviour.

Graduates usually work in roles that require an understanding of diversity and cultural difference, with positions likely in government departments, Aboriginal Land Councils and consultancy firms.

View

Archaeology

Learn first hand about archaeological methods and techniques, including field survey and excavation, materials analysis, and how to interpret archaeological collections and sites.

You'll develop unique skills for careers with museums, cultural centres and agencies, law enforcement, government departments, educational and research institutions.

View

Art History

See the world through different eyes and understand the evolving values of visual cultures by using a range of different approaches.

You'll develop strong visual literacy and gain a broad knowledge of art traditions.

Employment lies in private galleries and public art institutions, or you could become an arts writer, curator, education officer or registrar.

View

Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture, way of life and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

Many students study Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology, politics, or various other fields.

View

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Understand how culture influences the meaning of written and spoken texts, and how to take culture into consideration when translating or interpreting.

You'll also learn about key issues in translation and interpreting ethics.

Gain the foundations to build a future career as an interpreter or a translator in diplomacy, law, education, business, politics, health, education and academia.

Please note that this major is designed for students who are native Chinese speakers.

View

Classical Languages

Learn reading and writing skills in classical Greek and Latin, two of the oldest languages in the world, which will give you a better understanding other European languages, ideas, cultures and societies.

Career paths lead to positions in government, publishing and editing, cultural centres, education or academia.

View

Criminology

Become a student in this major and you'll be trained in social research methods, learn how to study crime and its regulation, and discover how criminology draws on sociology, psychology and anthropology.

Career paths lead to positions in policing, security and intelligence, corrective services, social policy and research.

View

Drama

Encounter the spectrum of theatre practice through time and across cultures, from Antiquity to today, and most stages in between.

This major will help you understand the performances you see, and those you might want to make.

Graduates typically pursue creative roles within the arts sector like performing, directing, playwriting and reviewing.

View

Economics

Economics is the science of decision making.

Undertake this advanced major and you'll understand how economics, globalisation, development and sustainability shape the availability of resources in today's societies.

Graduates are highly employable across private and public sectors, agencies, international organisations, consultancies, companies and utilities.

View

English

Gain a deeper insight into the English-speaking world and English-language culture.

This major combines courses from English literature, media, film and television studies.

Graduates typically work in education as school teachers, heads of department, education advisers and student mentors.

View

English as an International Language

Further your knowledge of how English is used in intercultural settings and globalised workplaces.

You'll gain a specialisation in English and better understand the complex relationship between language, culture and identity,

Skilled graduates are sought after by international and multinational companies for positions in development, marketing, management and trade.

View

English Literature

Develop your enjoyment of reading and refine your analytical skills by examining some of the world's major English-language novels and works.

Discover the different ways that people from different times have lived, thought, argued, felt and imagined.

Career paths lead to opportunities in education, government and arts administration, arts policy, communications, festivals and marketing.

View

Film and Television Studies

Gain a broad appreciation of how film and TV are both major commercial industries and artistic forms, and have the option of taking practical courses in screenwriting, video production and more.

Graduate opportunities include careers in education, festivals and events, publicity, marketing, film culture, screen corporations and film distributors.

View

French

Immerse yourself in French language and culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

View

Geography

Become actively involved in addressing issues like climate change and population growth as you develop your understanding of the relationship between natural systems and social systems.

Roles for graduates include areas like natural resource management, wildlife conservation, ecotourism, transport and planning.

View

German

Learn about German language, history and culture, and gain an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in German speaking countries at the heart of modern Europe.

Developing competence in speaking, reading and writing German can improve career outcomes in fields such as business, engineering and law.

View

History

History is an ongoing dialogue between the present and past.

As a student, you'll gain an understanding of cause and consequence, and change and continuity, as you learn what informs people and their attitudes, motivations and prejudices.

Your major can lead to work that requires researching, writing and presentation skills. This includes roles in museums, publishing and international agencies.

View

Indonesian

Get to know one of Australia's closest neighbours in this major covering Indonesian history, politics, culture and society.

Learn why Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of Indonesia, has been identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth.

As Indonesia plays a bigger role in our region, this major is beneficial for careers in business, tourism, law, mining and other fields.

View

International Relations

Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues in world politics.

International relations provides an in-depth understanding of the nature and exercise of power in world politics; the origins, constitution and development of the international system; how ideas shape order, justice and security; Australia's role in global affairs, the interplay between domestic, international and transnational politics, and a diverse range of state and non-state actors

Graduates of this major will be global citizens, intellectually open and flexible, aware of and sensitive to cultural difference, and motivated to make positive change through global engagement.

Choose from courses about foreign policy, terrorism and insurgency, human rights and foreign policies.

View

Italian

This major focuses on the culture, art, music, architecture and literature of Italy.

Study includes language courses from beginner to advanced levels, as well as content-based courses (mostly in Italian).

Graduate opportunities include careers in education, translation/interpreting, hospitality and tourism, international politics and diplomacy.

Italian is available cross-institutionally at Griffith University. Details of courses are available on the Griffith University website. To study an Italian course, visit the Brisbane Universities Languages Alliance to submit your application.

View

Japanese

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture, including the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to broaden their career opportunities in these fields.

View

Journalism and Mass Communication

Gain the knowledge vital for exciting careers in media and related professions.

Courses cover the study of journalism and other forms of public communication, along with global journalism, mass communication and digital media.

Career opportunities can be found in arts, business, government and business, marketing, communications or public relations.

View

Korean

Come to understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse history and rich culture.

There are speaking and writing courses, along with teachings about Korean films, TV dramas, internet culture and even pop songs.

Many students also undertake other courses in various fields where their major in Korean can a prove a future career asset, like business, education and tourism.

View

Legal Education Studies

Legal Education Studies prepares students to teach Legal Studies in Secondary Schools.

This senior syllabus area examines the interface of law and society, providing an understanding of the legal system and its protection of individual rights in line with obligations and responsibilities. 

This area of study includes a variety of courses dealing with legal foundations - Criminal, Civil and Business Law, International Law and Human Rights Law.

Elective courses include Offender Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention. 

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Linguistics

Discover what language is, how we learn and use it, and how it varies and changes across social and historical contexts.

Courses examine the sounds of language, words, sentences and meaning, and the complex interactions between them.

Linguistics leads to careers in areas as diverse as engineering and artificial intelligence, software engineering, health sciences, education, law and publishing.

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Mathematics

This major offers more than 30 different courses to suit different interests and career goals.

Prerequisite courses cover essential topics, with higher-level courses covering mathematical analysis, probability bioinformatics, mathematical biology and many other subjects.

Graduates go on to research positions at universities, government agencies and private companies. There are also opportunities in banking, finance, insurance and risk management.

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Media and Digital Cultures

Broaden your future horizons with this major.

Focus on the ubiquity of digital media technologies in our lives, the role of media in cultural life, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and much more.

Learn about different forms of media like television and news, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and the cultural formations characteristic of media-dense digital societies.

Graduates often go on to careers in events, marketing media and communications fields.

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Music

Develop knowledge about the many social and historical meanings of music.

You'll also better appreciate its written and aural complexities, and approach the study of Western music in an engaging way.

Career opportunities can be found in becoming a professional musician, in education, festivals and events, arts administration, publishing, media and writing.

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Peace and Conflict Studies

Develop a well informed understanding of what causes political conflict, and the possibilities of finding peaceful solutions.

Issues you'll examine include peacekeeping, Indigenous politics, ethics and justice, and development politics.

You'll find many pathways before you in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, international development, humanitarian and community services.

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Philosophy

Philosophy will introduce you to key ideas in areas including epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics.

The purpose of philosophy is to learn how to evaluate theories and arguments, how to construct your own arguments and how to communicate ideas in a clear and powerful way.

Through your studies, you'll develop and use analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills, which can be used in endless careers and roles. You'll also study the philosophy of areas like art, science, education and politics, and learn about different research methods and analysis, which you'll use across your degree.

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Political Science

Examine the contemporary ideas, ideologies and theories that shape political decision-making.

You'll learn about various approaches to co-operation and conflict resolution, and gain a better understanding of political processes.

Careers can be found in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, government and policy, international development and humanitarian and community services.

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Popular Music and Technology

Make a major out of understanding how popular music has the power to uplift, stimulate, comfort, motivate and communicate.

Learn to express yourself through writing and music production, and become technically equipped for changing music making environments.

Graduates often find work in teaching, music production, broadcasting and audio engineering.

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Professional Writing and Communication

Gain the professional communication skills necessary for contemporary workplaces.

Study topics including multimedia storytelling and production, media design, public relations writing, and editing and publishing practices. 

This major will prepare you for careers that require clear writing and creative communication in print or digital formats.

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Psychology

Enjoy the study variety of this large discipline that covers topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Public Policy

Learn how to influence the forces that inform and shape Australian governance and public policy.

You'll gain the skills needed through courses like Australian politics, Indigenous politics and policy, political communication, development and democracy.

Use your analytical abilities for careers within the public, private and community sectors, with roles including policy adviser, policy maker and lobbyist.

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Russian

In this major you'll learn how Russian society has changed over centuries.

You will develop an appreciation of Russian literature, drama and film, and master a language spoken by 200 million people.

Develop competence in skills which can lead to careers in business, education and law, or various other fields.

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Sociology

See the world in new ways by examining every aspect of human social life.

Learn how we are shaped by education, socio-economic status, religion, gender and ethnicity, and understand how to analyse social problems and issues.

Many graduates secure roles in the public and private sectors as policy analysts, researchers, policy advisers, project managers and social workers.

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Spanish

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Courses also cover Latin American thinking, European film, and how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance future opportunities if you're also studying business, education, engineering and other fields.

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Sports Studies

Take a different view of sport, activity and leisure from sociological, historical, economic and psychological perspectives.

You'll understand the role and importance of sport, and how different social factors can influence motivation and participation.

The career fields are diverse, and include journalism, management, public relations and marketing, public health, education and psychology.

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Studies in Religion

Religion is a major force in every part of the world, and it continues to shape societies across the globe.

This major will lead you to reflect on and understand religious traditions, questions and values. Studies in Religion offers a critical, multi-disciplinary approach to a range of faiths and spiritual experiences.

Future work areas include education and academia, health and social welfare, law and justice, or even broadcasting.

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Writing

Develop a fundamental and substantial understanding of how language works in words, sentences, paragraphs and documents.

You'll also learn strategies for designing, structuring, writing and revising to be a creative or a corporate writer, or simply a better writer.

Writing skills are always in demand. Graduates find work as journalists, teachers, editors, ghost-writers, publishers and playwrights.

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Minors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Gender Studies

This involving and thought-provoking minor brings together ideas about women’s lives, their status around the world and contradictions found in gender relations and sexualities.

Graduates have the opportunity to take on roles that advance social justice and the status of women and girls, or work in politics, public policy, research or analysis.

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Latin American Studies

Explore the factors that shape the diverse cultures of Latin America.

Learn about its Indigenous peoples, and the effects of conquistadors, colonisers and the USA. Courses also cover Latin American culture in contemporary times.

This minor can prepare you for any career that requires cross-cultural understanding with Latin America, like government, diplomacy, business, education and development.

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Music Psychology

Learn how to understand music from diverse perspectives, including the scientific study of the mind, brain and behaviour.

Your study also covers social interaction, through to the everyday uses and therapeutic applications of music.

Graduates can find roles in music practice, educational, therapeutic and organisational contexts.

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Professional Pathways: Humanity and Society

Strengthen your other studies with this future-facing minor.

It's designed to complement, utilise and provide communication between humanities, arts and social sciences course choices, and prepare you for a diversity of career paths.

This minor aims to enhance your employability. It complements your discipline-specific studies by developing your professional skills and preparing you for the future of work.

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Studies in Australian Culture

Discover more about the influences that have shaped Australia from the past to present day.

You'll learn about the iconic images and identities, the major challenges and issues that make Australian culture and society unique.

Graduates can apply their knowledge in areas including tourism and hospitality, business and enterprise, politics, diplomacy, culture and the arts.

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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 $41,248

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelors of Arts/Laws (Honours) 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

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelors of Arts/Laws (Honours) 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 $8,949

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 Bachelors of Arts/Laws (Honours) for the 2020 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.

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Scholarships

Scholarships

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 Bachelors of Arts/Laws (Honours) is 707401.

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 Bachelors of Arts/Laws (Honours) is 2361.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

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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 - June 30 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