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Bachelors of Journalism / Laws (Honours)


Develop practical legal and communications skills that will help you stand out from the field, kickstarting your career in the media or legal professions.

Under this dual program, you'll build a solid understanding of the legal and journalism professions, preparing yourself for a diverse range of career options across media, communications and legal industries.

The journalism component of this dual degree will teach you to tell great stories in innovative and engaging ways, and to shape the future using creativity and imagination.

It will develop your understanding of journalism and its media and communication contexts, and the skills and reflection necessary to be a professional journalist. You'll learn the principles and practices of new digital media production, giving you the ability to undertake internships, fieldwork studies and independent project work.

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is designed to provide you with a broad introduction to the legal system as a whole, and a thorough and critical understanding of core areas of law and legal theory.

You'll develop useful professional, clinical and legal analysis skills including traditional and modern legal research methods, legal writing, advocacy and alternative dispute resolution. The program emphasises interactive learning, internationally relevant content and the promotion of ethical values.

St Lucia
5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
Level 8
St Lucia
A$41952 (indicative per year)
5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Graduate with an internationally respected honours qualification, with advanced knowledge and skills that will set you apart in a competitive job market.
  • Attain the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia.
  • Learn from award-winning journalists, editors, visual communicators, digital media experts, television broadcasters, radio reporters and media executives.

1 in Queensland for law

QS World University Rankings 2021

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2021

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
  • Research experience
  • Seminars

What you'll study

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:

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Human rights advocate
  • Insolvency practitioner
  • Insurance professional
  • Legal content writer
  • Legal content editor
  • Court reporter
  • Journalist
  • Correspondent/Journalist

Graduate salary

Law & paralegal studies (undergraduate)


Program accreditation

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

  • Legal Practitioners Admissions Board

Entry requirements

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.

ATAR scores: See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

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


There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the 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

Student visas

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 (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

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Journalism/B Laws (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


(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.

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $41,952

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelors of Journalism / Laws (Honours) for the 2021 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

Indicative annual fee

AUD $14,371

Indicative annual fee 2021 Commonwealth supported place

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelors of Journalism / Laws (Honours) 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

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


Domestic places in the Bachelors of Journalism / 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



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 Journalism / Laws (Honours) is 737102.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

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 Journalism / Laws (Honours) is 2512.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

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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