Highlights

  • Experience corporate communications in developing media campaigns, resolving issues, and dealing with the media.
  • Complete a portfolio of work  to demonstrate your skills.
  • Opportunities for work placement in consultancies, government, corporate settings and community groups.
  • Graduate accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia.
  • Prepares you for a career as a public relations officer/consultant, communications professional, corporate relations professional, publishing professional, media adviser or journalist
  • You can also study this major as part of QUT's new Bachelor of Business - International degree, which includes one year of compulsory overseas studies.

Highlights

  • Experience corporate communications in developing media campaigns, resolving issues, and dealing with the media.
  • Complete a portfolio of work  to demonstrate your skills.
  • Opportunities for work placement in consultancies, government, corporate settings and community groups.
  • Graduate accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia.
  • Prepares you for a career as a public relations officer/consultant, communications professional, corporate relations professional, publishing professional, media adviser or journalist
  • You can also study this major as part of QUT's new Bachelor of Business - International degree, which includes one year of compulsory overseas studies.

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You don't have to leave home to go to university. This course is one of the many QUT degrees you can study online.

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Why choose this course?

Your public relations course brings the real world into the classroom. You’ll learn how to build organisational relationships, write for, and liaise with, the media, and make public relations decisions across the corporate, government, agency and not-for-profit sectors.

What’s distinctive about public relations at QUT is that the course builds two career paths: public relations in-house practitioner and public relations consultant. In the in-house practitioner path your final year at QUT develops your skills to become a public relations manager, and to be able to manage issues, respond to public opinion and work to protect reputations for real-world organisations. In the public relations consultant path, your final year at QUT involves a project where you pitch an idea to a real-world client and prepare a campaign to address their needs.

You will graduate with a portfolio of work to demonstrate your skills and potential to employers.

Real-world learning

Following an overview of public relations theory and practice you will gain writing and planning skills necessary for practice.

Third-level units provide a broad view of the strategic application of public relations, including public relations within organisations, global examples of public relations, and public relations management.

Work placement opportunities in consultancies, government, corporate settings and community groups are available. You’ll also have access to events run by professional bodies such as the Public Relations Institute of Australia, and opportunities to create your own career networks.

In the capstone unit, public relations campaigns, you'll have the chance to integrate earlier learning by designing a campaign for a real world client.

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What to expect

No two days are the same in the exciting and challenging world of public relations. A public relations career can take you from publicising a new movie, to launching a social media campaign, to improving relationships with customers, to developing a government safety campaign. Public relations is critical to success in business as it helps organisations build and protect their reputation and relationships with the community, employees and other stakeholders.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

QUT’s public relations course is well recognised in educating industry professionals. Our graduates hold positions in Brisbane, Sydney, New York, London and Norway, among other local and international destinations.This means you will enter an industry which has an established network of QUT graduates currently working in positions around the world, including:

  • public relations consultant/manager
  • communications adviser
  • corporate relations executive
  • media adviser or press secretary
  • media and communications officer or manager
  • stakeholder relations adviser or manager
  • publicist
  • community relations officer
  • corporate affairs manager.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the industry’s peak professional body, the Public Relations Institute of Australia, which provides access to professional education and career opportunities. QUT maintains strong links with this body and a number of our teaching staff hold executive positions.

Research pathways

Bachelor of Business (Honours) option

High-achieving students who wish to take further studies may enrol in BS63 Bachelor of Business (Honours).

Possible careers

  • Corporate Relations Manager
  • Media Industry Specialist
  • Media or Communications Adviser
  • Policy Officer
  • Public Affairs Manager
  • Public Relations Officer/Consultant
  • Public relations manager
  • Publicist
  • Stakeholder Relations Specialist

Details and units

Your degree at a glance

Year 1 

Early in the course, you will be introduced to core business capabilities including critical thinking, professional communication, teamwork, and digital and technological fluency, and build a base of foundational business knowledge spanning the range of business disciplines including strategy, markets, financial issues and the future enterprise. You will begin your studies in public relations in the second semester, with an introduction to founding principles, an overview of the profession, and an insight into the future of public relations practice in contemporary organisations. 

Year 2 

You will build knowledge and skills in public relations techniques, learning how to write and prepare public relations tactics and tools such as media releases, social media programs, and events for real-world clients. In doing so, you will develop a portfolio of public relations materials to show potential employers. You will also build skills in public relations planning, allowing you to identify the best practices of public relations by analysing successful public relations campaigns from Australia and around the world. You will also have the opportunity to personalise your degree with the selection of a second study area. 

Year 3 

Acting as an internal adviser, you will explore corporate communication issues for organisations and track contemporary issues through case studies. You will also take the role of a public relations consultant, advising a real-world client on their problem or opportunity. Working in partnership with other students to form a consulting team, you will prepare a campaign plan to present to your client. Your writing skills will be further developed through your campaign portfolio. Work placements are also available to match your interests in consultancies, government, corporate settings and community groups.

 

Public relations major units

  • Public relations techniques
  • Public relations planning
  • Issues, stakeholders and reputation
  • Global public relations cases
  • Internal Communication and Change
  • Public relations campaigns
  • Introduction to public relations
  • Marketing and audience research

Recommended complementary study areas

Second major and minor options

  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Integrated marketing communication
  • Management
  • Human resource management
  • Language

Additional minor option

  • Tourism and entertainment marketing

Public Relations major units

  • Public relations techniques
  • Public relations planning
  • Issues, stakeholders and reputation
  • Global public relations cases
  • Internal Communication and Change
  • Public relations campaigns
  • Introduction to public relations
  • Marketing and audience research

Recommended complementary study areas

Second major and minor options

  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Integrated marketing communication
  • Management
  • Human resource management
  • Language

Additional minor option

  • Tourism and entertainment marketing

Requirements

OP
10
Selection rank
79.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

Don't have an OP or selection rank?

Find out other ways you can apply

Starting uni in 2021?

There are some changes to subjects and the qualifications we’ll consider for entry to QUT from 2021 and beyond. Make sure you’re prepared to apply.

The selection rank is a good indication of the equivalent ATAR.

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Course code
BS05
QTAC code
413021
CRICOS code
003491G
Delivery
  • Online
  • Gardens Point
Delivery
  • Online
  • Gardens Point
Duration
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February, July and November
Conditions apply for International students wishing to commence study in November. Contact bus@qut.edu.au for more information.
Offer Guarantee
Yes
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

 

QUT year 12 early offer scheme 

If you’re a current Queensland Year 12 student, you may be eligible to receive an offer for this course on 20 November, before receiving your ATAR or selection rank. 

Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank (or OP equivalent) will be applied to this course.

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2019

The scores listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent school leavers. If you are not a school leaver, take a look at the entry thresholds box at the top of this page to see the lowest adjusted scores required overall to receive an offer.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
OP Selection rank OP Selection rank
Highest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 1
Selection rank 99
OP 1
Selection rank 99
Median OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 8
Selection rank 84
OP 8
Selection rank 84
Lowest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 13
Selection rank 9
OP 9
Selection rank 82

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Guide to entry thresholds

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

OP
10
Rank
79
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $14,500 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2021 fees

2021: $31,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020 CSP $11,200 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020: $31,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

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