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Bachelor of Business (Public Relations)

Use strong communication skills and a strategic mindset to manage relationships between businesses and their audiences.
Australia and New Zealand International
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Guide to entry thresholds

OP
9
Selection
rank
81
View the entry requirements
Campus
Gardens Point
Campus
Gardens Point
Duration
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Entry
February and July
February, July and November
QTAC code
413021
CRICOS
003491G

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2018.

 

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.

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.

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.

Career outcomes

Career 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

Requirements

OP 9
Rank 81

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2018.

Don't have an OP or rank?

Find out other ways you can apply

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

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

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Guaranteed entry

If you receive an adjusted OP 1-5 (or equivalent selection rank), you are guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

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, 2018

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 7
Selection rank 86
Lowest OP/selection rank to receive an offer
OP 12
Selection rank 73
OP 9
Selection rank 81

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).

Minimum academic requirements

I completed my studies outside of Australia

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, 2018.

OP
9
Rank
81
Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you completed secondary school in Australia and received an OP 1-5 or equivalent, and you meet the course prerequisites, you are guaranteed an offer for this course in the January offer round

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, Singapore, 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
Cambridge Advanced English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Cambridge English 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 within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6 6 6
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. Please assign your test to QUT in your Pearson profile.
58 50 50 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
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.

2019

2019: CSP $11,000 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2019

2019: $29,900 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Find out more about course fees

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out more about government loans

Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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Corporate Partners in Excellence (CPIE) Scholarship - commencing students

A scholarship for future undergraduate students who want to study a Bachelor of Business.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Academic)

A scholarship for future undergraduate students who want to study in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Business Academic Excellence Scholarship

A scholarship for future undergraduate students who want to study business.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Laurie Cowled Indigenous Scholarships for Business Students

A scholarship for current undergraduate Indigenous female students studying business.

Scholarship eligibility
Of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent; Struggling financially; Women

Triple Crown Scholarship

A scholarship for future international students who want to study business.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Equity scholarships scheme

A scholarship for low-income students studying in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Struggling financially

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Elite Athlete)

A scholarship for future undergraduate students who want to study in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Sporting excellence

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