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Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Combine journalism and law to work as a solicitor, barrister or in-house lawyer for a media organisation, or as a journalist covering law, politics, crime and foreign affairs.
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Guide to entry thresholds

OP
6
Selection
rank
89
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Campus
Gardens Point
Kelvin Grove
Campus
Gardens Point
Kelvin Grove
Duration
5.5 years full-time
5.5 years full-time
Course starts
February and July
February and July
QTAC code
409912
CRICOS
096578G

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2019.

 

Highlights

  • Learn to prepare and present news through a variety of social channels and across online, print and broadcast platforms.
  • Access newsrooms, radio and TV studios and contribute to QUT News and other outlets. You'll also have the opportunity to apply for industry internships and international exchanges.
  • Gain a strong foundation in contemporary law knowledge, understanding and experience.
  • Benefit from meaningful connections with high profile industry employers and classes with leading and internationally renowned law experts.
  • Develop a career in journalism focusing on legal affairs, politics, crime reporting and foreign affairs, or work as a solicitor, barrister or in-house lawyer, including media lawyer.

Highlights

  • Learn to prepare and present news through a variety of social channels and across online, print and broadcast platforms.
  • Access newsrooms, radio and TV studios and contribute to QUT News and other outlets. You'll also have the opportunity to apply for industry internships and international exchanges.
  • Gain a strong foundation in contemporary law knowledge, understanding and experience.
  • Benefit from meaningful connections with high profile industry employers and classes with leading and internationally renowned law experts.
  • Develop a career in journalism focusing on legal affairs, politics, crime reporting and foreign affairs, or work as a solicitor, barrister or in-house lawyer, including media lawyer.

What to expect

Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

Get hands-on production experience in industry-standard newsrooms, studios, post-production and editing suites for radio, television, online and print production. You'll have access to the latest AV equipment and software, and 24-hour student computer labs.

Benefit from connection to industry experts through experienced teaching and tutoring staff and guest lecturers. You'll collaborate with students from other disciplines, providing a richer learning experience that reflects real-world working environments you will experience in your career. You can even submit your university projects for recognition through industry awards.

With a double degree, you'll gain an even broader range of skills and knowledge and greater career flexibility. This is a popular option for students seeking careers in support roles in the creative industries, or wanting to work in a creative role in other industries.

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

The defining nature of our law degree is the unique balance between theory and practice. During your degree, you will complete the academic law units required for admission to legal practice, as well as elective units that align with your career interests.

Through your study you will develop necessary legal skills such as legal research, problem solving, critical analysis, dispute resolution, and oral and written communication.

Develop a career in journalism focusing on legal affairs, politics, crime reporting and foreign affairs, or work as a solicitor, barrister or in-house lawyer, including media lawyer.

Our course will also help you understand and promote the ethical standards of the legal profession and to appreciate international and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.

Our Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is a higher qualification than a bachelor degree, as it has honours-level content integrated throughout the course. The advanced knowledge and skills in this course will benefit your professional career, or future research and study.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

The combination of journalism with law can equip you for specialised journalism careers in legal affairs, politics, crime reporting and foreign affairs. Knowledge of parliament and how laws are created is crucial to any journalist, so you will be able to draw on your legal knowledge in that area. You could also find employment in the legal environment as a solicitor, barrister or in-house lawyer (including media lawyer), with the journalism component enhancing your employability with advanced oral and written communication skills

Professional recognition

The law degree is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board. If you want to become a lawyer at the end of your degree, you will need to complete further practical legal training (PLT) before you can apply for admission to practice. Successful completion of PLT allows you to apply for admission as solicitor, but if you want to be a barrister you will need to also pass the Bar Exams. We offer PLT in the form of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Possible careers

  • Barrister
  • Commercialisation Officer
  • Contract Administrator
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Policy Officer
  • Public Relations Officer/Consultant
  • Solicitor

Details and units

You are required to complete 528 credit points, made up of 192 credit points for the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) program and 336 credit points for the Bachelor of Laws program. You will study communication and law units in your first four years, and will concentrate on law studies for the remainder of this course.

Communication component

You will complete:

  • four core units (48 credit points)
  • a communication major (144 credit points) in journalism.

Law component

You will complete 336 credit points of core units and a mixture of law electives made up of

  • 19 Core units (240 credit points)
  • 1 introductory law elective* (12 credit points)
  • 5 general law electives** (60 credit points)
  • 2 advanced law electives (24 credit points)

*You may select a general law elective in place of the introductory law elective

**In place of 4 general law electives (48 credit points), you have the option to complete the Law, Technology and Innovation minor or 4 non-law electives or a university wide minor. Successful completion of a minor will be recognised on the academic record and/or the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.

Law, technology and innovation minor units

  • Law and Data Analysis (LLB250)
  • Law and Design Thinking (LLB251)
  • Regulating Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (LLB341)
  • Regulating the Internet (LLB345)

Honours-level units

96 credit points of the following honours units will be used to determine the honours levels of the LLB (Hons):

  • Legal Research (LLH201)
  • Administrative Law (LLH206)
  • Ethics and the Legal Profession (LLH302)
  • Corporate Law (LLH305)
  • Legal Research Capstone (LLH401) (24 credit points
  • two 12-credit point Advanced Law Electives

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners.

Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course.

You are required to complete 528 credit points, made up of 192 credit points for the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) program and 336 credit points for the Bachelor of Laws program. You will study communication and law units in your first four years, and will concentrate on law studies for the remainder of this course.

Communication component

You will complete:

  • four core units (48 credit points)
  • a communication major (144 credit points) in journalism.

Law component

Law component

You will complete 336 credit points of core units and a mixture of law electives made up of

  • 19 Core units (240 credit points)
  • 1 introductory law elective* (12 credit points)
  • 5 general law electives** (60 credit points)
  • 2 advanced law electives (24 credit points)

*You may select a general law elective in place of the introductory law elective

**In place of 4 general law electives (48 credit points), you have the option to complete the Law, Technology and Innovation minor or 4 non-law electives or a university wide minor. Successful completion of a minor will be recognised on the academic record and/or the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.

Law, technology and innovation minor units

  • Law and Data Analysis (LLB250)
  • Law and Design Thinking (LLB251)
  • Regulating Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (LLB341)
  • Regulating the Internet (LLB345)

Honours-level units

96 credit points of the following honours units will be used to determine the honours levels of the LLB (Hons):

  • Legal Research (LLH201)
  • Administrative Law (LLH206)
  • Ethics and the Legal Profession (LLH302)
  • Corporate Law (LLH305)
  • Legal Research Capstone (LLH401) (24 credit points
  • two 12-credit point Advanced Law Electives

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners.

Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course.

Requirements

OP 6
Rank 89

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2019.

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Course code
ID08
QTAC code
409912
CRICOS code
096578G
Campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
Campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
5.5 years full-time
Duration
5.5 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July
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.

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.

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Deferment

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

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Adjustments to your selection rank

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

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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 2
Selection rank 97
OP 1
Selection rank 99
Median OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 4
Selection rank 94
OP 4
Selection rank 94
Lowest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 8
Selection rank 84
OP 6
Selection rank 89

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, 2019.

OP
6
Rank
89
Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you completed secondary school in Australia, received an OP 1-5 or equivalent and you meet the course prerequisites, 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
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. 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 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.
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.

2020 fees

2020 CSP $9,000 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020: $30,900 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.

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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.

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Scholarships

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

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QUT Faculty of Law Founders' Scholarship

A scholarship for eligible undergraduate law students studying in the Faculty of Law.

Scholarship eligibility
Struggling financially

Equity scholarships scheme

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

Scholarship eligibility
Struggling financially

QUT Sport Scholarship (Elite Athlete)

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

Scholarship eligibility
Sporting excellence

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