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Course information set

  • Study print, radio, TV and online journalism covering reporting, editing and production.
  • Access industry-standard equipment and facilities, dedicated newsrooms, radio and TV studios, editing suites and production offices.
  • Contribute to QUT News bulletins for television and radio and write online news that is incorporated into professional news outlets.
QTAC course code421222
QUT course code KJ32
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2018 February

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

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 040293F
  • Information Officer
  • Journalist
  • Media Industry Specialist
  • Public Relations Officer/Consultant
  • Publishing Professional

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From print and broadcast media to online outlets and social media sites such as Twitter, the production and consumption of news has evolved and expanded. Today journalism is produced on more platforms than ever before and consumed through mobile phones and laptops alongside newspapers, TV and radio. Professional journalists continue to set the agenda, managing and validating information in a world swamped by citizen journalism and user-generated content. 

Why choose this course?

QUT’s journalism degree will prepare you to investigate, write and present news across platforms including online, print, radio and television. Hands-on production experience combined with knowledge of theory and context will provide you with a foundation for your journalism career in the twenty-first century.

You’ll have the opportunity to contribute industry-standard content to QUT News and other outlets, with access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities including dedicated newsrooms, radio and TV studios, editing suites and production offices. Learn from working professionals and internationally renowned scholars of journalism and media studies. Journalism staff maintain close links to the industry through their association with high-profile awards and organisations. For example, QUT has sponsored the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism and the Queensland Clarion Awards. Journalism students can pursue work experience through industry internships and international exchanges. To view the latest student bulletins visit the QUT News website at

Career outcomes

QUT graduates develop successful careers in journalism working for newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online media. Others choose careers in public relations, media management and corporate communications. QUT journalism graduates have achieved distinction in high-profile media positions. Our graduates include senior Australian journalists such as Michael Crutcher, (former editor of The Courier-Mail), Leigh Sales, Leila McKinnon and Karl Stefanovic.


In collaboration with Brisbane radio station, 4EBFM, QUT offers a one-year $5000 scholarship that provides broadcast experience and study support to students from non-English speaking backgrounds looking to work in the Australian media. For more information visit

Professional recognition

The QUT journalism degree is recognised by the Australian Journalists’ Association section of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Journalism

Your course

To meet the requirements of this course, you must complete a total of 288 credit points comprising: 

  • Journalism core units - 192 credit points
  • Complementary studies - one 96 credit point second major; or two 48 credit point minors; or one minor and four unit options (electives)
Year 1
  • learn writing, reporting, research, data analysis and data management skills
  • study sophisticated writing and production concepts
Year 2
  • further explore writing styles in magazines and feature writing
  • study broadcast reporting, writing and production
  • learn about journalism issues and ethics
Year 3
  • opportunities as senior reporters in print, broadcasting and online media
  • make current affair reports for 4EBFM radio, QUT News or online productions
  • study advanced writing and reporting 
  • opportunity for an internship within the industry

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining 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. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 5

Rank 91

Course information set

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).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

2018: CSP $6,600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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

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

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all undergraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Journalism

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (421222) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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