Journalism/Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor

Journalism/Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 66 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
This professional double degree in journalism and law is in high demand. The course combines the practical skills and an understanding of the journalism industry with the knowledge and skills to work in legal practice. 


Why choose this course?

The course combines the practical skills and an understanding of the journalism industry with the knowledge and skills to work in legal practice. In the journalism component, students learn broad journalism skills including news writing, feature writing, journalism ethics and issues, sub-editing and layout, radio and television journalism, and online journalism.

QUT’s Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is a higher-level 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.

QUT’s contemporary law degree prepares you to think ahead and allows you to take advantage of employment opportunities in growth areas or newly emerging sectors, such as intellectual property and technology.

As a QUT law student, you will benefit immediately and into the future from:

  • a course that has been designed in consultation with industry to have a strong foundation in contemporary law knowledge, understanding and experience
  • meaningful connections with high profile industry employers
  • practical and effective hands-on learning experiences during your studies
  • classes with leading and expert teachers
  • international study and placement opportunities
  • our high quality law library, expert librarians and Law Moot Court facilities
  • the convenience of a city-based campus.

Career 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

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

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. We offer PLT in the form of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.


Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 66 months
  • Credits
    528 credit points alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included: 

  • Legal Research,
  • Administrative Law,
  • Ethics and the Legal Profession,
  • Corporate Law,
  • Legal Research Capstone (24 cps) and
  • two Advanced Electives in law.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

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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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    28400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28400 USD per year and a duration of 66 months.
  • National Applies to you

    28400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28400 USD per year and a duration of 66 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

  • 2018: $28400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Living costs for Brisbane

  • 1402 - 2530 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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