Areas of study
Find out more about the different areas of study at UQ Business School and the career opportunities which they offer.
Accounting is the way in which we assess the financial position and performance of a business and record transactions. Accountants are required in organisations of all types, in the private, public and voluntary sectors, and accountancy qualifications also provide a sound basis for a general business career.
UQ Business School is a leading institution for the study of accounting in Australia and our programs are accredited by the key professional bodies, the CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Our academics are at the forefront of the profession, helping to shape accounting practice and set the standards in Australia and beyond.
Business & Management
Good management allows a business to achieve its goals by making best use of its resources. Managers need strategic skills to determine the long-term direction of the business and also leadership skills to inspire and motivate their people.
UQ Business School offers the opportunity to develop these skills by studying with internationally renowned management experts. As one of the world’s leading business schools, we offer a wide range of options from degree and postgraduate programs and executive education courses, to our flagship MBA program which is ranked number one in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.*
*AFR BOSS (2015), The Economist (2015)
By creating new businesses and bringing new products and services to market, entrepreneurs play a key role within the economy and are increasingly helping to resolve social problems too. Our programs will help you develop the skills to put your ideas into practice, raise finance and think through issues such as strategy, pricing and business models. The programs take a ‘learning by doing’ approach and provide opportunities to meet venture capitalists and successful entrepreneurs.
Our social entrepreneurship programs will give you an in-depth understanding of this powerful new business model and the chance to gain experience working in social enterprises. Students from our entrepreneurship programs can go on to build their own business or social enterprise, work as consultants or in management roles focused on creating sustainable business ventures.
From arts festivals and cultural events to sports fixtures, conferences and exhibitions, events play a key role in business, education and leisure. Our courses will give you an understanding of the different types of events and specialist knowledge in all aspects of event management. You will develop the managerial and entrepreneurial capabilities involved in marketing, sponsorship and fundraising.
UQ Business School is the only school in Australia to offer tourism programs with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) accreditation and we offer exceptional engagement opportunities for students. Graduates enjoy careers as event managers, consultants, conference and convention centre managers and in various roles within the tourism sector.
An efficient banking and finance system is essential for the health of the wider economy. Finance professionals help ensure the effective operation of the money markets and financial institutions. Corporate managers also use financial models to evaluate their investment and financing decisions, while both corporations and individuals benefit from investment portfolio analysis and risk management.
UQ Business School programs cover all the different aspects of modern finance – from financial management and corporate finance to investment and portfolio management, banking and the credit markets. Graduates enjoy careers in finance, banking, stockbroking, management consulting, corporate financial management and government agencies.
The role of human resources (HR) is to manage people to create both value for the organisation and positive work experiences for the individuals. UQ Business School is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). Our undergraduate and postgraduate programs will build your knowledge in all areas of HR - from recruitment to performance management, compensation, training and development, career support, team development, communication and conflict, industrial negotiation and resolution, and HR strategy. They will also help you develop the personal capabilities needed to be an effective practitioner.
HR professionals enjoy careers as consultants and managers in public and private sectors, in recruitment and candidate selection, industrial relations, employer associations, negotiation and advocacy, and occupational health and safety.
Businesses today rely on information technology and information systems for all aspects of their operation - from accounting and enterprise software to online trading systems and web applications. Professionals who have data analytics, process improvement and information system design skills, together with a broad understanding of the business value of technology, are in high demand.
UQ Business School is one of the leading institutions for the study of business information systems in Australia. Students can choose from a wide range of career options including business or data analyst, systems or process analyst, management consultant, or information systems manager.
Skills in international business management are essential for managers in today’s global marketplace. Managers must understand the problems and opportunities that cross-border activities create, drawing upon the full suite of disciplines to inform their strategies, business structures and processes.
UQ Business School programs are designed for those seeking a career in international business or to help existing managers improve business performance. Graduates enjoy careers as consultants and managers in private businesses with international operations and trading networks, state and federal government agencies, and trade or industry associations.
Whether you are planning to take on a leadership role, or you are an existing business leader looking to enhance your skills, UQ Business School offers a range of options. Our programs focus on values-based, transformative models of leadership that produce positive outcomes for both the organisation and society.
Drawing on western and non-western wisdom theory, students learn the timeless principles of leadership, while the use of self-assessments, practical tasks and reflection helps them to develop the qualities required for leadership roles from middle management to CEO. Our programs help students to advance their careers, achieve promotion or, in some cases, to become self-employed entrepreneurs.
Marketing & Advertising
Marketing professionals play a critical role in the success of a business, by understanding what customers want and promoting the right products to them. According to Australian government data, employment prospects for marketing and advertising professionals will grow strongly in the years ahead.
UQ Business School has over 40 years’ experience of providing marketing education and offers a comprehensive range of programs including our renowned MBA, which is ranked number one in Asia Pacific. Our annual marketing summit in March attracts leading academics from around the world, and many of our graduates hold senior roles within global brands. Career opportunities also exist in marketing and advertising agencies, in the marketing departments of businesses, government and not-for-profit organisations, in sales and retail, media planning and buying and market research.
Real Estate & Property
Property is a dynamic industry that is continually evolving. The rising prices in Australia’s major capital cities illustrate the high demand for residential and commercial property. Developments are large, complex projects that represent a major investment. Our program covers the wide range of skills required by property professionals including planning and development, valuation, management, property law, construction economics and project management.
UQ Business School is professionally accredited by the Australian Property Institute (API) and The Royal Institution of Chartered Accountants (RICS). Graduates enjoy careers as project managers working on new developments, as real estate agents, property managers and property investment specialists.
Supply Chain Management
Supply chains are the backbone of the global economy, and the need for professionals who can design, manage and operate complex global supply chains continues to grow.
This field of study comprises two UQ based courses as well as credit obtained via five online courses offered through The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) MicroMasters credential in Supply Chain Management. The incorporation of online courses allows you greater flexibility in your studies at a significantly reduced cost.
These courses contain theoretical concepts as well as practical considerations of managing supply chains. You will learn the three flows of Supply Chain Management – the flow of the physical product, the flow of information and the flow of money, as well as supply chain analytics, design, dynamics, technology and systems.
Sustainability will be high on the agenda for future business leaders. They will face challenges such as how to respond to the threat of climate change, and create social and environmental value. UQ Business School is at the forefront of global research in this field and offers students the chance to participate in real-life sustainability projects. Our work has influenced many managers to develop goals for social impact and sustainability.
Graduates enjoy careers as managers and advisors in corporates, government and international organisations such as the United Nations. They can work in areas such as sustainability, renewables and clean technology, energy efficiency and risk management, or advise high-impact industries such as mining on social and environmental strategies.
Tourism & Hospitality
As one of the world’s biggest industries and one of the fastest growing, tourism offers international opportunities for skilled professionals. UQ Business School is one of Australia’s largest dedicated providers of tourism programs and research and the only one to offer programs with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) accreditation. Through our industry partnerships, we also offer exceptional engagement opportunities for students.
As tourism and hospitality have become increasingly knowledge based, higher learning has become more important in opening career doors. Our programs prepare students for a wide range of careers and help existing managers to improve their skills – from destination marketing and visitor attractions to operations management for hotels, restaurants, catering and leisure facilities. Other career options include hotel consultancies, casinos, cruise ships, airlines and retail travel.