Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

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The Honours program provides Bachelor of Commerce graduates with an extra year of high quality study to enhance their business and finance skills. This program will appeal to high achieving students eager to pursue research and more advanced coursework.

An Honours degree demonstrates to employers that you are someone with exceptional ability and superior skills. Places are strictly limited and awarded on the basis of academic merit. The program can also act as a stepping stone to the Master of Philosophy or PhD.

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) students can choose from a range of courses in areas including finance, accounting and business information systems. They are also required to complete a research thesis.

As a leading global business school, UQ Business School is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. In the 2015 Excellence in Australia (ERA) review, our research was classed as 'above world standard' in six fields of research: accounting, auditing and accountability, banking, finance and investment, business and management, information systems, marketing and tourism.


Applicants for the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) program must have completed the Bachelor of Commerce program or equivalent with a GPA of at least 5.50 on a 7 point scale. Entry to the program is determined through a competitive merit based process.

The grade point average (GPA) for entry to the program is a guide and may change from year to year depending upon demand. To be considered for honours, you must apply for entry to the program. Each applicant is assessed on an individual basis through a competitive merit based process.

International students may start in semester one only.

Please note that it is not possible to commence the honours program more than two academic years after the completion of the required bachelor degree (or equivalent), unless the Executive Dean, after consultation with the Head of School, gives permission to do so. This permission will only be granted in special circumstances.

The application procedure for the program varies depending on whether you are a domestic or international student.

Find further information about course dates, costs and how to apply


An Honours degree at UQ Business School offers you the opportunity to work with leading academics, develop your knowledge, and enhance your career opportunities.

As an Honours student, you will find yourself in a stimulating environment. You will have the benefits of small classes and highly interactive discussions with fellow students and lecturers. You get to know your fellow students and your lecturers in a way that is not possible in undergraduate classes.

The thesis

The thesis is a major part of the Honours program and will allow students to further develop their skills in an area they are passionate about. Honours students can select a topic from a relevant area of commerce and choose a potential supervisor. The chosen supervisor will help students develops a study plan, discuss their progress, read, and give feedback on their thesis.

Discover the past Honours thesis.


Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) students can choose from a range of courses on topics such as financial information in capital markets, corporate finance, empirical finance, information systems and contemporary research issues. They must also complete a compulsory course on Scientific Method in Commerce which teaches the practical skills needed to design and undertake qualitative research projects.

View the program course list.

Dedicated facilities

UQ Business School offers a wide range of resources for Honours students. This includes exclusive access to The Paul Rogers Honours Facility, which is a dedicated computer laboratory space located in the Joyce Ackroyd Building (37).

Research workshops

The research workshop series showcases leading research by national and international researchers. These seminars cover a wide range of business topics from different perspectives and provide an opportunity for honours students to meet and learn from leading practitioners, researchers and academics. Honours students may be required to attend a number of workshops during the year.

Research Colloquium

The annual Research Colloquium offers Honours students the ideal chance to showcase their research to faculty and fellow students while receiving support and constructive feedback.

Casual employment opportunities

Employment as a tutor and research assistant may be available to Honours students. Tutorial work provides an opportunity to appreciate academic life.


The Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) program takes one year of full-time study to complete, or the equivalent part-time.

Students complete a total of 16 units, which includes a compulsory course on Scientific Methods in Commerce (4 units), a thesis (6 units), and can then choose a further 6 units of elective courses from the program course list.

3MTThis is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

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What outcomes to expect from your degree

Graduates of the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) can expect to find career opportunities in a wide range of fields within both the public and private sector. They include accounting, auditing, taxation, treasury, financial management, business advisory services, insolvency and business recovery, corporate services, merchant banking, management consulting and information systems.

The honours program also provides a pathway to the PhD. 

How to shape your career

As a UQ student, you have access to a range of services to prepare for a successful career:

  • The Student Employability Team (SET) – assists students with accessing career opportunities and managing their careers. SET programs give students an edge by helping build industry experience and develop lifelong employability skills. Contact their team of employability specialists to set and achieve your career goals.
  • Networking events – these events help students establish connections with industry professionals.
  • Employer presentations on campus – provides opportunities to meet UQ graduates currently employed in industry and understand what the employer is looking for in a new hire.
  • UQ Careers Fair - an annual university wide event for students to meet with over 130 potential employers to source information on career opportunities.
  • Global Experiences Expo - discover how UQ provides students with opportunities to study overseas, or get support to work, learn or volunteer on a short trip.


Support services

UQ Business School offers a wide range of advice and support for future and current students.

Domestic student enquiries

To find out more about applications or programs for Australian (domestic) students, call +61 7 3365 2203 (open 8:30am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday except university and public holidays).

You can also visit the admissions site or use the online enquiry form.

International student enquiries

For further enquiries about applications or programs, international students can call +61 3 8676 7004 from outside Australia or 1800 671 980 from inside Australia (free call).

Find out more on the international contact page or use the online enquiry form.

Find details of international educational representatives

Financial assistance

Find out more about fees, charges and financial assistance

Find details of undergraduate scholarships for future students and for current students

Student centres

Student centres are located on each campus including St Lucia and provide a one-stop shop for student administration enquiries – including enrolment, timetables, fees, graduation, academic transcripts and ID cards – and general enquiries.

Call +61 7 3365 2600 from 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday or visit the student centre page.

Student support

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