In business, everyone’s looking for an edge. An honours degree signals your outstanding academic abilities and superior analytical skills in your chosen degree.
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UQ Business School’s world-class honours programs are designed to help students develop superior analytical skills and enhance their knowledge of business techniques, research methodologies and literature.
As an honours student, you will learn how to address current industry issues, develop superior problem solving skills while working closely with academic staff to reach your full potential. Honours students are encouraged to challenge and question the status quo, a skill that is extremely valued by our respective industries.
You will have the benefits of small classes and interactive discussions with fellow students and lecturers, getting to know them in a way that is not possible in undergraduate classes.
An honours qualification demonstrates your leadership potential and provides a pathway to an academic career.
"The advantage that honours brings to my career is the expertise and analytical skills. I'm hoping to go into market research when I leave university, and an honours year will give me an edge in the business world."
Bachelor of Business Management (Honours)
Application Closing Dates
Semester 1 Commencement
Domestic: 15 January of that year
International: 30 November of the previous year
Semester 2 Commencement
Domestic: 15 June of that year
International: 31 May of that year
Full-time commencement is available for both Semester 1 or Semester 2.
Who is this degree for?
If you’re looking to be a respected leader in the field and develop specialised skills and expertise, an honours year is for you.
To enrol for honours, you must complete the required Bachelor program or equivalent with a GPA of at least 5.0 for Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management and 5.5 for Bachelor of Business Management and Bachelor of Commerce.
For further details on entry requirements, please visit the Future Students website:
As an honours student, you will find yourself in a stimulating environment, with the benefits of small classes and highly interactive discussions with fellow students and lecturers.
Across the Honours year, students will complete an equivalent of eight courses. Honours students complete compulsory research methods training, which will teach you the practical skills required to design and undertake quality research projects with an applied managerial or theoretical focus. A variety of electives are also available to allow students to focus their studies on their area they wish to specialise in.
Bachelor of Business Management (Honours)
The Business Management Honours program offers electives in the fields of management, marketing, strategy and qualitative and quantitative research techniques.
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
The Bachelor of Commerce Honour program offers electives in Accounting, Business Information Systems and Finance, many of which cover the analytical techniques necessary for the research thesis.
Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management (Honours)
The Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management Honours program offers a range of Honours and Masters level courses across the Hospitality, Tourism and Events disciplines. The courses are designed to provide students with the opportunity to aquire the research skills necessary to undertake research in their chosen field and gain a deeper knowledge of the challenges facing the tourism industry.
A major part of the honours program is completing your thesis, which will allow you to further develop you skills and knowledge in an area you are passionate about. You will be able to select a topic from a relevant field and choose a supervisor who will assist you with developing a study plan, discuss your progress and provide you with feedback.
UQ Business School offers a wide range of resources for honours students, including exclusive access to The Paul Rogers Honours Facility – a dedicated computer laboratory space located in the Joyce Ackroyd Building.
The research workshop series showcases leading studies by national and international researchers, covering a wide range of topics from different perspectives. The seminars offers the opportunity to meet and learn from leading practitioners, researchers and academics.
The annual Research Colloquium offers you the ideal opportunity to showcase your research to faculty and fellow students while receiving support and constructive feedback.
Casual Employment Opportunities
As an Honours student, employment as a tutor and research assistance may be available, giving you the appreciation of academic life.
What career outcomes are there?
An Honours degree demonstrates to employers that you have exceptional problem solving and analytical thinking skills. Whether you undertake an honours year to build on you undergraduate education, or to begin a career in research, our graduates have a distinct advantage when applying for professional roles.
Our graduates can use their qualifications to distinguish themselves in a competitive jobs market, or as a stepping stone to a career in research, whether in industry or academia.
Students who earn Class I or Class IIA Honours also qualify for most PhD programs across Australia and some internationally, including programs in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Specific career outcomes will depend on our chosen degree and specialisation, however our honours graduates have found employment at high-levels, both in Australia and internationally.
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.
"It is largely because of my time at UQ Business School that I have ended up at one of the big four global consulting firms today in a job that I love. My Honours year opened my eyes to careers and lifestyles I didn't know existed."