In business, everyone’s looking for an edge. An honours degree signals your outstanding academic abilities and superior analytical skills in your chosen degree.

The 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 research and analytical skills I developed through writing my thesis, and the knowledge I gained during my honours year have been invaluable in my current job as a Global Markets Analyst. It also enabled me to build connections both in industry and academic circles."

Benjamin Wiltshire, Bachelor of Commerce Honours graduate

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Honours Programs

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 the area they wish to specialise in.

If you have completed the Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management/Bachelor of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management program, you may be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Business Management (Honours).

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.

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Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

The Bachelor of Commerce Honours program offers electives in Accounting, Business Information Systems and Finance, many of which cover the analytical techniques necessary for the research thesis.

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The Thesis

A major part of the honours program is completing your thesis, which will allow you to further develop your 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.

Dedicated Facilities

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 in the Colin Clark Building.

Research Workshops

The research workshop series showcases leading studies by national and international researchers, covering a wide range of topics from different perspectives. The seminars offer the opportunity to meet and learn from leading practitioners, researchers and academics.

Research Colloquium

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. 


Career Outcomes

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 your 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 Business, Economics and Law (BEL) Careers and Employability Team – assists students with accessing career opportunities and managing their careers. BEL Careers and Employability programs give students an edge by helping build industry experience and develop lifelong employability skills. Contact the team of employability specialists to set and achieve your career goals.
  • Student Hub – online employment service for local and international UQ students, employers and alumni who may be looking for training or job opportunities while studying at UQ.
  • 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.


Program summary

Application Closing Dates

Semester 1
Domestic: 31 January of that year
International: 30 November of the previous year

Semester 2
Domestic: 30 June of that year
International: 31 May of that year


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