Business honours programs

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.

Honours Information Webinar 

  • Wednesday 1 May, 2024
  • 5:00 - 5:45pm
  • Online via Zoom

Want to stand out in a competitive job market? Our honours graduates have a distinct advantage when applying for professional roles and typically progress faster in their careers than their undergraduate counterparts.

Join the information session to explore the program, and have your questions answered by Acting Honours Program Leader, Dr Anna Jenkins, a current student, and alumni. 

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Why study honours?

As an honours student, you'll learn how to address current industry issues, and develop superior problem-solving skills while working closely with academic staff to reach your full potential. We'll encourage you to challenge and question the status quo, a skill that's highly valued by employers.

You will benefit from small classes and interactive discussions with fellow students and lecturers, getting to know them in a way that isn't 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

Read more about Benjamin's honours experience.


Honours Programs

Honours students complete an equivalent of eight courses. Research methods training will teach you practical skills to design and undertake quality research projects with an applied managerial or theoretical focus. Electives allow you to focus on the area you 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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Honours highlights


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.

Employment opportunities

As an Honours student, you may have opportunities to undertake casual employment as a tutor or research assistant, giving you a taste 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 research career, you'll have a distinct advantage when applying for professional roles.

An honours qualification distinguishes you in a competitive jobs market, and can be 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 internationally, including in the United Kingdom and the United States.

How to shape your career

UQ career services include:

  • The Business, Economics and Law (BEL) Careers and Employability Team – assists with accessing career opportunities and managing your careers. BEL Careers and Employability programs give you an edge by building industry experience and developing 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 where you can 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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