Journalism (single and dual program) graduates work in Australia and overseas within a wide range of print and broadcast media organisations. Career opportunities are found within:

  • Metropolitan, national and regional newspapers
  • Commercial radio and television stations
  • Web and multimedia publications
  • Specialty interest magazines and allied fields of publishing
  • Marketing, communication and public relations
  • National and overseas news organisations
  • Self-employment as freelance journalists and photojournalists

The basis of journalism is information - discovering, collecting, assembling, analysing and presenting information. To do this effectively, journalists require highly developed skills in language, a good understanding of the media, an interest in current affairs and a broad general knowledge.

First year plans

In order to complete the BJ program you must complete 48 units comprising:

  • 24 units from Part A; and
  • 8 units from Part B; and
  • 16 units of Electives from -
    • (i) part C (which may include up to 2 minors); and/or
      (ii) other courses

See the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the BJ program.


The standard full-time workload at UQ is 16 units (8 courses) over the year. So this breaks down to 8 units (4 courses) each semester. You don’t have to decide what courses you want to do for your whole program at the start of first semester; we only ask you to choose courses one year at a time. So all you need to worry about at this stage is choosing four courses for semester one and four courses for semester two taking into account the compulsory core courses.  It might look something like this:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Course 1 - COMU1120* (Part A) - 2 units Course 1 - Part B, Intro Part C minor or elective
Course 2 - JOUR1112 (Part A) - 2 units Course 2 - JOUR1710 (Part A) - 2 units
Course 3 - COMU1140* (Part A) - 2 units Course 3 - COMU1130 (Part A) - 2 units
Course 4 - Part B, Intro Part C minor or elective Course 4 - Part B, Intro Part C minor or elective

* Course also offered in Semester 2.

Please refer to the course list and program rules on the Bachelor of Journalism courses and program website.

Please note that the program planner is a guide only and does not enrol you in your courses, you must enrol in courses through mySI-net.

Visit HASS courses and programs for Information regarding dual degree programs and the relevant dual degree planner.


16 units of Elective Credit

Commencing Semester 1 2018

University of Indonesia

Commencing Semester 2 2020

What courses do I need to do?

To ensure that students are familiar with their program rules and requirements we ask that all students complete a self-progression check in the first instance. Then if you still have questions or concerns about your outstanding program requirements the Faculty would be happy to review your progression check and provide advice. To complete a progression check please use the following steps:

Step 1 – Print out your studies report from mySI-net using the following steps:

  • Log into mySI-net
  • From the top left-hand side menu select the option for ‘Studies Report’
  • Follow the prompts

Step 2 – Select your program from the list:

Step 3 – Select your year of commencement from the top right hand side and click ‘Change’.

Step 4 – Go to ‘Program Rules and Requirements’ and ensure that you have understanding of your program requirements, for example, do you need to select a major; is there an advanced level requirement etc. Once you understand your program requirements you can move to the next step.  

Step 5 - Select the green course list button on the left hand menu.

Step 6 – Compare your studies report to the course list and tick off the courses you have completed, and note the courses you are planning to complete in the future. Ensuring that you have completed all of your compulsory courses, and courses towards your major(s).

Step 7 – Once you have gone through and ticked off all of your completed courses, view your program rules and requirements again to ensure that you are meeting all requirements (e.g. overall structural requirements, advanced level requirements etc). Ensure you can tick off that you have completed (or are planning to complete) all of the requirements.

Please Note

• To have your progression check verified by a Student Administration Officer, or if you have questions or concerns, please upload your completed check by signing in here using your UQ username and password.  Please ensure that you upload your studies report, course list(s) (ensuring you have indicated all completed courses and future enrolments), and program rules with your notes.

• A course may only count once toward the program (including dual programs).

• Dual degree students must consult with the relevant faculty regarding outstanding requirements for the other component of the dual.

Plan your exchange experience

Are you in a Dual Degree? Please click here for the Exchange Fact Sheet for the Bachelor of Journalism component of your dual program.

What do I need to do?          

1.      Start planning early!

You need to start preparing for exchange at least 12 months prior:

  • Visit the UQ Global Experiences website for information on eligibility, the application process, links to seminars and to read about others’ experiences.
  • Attend an information session conducted by UQ Global Experiences. 
  • Refer to the BJ Exchange planner* that demonstrates how an exchange semester can be incorporated into your program. As this is a structured program, students must undertake exchange in Year 2 Semester 2.
  • Remember to save 6 to 8 units of electives for your exchange semester.
  • If you need help with planning your program, contact the Faculty of HaSS. 

*to open as an editable form, please right click on the link and save as PDF or open in Internet Explorer/ Microsoft Edge

2.      Consider Course Constraints

  • Students in the BJ must go on exchange in Year 2, Semester 2, and for the duration of one semester only, as the program is structured with core compulsory courses that are offered in specific semesters and must be studied at UQ.
  • No student will be permitted to undertake courses towards Part A of the course list, as these courses have Australian context that cannot be replicated overseas.
  • It is strongly recommended that you save your electives and undertake these while on exchange to give yourself the most choice and flexibility when choosing universities and should your pre-approved courses at your host university not be available on arrival.
  • For this reason you should not undertake any core compulsory courses, as these courses are very difficult to match overseas and other courses often cannot be substituted for those that are pre-approved.
  • Where a core course needs to be included, sufficiently detailed course profiles must be provided to demonstrate that the content covered within the course is sufficiently equivalent to content studied in the course at UQ. Course profiles should include information about the extended syllabus, aims and objectives, contact hours, texts and references and assessment.

3.      Decide on a Host University

  • It is recommended that students attend one of the following host universities, however, other universities will be considered. You should refer to the List of Host Institutions provided on the UQ Global Experiences website, take heed of additional advice specific to host and choose those that offer courses in your desired elective areas.
  • Only universities that offer the study areas you require, whose semesters align with UQ and who can provide detailed course profiles will be considered.


Host Institution



Uni of Toronto

Best for complementary electives and minors.

Hong Kong

Chinese Uni of Hong Kong

Best for complementary electives and minors


Uni of Utrecht

Best for complementary electives and minors


Nanyang Technological Uni

Best for complementary electives and minors


Uni Pompeu Fabra

Best for complementary electives and minors


Thammasat Uni

Range of journalism and related courses


Uni of Leeds

Best for complementary electives and minors. Highly competitive for entry to communication courses


Uni of Nottingham

Only electives and some minors. Note early application date.


State Univ of New York Stony Brook

You must have several elective choices


Uni of Massachusetts

Must include a choice of several electives as well as journalism


Uni of Maryland

Maximum of two journalism courses plus electives


Uni of North Carolina

Majority of courses must come from the School of Media and Journalism


Uni of South Carolina

Best for complementary electives and minors (entry to 300-400 level highly competitive so have a range of options prepared)


Uni of Texas at Austin

Maximum of three journalism related courses plus electives.


Uni Wyoming

Only complementary electives and minors

4.      Applying for Exchange

Please refer to the UQ Global Experiences website for application details and deadlines. Documentation to be submitted must include the following:

  • Completed UQ Global Experiences exchange Study Plan form.
  • Relevant Host course profiles detailing the extended syllabus, aims and objectives, contact hours, texts and references and assessment for each of the courses listed on the study plan so that they can be assessed.
  • The completed BJ exchange study planner*.

*to open as an editable form, please right click on the link and save as PDF or open in Internet Explorer/ Microsoft Edge

Remember while an exchange semester is a great opportunity, you should be prepared for experiences outside your comfort zone. You may have setbacks such as approved courses not being available when you arrive, so a flexible attitude is important, and while UQ Global Experiences and the Faculty will try to assist, be ready to take responsibility for resolving challenges that arise as well as taking advantage of the exciting experiences in front of you.

Important Things to Consider

An exchange semester may add time to complete your program
  • You should understand that undertaking a semester on exchange may add up to one year onto your program subject to the prerequisite requirements of your UQ courses and the sequence of study required. Requests for program variations will not be approved due the completion of exchange and the scheduling of courses. It is up to you to ensure you plan your program requirements around your exchange semester.
  • If you are a student who is on a scholarship, requires Centrelink funding, or any other funding where continuous full time enrolment is required we ask that you carefully consider taking an exchange semester and be aware that subject to circumstances that may arise, when you return you may not be able to enrol full-time due to the prerequisite requirements of your courses.
International students only

As complications during an exchange semester may add time onto the completion of your program, due to stringent visa requirements international students should think very carefully before undertaking an exchange semester and if you choose to do so, plan your program and select host institutions very carefully.

Applying for credit for previous studies

If you are eligible, think carefully before applying for credit for previous studies towards the elective component of your degree. Elective courses provide the most flexibility while on exchange, so it is recommended that you keep 6 to 8 units of electives for your exchange semester.

Short Term Global Experiences

If you are unable to undertake a semester long exchange, an alternative is to participate in a short-term global experience (e.g. 4-6 weeks over winter or summer semester). Some global experiences may be for credit such as towards unspecified electives. More information is available from the Student Employability Centre website – Global Experiences.

For a print friendly version of the Exchange Fact Sheet, please click here.

*to open as an editable form, please right click on the link and save as PDF or open in Internet Explorer/ Microsoft Edge

2017 Program restructure (pre 2017 students)

The Bachelor of Journalism has been restructured. Changes to the program will come into place from semester 1, 2017. These changes, as summarised below, will primarily impact students new to the program in 2017:

  • The course list has changed – some courses are no longer offered, and new courses have been developed
  • Part A will be 24 units and Part B will be 8 units (core compulsory courses)
  • Sport Studies and Popular Music and Technology majors will not be available (all majors are to be discontinued)
  • New minors in Economics, Film and Television Studies, Interaction Design, Political Science, Public Relations and Writing will be available

What does this mean for current students (or those who intend to return to their BJ studies)?

You will be able to complete with the program structure/rules that were in place when you commenced -

  • you will not need to change to the new structure - you will be able to complete the core Part A (Group 1) and Part B (Group 2) as in your current program and complete with the majors that were included in the program prior to 2017 (ie, Sport Studies and Popular Music and Technology)
  • you may be able to take one of the new minors (in Economics, Film and Television Studies, Interaction Design, Political Science, Public Relations or Writing)
  • however, some courses on the 2016 list will no longer be offered, some courses have been renamed, and new ones have been introduced. This is likely to necessitate some course substitutions

What do I need to do?

It is recommended that you:

  1.      Review the new course list and make a plan for your future enrolment.
  2.      Complete a checklist – to complete the Bachelor of Journalism (or dual) program you commenced


Checklists have been developed to assist you to make a plan for your enrolment, as follows:

Where can I get help?

Once you have completed a checklist and made a plan, staff in the Faculty are available to check your plan. You can email your completed checklist to, or call on 3365 1333 to make a one-to-one appointment with an advisor. Appointments are available starting 27 October 2016, up to Friday 20 January. The Faculty will endeavour to check and return checklists emailed within 3 weeks, however please note that this will depend on peak activities such as graduations and the volume of enquiries.

It is strongly recommended that you come up with a plan no later than 13 January 2017, in order to ensure that there is time to check your plan, and for you to enrol. Checklists received after 13 January may not be checked in time for the commencement of semester.