Postgraduate Qualifying Program

Course Code





Faculty of Law, Business and the Creative Arts

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Qualifications as determined to be within 12 credit points of successful completion of an equivalent relevant AQF level 7 business degree.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule II of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements

Entry is available to international students only.

Special admission requirements


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Concurrent enrolment with postgraduate level subjects is not permitted.

Course learning outcomes

In the context of a JCU graduate on successful completion of the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (Business) graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate essential knowledge necessary for a career in business related professions

  • Synthesise underlying principles and concepts for making business decisions

  • Critically analyse the core professional obligations, values and operations of organisations including sustainability

  • Critically evaluate data & resources in the context of relevant academic literature

  • Apply critical thinking to address issues in business

  • Convey information clearly and fluently, in high quality written form appropriate for their audience\

  • Demonstrate effective oral presentation skills for academic and professional audiences

  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively

  • Apply technical skills, including numeracy, necessary for professional practice in business

  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical and social responsibility in professional practice

  • Identify and act upon, learning opportunities and self-improvements

Course Structure


Select 6 credit points of specified BU or BX level 2 subjects as approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor FLBCA or authorised nominee


Select 6credit points of specified BU or BX level 3 subjects as approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor FLBCA or authorised nominee


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Expected time to complete

6 months full-time

Maximum time to complete

0.5 years

Maximum leave of absence



Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation Requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A candidate who has failed a single subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing


Not applicable

Maximum allowed



Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Students completing this course do not receive a testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Successful completion of this course may qualify a candidate for entry into a Postgraduate (Award) Coursework Program in the Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts as follows:

  • Master of Business Administration

  • Master of Economics

  • Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management

  • Other postgraduate courses as approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Subjects from the Postgraduate Qualifying Program – Business may not be used for advanced standing towards a subsequent postgraduate course.