The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive qualifications framework. Under the AQF, all qualifications of a comparable level share a defined set of entry requirements and learning outcomes which make moving between Australian institutions easier, and transferring to international institutions less complicated.

Further information can be accessed via the AQF website.

AQF levels

The AQF level for your program will appear alongside other program information on the University’s Programs and Courses website.

The AQF consists of 10 levels, with each level defined by a set of learning outcomes that should be attained by a graduate of a qualification at that level. That is, by the time you graduate with your degree you should be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and application of that knowledge and skill relevant to your degree area and level of degree. The AQF levels applicable to programs in the BEL Faculty are:

Qualification AQF Level
Associate Degree 6
Bachelor Degree 7
Bachelor Honours Degree 8
Graduate Certificate 8
Graduate Diploma 8
Master Degree 9
Higher Doctorate 10

AQF and undergraduate students

All students with a place in an undergraduate program prior to 2015 are able to continue with their current program. Students thinking about changing to another program, including a dual program, will need to be mindful that some undergraduate programs have changed as a consequence of the AQF.

AQF and postgraduate students

Current postgraduate students who commenced their program prior to 2015 can continue to articulate through a postgraduate coursework suite of programs under the pre-2015 rules, provided they maintain continuous enrolment. Continuous enrolment means a student must be enrolled in at least one course every semester from Semester 1, 2015, not including Summer Semesters.

Students who can demonstrate extenuating circumstances can make a case to the Associate Dean (Academic) for exemption from the need to be continuously enrolled.

Credit cancellation periods will continue to apply in accordance with section 5.5.8 of PPL 3.50.03 Credit for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning, i.e. students will have 3 years to complete a Graduate Certificate, 5 years for a Graduate Diploma, and 7 years for a Masters program.

Students who are required to, or who choose to, study under the 2015 rules will need to meet the entry requirements as stated in the 2015 program rules. These are clearly articulated on the Programs and Courses website for each program.

Changing your program

Undergraduate

Current undergraduate students changing to a program that has been classified as a Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree will need to ensure that all research-based assessment requirements can be met with no extra study.

Changing from one Level 7 Bachelor Degree to another Level 7 Bachelor Degree will generally not create problems, however students are advised to look closely at both sets of program rules to ensure they understand the implications of changing.

A student commencing in a program for the first time in 2015 cannot change to the pre-2015 program rules.

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) students should consult the Faculty for advice on changing to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB(Hons)) program.

Postgraduate

Before applying for a program change, current postgraduate students should check that they meet the entry requirements for the new program.

AQF and honours

All Bachelor Honours Degrees are awarded with a class of honours. The classes of honours available are honours class I; honours class II (A or B); honours class III (A or B). The standard cut-offs for classes of honours are outlined in PPL3.50.12b

Same Discipline

Entry into a #24 or #16 postgraduate program requires completion of a previous degree that is considered to be within the same discipline as the postgraduate program.

Definitions of 'same discipline':

School of Business - study areas deemed to be the same discipline

Program

Program Code

Areas of study or work experience deemed to be "same discipline"

Master of Business (#24) 5250 Bachelor degree specialising in at least one of the following areas:
  • accounting
  • advertising (business degree related only)
  • business
  • business administration
  • business information systems
  • commercialisation (business degree related only)
  • economics
  • entrepreneurship
  • finance
  • human resources
  • international business
  • international hotel and tourism management (UQ BIHTM and Griffith University BITHM degrees permitted, others considered on a case by case basis)
  • management
  • marketing
  • strategy
  • sustainability (business degree related only)
Master of Commerce (#24) 5165 Bachelor degree specialising in at least one of the following areas:
  • accounting
  • advertising (business degree related only)
  • business
  • business administration
  • business information systems
  • commercialisation (business degree related only)
  • economics
  • finance
  • international business
  • international economics and trade
  • entrepreneurship
  • human resources
  • management
  • marketing
  • strategy
  • sustainability (business degree related only)
Master of Tourism, Hotel and Event Management (#24) 5548 Bachelor degree specialising in at least one of the following areas:
  • event
  • hospitality
  • hotel
  • tourism
Master of Tourism Leadership 5549 Bachelor degree specialising in at least one of the following areas:
  • event
  • hospitality
  • hotel
  • tourism
Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation 5689 Bachelor degree specialising in at least one of the following areas:
  • biotechnology
  • business
  • commerce
  • commercialisation
  • computer science
  • data analytics
  • economics
  • energy studies
  • engineering (business administration)
  • entrepreneurship
  • food sciences
  • health services/health practitioners
  • international development or international relations
  • information systems
  • innovation
  • management
  • strategy
  • sustainability
  • technology (agricultural, information, nano, bio)
Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 5690 Bachelor degree specialising in at least one of the following areas:
  • biotechnology
  • business
  • commerce
  • commercialisation
  • computer science
  • data analytics
  • economics
  • energy studies
  • engineering
  • entrepreneurship
  • food sciences
  • health services/health practitioners
  • international development or international relations
  • information systems
  • innovation
  • management
  • strategy
  • sustainability
  • technology (agricultural, information, nano, bio)

School of Economics - study areas deemed to be the same discipline

Program

Program Code

Areas of study or work experience deemed to be "same discipline"

Graduate Certificate in Economics

5010

  1. a bachelor degree in economics, business, or commerce; or
  2. a bachelor degree containing at least 4 courses in any 3 of the following areas:
  3. microeconomics
  4. macroeconomics
  5. statistics
  6. mathematics
Master of Applied Econometrics (#24) 5603
  1. a bachelor degree in economics, business, or commerce; or
  2. a bachelor degree containing at least 4 courses in any 3 of the following areas:
  3. microeconomics
  4. macroeconomics
  5. statistics
  6. mathematics

Master of Business Economics (#24)

5245

  1. a bachelor degree in economics, business, or commerce; or
  2. a bachelor degree containing at least 4 courses in any 3 of the following areas:
  3. microeconomics
  4. macroeconomics
  5. statistics
  6. mathematics

Master of Development Economics (#24)

5469

  1. a bachelor degree in economics, business, or commerce; or
  2. a bachelor degree containing at least 4 courses in any 3 of the following areas:
  3. microeconomics
  4. macroeconomics
  5. statistics
  6. mathematics

Master of Economics (#24)

5601

  1. a bachelor degree in economics, business, or commerce; or
  2. a bachelor degree containing at least 4 courses in any 3 of the following areas:
  3. microeconomics
  4. macroeconomics
  5. statistics
  6. mathematics

Master of Economics and Public Policy (#24)

5545

  1. a bachelor degree in economics, business, or commerce; or
  2. a bachelor degree containing at least 4 courses in any 3 of the following areas:
  3. microeconomics
  4. macroeconomics
  5. statistics
  6. mathematics

Master of Health Economics (#24)

5418

  1. a bachelor degree in economics, business, or commerce; or
  2. a bachelor degree containing at least 4 courses in any 3 of the following areas:
  3. microeconomics
  4. macroeconomics
  5. statistics
  6. mathematics

Master of International Economics and Finance (#24)

5185

  1. a bachelor degree in economics, business, or commerce; or
  2. a bachelor degree containing at least 4 courses in any 3 of the following areas:
  3. microeconomics
  4. macroeconomics
  5. statistics
  6. mathematics

School of Law - study areas deemed to be the same discipline

Program

Program Code

Areas of study or work experience deemed to be "same discipline"

Master of Laws (#16)

5191

Work experience used for entry based on rule 1(1)(b)(ii):

A student seeking admission on the basis of this sub-rule would typically have undertaken full-time work experience, inter alia, as:

  • solicitor
  • barrister
  • in-house legal practitioner
  • legal consultant with a major consulting firm
  • contracts officer or claims manager within a commercial entity
  • bank, finance or insurance officer
  • research officer within a legal practice, law reform commission or public advocacy organisation
  • legal studies teacher or legal academic

Master of International Commercial Law

5695

Bachelor degree or three years of professional full-time work experience (or equivalent) specialising in at least one of the following areas:

  • law
  • accounting
  • advertising (business degree related only)
  • business
  • business administration
  • business information systems
  • commercialisation (business degree related only)
  • economics
  • finance
  • international business
  • international economics and trade
  • entrepreneurship
  • human resources
  • management
  • marketing
  • strategy
  • sustainability (business degree related only)
  • international hotel and tourism management (UQ and Griffith University BITHM degrees permitted, others considered on a case by case basis)
Master of International Law 5658 Bachelor degree in law; or a bachelor degree in arts (or equivalent) with a sequence of study in peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, sociology, cultural studies, media studies, communication, economics/political economy, anthropology or ethnography.