Bachelor of Commerce

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The information on this page relates to the 2018 intake.

Your global business journey starts here. Our Bachelor of Commerce offers a wide variety of subject options, immersive learning experiences and a strong commercial grounding in business. Take advantage of our international exchange and industry placement opportunities and tailor your degree to launch your career in virtually any field, anywhere in the world.

Bachelor of Advanced Studies

You can also choose to combine your Bachelor of Commerce degree with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies. In the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you can complete a second major, combine studies from a range of disciplines, undertake advanced coursework, and get involved in cross-disciplinary community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project work.

To succeed in business, graduates need to be equipped with a solid grounding in areas such as accounting and business statistics, as well as leadership skills and a global mindset. Our Bachelor of Commerce combines theory and practice to teach you how businesses operate. Alongside technical development, you will gain the critical thinking and problem-solving skills to apply your knowledge effectively in the business world. Our core units, Future of Business and Leading and Influencing in Business, have been specifically designed to prepare you for the contemporary workforce and a global career.

Building on this foundation, you can choose up to two majors. At least one major must be chosen from our wide range of business subject areas, including: accounting; banking; business analytics; business information systems; business law; finance; industrial relations and human resource management; international business; management; and marketing.

Why study here?

  • Build your global network as you connect with our Australian and international partners
  • Take advantage of exchange opportunities and work with leading companies in Sydney, Southeast Asia, Europe, the United States and South America through our industry placements

Course outline

Course structure

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Commerce, a student must complete units of study totalling 144 credit points, comprising:

  • 24 credit points of degree core units of study;
  • a major (48 credit points) or program selected from the options listed in Table A;
  • a minor (36 credit points) or a second major (48 credit points) listed in Table A or Table S;
  • 12 credit points of units of study in the Open Learning Environment as listed in Table O; and
  • where appropriate, any additional elective units of study from Table A and Table S required making the total of 144 credit points for the degree.
Degree core units

You must complete 24 credit points in degree core units of study. The core units are as follows:

  • BUSS1000 Future of Business (completed in your first semester of enrollment).
  • BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis (completed in your first year of enrollment)
  • BUSS1030 Accounting, Business and Society (completed in your first year of enrollment)
  • BUSS2000 Leading and Influencing in Business (completed in your second year of enrollment)
Table A - Major, Minor and Programs For the Bachelor of Commerce

The majors, minors and programs offered by The University of Sydney Business School are listed in Table A. Table S lists available majors and minors from all faculties of the University.

Table A majors:
  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Finance
  • Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
Table A minors:
  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
Table A programs:
  • Professional Accounting
Sample study plan: Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance and Economics

Year 1 Semester 1
  • Degree core: Future of Business
  • Degree core and Finance major: Quantitative Business Analysis
  • Finance major and Economics major: Introductory Microeconomics
  • Elective from Table A or Table S: Foundations of Business Law
Year 1 Semester 2
  • Degree core: Accounting, Business and Society
  • Economics major: Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Elective from Table A or Table S: Introduction to Econometrics
  • Elective from Table A or Table S: Accounting and Financial Management
Year 2 Semester 1
  • Degree core: Leading and Influencing in Business
  • Open Learning Environment elective/s (6 credit points in total)
  • Finance major: Corporate Finance I
  • Economics major: Intermediate Macroeconomics
Year 2 Semester 2
  • Open Learning Environment elective/s (6 credit points in total)
  • Finance major: Corporate Finance II
  • Economics major: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Elective from Table A or Table S: Financial Accounting A
Year 3 Semester 1
  • Finance major: Investments and Portfolio Management
  • Finance major: Fixed Income Securities
  • Economics major: The Economics of Financial Markets
  • Economics major: Business Cycles and Asset Markets
Year 3 Semester 2
  • Finance major: Trading and Dealing in Security Markets
  • Finance major: Finance in Practice
  • Economics major: Public Finance
  • Economics major: The Economics of Regulation

Majors

What is a major?

A major is usually a three-year defined sequence of study, generally comprising specified units of study in a particular subject area. Majors are included on students' testamurs. For the Bachelor of Commerce, students must complete a major from Table A. Students also must complete a minor or second major from the Table A or Table S options.

Table A majors for the Bachelor of Commerce are as follows:

  • Accounting;
  • Banking;
  • Business Analytics;
  • Business Information Systems;
  • Business Law;
  • Finance;
  • Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management;
  • International Business;
  • Management; and
  • Marketing.

The Table S majors for the Bachelor of Commerce are as follows:

  • Accounting;
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics;
  • American Studies;
  • Anatomy and Histology;
  • Ancient Greek;
  • Ancient History;
  • Animal Health, Disease and Welfare;
  • Animal Production;
  • Anthropology;
  • Applied Medical Science;
  • Arabic Language and Cultures;
  • Archaeology;
  • Art History;
  • Asian Studies;
  • Banking;
  • Behavioural Science;
  • Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew;
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology;
  • Biology;
  • Business Analytics;
  • Business Information Systems;
  • Business Law;
  • Cell and Developmental Biology;
  • Chemistry;
  • Chinese Studies;
  • Computer Science;
  • Cultural Studies;
  • Data Science;
  • Design;
  • Digital Cultures;
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology;
  • Econometrics;
  • Economic Policy;
  • Economics;
  • Education;
  • English;
  • Environmental Studies;
  • European Studies;
  • Film Studies;
  • Finance;
  • Financial Economics;
  • Financial Mathematics and Statistics;
  • Food Science;
  • French and Francophone Studies;
  • Gender Studies;
  • Genetics and Genomics;
  • Geography;
  • Geology and Geophysics;
  • Germanic Studies;
  • Health;
  • Hearing and Speech;
  • Hebrew (Modern);
  • History;
  • History and Philosophy of Science;
  • Immunology and Pathology;
  • Indigenous Studies;
  • Indonesian Studies;
  • Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management;
  • Infectious Diseases;
  • Information Systems;
  • International Business;
  • International Comparative Literary Studies;
  • International Relations;
  • Italian Studies;
  • Japanese Studies;
  • Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture;
  • Korean Studies;
  • Latin;
  • Linguistics;
  • Management;
  • Marine Sciences;
  • Marketing;
  • Mathematics;
  • Medicinal Chemistry;
  • Microbiology;
  • Modern Greek Studies;
  • Music;
  • Neuroscience;
  • Nutrition Science;
  • Pharmacology;
  • Philosophy;
  • Physics;
  • Physiology;
  • Plant Production;
  • Political Economy;
  • Politics;
  • Project Management;
  • Quantitative Life Sciences;
  • Socio-Legal Studies;
  • Sociology;
  • Software Development;
  • Soil Sciences and Hydrology;
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies;
  • Statistics;
  • Studies in Religion;
  • Theatre and Performance Studies;
  • Visual Arts.

Further course information

Progression rules

All students must complete four degree-core units of study – three 1000-level units and one 2000-level unit. Full-time students must complete all 1000-level core units in the first year of study. All students must complete the core unit BUSS1000 in their first semester of study.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. For the Bachelor of Commerce, students can select electives from Tables A and S.

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Commerce allow for students to take part in the Business School's student exchange program. The program involves you attending a host university overseas for a period of time (usually one or two semesters) before returning to complete your studies in Sydney. The program is a ‘swap’ of students between the universities, which means you can undertake approved overseas study and have the credits you achieve there count towards your degree at Sydney.

The Business School also has an Industry Placement Program, which offers a unit of study that you can credit towards your degree. Highly coveted by students, acceptance into the program's unit of study is competitive. The unit provides a preparation course before you enter the work placement for nine weeks. At the end of your placement, you are assessed through a work-learning journal, your preparation of a business report that integrates your prior learning with your industry experience, and a presentation with the other students enrolled in the program.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Bachelor of Commerce graduates enter a wide range of careers, including: accountancy, banking and financial management, research and consulting, human resource management and industrial relations, advertising and market research, marketing and sales, business analysis, policy analysis and formulation, foreign affairs and public sector management.

The dedicated Careers and Employability Office (CEO) in the Business School provides access to advice, resources and a wide range of opportunities and employer activities in the corporate and public sectors.

Career outcomes

  • Accountant
  • Business analyst
  • Corporate/government relations officer
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Enterprise architect
  • Financial dealer and broker
  • Human resources specialist
  • International business consultant
  • Investment banker
  • Management consultant
  • Marketing executive
  • Policy adviser
  • Project manager

Course accreditation

The University of Sydney Business School is actively involved in quality assurance and accreditation activities aimed at further enhancing the quality of our teaching, research and community-related programs. We strive for excellence and this has earned us the top international accreditations available to business schools and enabled us to forge strategic alliances.

These include: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), of which the Business School was the first Australian business school to achieve accreditations in both business and accounting (aacsb.edu); EQUIS, the quality assurance arm of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) (efmd.org) and CEMS – the Global Alliance in Management Education. The Business School is the only Australian business school to be admitted to CEMS (cems.org), which is a prestigious alliance of 17 renowned European business schools, nine non-European academic institutions, and 60 of the world's leading multinational corporations.

Professional accreditations

For certain career options, external accreditation is a requirement for entering the workforce. Further accreditations are available to students who complete the requirements and meet eligibility criteria for the following:

  • CPA Australia
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
  • CFA Institute® Program Partner

Refer to the Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook or Business School website for further details.

Further study

An additional honours study is available to meritorious Bachelor of Commerce students. Honours involves a combination of coursework and a thesis, which gives students the opportunity to conduct meaningful research in a particular area of interest.

About honours

In some of the more specialised careers open to Bachelor of Commerce graduates, employers may be looking for a level of specialisation that is not provided by a pass degree. Similarly, if a student wishes to qualify for specialised postgraduate research study, a pass degree is not normally sufficient. Honours study considerably enhances a qualification and singles students out to an employer as having exceptional ability


The Bachelor of Commerce with honours provides knowledge and training for candidates in research methods as well as experience in planning, performing and writing up research under the guidance of a supervisor. Honours study involves a combination of coursework and research toward the writing of a short thesis.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offer for available places are issued according to the ranking.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics. Other assumed knowledge depends on the first-year subjects selected

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply now’ button on the right-hand side of this course page.

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