Degree structures

Degree requirements

1. Bachelor of Commerce

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Commerce, a candidate must complete 144 credit points, comprising:

  • 24 credit points of degree core units of study;
  • a major (48 credit points) or program selected from the Table A subject areas;
  • a minor (36 credit points) or second major (48 credit points) selected from Table A or Table S;
  • 12 credit points of units of study in the Open Learning Environment selected from Table O; and
  • any additional elective units of study from Table A or Table S required to make up the 144 credit point total.

2. Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Advanced Studies, a candidate must complete 192 credit points, comprising:

  • 24 credit points of degree core units of study;
  • a major (48 credit points) or program selected from the Table A subject areas;
  • a second major (48 credit points) selected from Table A or Table S;
  • 12 credit points of units of study in the Open Learning Environment selected from Table O; and
  • a minimum of 24 credit points at 4000-level from Table A or Table S, including a research, community, industry or entrepreneurship project (12 to 36 credit points); and
  • any additional elective units of study from Table A or Table S required to make up the 192 credit point total.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies with honours

To be awarded Honours, meritorious students complete 48 credit points of honours study in their fourth year of the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies. Students must complete the requirements of two majors, including the major in the discipline where they wish to undertake honours study, within the first three years of the combined degree to be eligible for honours study in their fourth year. Honours study is offered in most of the subject areas available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

For details of the specific requirements for entry into and for the completion of honours in this program, students should refer to sydney.edu.au/business/honours.

Dalyell stream

The Dalyell stream is a targeted stream for high achievers. Students who participate in the Dalyell stream are known as the ‘Dalyell Scholars’.The Dalyell stream is named after a distinguished alumna of the University, Elsie Jean Dalyell (pronounced "Dee-el"). Elsie Jean Dalyell (1881-1948) was a distinguished medical graduate from the University of Sydney and she was also the first full-time female academic in our Faculty of Medicine. She was a pioneer resident medical officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and following this she travelled to London on a scholarship where she served in the First World War, working as a senior clinician in a Vienna-based research team studying deficiency diseases in children. She was a leader in her field and it is in this spirit that the Dalyell Program has been developed.

Dalyell Scholars will need to maintain an AAM (annual average mark) of 75% to remain in this elite program which offers outstanding students the opportunity to engage in experiences that challenge them through a broader and deeper learning experience. The Dalyell stream will offer broad choice for talented students seeking to develop expertise beyond their discipline-specific skills with a focus on self-awareness, community contribution, leadership, innovation and creative solutions skills. The program will develop vision, adaptability, breadth of perspective, and a high level of capability in and across disciplinary and cultural boundaries.

As a Dalyell Scholar, students will have access to curricular and extra-curricular activities. These include, a three-stage mentoring program; a global mobility scholarship to assist with your global mobility experience; professional development in the form of master classes; insights from distinguished speakers; leadership development activities; and two exclusive Dalyell units (6 credit points each). In addition to these curricular and extra-curricular activities, with the permission of the Dalyell Program Director, students will have access to enrichment and accelerated units of study.

For further details regarding the Dalyell stream, please refer to the Interdisciplinary Studies Handbook.

Degree core units of study

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees must complete 24 credit points in core units of study - three 1000-level units and one 2000-level unit as follows:

  • BUSS1000 Future of Business
  • BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis
  • BUSS1030 Accounting, Business and Society
  • BUSS2000 Leading and Influencing in Business

Details of these core units can be found in the Unit of study table - Table A and the Unit of study descriptions.

Progression sequence for completing core units of study

Students must complete their core units in a set progression sequence. This is outlined below.

(1) 1000-level core units of study

It is recommended that the 1000-level core units are completed as per the following progression sequences:

  • Full-time students: All 1000-level core units must be successfully completed within the first year of enrolment in the recommended sequence set out in the tables under the Progression guides for this degree.
  • Part-time students: All 1000-level core units must be successfully completed within the first two years of enrolment.

All students must complete BUSS1000 in their first semester of study.

(2) 2000-level core unit of study

The core unit, BUSS2000 should be completed during the second year of study (full-time students) as reflected in the Progression guide.

Open Learning Environment (OLE) units of study

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce, and the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies are required to complete at least 12 credit points in units of study from the Open Learning Environment (OLE) to meet the requirements for their degree/s.

Details of available OLE units can be found in Table O in the Interdisciplinary Studies Handbook.

Majors, minors and programs

A major consists of 48 credit points in 1000, 2000 and 3000-level units of study in a single subject area. A minor consists of 36 credit points in 1000, 2000 and 3000 level units of study in a single subject area. A program consists of 72 credit points in 1000, 2000 and 3000-level units of study in a single subject area. In some cases, 1000 and 2000-level units may be cross-credited across programs, majors or minors.

In the Bachelor of Commerce, and the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies students must select one major or program from the Table A subject areas offered by the Business School to fulfil the requirements of their degree.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce must also complete a minor or major from Table A or Table S (Interdisciplinary Studies) to meet degree requirements. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies must complete a second major from Table A or Table S.

1. Table A - Business School

(i) Programs

(ii) Majors

(iii) Minors

Note. Students cannot complete a major and a minor in the same subject area. Students who wish to complete the Professional Accounting program cannot complete a secondary major or minor in Accounting.

2. Table S - Interdisciplinary Studies (Shared pool)

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies can complete a secondary major or minor in a wide range of subject areas offered by the University of Sydney through shared pool of majors and minors. The following areas offer majors and minors in this shared pool: Architecture and Interaction Design; Arts and Social Sciences; Education and Social Work; Engineering and Information Technologies; Health, Medicine and Dentistry; Music; and Science, Agriculture, Environment and Veterinary Science.

The available subject areas for majors and minors and their requirements can be found in the Interdisciplinary Studies Handbook.

Elective units of study

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce, and the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies can complete elective units of study from the subject areas listed in Table A (Business School) and Table S (shared pool). The available units of study are listed in Table A of this handbook and Table S in the Interdisciplinary Studies handbook.

Elective opportunities for especially for Commerce students

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce, and Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies also have the opportunity to complete a variety of elective units working with industry and other community projects or exchange study at an overseas university

1. Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

(i) Industry Placement Program (IPP)

Students who achieve a WAM of 65%+ across two semesters of full-time study (a minimum of eight units of study – 48 credit points) may apply for an assessable work integrated learning placement unit. Access to these units is subject to the availability of suitable placements, with available placements offered on a competitive basis, subject to WAM performance and an interview.

The Business School's Industry Placement Program (IPP) offers placement opportunities across the following areas:

  • Sydney – placements with Sydney based organisations
  • Canberra – placements in government and not-for-profit agencies
  • Regional NSW – placements with regional organisations
  • International – placements in Asia, Europe, South America and the USA

Note: Placement units cannot be counted towards a major.

Further information on the Industry Placement Program (IPP) can be found at: sydney.edu.au/business/study/opportunities/industry_placement_program.

(ii) Community Placement Program (CPP)

The Community Placement Program (CPP) provides students with the opportunity to work with a diverse range of social businesses. Students who achieve a WAM of 65%+ across two semesters of full-time study (a minimum of eight units of study – 48 credit points) may apply for an assessable placement unit.

The Business School’s Community Placement Program (CPP) offers placement opportunities in the following areas:

  • Local – Sydney based social business projects
  • Rural – social enterprise projects in regional areas
  • International – social enterprise placements with CPP partners overseas

Note: Placement units cannot be counted towards a major.

Further information on the Community Placement Program (CPP) can be found at: sydney.edu.au/business/study/opportunities/community_placement_program.

2. Study abroad and exchange

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce, and the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies have the opportunity to participate in the Study Abroad or Exchange program. The Business School is committed to supporting students personal and professional growth opportunities through international experiences. Therefore, we have agreements with many of the world’s leading universities to enable students the opportunity to incorporate either an exchange program or semester of independent study abroad into their degree.

For further details regarding Study Abroad and Exchange, please refer the University of Sydney website.

3. Other placements and opportunities

The Business School also offers other opportunities from time to time for students to participate in immersion programs, practicums or other placements such as the Remote and Rural Enterprise (RARE) program. For details of which opportunities are available to students, please visit the Business School website.