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Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies

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  • No. 1 in Australia

    We are ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018.

  • Top 20 globally

    Our accounting and finance subjects are ranked top 20 in the world in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2018.

Overview

Your global business journey starts here. Our new Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies combined degree allows you to explore your interest in business alongside study in other disciplines from maths to music and tailor your studies for a career in a specialised industry.

When doing the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you can complete a second major, combine studies from a range of disciplines, undertake advanced coursework, and get involved in a cross-disciplinary community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project work.

In the Bachelor of Commerce, you will gain a strong commercial grounding in areas such as accounting, economics and business statistics.

In additional to 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, equipping you with leadership and entrepreneurial skills, as well as the tools to develop a global mindset.

Choose from a wide range of business majors such as finance, accounting, marketing and business analytics. Take advantage of our international exchange and industry placement opportunities to graduate with the experience to launch your career in virtually any field, anywhere in the world.

By tailoring your commerce degree with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies you can focus your study on the pursuit of a particular professional qualification. You can also explore different subjects and interests to gain a broad and versatile business education and skills in areas that will benefit your career.

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

Majors

You are required to choose one major from the faculty listing below and a second major either from your faculty options or from our shared pool of majors and minors.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is from

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

Our degree will provide you with a solid education in areas such as accounting, management and business analytics, as well as effective interpersonal and leadership skills.

Degree core units

  • Future of Business
  • Quantitative Business Analysis
  • Accounting, Business and Society
  • Leading and Influencing in Business

Business majors, minors and programs 

Majors:

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

Minors:

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Programs:

  • Professional Accounting

Shared pool of majors and minors

Choose your second major from any of the below to combine your passion for business with another area of interest. Most of the majors listed can also be taken as minors.

  • 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.

Sample study plan: Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, majoring in International Business and Chinese Studies 

Year 1 Semester 1

  • Degree core: Future of Business
  • Degree core: Accounting, Business and Society
  • International Business major core: Global Business
  • Chinese Studies major core: Chinese 1A (For Beginners)

Year 1 Semester 2

  • Degree core: Quantitative Business Analysis
  • International Business major core: Cross-Cultural Management
  • Chinese Studies major core: Chinese 1B (For Beginners)
  • Elective from Table A or Table S

Year 2 Semester 1

  • Degree core: Leading and Influencing in Business
  • International Business major core: International Business Strategy
  • International Business major core: International Risk Management
  • Chinese Studies major language selective (2000-level)

Year 2 Semester 2

  • Open Learning Environment elective/s (6 credit points in total)
  • International Business major selective (2000-level)
  • Chinese Studies major language selective (2000-level)
  • Chinese Studies major culture selective (2000-level)

Year 3 Semester 1

  • International Business major core: Business Negotiations
  • International Business major selective (3000-level)
  • Chinese Studies major language selective (3000-level)
  • Chinese Studies major (interdisciplinary unit)

Year 3 Semester 2

  • Open Learning Environment elective/s (6 credit points in total)
  • International Business major core: International Business in Practice
  • Chinese Studies major language selective (3000-level)
  • Elective from Table A or Table S

Year 4 Semester 1

  • Entrepreneurship Project (Two units of study)
  • Elective from Table A or Table S
  • Elective from Table A or Table S

Year 4 Semester 2

  • Advanced coursework unit (Chinese Studies)
  • Project (Chinese Studies)
  • Elective from Table A or Table S
  • Elective from Table A or Table S

For further progression examples for this degree,  please refer to the Business School Handbook or the Business School website.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

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.

Capstone (compulsory project)

Taken in your final semester of study for each major, our capstone units provide the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you'll gain throughout your major. We work with our industry partners and alumni to bring real-world experience into the classroom. You will complete a semester-long project developed by our scholars with industry experts and emulating career experiences.

Assumed knowledge

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

Applying for 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 considerably enhances a qualification and singles students out to an employer as having exceptional ability

The Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies 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. It involves a combination of coursework and research toward the writing of a short thesis. 

In the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, students would complete honours as their fourth year of study.

For further details refer to the Business School website.

Admission requirement

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.

Prerequisites

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in Australia. For details including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

 

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 literally a `swapof 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 based on 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.

Professional 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); EQUIS, the quality assurance arm of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD); and CEMS the Global Alliance in Management Education. The Business School is the only Australian business school to be admitted to CEMS, 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:

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

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 Employer Relations 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

Graduates have the same employment opportunities as Commerce graduates with the added scope of careers requiring skills in the humanities or sciences.

Career information for UAC

Examples include accounting, advertising and market research, auditing, banking and financial management, business analysis, consulting, corporate banking, human resource management and industrial relations, investment banking, marketing and sales, media research, policy analysis and formulation, public sector management, research analysis, and securities.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

“I’ve had a lot of freedom to try a variety of electives and majors that I’ve been interested in. The soft skills and technical knowledge that I’ve developed at university have been really useful during my industry placement at Macquarie Group. It’s been extremely rewarding to be able to apply the skills that I’ve been taught in the classroom to the real world.”
Minh Tri Nguyen, Bachelor of Commerce (Business Information Systems and Finance)

 

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