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Bachelor of Commerce

Your global business journey starts here

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Global leaders in business education

  • 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 2017.

Overview

Your global business journey starts here. Our Bachelor of Commerce offers a wide variety of subject options, interactive 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.

The three-year, full-time (or equivalent part-time) program combines theory and practice to build your understanding of how businesses operate. You’ll gain the analytical, technical and practical skills to apply your knowledge effectively in your career.

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

Majors

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

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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

Degree core units

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

Sample study plan: Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance and Economics

Year 1 – Semester 1

  • Degree core: Future of Business
  • Degree core + Finance major core: Quantitative Business Analysis
  • Finance and Economics major core: Economics for Business Decision Making
  • Elective from Table A or Table S

Year 1 – Semester 2

  • Degree core: Accounting, Business and Society
  • Economics major core: Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Elective from Table A or Table S
  • Elective from Table A or Table S

Year 2 – Semester 1

  • Degree core: Leading and Influencing Business
  • Open Learning Environment elective/s (6 credit points in total)
  • Finance major core: Corporate Finance I
  • Economics major core: Intermediate Microeconomics

Year 2 – Semester 2

  • Open Learning Environment elective/s (6 credit points in total)
  • Finance major core: Corporate Finance II
  • Economics major core: Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Elective from Table A or Table S

Year 3 – Semester 1

  • Finance major core: Investments and Portfolio Management
  • Finance major selective (3000-level)
  • Economics major selective (3000-level)
  • Economics major selective (3000-level)

Year 3 – Semester 2

  • Finance major core: Finance in Practice
  • Finance major elective (3000-level)
  • Economics major selective (3000-level)
  • Economics major selective (3000-level).

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

Units of Study

Professional Accounting program

Our program in Professional Accounting offers you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and expertise you need for a rewarding career in accounting. Available to complete as part of the Bachelor of Commerce in place of a major, you will undertake 12 units from across accounting and other essential business disciplines. 

The Professional Accounting program meets the requirements for professional accounting accreditation with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and CPA Australia. Undertaking the CAANZ or CPA program after graduating from university will give you an internationally recognised qualification and the opportunity to complete specialist training and continuing professional development. 

Completion requirement

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;
  • a minor (36 credit points) or a second major (48 credit points);
  • 12 credit points of units of study in the Open Learning Environment; and
  • where appropriate, any additional elective units of study required making the total of 144 credit points for the degree.

Capstone (compulsory project)

Taken in your final semester of study for each business 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.

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.

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 `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 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.

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 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.

Careers in business

  • 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

 

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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/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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.

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/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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.

“The University is transforming students like me into truly employable graduates, with leadership attributes and a legitimate passion to make a difference. I’ve been shaped by a range of incredible opportunities during my studies. I’ve learned the importance of always being open to meeting new people and trying new things. The wealth of knowledge and diversity of experience will enrich your university life.” 
Jasmin Jade Hamade, Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations) /Bachelor of Laws

 

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