Bachelor of Commerce

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The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) programme has been designed to equip students for a successful future in today's exciting commercial environment. It provides a strong foundation of the essentials required for work in all areas of public administration and private business.

A BCom at Victoria

Recommended preparation

It is useful to have studied Accounting, Economics, and Statistics and Modelling at high school. Any work experience in a commerce environment will also be beneficial for shaping your degree and future career aspirations.

First-year BCom programme

A standard full-time programme for your first year of study is four 15-point courses in each of Trimesters 1 and 2. The summer trimester is optional.

Academically able students may be able to enrol in five courses in a trimester.

You should include as many core courses as possible in your first-year programme, together with any courses required for advancement in your chosen major subject areas, as follows:

  • e-Commerce or Information Systems: core plus INFO 102
  • Economics or  Finance: six core courses plus ECON 140, QUAN 111 (or five core courses plus ECON 140 and MATH 141/142, 151)
  • Other majors: core plus one or more electives.

It may be possible to do some core courses during the summer trimester.

Duration

A full-time BCom will generally take three years to complete. There is no fixed upper limit for part-time students. However, if too much time has elapsed, students may have to repeat key courses for certain majors.

If you are planning to study part time it is important not to underestimate the workload of academic study. It is recommended that part-time students take one or two courses per trimester to begin with.

Part-time study may impact on eligibility for student allowances and borrowing levels of student loans. Visit our Financial Matters section to find out more.

Career opportunities

Commerce graduates are able to transfer the skills they acquire across many sectors and may become managers, accountants, economists, analysts and entrepreneurs in businesses and public sector organisations, both within New Zealand and overseas.

They can become financiers, marketing managers, researchers, financial advisers, managers of Māori enterprises and trusts, exporters and importers, human resource managers, tourism analysts and operators, information managers and e-commerce specialists, international managers, media professionals and policy analysts.

The BCom majoring in Accounting can lead to a qualification as a professional accountant. To find out more, visit the Accounting subject page.

BCom degree requirements

BCom requires a total of 360 points of which:

  • at least 180 points above 100-level (including the completion of seven compulsory core courses)
  • at least 210 points from the BCom schedule
  • at least 75 points above 300-level
  • including the completion of at least one major.

These courses can be separated into four different groups:

Core courses

All new BCom students must take these seven courses:

except that:

It would be sensible to take most of these courses in your first year, though conjoint degree students may need to delay some until second year in order to get started on their other degree. However, FCOM 111 should definitely be taken in the first year, since it includes a writing component providing referencing and writing skills that will be useful in other courses.

Majors and subjects

The following majors are currently offered. Students must major in at least one of these subjects. Double majors are possible for students who satisfy the requirements of more than one subject area.

BCom majors
Accounting Commercial Law
e-Commerce Economics
Finance Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
Information Systems International Business
Management Maori Business
Marketing Public Policy
Taxation

Note: Econometrics is no longer offered as a major subject, however the courses are still offered and can be incorporated into an Economics or Finance major. Maori Business is not currently available as a major to new students, but some of the courses are still offered and can be used for a minor in Maori Business.   

 

Double degree and conjoint options

Victoria's flexible learning structures allow a number of courses to be credited to separate degrees, making it possible for two three-year degrees to be completed within four to five years.

A conjoint or double degree programme offers the possibility of extensive interdisciplinary work. For example, many BCom students are interested in Law and find a BCom/LLB programme attractive. There are many other combinations which can be designed to suit your interests and ambitions. If you are interested in doing a conjoint or double degree, contact the Faculty of Commerce Student and Academic Services Office to discuss your options.

Conjoint degree programmes require slightly fewer points than the corresponding double degree (540 points for two three-year degrees). However, a B- or better must be maintained and the two degrees studied together.

Admission and fees

Admission

The first-year BCom is open to any student satisfying university entry requirements subject to places being available. Visit the Admission page for more information about entrance to the University. Acceptance into most courses is limited by room capacity so early application is recommended.

Fees

Fees are worked out on a per point basis, so your selection of courses will determine the final cost. Some courses will have charges for other items such as study materials or equipment.

Use the Fees calculator to obtain a more accurate estimate, or to calculate international fees.

Further study

The Faculty offers an extremely broad range of postgraduate programmes, which cater for the various requirements of the commercial, financial, administrative and academic worlds.

Faculty programmes range from modular courses for working managers, to Certificate and Graduate Diploma programmes for a variety of learning needs and for post-experience students, through to the Bachelor of Commerce (Hons), the Bachelor of Tourism Management (Hons), specialist Master's programmes and the PhD for extensive research.

How to find out more

Check out the Subjects entries for subject areas that interest you, or use our Request for Study Materials form.

For new students: Victoria's Liaison Officers in the Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office are happy to discuss your plans with you and help plan your degree(s).

For returning students: Contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office.

Degree examples

Example 1—BCom majoring in Accounting and Taxation

Year 1 courses Course type Points
FCOM 111 Government, Law and Business core 15
ECON 130 Economic Principles and Issues core 15
MARK 101 Principles of Marketing core 15
QUAN 102 Statistics for Business core 15
ACCY 111 Accounting core 15
ECON 140 Economics and Strategic Behaviour elective 15
MGMT 101 Introduction to Management core 15
QUAN 111 Mathematics for Economics and Finance recommended elective 15
Year 2 courses Course type Points
ACCY 223 Management Accounting accounting major 15
ACCY 231 Financial Accounting accounting major 15
FINA 201 Introduction to Corporate Finance accounting major 15
COML 203 Legal Environment of Business accounting major 15
ACCY 225 Introduction to Accounting Systems accounting major 15
COML 204 Law of Organisations accounting major 15
TAXN 201 Introduction to Taxation taxation major 15
INFO 101 Foundations of Information Systems core 15
Year 3 courses Course type Points
ACCY 302 Advanced Management Accounting accounting major 15
TAXN 301 Advanced Domestic Taxation taxation major 15
TAXN 303 International Taxation 1 taxation major 15
ACCY 308 Advanced Financial Accounting accounting major 15
ACCY 330 Auditing accounting major 15
TAXN 304 International Taxation 2 taxation major 15
1 x elective course elective 15
1 x elective course elective  15

Example 2—Bcom majoring in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations (HRIR) with minors in Marketing and Psychology

Year 1 courses Course type Points
FCOM 111 Government, Law and Business core 15
ECON 130 Economic Principles and Issues core 15
MARK 101 Principles of Marketing core 15
PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology 1 psychology minor 15
ACCY 130 Accounting for Decision Making core 15
MGMT 101 Introduction to Management core 15
QUAN 102 Statistics for Business core 15
1 x elective course elective 15
Year 2 courses Course type Points
HRIR 201 Managing Human resources and Industrial Relations HRIR major 15
MGMT 202 Organisational Behaviour HRIR major 15
MARK 201 Marketing Management marketing minor 15
PSYC 232 Research Methods in Psychology psychology minor 15
INFO 101 Foundations of Information Systems core 15
1 x elective course elective 15
MARK 202 Buyer Behaviour marketing minor 15
MARK 203 Market Research marketing minor 15
Year 3 courses Course type Points
HRIR 302 Managing Employment Agreements HRIR major 15
HRIR 303 International Employment Relations HRIR major 15
PSYC 334 Industrial and Organisation Psychology psychology minor 15
MARK 301 Marketing Communications marketing minor 15
HRIR 304 Workplace Industrial Relations HRIR major 15
HRIR 320 Strategic Issues in HRIR HRIR major 15
PSYC 338 Cross-Cultural Psychology psychology minor 15
MGMT 318 Organisational Analysis and Design marketing minor 15