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Undergraduate Commerce (Business) and Finance Options Explained

The University of Adelaide Business School specialises in Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management and Marketing.

The Business School’s outstanding ties to research and industry ensures you will receive a high quality education that is both theoretical and practical.

  • Bachelor of Commerce

    The Bachelor of Commerce is a flexible business degree in which your first year will be dedicated to studying a set range of business courses, allowing you to choose a specialisation relevant to your skills and interests after your first year of study.

    You might start the degree intending to study accounting and after a year decide that marketing interests you more. You can easily change your discipline after the first year without increasing the length or cost of your degree.

    The structure of the degree also allows you to choose two specialisations. All you need to do is arrange an appointment with your dedicated Program Advisor toward the end of your first year of study. They will be able to ensure you are choosing the necessary courses to achieve this.

    Check out our 'Which Degree is for you' table in the section below to see the different careers that are possible after completion of each commerce specialisation to help you decide which one is best for you.

  • Bachelor of Finance

    Also offered are the Bachelor of Finance and the Bachelor of Finance (International). The Bachelor of Finance degrees are comprised of a range of courses in finance, economics, mathematics and statistics. You may choose a particular area of specialisation during your second and third years or continue with a more general degree.

    It is important to note that the compulsory courses within these degrees can be more heavily mathematics based than the Bachelor of Commerce (Corporate Finance), so prior knowledge in this area, whilst not a pre-requisite, will be of benefit to you in your studies.

    Check out our 'Which Degree is for you' table in the section below to see the different careers that are possible after completion of each finance degree to help you decide which one is best for you.

  • Which degree is for you?

    Commitment to university study and your future career can be dependent on two key factors, what are you passionate about and what are you good at.

    Use the table below to see the potential careers that are linked to each degree along with the skills required to succeed.

    How to choose a career in Business
    You are a: You could be a:
    • Banker
    • Business Analyst
    • International Trade Analyst
    • Commodities Trader
    • Fund Manager
    • International Government Adviser
    • Stockbroker
    You need to study: Corporate Finance
     
    You are a: You could be a:
    • Accountant
    • Auditor
    • Financial Advisor
    • Forensic Accountant
    • Taxation Accountant
    You need to study: Accounting
     
    You are a: You could be a:
    • Business Consultant
    • Export / Import Trader
    • Foreign Affairs Officer
    • International Government Adviser
    You need to study: International Business
     
    You are a: You could be a:
    • Business Analyst
    • Business Consultant
    • Human Resource Manager
    • Management Consultant
    • Development Manager
    You need to study: Management
     
    You are a: You could be a:
    • Advertising Officer
    • Market Researcher
    • Marketing Coordinator / Planner
    • Product and Advertising Manager
    • Product Developer
    • Public Relations Officer
    You need to study: Marketing
     
    You are a: You could be a:
    • Auditor
    • Banker
    • Commodities Trader
    • Financial Adviser
    • Financial Analyst
    • Fund and Portfolio Manager
    • Management Consultant
    • Statistician
    • Stockbroker
    You need to study: Finance, or International Finance

More degree options

  • Double degrees, combined degrees, concurrent degrees and double majors

    Double degrees

    When you study the Bachelor of Commerce, you will also be able to choose two ‘majors’ out of the available commerce specialisations: Accounting, Corporate Finance, International Business, Management or Marketing.

    The Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Finance give you the option to study a double degree, combined degree or a concurrent degree. All options allow you to study two distinct disciplines. Read about the differences between each type of degree.

    So what double degrees are available?

    Combined degrees

    The Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Finance degree may be combined with one of the following degree areas:

    • Arts
    • Commerce
    • Computer Science*
    • Economics
    • Environmental Studies
    • Finance
    • International Studies
    • Mathematical & Computer Science
    • Media
    • Social Sciences.

    *You will need to do a slight overload to complete this combined degree in four years, which can be done through winter and / or summer school.

    If you wish to undertake a combined degree, you will enrol in just one of those degrees and apply for the second degree within the first year of the other degree.

    It is important to note that offers into the second program are made after considering tertiary academic performance, so it is important to flag your intention to study a combined degree with the Business School Undergraduate Program Advisor at enrolment.

  • Honours degrees

    Once you have completed your undergraduate degree, you will have the opportunity to go on to undertake a one year Honours Degree.

    Honours degrees are one year full time research based undergraduate degrees.

    It is a great option is you wish to:

    • gain an additional degree
    • add research skills to your CV / wish to start a career where research is a large component of the job
    • begin a career in academia
    • become a consultant later in your career

    Which areas can I do an honours degree?

    There are two Honours Degrees you can apply for within the Business School:

    In the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) you are required to complete four compulsory coursework courses (below) in your first semester and write a thesis in the second semester.

    • Research Methodology
    • Quantitative Method
    • Advanced Theory
    • Selected Readings

    You will also be required to attend a module titled ‘Introduction to Research Methods’

    To be considered for your Honours year, you must meet the selection criteria which consists of:

    • Completion of relevant bachelors degree or equivalent with an overall average of at least 70%
    • An average of at least 75% in your selected discipline
    • Submission of a brief research proposal which satisfies the following:
      • The applicant has thought carefully about their potential research topic
      • A Supervisor can be found where the applicant's research interest matches the research interest of the supervisor
    • Performance in an interview if applicable

    In the Bachelor of Finance (Honours) you are required to complete four compulsory coursework courses (below) in your first semester and write a thesis in the second semester.

    • Advanced Corporate Finance
    • Advanced Asset Pricing
    • One level 3 or level 4 econometrics course
    • One Maths, Statistics or Economics Course

    You will also be required to attend a module titled ‘Introduction to Research Methods’.

    To be considered for your Honours year, you must meet the selection criteria which consists of:

    • Completion of relevant bachelors degree or equivalent with an overall average of at least 70%
    • An average of at least 75% in the following finance subjects:
      • Corporate Finance Theory III OR Corporate Investment and Strategy III
      • At least a level II (or equivalent) course in econometrics or statistics
      • Portfolio Theory and Management III
      • Options Futures and Risk Management III
    • Submission of a brief research proposal which satisfies the following:
      • The applicant has thought carefully about their potential research topic
      • A Supervisor can be found where the applicant's research interest matches the research interest of the supervisor
    • Performance in an interview if applicable
    The purposes of the thesis under both degrees are:
    • To encourage you to undertake independent research.
    • To further general expertise in commerce disciplines or finance.
    • To provide the means by which you can demonstrate an ability to undertake research at PhD or Masters level

    What are the benefits of studying an honours degree?

    Completing an honours degree will provide you further knowledge in an area of your interest along with research skills. Many employers know that to be eligible for an honours degree you need an average of 75GPA which demonstrates honours graduates show commitment, a quality that is highly valued.

    An honours degree is also a fantastic way to develop your analytical skills. It builds confidence in problem solving as well as your ability to think critically.

    Some jobs require an honours degree to be considered for the position. Many graduate positions can attract thousands of applicants and an honours degree can make you stand out from the crowd.

    A Starting Point for Further Study

    An Honours degree can be the necessary starting point for further study. You can use your Honours year as a springboard to a M. Phil or a Ph.D. Past Honours students from the University of Adelaide are now completing PhD’s at various Universities throughout Australia, the UK and the United States.

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