Bachelor of Commerce


From financial markets to the latest management practices and the rapidly expanding world of online commerce, a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) at UC gives you the knowledge and skills to succeed in a global business environment.

UC and its business partners provide many opportunities for you to gain practical business experience and make important contacts. Internships, business case competitions, careers fairs and student groups all allow you to put classroom theories to the test, get innovative and network with industry professionals.

Features of the Bachelor of Commerce at UC

  • The BCom is accredited by AACSB International, reflecting our commitment to innovation and providing a competitive and industry-relevant qualification for the business professions.
  • A choice of 12 different major subjects and 11 minor subjects*. 
  • Flexible degree that allows you to include courses from other degrees.
  • Award-winning lecturers.
  • Competitions such as entré and inter-university business challenges develop your entrepreneurial, project management and teamwork skills.
  • Student-run commerce, economics and finance clubs offer support and fun.

* Subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due August 2016.

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Bachelor's degree. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.

You are required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Recommended preparation

All students who have entry to the University can study a BCom from 100-level without previous study in the area. However, it is useful to have studied accounting, economics, business studies and mathematics (especially statistics) at school. If you have achieved top results in accounting and/or economics at school you may be eligible for direct entry to some 200-level courses.

A good standard of oral and written English is important. 

Qualification structure and duration

The three year BCom degree requires a minimum total of 360 points:

  • at least 255 points of commerce courses (up to 60 points of Mathematics and/or Statistics at 100 or 200-level may be included in the 255 points)
  • the remaining 105 points can be from commerce courses or courses from other degrees.

A minimum of 225 points must be from courses above 100-level, with at least 90 points at 300-level.

For degree structure diagrams for each major see the School of Business and Economics.

Flexible study options

The flexible nature of the BCom allows you to include courses from other degrees. Many students complete either a double major (combining two areas of study into one degree) or a double degree (see below). From 2017, BCom students will also have the option of completing a minor in a subject from the BCom degree schedule.*

* Subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due August 2016.

Typical degree structure for Bachelor of Commerce

Year 1
ECON100 Level (1)
100 Level
100 Level
100 Level
Year 2
200 Level
200 Level
200 Level
200 Level
200 Level
100 Level
200 Level
200 Level
Year 3
300 Level
300 Level
300 Level
300 Level
200 Level
300 Level
300 Level
200 Level
    Commerce major courses (minimum requirements)
    Other Commerce courses
    Courses from Commerce or other degrees

(1) ECON 104 or ECON 105 or ECON 199. ECON 199 is a STAR course for secondary school students.

Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points (or more).

For complete BCom major degree plans go to www.bsec.canterbury.ac.nz/for/undergraduate

Double Degrees

It is possible to combine a commerce degree with other degrees; a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws is a highly marketable combination. The Bachelor of Commerce also combines well with the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Forestry Science and Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

Normally you can complete the two degrees in five years, but some degree combinations may take longer. If you are considering a double degree you should get advice from a School of Business and Economics Student Advisor or the Liaison Office.

Find out more information about Double degrees.

Subjects and courses

UC's Bachelor of Commerce is a highly flexible degree that allows you to choose from 12 major and 11 minor subjects* as well as include courses from other degrees.


To graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce you must complete the requirements of at least one of the 12 major subjects. Each major requires you to take five 100-level compulsory courses (75 points) selected from six 'core' courses. These cover: accounting and financial information, information systems and technology, microeconomics or macroeconomics, fundamentals of management, and statistics.

You should aim to complete the core courses in your first year of study as they provide a good general business background and are required for entry to some 200 and 300-level courses. However, you can complete some of these courses in your second and third years depending on the requirements of your major.

Commerce subjects

# Available as a major only
^ Available as a minor only*
* Changes to minor subjects in the BCom are subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due August 2016.

Internship, industry and international experiences

As a Bachelor of Commerce student you may have the chance to integrate work and international experiences into your study through:

Note: places on these programmes are limited and may depend on your academic performance. Talk to a College of Business student advisor if you wish to know more or take a look at the 'Introduction to Business' brochure below.   

Further study

The School of Business and Economics has a wide range of options for graduate and postgraduate study:

* Subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due August 2016.

Career opportunities

As a commerce graduate, you could work in numerous and varied roles from being an accountant, economist and financial analyst, through to being an operations manager, marketer and information systems specialist. You could become a manager, consultant or be your own boss. 

The Bachelor of Commerce Accounting, and Taxation and Accounting majors are pathways to external qualifications with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA (Australia), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and other professional accounting bodies internationally.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

More information

For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce. For more information on facilities, resources and staff, see the College of Business and Law.

For more general information email info@canterbury.ac.nz or freephone 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students) or visit the Liaison Office’s course planning page (new students), or a School of Business and Economics Student Advisor (advancing students).

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