Bachelor of Commerce


The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) has been the choice for many distinguished New Zealanders and international alumni including Prime Minister John Key, Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon, V8 SuperTourer Driver Richard Moore and Guy Horrocks, co-founder of the world’s first iPhone app company and CEO of Carnival Labs. From financial markets to the latest management practices and the rapidly expanding world of e-commerce, a Bachelor of Commerce 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

  • A choice of 12 different major 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
  • Potential to qualify as a chartered accountant through the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand
  • Student-run commerce, economics and finance clubs offer support and fun.

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Bachelor's degree. For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.

Some degrees have additional entry and course requirements; please check the Regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce for full details.

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

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.

Typical degree structure for Bachelor of Commerce

Year 1
ECON100 Level
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
    Other Commerce courses
    Courses from Commerce or other degrees

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

Double Degrees

It is possible to combine a Commerce degree with other degrees, in particular, 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

The UC Bachelor of Commerce is a highly flexible degree that allows you to choose from 12 different majors 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 seven 'core' courses.

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

Commerce major subjects


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

  • an industry internship
  • an international exchange
  • or an overseas study tour.
Note: places on these programmes are limited and may depend on your academic performance.  

Recommended preparation

It is useful to have studied accounting, economics, business studies and mathematics (especially statistics) at school. However, provided you have entry to the University, all Commerce courses can be started at 100-level without previous study.

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.

How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.

Further study

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

Career opportunities

There is the potential to qualify as a chartered accountant through the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

As a commerce graduate, you could work in numerous and varied roles from an accountant, economist or financial analyst, through to a manager, marketer or information systems specialist. 

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 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).