Bachelor of Commerce with Honours


The Bachelor of Commerce with Honours is for high-achieving students with a relevant Bachelor's degree. A choice of seven subjects is available.

As a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours graduate you will be able to:

  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of current theoretical concepts and frameworks within your major discipline
  • think logically, analytically and critically with respect to the academic literature in your major discipline
  • plan and carry out a supervised programme of academic research that shows a sound understanding of ethical practice
  • synthesise academic or professional literature and effectively communicate research orally and in written form.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates, diplomas and honours programmes require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must have qualified for a bachelor's degree with high grades and satisfied the prerequisites for the subject concerned. Prerequisites vary between departments, but normally good grades in 300-level courses in the subject concerned are required.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce with Honours or use the admission requirements checker.

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

Qualification structure and duration

The BCom(Hons) comprises one year of coursework (between six and nine courses) to the value of at least 120 points. 


The honours programme must be completed within one year of full-time study or, with Dean of Commerce approval, in up to four years of part-time study.

Subjects and courses

Subject areas for the Bachelor of Commerce with Honours are:

For an up-to-date list of courses for each subject, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce with Honours.

Combined Honours

With permission of each of the Heads of Department concerned, a candidate may complete the degree of Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in two subjects (combined honours). Students must satisfy the course requirements for entry to honours in each subject, take honours-level courses totalling at least 60 points (0.5 EFTS) in each subject, with a total points value no less than the minimum allowed for a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours degree in either subject. Included in these courses must be a research paper that normally would reflect the combined nature of the degree.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

Honours degrees are often a pathway to further study, for instance students who complete to a satisfactory standard may be able to progress to a master's degree by thesis-only.

Career opportunities

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. 

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce with Honours.

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

For study planning help contact the School of Business and Economics:

School of Business and Economics
College of Business and Law
University of Canterbury
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3888
Email bsec@canterbury.ac.nz

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