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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit the Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce with Honours.
For study planning help contact the School of Business and Economics:School of Business and Economics
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University of Canterbury
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