Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Commerce with Honours
Master of Commerce
Doctor of Philosophy


Dr Jörg Finsterwalder, Management and Marketing

Our continuous exposure to advertising and sales pitches leads us to believe that marketing activities begin only when goods or services have been produced. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. Marketing is concerned with the analysis of customer needs and securing information needed to design and produce goods or services that match buyer expectations.

Strategic research methods, advertising and promotion, merchandising, sales, and management of products and services are utilised in the process, which applies to profit-oriented firms as well as not-for-profit organisations.

Why study Marketing at UC?

UC is the top-ranked Marketing department in New Zealand for research (the latest Tertiary Education Commission 2012 PBRF assessment) and our lecturers are regular recipients of teaching awards at UC.

Students are encouraged to get involved in annual UC-wide competitions such as entré for young entrepreneurs and communities such as UC Innovators. Students regularly enter and succeed in inter-university business challenges too. All these opportunities allow Marketing students to develop their new product development, planning, project management and teamwork skills as well as gain real-world experience and make connections with businesses and the community. 

Many internships and projects taken as part of your BCom count towards your degree and help enhance your resumé. 

Recommended preparation

There are no formal requirements for those wishing to study Marketing. An interest in human behaviour and social sciences such as psychology, sociology, political science and education is advantageous.

Good communication skills, both written and interpersonal, are important. Those who have studied English-rich subjects eg, English, classics, media studies to an advanced level at school will benefit from the skills they have developed.

A sound understanding and previous study of statistics is also useful.


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100-level courses

The first-year, 100-level courses required to be taken for a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing are:

200-level and beyond

Later courses provide a more detailed treatment of the topics introduced at 100-level. Options are also available that enable specialisation in areas of interest, including market research, consumer behaviour, advertising and promotion, retail marketing, services marketing, tourism marketing, behavioural change marketing and strategic marketing. 

For the complete, three-year BCom Marketing major degree plan see the School of Business and Economics website.

Career opportunities

The marketing and business skills acquired at UC are relevant globally. A Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing will open the door to an exciting, varied and fast-paced career in anything from advertising and promotion, brand management, product management, market research, retail management, marketing and communications, strategic marketing, direct marketing and sales and merchandising. Most of these jobs require a mix of quantitative, communication and interpersonal skills.

Marketing careers provide a lot of variety, since the roles and functions of marketers are constantly evolving as the business environment changes and a huge number of industries and organisation types the world over require marketers. 

Graduates may enter the profession as marketing executives, officers, assistants or coordinators, with good graduates progressing to advisors, specialists and managers within a few years. Many marketing-trained staff end up in senior organisational roles of senior manager, director, chief officer, president or working independently as a consultant.  

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Marketing.

More information

Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Phone +64 3 364 2606

College of Business and Law
Reception Level 2, Business and Law building

Postal address
Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
College of Business and Law
University of Canterbury
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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