Qualifications and courses

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Business Qualifications

If you are starting out in tertiary study, our Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) has 14 major subjects to choose from and is the perfect way to build a foundation in business.

BCom students have the option of completing a minor in a subject from the BCom degree schedule or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree schedule. This allows you to complement your major subject with study in a different discipline.

The Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) is for high-achieving students with a relevant Bachelor's degree. There is a choice of seven subjects available: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Taxation and Accounting. The Bachelor of Commerce with Honours - BCom(Hons) comprises one year of coursework (between six and nine courses) and takes one year of full-time study or up to four years of part-time study.

The Certificate in Commerce (CertCom) is a great option if you want to add commerce courses alongside your non-commerce degree, or simply want to learn more about some commerce subjects for interest or your professional development. The certificate is made up of four standard courses (a minimum of 60 points) from any course in the Bachelor of Commerce Schedule C in the following subject areas: Accounting, Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Management and Marketing. Depending on your study background, this may entail first-year courses or a mix of advanced courses. The CertCom can be studied part-time and completed in up to four years.

Graduate diplomas are suitable for anyone who has a bachelors degree in a non-Commerce area and wants to expand their knowledge in a business-related discipline. They offer you an opportunity to complement and extend your undergraduate studies based on your interests and career goals. They are also suitable for anyone with a commerce background who seeks further study their subject, or those who graduated some time ago and are now looking to update their knowledge and skills.

The Master of Commerce and PhD are ways of advancing your understanding and expertise in your undergraduate major. Taught master's enable you to undertake study in a new professional area and gain valuable business knowledge and skills. Postgraduate diplomas are ideal for professional development allowing you to gain additional skills and a recognised qualification within a short period of study.

Students can study the Conjoint Bachelor of Product Design and Commerce or the Conjoint Bachelor of Commerce and Science, which requires 60 points less than a double degree and will be completed in four years in an intensive format.

For example, students may want to study the Industrial Product Design BProdDesign major with the Marketing BCom major, or the Management BCom major with the Psychology BSc major.

Law qualifications

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the University of Canterbury is an internationally recognised degree with the Law school ranked in the top 150 Law schools worldwide. Courses are taught by faculty members who are world-ranked and regarded as leading experts in their fields.

Students undertaking the LLB will receive a challenging and high-quality education. Most LLB students choose to broaden their studies by undertaking a double degree (for example in Criminal Justice, Commerce, Arts or Science) which not only complements their Law degree but also enhances their future employability.

The University of Canterbury is offering a unique undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, the Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ), which is the first of its kind in New Zealand. 
The three-year degree combines multidisciplinary academic study with a strong vocational focus, providing students with expertise relevant to careers in areas such as law enforcement, corrections, offender rehabilitation, working with young offenders, criminal law, security and border control.

The School of Law offers a varied postgraduate programme. The academic strength of the School and the flexibiliy of the degree make the programme an attractive option for students wanting to develop their research skills and to gain a valuable postgraduate qualification in any area of legal study.

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