Bachelor of Commerce
From financial markets to the latest management practices and the rapidly expanding world of online commerce, a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) at UC gives you the knowledge and skills to succeed in a global business environment.
The BCom is a three-year degree with 12 major subjects to choose from. The degree is accredited by AACSB International* reflecting our commitment to innovation and providing a competitive and industry-relevant qualification for the business professions.
* The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
- The BCom is accredited by AACSB International, reflecting our commitment to innovation and providing a competitive and industry-relevant qualification for the business professions.
- A choice of 12 different major Commerce subjects and over 35 minor Arts and Commerce subjects.
- Award-winning lecturers.
- Competitions such as entré and inter-university business challenges develop your entrepreneurial, project management and teamwork skills.
- Student-run commerce, economics and finance clubs offer support and fun.
All students who have entry to the University can study a BCom from 100-level without previous study in the area. However, it is useful to have studied accounting, economics, business studies and mathematics (especially statistics) at school.
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.
Typical degree structure for Bachelor of Commerce
Commerce major courses (minimum requirements)
Other Commerce courses
Courses from Commerce or other degrees
The three year BCom degree requires a minimum total of 360 points:
- at least 255 points from 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.
Flexible study options
The flexible nature of the BCom allows you to include courses from other degrees. Many students complete either a double major (combining two areas of study into one degree) or a double degree (combining with another degree, see below).
BCom students also have the option of completing a minor subject from the BCom or Bachelor of Arts.
It is possible to combine a Bachelor of Commerce degree with other degrees; 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 UC Business School | Te Kura Umanga Student Advisor or the Liaison Office.
Find out more information about Double degrees.
Students can study the Conjoint Bachelor of Product Design and Commerce, 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.
Contact a Student Advisor from each relevant College or School for course planning advice.
All students in the BCom take five 100-level compulsory courses (75 points):
- ACCT 102 Accounting and Financial Information
- ECON 104 Introduction to Microeconomics or ECON 105 Introduction to Macroeconomics
- INFO 123 Information Systems and Technology
- MGMT 100 Fundamentals of Management
- STAT 101 Statistics 1
You should aim to complete the core courses in your first year of study as they provide a good general business background and are required for entry to some 200 and 300-level courses. However, you can complete some of these courses in your second and third years depending on the requirements of your major.
Majors and minors
To graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce you must complete the requirements of at least one of these 12 major subjects. See the Regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce for the major course requirements for each subject:
- Business Economics
- Human Resource Management
- Information Systems
- International Business
- Operations and Supply Chain Management
- Strategy and Entrepreneurship
- Taxation and Accounting
As a Commerce student at UC, you have the option of also completing a minor subject, from the Bachelor of Commerce or the Bachelor of Arts. By studying more than one subject in the BCom you can increase breadth of knowledge at undergraduate level, and potentially your employability.
For course advice, please contact one of our Student Advisors.
Commerce minor subjects
See the Regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce for the minor course requirements for each subject:
Arts minor subjects
For minor course requirements for these Arts subjects please refer to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts.
Internship, industry and international experiences
As a Bachelor of Commerce student you may have the chance to integrate work and international experiences into your study through:
Students can complete an honours or research master's degree in the subject of their first degree.
Other master's degrees in Applied Finance and Economics, Business Management, Business Information Systems, Financial Management, and Professional Accounting enable graduates to upskill in an area different to their first degree.
See pages XX–XX for a complete list of the graduate and postgraduate qualifications on offer at UC.
As a commerce graduate, you could work in numerous and varied roles from being an accountant, economist and financial analyst, through to being an operations manager, marketer and information systems specialist. You could become a manager, consultant or your own boss.
For further career information, please go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/careers
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2019||360||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$6,447 - $6,675 per 120 points|
|2019||360||Accounting; Business and Sustainability; Business Economics; Economics;Entrepreneurship; Finance; Human Resource Management; International Business; Management; Marketing; Operations and Supply Chain Management; Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Taxation; Taxation and Accounting (Band 2)||$6,447 per 120 points|
|2019||360||Information Systems (Band 6)||$6,675 per 120 points|
|2019||360||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$28,100 per 120 points|
For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students), or a UC Business School | Te Kura Umanga Student Advisor (advancing students).
For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce. For more information on facilities, resources and staff see the College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture.