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Undergraduate business programmes at Otago

Studying Commerce at the University of Otago is an exciting and life-changing experience. As a newcomer to tertiary education, you will enrol in an undergraduate degree – your first university qualification.

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

To study business at the University of Otago you don’t need to have previously studied a business subject at high school, although studying things like Economics, Accounting, Tourism or general business studies will give you an insight into those disciplines.  We do however recommend you study English and Statistics.  The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) is Otago's undergraduate degree for business students, and normally requires three years of full-time study to complete.  If you wish to study a non-business discipline as your main interest then a minor in a business discipline might be a good option to provide more career pathways.

The video below gives a 2-2.30min introduction to each of the eight BCom Majors. You can view the entire selection of majors in this clip, or if you prefer click on the majors name in the list below to watch the introduction for only that discipline (you will be redirected to our Youtube channel).

You must study at least one of the following BCom Major subjects (your main area of study) in addition to BCom 'Core' papers, which are a compulsory set of five papers. 

Structure of a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

  • 360 points for a standard undergraduate degree (points are similar to credits gained as secondary school)
  • A number of individual courses of study, as part of your degree, which are called ‘papers’
  • A requirement that during your degree you will complete around 20 different papers
  • A requirement that 180 points of your degree must be above 100 level (first year)
  • A requirement that up to 90 points may be taken from outside Commerce.

Undergraduate information & resources

The Otago Business School offers the following guidelines and advice to students, to help understand the complexities of undertaking a course of undergraduate study in Commerce at Otago:

The University of Otago offers students flexible programmes of study. If you are studying towards another qualification, but want to include some business papers, you may be able to include a business subject as a minor, or second major. Or you can embark on a multi-disciplinary programme that includes a number of business papers.

Find out more about multi-discipline study options at the University of Otago.

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