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Combine two major subjects into one degree and expand your future career opportunities.
- Four years of full-time study
- Personalise your degree to suit your interests, strengths and career plans as you choose from hundreds of subject combinations
The Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom) is an exciting new degree that will enable you to combine your passion for arts and business in one degree.
Today's workplaces demand a different kind of graduate. The ability to think critically, solve problems and work as a team could prove advantageous in your future career. Studying for a multidisciplinary degree demonstrates adaptability and resourcefulness – skills that many employers are seeking.
The BACom will give you both a creative and a business background to work in arts and business professions, or related areas, such as consumer behaviour, ethics, international relations, leadership, and communication.
Get course advice so you're on the right track from the start
If you’re considering studying for a BACom talk to a Schools’ Liaison Officer first. They can help you personalise your degree to suit your interests and goals and will ensure you’re taking the correct number of papers to complete your qualification.
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If you are already at university, we recommend you book an appointment to talk to an adviser or contact the department teaching your major subjects.
The normal structure of the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom) is set out below.
- Every programme requires papers worth at least 480 points (normally 27 18-point papers would be taken, making a total of 486 points).
- Must include the required papers BSNS 111–115.
- Must include at least 216 points for papers from Arts and Music Schedule C and 216 points for papers from Commerce Schedule C.
- Must include two major subjects: one from those available for Bachelor of Arts and a different one from those available for Bachelor of Commerce.
- May include a specified minor subject.
There are about 400 combinations of major subjects available, so it not possible to provide summaries of all BACom programmes. The following is only one example, showing a programme including the major subject requirements for Communication Studies (an Arts major subject) and Marketing (a Commerce major subject).
Specimen BACom programme
MFCO 102 and MFCO 103;
BSNS 111, BSNS 112, BSNS 113, BSNS 114, BSNS 115, MART 112
two further papers from 200-level MFCO papers, GEND205;
two of MART201, MART210, MART211
three further papers from 300-level MFCO papers, GEND305;
three further 300-level MART papers
Two further papers from Arts and Music Schedule C;
Three further papers in any subject
Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom)
Structure of the Programme
Every degree programme
- shall consist of papers worth not less than 480 points,
- shall include at least 216 points from Arts and Music Schedule C and 216 points from Commerce Schedule C,
- shall satisfy the major subject requirements of both
- an Arts and Music major subject, and
- a Commerce major subject,
- shall include the following Required Papers*: BSNS 111–115,
- may include one optional minor subject that satisfies the minor subject requirements listed in Arts and Music Schedule A, Science Schedule A, and Applied Science Schedule A, Commerce Schedule A or BHealSc Schedule Part 2
- may not include a paper that counts for both a major and a minor subject requirement unless that paper is at 100- or 200-level and is specified as compulsory for both requirements, and
- may include papers that are not listed in Arts and Music Schedule C or Commerce Schedule C
Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions
- Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites, and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).
- A candidate with outstanding results in a subject prior to entering University may be permitted by the Head of Department concerned to enrol for a paper at 200-level without having satisfied the normal prerequisites. In such cases the candidate shall not be credited with the prerequisite papers, but shall be exempted from including those papers in a Major Subject Requirement. A candidate may not, having passed any such paper at 200-level, enrol subsequently for any paper for which the exemption has been given.
A candidate who is enrolled for the degree concurrently with another degree, or who has completed one degree and is proceeding with the other, may cross credit 100- and 200-level papers that are common to both degrees up to a maximum of 180 points.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) or the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study that does not comply with these regulations.
* At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must normally be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper.