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Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons))

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The Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) degree is a postgraduate programme which can be taken by meritorious students. The degree involves intensive study, culminating with the completion of a research dissertation.

To be admitted, students must have completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in the subject or subjects of study proposed, with an average grade of at least B+ for the appropriate 300-level papers. In most cases, specific papers must have been passed as part of or in addition to the major subject requirements in the BCom programme. The Honours programme must be completed in one year of full-time study.

A student with an Honours degree in one subject may take a second Honours degree in a different subject, and Combined Honours programmes (including papers from two subjects) are also possible.

For specific information regarding studies and prerequisite matters, please contact the department for the Major(s) you wish to enrol in within the BCom(Hons) programme.

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Information for New Applicants

Students who require further information regarding application to this programme should contact the relevant department.

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Subject Areas

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Programme requirements

Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) in Accounting


* Students who have previously completed ACFI 359 or an acceptable research methods papers from another university may substitute an additional paper from ACCT 401-499, BSNS 401 for ACFI 459.

Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) in Economics

  • ECON 480  Dissertation

  • Four of the following papers, including at least one of ECON 410 and ECON 411, and at least one of ECON 412 and ECON 413:
    • ECON 402  Growth, Institutions and Development
    • ECON 403  Monetary Economics
    • ECON 404  International Economics
    • ECON 405  The Economics of Natural Resources and Public Choice
    • ECON 406  Labour and Population Economics
    • ECON 407  Special Topic in Advanced Economics
    • ECON 410  Advanced Microeconomic Theory
    • ECON 411  Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
    • ECON 412  Macroeconometrics
    • ECON 413  Microeconometrics

    ECON 375  Econometrics
    ECON 377  Mathematical Economics
    two further 300-level ECON papers
    18 further 300-level points

Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) in Finance


Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) in Information Science


Prerequisites for 2017 or 2018:
INFO 312  Information Systems Development Project
Two of:
INFO 321  Enterprise Data Management
INFO 322  Information Systems Strategy and Governance
INFO 323  Distributed Information Systems
INFO 324  Adaptive Business Intelligence
Two further papers from:
300-level INFO papers
SENG 301 Software Project Management

Prerequisites from 2019:
INFO 301 Applied Project, INFO 302 Information Systems Strategy and Governance, and three further 300-level INFO papers

Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) in International Business

  • IBUS 480 Dissertation

  • International papers at 400-level from Commerce subjects worth 60 points as approved by the Director, International Business

  • Further international papers at 400-level worth at least 20 points from either Commerce subjects or Arts subjects, as approved by the Director, International Business

Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) in Management


Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) in Marketing


Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

  • One of:
    • ECON 492  Dissertation for Philosophy, Politics and Economics
    • PHIL 490  Dissertation
  • Three further 400-level ECON, PHIL, POLS papers

  • No more than 100 points may be from any one of the component disciplines.

Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) in Tourism


Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons))

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce).
    2. Every applicant shall have fulfilled one of the following conditions:
      1. have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Commerce majoring in the subject or subjects of study proposed with an average grade of B+ for the best four 300-level papers that can count towards the major subject requirements;
      2. have been admitted with the status of one who is entitled to proceed to the degree;
      3. have a qualification acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) and produce evidence acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) of ability to proceed to the degree.

  2. Subjects of Study

    The degree may be awarded in any one of the subjects listed above or in an approved combination of the subjects listed above (Combined Honours).

  3. Structure of the Programme

    1. Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for the subject concerned.
    2. With the permission of the Heads of Departments concerned, a candidate may substitute a paper of another subject for one of the required papers.
    3. A student who has obtained the degree in one subject may become a candidate for the degree in any other subject.
    4. The research report must be submitted by 1 June or 1 November of the semester in which the degree is completed.

  4. 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).

  5. Duration of the Programme

    A candidate shall complete the requirements for the degree in one academic year of full-time study following admission to the Honours programme.

  6. Level of Award of the Degree

    1. The degree may be awarded with First Class Honours, with Second Class Honours (Division I), with Second Class Honours (Division II), or with Third Class Honours.
    2. Should a candidate fail to obtain Honours, the papers passed may be credited towards a Postgraduate Diploma.
    3. A candidate who fails to obtain Honours may not resit all or part of the Honours programme in a subsequent year unless the Senate has determined that his or her performance in those examinations was seriously impaired.

  7. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

    Note: The due date for applications for enrolment in the programme is 10 December. Late applications will be considered.

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