Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

Course summary

The Bachelor of Commerce Honours year provides a bridge between undergraduate study and advanced research. With an Honours degree you can move into academic and/or public sector positions requiring advanced research and analytical skills that will aid policy formulation and analysis.

This degree

Some examples of government institutions that employ students who complete an Honours degree are the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Australian Treasury, and the Australian Productivity Commission.

Honours students can also apply to continue to a research degree.

What you will study

The program includes training in research skills using a variety of information systems (archives, the library, databases); an opportunity to practise articulating complex ideas; practise in working closely with a supervisor on a project and delivering within a timeline: and experience in devising, researching and writing up an individual topic of study in an extended argument/thesis. If you are considering an Honours degree, we encourage you to talk to the Honours Coordinator in advance to seek approval for enrolment, discuss your program, and negotiate a thesis topic and supervisors.

The UOW Honours website also provides lots of useful information regarding research opportunities, scholarships, application procedures and more.

Course information

Study area

Business

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

711

ATAR (UAI)

-

IB Score

30-31

Duration

1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

001710F

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

To qualify for entry into Honours, students must have qualified for a Bachelor degree with an average of at least 75% across the major (or majors) in which the Honours degree will be undertaken with the additional requirements of a Distinction in two of the 300 level subjects required by the major.

Applicants are also required to complete a 500 word outline of the proposed thesis topic. The outline should indicate the topic the applicant would like to research, as well as a justification of the significance of the research from a personal and/or intellectual point of view.

Students considering an Honours degree are encouraged to talk to the Program Coordinator well in advance to seek approval for enrolment, discuss their program, and negotiate a thesis topic and supervisors.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

5.0

5.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

79

18

18

16

16

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $13,224
Full Course Fee: $26,448

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

To qualify for entry into Honours, students must have qualified for a Bachelor degree with an average of at least 75% across the major (or majors) in which the Honours degree will be undertaken with the additional requirements of a Distinction in two of the 300 level subjects required by the major.

Applicants are also required to complete a 500 word outline of the proposed thesis topic. The outline should indicate the topic the applicant would like to research, as well as a justification of the significance of the research from a personal and/or intellectual point of view.

Students considering an Honours degree are encouraged to talk to the Program Coordinator well in advance to seek approval for enrolment, discuss their program, and negotiate a thesis topic and supervisors.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
8 December 2017

Session Details
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences
23 July 2018

Applications Close

International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 29 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Enrolment & Orientation: 16 July 2018 (TBC)
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced theoretical and technical business knowledge.
  2. Effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  3. Research and critically analyse business and organisational issues in local, national and international contexts.
  4. Demonstrate responsible judgement in decision making.
  5. Use relevant technology for professional purposes.
  6. Demonstrate independent learning.

 

Course Structure

Honours in Accountancy 

Subject CodeSubject NameCredit PointsSession(s)
ACCY401Honours Research in Accounting24Spring
COMM480Honours Research Proposal6Autumn
Plus three (3) 6 credit point 400 level subjects from the Faculty of Business calendar with a minimum of 12 credit points from the Accountancy calendar as advised by the research supervisors and approved by the Discipline Leader (Accounting).

Honours in Economics 

Subject CodeSubject NameCredit PointsSession(s)
ECON401Honours Research in Economics24Spring
ECON402Economics Honours Coursework18Autumn
COMM480Honours Research Proposal6Autumn

Honours in Finance 

Subject CodeSubject NameCredit PointsSession(s)
FIN 401Honours Research in Finance24Spring
COMM480Honours Research Proposal6Autumn
Plus three (3) 6 credit point 400 level subjects from the Faculty of Business calendar with a minimum of 12 credit points from the Finance calendar as advised by the research supervisors and approved by the Discipline Leader(Finance).

Honours in Management / Supply Chain Management / Human Resource Management / International Business

Subject CodeSubject NameCredit PointsSession(s)
MGNT401Honours Research in Management24Annual, Autumn,Spring
MGNT402Honours Coursework in Management A12Autumn, Spring
MGNT403Honours Coursework in Management B6Autumn, Spring
COMM480Honours Research Proposal6Autumn

Honours in Marketing / Public Relations

Subject CodeSubject NameCredit PointsSession(s)
MARK401Honours Research in Marketing24Annual, Autumn, Spring
MARK402Honours Coursework in Marketing A12Autumn, Spring
MARK403Honours Coursework in Marketing B6Autumn, Spring
COMM480Honours Research Proposal6Autumn

For all students interested in pursuing Honours, please email business-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

Our programs are recognised by peak professional bodies in Australia and internationally. For more information, visit Professional Accreditation and Recognition.

Why choose this course

Business is always changing, so at UOW we focus on strong links with industry, business and government to keep our degrees relevant. We develop professionals, managers and business leaders with critical thinking skills who will succeed in their chosen fields.

The Faculty of Business is a signatory to the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), a global initiative of the United Nations. The PRME endorses institutions that champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership.

Career opportunities
  • Auditor
  • Banker
  • Analyst
  • Financial controller
  • Accountant
  • Policy advisor
  • Business adviser
  • OHS officer
  • HR manager consultant
  • Stock broker
  • Insurance broker
  • Fund manager
  • Exporter/importer
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Market researcher
  • Advertising executive
  • Brand/product manager
  • Event manager
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