Bachelors of  Commerce/Economics

Program code: 2084
QTAC code: 711801
OP Guarantee Scheme: Yes

Min. selection threshold

OP

6
/

Rank

89
/

IB

32
Minimum selection threshold

Location

St Lucia

Duration

4.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Why study the Bachelors of Commerce/Economics

By combining two areas of study in the dual degree program, students will gain skills and understanding in commerce, along with the skills and knowledge provided by the Bachelor of Economics.

Summary

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English, Mathematics B.

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelors of Commerce/Economics in 2018:

OPRankIB
6 89 32

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2018

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelors of Commerce/Economics:

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median4 / 93 4 / 93
Lowest7 / 86 6 / 89

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Program structure

The Bachelors of Commerce/Economics is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Commerce/Economics has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

If you decide to enrol in a dual program, you can use a Dual Degree Planner to help organise your studies.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelors of Commerce/Economics in Semester 1, 2018:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education studyN/P N/P
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study0 0%
(C) Work and life experience0 0%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
45 80.36%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
0 0%
International students<5 <5
Total56 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

Notes:
"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • Australian Computer Society
  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Australian Institute of Management
  • Australian Marketing Institute
  • Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Chartered Secretaries Australia Limited
  • Certified Practising Accountants Australia
  • Economic Society of Australia
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Institute of Public Accountants
  • Meeting Industry Association of Australia
  • Securities Institute of Australia

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelors of Commerce/Economics have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelors of Commerce/Economics.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Accounting

Courses allow you to develop the skills necessary to practice in the accounting profession. Students complete the accounting major and use their electives to study the necessary prerequisites for associate membership of the key Australian accounting professional bodies, Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Business Information Systems

The Business Information Systems major is designed for those who wish to obtain in-depth training in the analysis and management of information in a business environment. The major aims to develop skills relevant to a Business Analyst job profile and thus provides students with business analysis skills, including those related to data analytics and business information security, and facilitates the development of advanced Information Systems skills that enable students to advise on organisational information requirements and related strategy. Through completing the program, students gain skills to understand the business context, elicit organisational requirements, and design, develop and manage systems involving business data. The program thus equips students with a broad knowledge of business and technology issues to develop well-rounded Information Systems professionals.

Business and Industry

This major concentrates on economic decision making in the business sector. It covers issues such as managerial economics, industrial and labour economics, the regulatory environment and benefit/cost analysis techniques. Students develop critical skills and understanding applicable to businesses across all sectors and industries.

Businesses and industries participating in the rapid pace of international economic integration constantly seek to improve their competitiveness and efficiency. Graduates will be equipped to play a central role in any business-oriented enterprise.

Economics and Public Policy

The economics and public policy major is an economics-centred, multidisciplinary major, designed to provide students with an opportunity to understand how government intervention affects the economy in an increasingly globalised world. The major focuses on the economic analytical tools needed to design and evaluate public policies. Core courses in public finance and regulatory economics emphasise the rationale for government intervention and the theoretical framework that underpins the nature of such intervention. Elective courses include advanced microeconomics, macroeconomics, applied econometrics and a range of policy oriented courses. The major also provides students with the necessary multidisciplinary approaches to deal with public policy problems, including elective courses in political sciences.

Finance

In this major you will undertake courses in financial management, portfolio management, and corporate finance principles including risk assessment and business statistics. Students completing the Finance major have the opportunity to complete courses required for the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program.

International Trade and Finance

This major focuses on the economics and financial systems, mechanisms and emerging issues in an increasingly globalised economy. The key factors and impacts associated with this international phenomenon are studied, along with the management and policy responses of governments and business. Students develop an understanding of the complex nature of economics in the international environment and its close relationship with financial management firms.

Natural Resources and Environment

With the growing awareness at the international, regional, national and local levels of the ecological and economic importance of our diverse natural resources, effective and efficient use of these assets is a significant social and political issue. This major provides the tools of economic analysis for application to problems associated with the allocation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources, including fish/marine; forests; agricultural and recreational land; river systems; local and global environments; energy and minerals.

Students who complete this specialisation will have gained the analytical abilities to apply to challenges facing business, government and the community at large and the understanding of the key issues and trade-offs we face in a world of increasing competition, globalisation and natural resource depletion.

Quantitative Methods

With a strong mathematical and modelling focus, students are provided with the critical scientific techniques to successfully measure, analyse, project and model a diverse set of economic factors and scenarios. Graduates are equipped to facilitate better management decision-making, by providing economic analysis that is scientifically-based, verifiable and objective.

You can select courses in the areas of econometrics, benefit/cost analysis, advanced mathematical economics, business and economic decision techniques, and experimental economics.

Sometimes dual programs will have different majors to the ones listed on course lists, or on individual program pages for each of its component degrees.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Government assistance

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelors of Commerce/Economics are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $10,730
Indicative fee 2018 Commonwealth supported place

* Fee information for 2019 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2018.

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelors of Commerce/Economics for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to QTAC

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All domestic student applications for the Bachelors of Commerce/Economics need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelors of Commerce/Economics is 711801. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

International students commencing this program with prior tertiary education may be eligible for advanced standing/credit transfer. To view some of these opportunities, click here .

Current domestic students may be eligible to study courses overseas as part of an approved exchange program. For further course study options and application details, visit the BEL Overseas Study website .

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course” we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

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