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

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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

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.

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.

Courses and Programs

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 Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA).

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.

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.

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