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Bachelors of Commerce / Economics

Overview

Gain in-depth knowledge of accounting, financial management, banking and business analytics, along with an understanding of how people make decisions and organise societies, and how to predict human behaviour.

By combining two areas of study in this dual degree program, you'll gain the essential skills and understanding of commerce, along with the broad knowledge and human insights found in the field in economics.

During your commerce studies you'll complete a range of compulsory courses that cover concepts relevant across the financial services sector, including topics such as accounting, business information systems, business analytics and finance. You'll gain a combination of core and specialist knowledge, and the skills to apply what you've learned wherever your career takes you.

With the economics program you'll challenge your personal thinking and current ideas of people and the world, learning how economics is central to decision-making in business, markets, trade, government, health and more. You'll undertake a variety of courses that will build your knowledge about key economic principles, theories and tools, and study topics including microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
QTAC Code
711801
Program Code
2338
AQF
Level 7
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$43200 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
QTAC Code
711801
Program Code
2338
CRICOS Code
098335M
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Prepare yourself for a thriving career in a number of sectors both traditional and emerging, in Australia and overseas.
  • Develop your business acumen, financial literacy and analytical skills, while learning how to question, analyse, model and predict behaviour.
  • Enjoy the academic benefits of programs that complement each other perfectly to open up unlimited future opportunities.

2 in Australia for business and economics

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

1 in Queensland for accounting and finance

QS World University Rankings 2021

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Information Systems
  • Economics and Public Policy

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Online study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Investment analyst
  • Economic consultant
  • Economic analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • International trade manager
  • Business analyst
  • Business development manager

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C)

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C)

Entry score threshold

ATAR / RankIB
85.0031

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the entry score threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our guaranteed minimum ATAR (PDF, 165.47 KB) you could secure an offer for your preferred program.

Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

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.

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.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelors of Commerce / Economics are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Commerce/BEconomics for Semester 1, 2021

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest98.5599.25
Median91.2592
Lowest83.6585.45

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2021:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

2930.85%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

<5<5
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
5760.64%
  • Admitted where ATAR and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
00%

International students

77.45%

Total

94100%

"<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.

Majors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Accounting

This major is designed to prepare you for membership with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and CPA Australia.

Courses cover advanced topics including financial reporting and strategy, business analysis, environment and methodology of auditing, costing systems and cost management, commercial law and taxation law.

Graduates typically find careers as accountants or advisers in accounting firms, public and private corporations, management and consulting firms, small businesses, banks and other financial institutions, government departments and not-for-profit organisations.

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Business Analytics

The analytics revolution has fundamentally changed business. The Business Analytics major will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to participate in and indeed, lead the revolution.

Learn how analytics is applied to all areas of business from improving business decision-making and organisational processes to strategy-making.

The courses in this major cover the powerful tools used by business analysts and data scientists, including data visualisation, predictive and prescriptive analytics, and machine learning and deep learning. You'll also look at case studies from across the applied business disciplines, including accounting, finance, human resource management and marketing.

Learning how to solve real problems, the project-based capstone within the Business Analytics major uses live case studies from participating businesses. Working closely with academic support and industry decision-makers, you’ll work on a project and write and present your project findings to an audience including industry representatives.

View

Business Information Systems

Learn about the relationship between business and technology, with a focus on the role played by information systems in large organisations.

You'll develop skills in areas like data analytics, business analysis, information security and process improvement. By the end of your studies, you'll be ready to provide advice about how technologies and systems can be used to improve business operations.

This major will prepare you for a career in a huge range of industries. Typical roles include business analyst, technology consultant or data analyst.

View

Economics and Public Policy

This is an economics-centred major for anyone interested in how governments can affect economies in a globalised world.

It focuses on the analytical tools you'll need to design and evaluate public policies.

Core courses examine public finance and regulatory economics, while electives include advanced microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and a range of policy courses.

Career paths lead to employment in public policy, government bodies, not-for-profit organisations, private enterprise and politics.

View

Economics of Strategy and Behaviour

This major will equip you to work as a consultant and leader in the private sector.

You will acquire the ability to apply advanced and cutting-edge economic insights to analyse problems and create solutions. You will learn how to interpret, advise and lead in situations involving strategic competition between individuals, teams, businesses and nations. You will understand new ways of collecting and interpreting data.

The major will also provide an opportunity to learn behavioural economics insights about how people behave in the real world, and why this matters. You will gain a deep and cutting-edge knowledge of strategy and behaviour from an economic perspective. This will position you exceptionally well to play a leading part in the future direction of business, government and society.

View

Finance

This major is for anyone who wants to work in banking and finance, investment and portfolio management, corporate finance, risk assessment or business analysis.

It will teach you how to use research methods to understand financial problems, as well as debt and equity capital markets, funds management, real estate as an asset class, and private equity.

You’ll gain an understanding of behavioural finance, and how this underpins financial decision-making, including trading strategies, investment decisions, managerial behaviour, and institutional frictions that influence economic outcomes.

Graduates enjoy careers in corporate finance, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, and management and financial consulting.

View

International and Financial Economics

This major focuses on the economic aspects of financial systems in a globalised world.

You'll study banking and international trade theories, and gain an understanding of financial systems and the role they play in economies. You'll also choose from advanced-level electives in areas including macroeconomics, econometrics and financial management.

Graduates usually work in financial institutions, government agencies, consulting firms and private enterprise.

View

Quantitative Analysis

With its strong mathematical and modelling focus, this major will help you make better decisions by learning about the methods economists use to measure, analyse, predict and model a broad range of economic scenarios clearly and based on evidence.

Advanced courses cover areas including statistics, productivity, efficiency analysis and econometric theory.

Career paths lead to employment in research consultancies, management organisations, private business and government enterprise.

View

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Accounting

This major is designed to prepare you for membership with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and CPA Australia.

Courses cover advanced topics including financial reporting and strategy, business analysis, environment and methodology of auditing, costing systems and cost management, commercial law and taxation law.

Graduates typically find careers as accountants or advisers in accounting firms, public and private corporations, management and consulting firms, small businesses, banks and other financial institutions, government departments and not-for-profit organisations.

View

Business Analytics

The analytics revolution has fundamentally changed business. The Business Analytics major will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to participate in and indeed, lead the revolution.

Learn how analytics is applied to all areas of business from improving business decision-making and organisational processes to strategy-making.

The courses in this major cover the powerful tools used by business analysts and data scientists, including data visualisation, predictive and prescriptive analytics, and machine learning and deep learning. You'll also look at case studies from across the applied business disciplines, including accounting, finance, human resource management and marketing.

Learning how to solve real problems, the project-based capstone within the Business Analytics major uses live case studies from participating businesses. Working closely with academic support and industry decision-makers, you’ll work on a project and write and present your project findings to an audience including industry representatives.

View

Business Information Systems

Learn about the relationship between business and technology, with a focus on the role played by information systems in large organisations.

You'll develop skills in areas like data analytics, business analysis, information security and process improvement. By the end of your studies, you'll be ready to provide advice about how technologies and systems can be used to improve business operations.

This major will prepare you for a career in a huge range of industries. Typical roles include business analyst, technology consultant or data analyst.

View

Economics and Public Policy

This is an economics-centred major for anyone interested in how governments can affect economies in a globalised world.

It focuses on the analytical tools you'll need to design and evaluate public policies.

Core courses examine public finance and regulatory economics, while electives include advanced microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and a range of policy courses.

Career paths lead to employment in public policy, government bodies, not-for-profit organisations, private enterprise and politics.

View

Economics of Strategy and Behaviour

This major will equip you to work as a consultant and leader in the private sector.

You will acquire the ability to apply advanced and cutting-edge economic insights to analyse problems and create solutions. You will learn how to interpret, advise and lead in situations involving strategic competition between individuals, teams, businesses and nations. You will understand new ways of collecting and interpreting data.

The major will also provide an opportunity to learn behavioural economics insights about how people behave in the real world, and why this matters. You will gain a deep and cutting-edge knowledge of strategy and behaviour from an economic perspective. This will position you exceptionally well to play a leading part in the future direction of business, government and society.

View

Finance

This major is for anyone who wants to work in banking and finance, investment and portfolio management, corporate finance, risk assessment or business analysis.

It will teach you how to use research methods to understand financial problems, as well as debt and equity capital markets, funds management, real estate as an asset class, and private equity.

You’ll gain an understanding of behavioural finance, and how this underpins financial decision-making, including trading strategies, investment decisions, managerial behaviour, and institutional frictions that influence economic outcomes.

Graduates enjoy careers in corporate finance, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, and management and financial consulting.

View

International and Financial Economics

This major focuses on the economic aspects of financial systems in a globalised world.

You'll study banking and international trade theories, and gain an understanding of financial systems and the role they play in economies. You'll also choose from advanced-level electives in areas including macroeconomics, econometrics and financial management.

Graduates usually work in financial institutions, government agencies, consulting firms and private enterprise.

View

Quantitative Analysis

With its strong mathematical and modelling focus, this major will help you make better decisions by learning about the methods economists use to measure, analyse, predict and model a broad range of economic scenarios clearly and based on evidence.

Advanced courses cover areas including statistics, productivity, efficiency analysis and econometric theory.

Career paths lead to employment in research consultancies, management organisations, private business and government enterprise.

View

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $43,200

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelors of Commerce / Economics for the 2022 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

AUD $14,500

Indicative annual fee 2021 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelors of Commerce / Economics for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

If your senior schooling is from outside Australia, you can submit your application to UQ. Or, if you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelors of Commerce / Economics is 2338.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

If your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you're an international student who is currently studying:

  • Australian Year 12 (in Australia or another country), or
  • the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelors of Commerce / Economics is 711801.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

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

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

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

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 entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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