Honours Degree of Bachelor of Commerce

Turn high-achieving into a higher degree

There are many reasons we encourage graduates to apply for an honours year. You might want to build a necessary foundation for postgraduate research in your specialisation. You could be seeking answers to questions no one else is asking in business research. Perhaps you’re pursuing advanced communication skills and commercial knowledge to gain a competitive edge in the job market.

What will you do?

  • Attend regular classes for advanced coursework.
  • Complete a major research project on a topic of your choice.
  • Partner with an academic mentor who’ll support and encourage your progress.

Brian Gray Scholarship Program

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 3BH003
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Higher Education Study Students who have completed the required undergraduate program to a satisfactory level may be eligible to apply for the Honours program.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3BH003

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Professional Accreditation

Adelaide Business School is AACSB* accredited, and as such our programs have passed rigorous standards of quality. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and only the best schools in the world earn AACSB accreditation.
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Potential careers

Business Manager, Communications Analyst, Data Analyst, Econometrician, Economist, Entrepreneur, Fund and Portfolio Manager, Industrial Organiser, Policy Adviser, Statistician

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

Areas of Specialisation

Accounting, Corporate Finance, International Business, Management or Marketing.

Example Study Plan

Indicative Study Plan
First Semester
Common courses COMMERCE 4037: Research Methodology (H)

Up to 2 elective courses from the list below:

CORPFIN 4033: Quantitative Methods (H)
COMMERCE 4100: Qualitative Methods (H)
COMMERCE 4106: Advanced Readings (H)
COMMERCE 4015: Business Statistics (H)*
ECON 4014: Econometrics IV (H)*

*Students may select one of these courses in lieu of either quantitative or qualitative methods by agreement between the student and their supervisor(s).
Discipline - specific courses Students will take 1 course from the list below:

ACCTING 4101: Advanced Theory in Accounting (H)
CORPFIN 4102: Advanced Finance (H)
COMMERCE 4104: Advanced Theory in Management (H)
MARKETING 4103: Advanced Theory in Marketing (H)
INTBUS 4000: Advanced Theory in International Business (H)
Second Semester
Research project Approximately 12,000 to 15,000 words.
This thesis counts for 50% of the year’s assessment.

COMMERCE 4105: Dissertation (H)
Note: Applied Finance students are able to take an additional elective in lieu of any of those courses listed as electives by agreement between the student and their supervisor(s).

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021