Professional Certificate in Business Studies

Upskill with business savvy

The capacity to adapt professionally has never been more valuable—and our new Professional Certificate of Business Studies provides an incredibly flexible catalyst for your career progress.

Add business savvy to existing specialist training and knowledge, upskill to improve your employability, or lay the foundations for more advanced study—all in less than a year.


What will you do?

Conducted over just six months part-time, the program will equip you with essential business- and management-related knowledge in your chosen field(s). You’ll choose two courses from a suite of 16, ranging from accounting and finance, to entrepreneurship, design thinking, marketing and project leadership.

You will graduate with the skills and confidence to:

  • apply coherent and developed knowledge of business-related concepts in diverse commercial contexts using critical thinking
  • apply effective problem-solving, design and decision-making methods to conceive and communicate innovative solutions to complex business problems, in a range of commercial contexts.

Depending on your course choices, you could also gain the ability to conduct basic data analysis to enable evidence-based, value-creating business decisions.


Where could it take you?

You’ll emerge ready to step up and play your part in the business setting of your choosing. You might use the qualification to complement other discipline-specific skills and training. It could give you a foot in a new industry’s door. Perhaps you’ll use it as a springboard into further business-related study, with a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, or masters.

  • Australia's #1 University for Entrepreneurship Education^
  • ISO 9001 Certification
  • AACSB accredited

^Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities, 2017

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3PC010
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake January, May and September
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent.

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $9,750

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.

This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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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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Potential careers

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

Business Management;  Business Representative

Degree Structure

Example Study Plan

Indicative study plan
To qualify for the Professional Certificate in Business Studies you must select and complete satisfactorily two of the following courses:

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Tuesday, 10 Oct 2023