Bachelor of Commerce

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The Bachelor of Commerce program prepares you for a career in accounting, banking, financial management, information systems and management.

Compulsory courses in the degree build a solid foundation of business skills that you will apply to many decisions and issues in the contemporary business environment. These core skills are then further developed in your second and third years as you specialise by undertaking one or two majors. Commerce majors are in accounting, business information systems and finance.

Completion of the degree with the accounting major, for example, allows students to apply for associate membership of the professional accounting bodies.

The combination of core skills and specialist knowledge learned in the Bachelor of Commerce will ensure you can adapt effectively to the ever-changing business environment and as a result be in high demand with employers.

UQ Business School’s lecturers and tutors are industry leaders and our vast network of industry contacts means you can develop practical experience at some of the world’s leading companies.


Applicants for the Bachelor of Commerce program must have Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English, and Mathematics B; or the equivalent for international students.

Domestic students

Domestic students include Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents (holders of all categories of permanent resident visas, including humanitarian visas), and New Zealand citizens.

Find out how to apply.

International students

International students include temporary residents (visa status) of Australia, permanent residents (visa status) of New Zealand or a resident or citizen of any other country.

Find out how to apply.

Year 12 students

If you are an international student currently studying Year 12 in Australia or the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) in New Zealand, you must apply online via the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).


The Bachelor of Commerce allows you to focus on areas that are relevant to your desired career. In addition to the compulsory courses, you can choose to complete one or two majors as part of your degree. A major consists of six courses from any one area of specialisation.

View the program course list.


If you aspire to a career as an accountant this major is essential for you. It is also valuable if you want to embark on a business career. The courses will enhance your financial and accounting acumen by giving you knowledge of the latest accounting processes, income tax and corporation laws, whilst building skills in auditing, analysis and reporting.

By choosing elective courses that cover the necessary prerequisites you can apply for associate membership of the key Australian accounting professional bodies, Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Business information systems

The Business Information Systems major focuses on computer-based technologies and systems to support business processes and management. These systems are used by managers to inform decision-making, allowing effective and efficient operations.

These courses ensure you will be experienced in the analysis, design, implementation and maintenance of computer systems. Your superior skills in developing and managing computer applications, including those involving accounting data, will be highly sought after by leading employers.


Finance is a fast-paced, diverse and rewarding career. Studying finance gives you a vast range of opportunities locally and internationally. These courses will allow you to build your financial acumen, placing you at the forefront of career opportunities in banking and finance, investment and portfolio management, corporate finance, risk assessment and business statistics.



The Bachelor of Commerce program takes three years of full-time study to complete, or the equivalent part-time.

View the program study plan.


The standard full-time load for a program is 8 units per semester (this usually means 4 courses worth 2 units each per semester). Full-time study is defined as 75% or more of the standard full-time load for a program (i.e. at least 6 units per semester, or 3-4 courses, for most programs).

International students must be enrolled in 8 units per semester.

It is estimated that for each course a student would have approximately 3-5 contact hours in lectures and tutorials, and would also need to do additional hours of study.


Australian students can study part-time (usually 1 to 2 courses per semester). In some cases, classes are scheduled multiple times per week and students can choose either day or evening classes. This does not occur in all programs. If you intend to study solely in the evenings, please check the availability and timing of classes.

Dual degrees

Dual degrees enable you to study several areas of interest at once and graduate with two degrees, saving up to a year of study when compared to studying two separate programs. The additional knowledge and skills can significantly broaden your career options. Please note you must satisfy the prerequisites of both programs to gain entry.

You can combine the Bachelor of Commerce with degrees in the following areas:


What outcomes to expect from your degree

The Bachelor of Commerce program opens up opportunities for a wide range of careers in business and finance.

Graduates with an accounting major enjoy careers in accounting agencies, large corporations, government departments and general business environments.

Graduates of the business information systems major are in high demand in industries ranging from accounting, advisory, finance and banking to infrastructure, public utilities, management consulting, information systems, technology and government agencies.

The finance major offers options in finance, banking, management consulting, financial planning, corporate finance management, and government agencies.

How to shape your career

As a UQ student, you have access to a range of services to prepare for a successful career:

  • The Student Employability Team (SET) – assists students with accessing career opportunities and managing their careers. SET programs give students an edge by helping build industry experience and develop lifelong employability skills. Contact their team of employability specialists to set and achieve your career goals.
  • Networking events – these events help students establish connections with industry professionals.
  • Employer presentations on campus – provides opportunities to meet UQ graduates currently employed in industry and understand what the employer is looking for in a new hire.
  • UQ Careers Fair - an annual university wide event for students to meet with over 130 potential employers to source information on career opportunities.
  • Global Experiences Expo - discover how UQ provides students with opportunities to study overseas, or get support to work, learn or volunteer on a short trip.


Support services

UQ Business School offers a wide range of advice and support for future and current students.

Domestic student enquiries

To find out more about applications or programs for Australian (domestic) students, call +61 7 3365 2203 (open 8:30am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday except university and public holidays).

You can also visit the admissions site or use the online enquiry form.

International student enquiries

For further enquiries about applications or programs, international students can call +61 3 8676 7004 from outside Australia or 1800 671 980 from inside Australia (free call).

Find out more on the international contact page or use the online enquiry form.

Find details of international educational representatives

Financial assistance

Find out more about fees, charges and financial assistance

Find details of undergraduate scholarships for future students and for current students

Student centres

Student centres are located on each campus including St Lucia and provide a one-stop shop for student administration enquiries – including enrolment, timetables, fees, graduation, academic transcripts and ID cards – and general enquiries.

Call +61 7 3365 2600 from 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday or visit the student centre page.

Student support

Follow the links below to access further information and support: