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UAC codeN/A - Newcastle City
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
FeesFind information about indicative course and program fees.
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 015700D
Program Code10801
Selection Rank
N/A (Median SR)
This was the minimum selection rank for recent school leaver offers this year. It may change next year.
Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Program handbook


The Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) is currently available in Accounting, Finance or Economics. Potential Honours students should consult with the Newcastle Business School towards the end of the semester prior to that in which they intend to enrol.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Communicate effectively orally to varied audiences.
  • Communicate effectively in writing to varied audiences.
  • Work effectively independently.
  • Work effectively in collaboration with others.
  • Engage in critical thinking and complex analytical problem-solving.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of theory, models and concepts relevant to one of the disciplines of Accounting, Finance or Economics.
  • Display proficiency in the utilization of information and technology in research.
  • Apply skills that incorporate understanding of global, social and ethical issues.
  • Apply theory and method at an advanced level to conduct independent research/project of professional quality in their selected field.


Information correct as at21 Oct 2021 3:35 am
Program code10801
AQF level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1 year full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Newcastle City PrecinctNANA

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Term typeSemesters
  • International students - AUD31,800 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code015700D

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed the Bachelor of Commerce or equivalent program with a credit grade point average to apply for entry.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.0 with no subtest result below 6.0.

Credit transfer

No credit is available for Honours programs.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

The program requires the completion of 80 units of approved courses. Students will complete one 20 unit Business Research Methods course, one 20 unit discipline theory course (either Accounting, Economics or Finance) and 40 units of research thesis.

Transition arrangements

From 2021, BUSN4001 Theory in Commerce will replace ACFI4005 Theory in Finance, ACFI4030 Theory in Accounting, and ECON4008 Theory in Economics. Transition arrangements are as follows:

  • Students who have completed ACFI4005, ACFI4030, or ECON4008 will continue to count these toward completion of their Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) program and will not be required to complete BUSN4001.
  • Students who have not completed ACFI4005, ACFI4030, or ECON4008 will complete BUSN4001 instead.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Students must complete all of the core courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
BUSN4001Theory in Commerce
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
BUSN4100Business Research Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
BUSN4200Research Thesis 1
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
BUSN4300Research Thesis 2
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units


The following Classes of Honours may be awarded:

  • Class I,
  • Class II, Division 1,
  • Class II, Division 2,
  • Class III.

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

How to apply

You usually apply for Honours in the final year of your undergraduate degree. To be accepted for entry you must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Commerce or equivalent with a credit grade point average (GPA).

For more information contact the Honours Program Convenor from the College of Human Social Futures, or call the AskUON team on +61 2 4921 5000.

To apply for entry, download and complete the following forms:

Find out more about Honours scholarships.

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