The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
74.00 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

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.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021

AUD29,080 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40017
CRICOS code: 088922G

Study commerce, innovation and entrepreneurship

The Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is designed for graduates of the future. The world is rapidly changing and employers are increasingly looking for the next generation of graduates who are experts in their chosen field but who can also apply innovative thinking and entrepreneurial flair.

This degree enables you to think distinctively, creatively and critically in a business environment. It provides the skills required to develop entrepreneurial ideas into successful new ventures, or work within existing businesses in an innovative way.

Embedding commerce, innovation and entrepreneurial knowledge into a combined degree program with practical experiences in diverse industries makes you extremely employable in both the public and private sectors.

Why study with us?

  • Employers prefer our graduates - The work-ready skills you will gain from this degree will give you a substantial edge in the jobs market, which is evident with 92.8% of Bachelor of Commerce graduates securing employment within four months of completing their degree. (Overall employment rate - 2019 Graduate Outcomes Survey).
  • Hands-on and innovative - Develop your entrepreneurial flair and gain the commercial know-how to create innovative solutions for society and organisations.
  • Greater Bank Finance Lab - Located on level one of the University’s new state of the art CBD vertical campus, NeW Space, the Greater Bank Finance Lab is a hands-on learning environment, enabling University of Newcastle Business School students to build their skills in financial decision making, risk management and economic systems, before they graduate.
  • Make global connections - Take part in international immersions, placements, student exchange and leadership programs in countries all over the world.
  • Study in state-of-the-art facilities - NUspace, located in Newcastle’s CBD, provides the optimum environment for you to excel in your studies.
  • Build your networks - when combined with Business or Commerce, the BusCom Student Association is a vibrant student community that provides professional networking opportunities through industry partnerships.

What you will study

The combined Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship provides flexibility to select an area of study best suited to your interests. As part of your Commerce degree you can major in up to two of the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance

The first year of study is designed to give a strong grounding in the principles and practices of commerce, innovation and entrepreneurship, and equip you with a core set of business development skills. You will complete subjects from a broad area of disciplines relevant to business including:

  • economics
  • law
  • accounting
  • business strategy
  • innovation and entrepreneurship

Moving into the second, third and fourth years of this combined degree, you will complete courses relevant to your chosen major sequence.


To broaden your appeal to prospective employers the Bachelor of Commerce allows you to complete the requirements of two majors. A double major enables you to pursue multiple areas of interest plus provides a broader range of career options upon graduation. This holistic understanding of business can help set you apart from your peers when competing in the job market. The majors offered will give you the academic knowledge, as well as the practical, hands-on experience needed to pursue a successful career in your chosen profession.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

The work-ready skills you will gain from this degree will give you a substantial edge in the jobs market.

This contemporary degree prepares you with the academic knowledge and unique practical experience needed to become highly competitive in rapidly changing regional, national and global economies and communities.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Our Bachelor of Commerce Accounting major is designed to provide accreditation with the major professional bodies in accounting, including CPA Australia, CA Australia and New Zealand, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Association of International Accountants (AIA).

Practical experience

Practical experience

The Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship integrates opportunities for you to gain national and international workplace experience and professional mentoring, building practical skills and work-ready graduates. This program features a practical component, where you will carry out a work-based project in entrepreneurial strategy.

To prepare you for the strong focus on teamwork and collaboration in business, this program includes an emphasis on group work as a form of assessment. Working in groups helps develop the necessary teamwork skills required to make a successful transition from the classroom to the boardroom.

Newcastle Business School

The Newcastle Business School offers several Work Integrated Learning (WIL) courses, which incorporate some form of practical experience into the theoretical content. You will have the opportunity to undertake work experience relevant to your area of study throughout your business degree. You can work within a Hunter Region organisation and complete 100 hours of work experience, or on a specific project related to the organisation. This practical experience is undertaken as a course within your business degree.


The EMPOWER Network is designed to give women the confidence and strength to navigate and manage their career development. It provides a three-way connection between high school students, University students and industry professionals. University students at any stage in their degree an join the network. A range of activities and events are held throughout the year for members.

Assocation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The Newcastle Business School is accredited with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), earned by fewer than 5% of the world's business programs. AACSB is the premier, and longest-standing, international accrediting body for business programs and is the international benchmark for excellence in business education.