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Why study business and entrepreneurship

With real-world industry experience embedded into our business degrees, you'll gain the skills needed to kickstart your career or start a business of your own. See yourself here in 2020.

About business and entrepreneurship

Business and entrepreneurship students are trailblazers. Whether it’s taking a vision and turning it into a successful business, or improving existing business practices around the world. Our degrees are more dynamic, flexible and industry-engaged than ever before. Gain a broad understanding of Australian and global business environments, as well as practical skills needed for a successful career in marketing, human resources, tourism, sports management – or whichever major you choose. Where you take your degree is completely up to you.

You might work as a marketing manager – researching products and audiences for a global consumer goods company, or maybe you’ll revel in your passion for sport and seek a career in sport management. When you study business and entrepreneurship at the University of Newcastle, you’ll be equipped with the skills that enable you to think globally, drive innovation, and turn your ideas into real-world applications.

  • Get hands-on accountancy skills - our programs are shaped around global learning, work placements, internships and entrepreneurial approaches to study.
  • Build overseas financial experience with a range of international immersion activities like exchange, placements, study tours and short courses.
  • Study in NeW Space - NeW Space, in Newcastle’s CBD, provides the optimum environment for you to excel in your studies. Experience new-age learning, collaboration and idea sharing.
  • Our graduates get jobs with 93.8% of Bachelor of Commerce graduates employed within four months (Overall employment rate – 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey).
  • Greater Bank Finance Lab - Located on level one of the University’s 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.
  • Be recognised - enjoy professional accreditation with numerous major bodies and professional organisations including CPA Australia, CA Australia and New Zealand, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Association of International Accountants (AIA).

Undergraduate business and entrepreneurship degrees

We understand that sometimes you don't know exactly which degree you'd like to pursue, but you know which field excites you. Use these areas of interest to narrow down your study options based on your interests and career goals.

All degrees

Degree name Selection rank
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Business (Honours)
Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Creative Industries / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition / Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Information Technology / Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Bachelor of Surveying (Honours) / Bachelor of Business

Commerce

Commerce is the study of financial systems and money. In this area you could help plan and model populations, interest rates or company growth, particularly with a major in economics. The financial side of business management will see you focus on the stock market, investments and banking. While the study of accounting centres on financial transactions and reporting, commerce professionals are in demand globally and jobs in this area can be extremely lucrative and rewarding.

Career examples

  • Economic Analyst
  • Risk Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Accountant

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Commerce
  2. Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  3. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Economics, Business and Legal Studies)

Governance and policy

Governance and policy professionals are experts in the political environment at both a national and international level. By majoring in Governance, Policy and Political Economy you will learn how to understand political, regulatory, compliance and legal structures that drive how companies do business internationally, and influence entrepreneurial strategies. Governance and policy experts advise, analyse and record to ensure businesses and organisations are operating within the bounds of law and society.

Career examples

  • Compliance Officer
  • Governance Coordinator
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy Officer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Business (major in Governance, Policy and Political Economy)

Information technology

Businesses today are increasingly reliant on technology solutions to function and compete, positioning graduates of this degree with a competitive advantage. Information technology (IT) students learn the skills and capabilities to analyse and propose IT solutions addressing business and organisational needs.

Career examples

  • Enterprise Architect
  • IT Business Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • IT Project Manager

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Information Technology (major in Business Technology, Systems Development)
  2. Bachelor of Creative Industries (major in Information Technology)

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Innovation and entrepreneurship are at the forefront of economic growth both domestically and internationally. Graduates with entrepreneurial thinking and the ability to devise innovative solutions to common problems are increasingly being sought after. By focusing on entrepreneurship you will be able to think distinctively, creatively and critically in a business environment. You may see yourself developing your own ideas into successful new ventures or working within an existing business in a different way.

Career examples

  • Business Owner
  • Business Development Officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Account Manager

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  2. Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  3. Bachelor of Creative Industries / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Human resources

Within a human resources management major, you’ll learn about the function within an organisation that focuses on the recruitment, management, performance and training of employees. Human resources professionals have an important role to play in the success of an organisation by finding the right person for a job and then making sure the right environment exists to bring out the best in them.

The study of human resources is quite broad and professionals can specialise in various areas including recruitment; training and development; employee relations; equity and diversity; or industrial relations.

Career examples

  • Human Resources Officer
  • Learning and Development Consultant
  • Remuneration Consultant
  • Recruitment Officer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Business (major in Human Resource Management)
  2. Bachelor of Social Science (major in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations)

Leadership and management

Management is at the forefront of every organisation. Students who study this major concentrate on understanding the complex structure and operations of organisations. It looks at organisational structures, leadership, employee engagement and change management. A major in leadership and management will prepare you for diverse career paths across a variety of organisational structures.

Career examples

  • Business Development Officer
  • Team Leader
  • Relationship Manager
  • Change Manager

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Business (major in Leadership and Management)

Marketing

A major in Marketing will teach you to understand and communicate with customers as well as delivering goods and services that provide value. The core of marketing is about promoting and selling products or services to a customer while at the same time providing insights and information back to the organisation about customer needs and satisfaction.

Marketing is a fast-paced and interesting area where hard work and thorough customer insights result in tangible results and rewards for businesses.

Career examples

  • Account Manager
  • Brand Manager
  • Communications Consultant
  • Marketing Consultant

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Business (major in Marketing)
  2. Bachelor of Social Science (major in Psychology Studies)

Public relations

Similar to marketing, public relations or PR is about working with customers and stakeholders to build and maintain an organisation’s brand and reputation. Unlike marketing, this area is not directly focused on revenue and selling a particular product.

Career examples

  • Media Officer
  • PR Consultant
  • Political Advisor
  • Community Liaison Officer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Communication (major in Public Relations)
  2. Bachelor of Creative Industries (major in Communication and Media)

Politics and international relations

As more organisations go global there is an increasing need for graduates who have studied international business practices and regulations, and have learned to communicate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds. An understanding of global markets is highly valued in sectors such as finance, manufacturing, IT, energy and resources.

Career examples

  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Diplomat
  • Immigration Officer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Business (major in International Business or Governance, Policy and Political Economy)
  2. Bachelor of Arts (major in Politics and International Relations)
  3. Bachelor of Development Studies (major in Politics and International Relations)
  4. Bachelor of Social Science (major in Globalisation and Economic Development)

Sports management

When you study sports management, your major will focus on the business aspects of sports and recreation. The Hunter and Central Coast Regions are a hub for a burgeoning community-based and professional sports service; and an events industry that operates at regional, national and international levels.

As a sports management professional you may deal with any aspects of the sports industry including sports administration; sponsorship and marketing; player management; and community development.

Career examples

  • Player Development Manager
  • Sports Administrator
  • Team Manager
  • Sports Development Officer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Business (major in Sports Management)

Tourism

By majoring in Tourism you will learn about an industry thriving both within Australia and internationally. In 2015-16 the Australian Tourism Industry was worth $53 billion, contributing more to the economy than Agriculture. Nearly 5% of jobs in Australia are in the tourism industry. Studying tourism will give graduates important skills and knowledge but also an appreciation of the importance of sustainable tourism development for long-term economic, environmental and socio cultural viability.

Career examples

  • Events Manager
  • Festival Coordinator
  • Tourism Manager
  • Community Project Officer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Business (major in Tourism Management)
  2. Bachelor of Social Science (major in Leisure and Tourism Management)

Combined degrees

Studying a combined degree gives you two qualifications at once. The advantage is that you graduate with two degrees in less time than doing them separately. You may also gain a competitive edge in the employment market as employers are increasingly looking for staff with diverse skill-sets.

Bachelor of Business is one of the most versatile degrees available. A Business degree lays the foundations for a job in almost any sector, industry and organisation. It gives you a strong foundation in business practices and relationships as well as governance, structures and policy. This makes Business a perfect choice for a combined degree with another area of specialisation.

No matter what area you are interested in, be it Engineering, IT or Law, by combining your degree with Business you are diversifying your skills to allow you to make business-centred decisions as an Engineer, IT Professional or Lawyer.

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  2. Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce
  3. Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  4. Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  5. Bachelor of Creative Industries / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  6. Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business
  7. Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business
  8. Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Business
  9. Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business
  10. Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business
  11. Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition / Bachelor of Business
  12. Bachelor of Information Technology / Bachelor of Business

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