Social innovation and entrepreneurship
Liam’s entrepreneurial spirit has led to a new fashion business.
You could kickstart a business of your own.
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.
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.
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.
|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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch Dominic's story
If you’re keen on turning your personal passion into a professional pathway, get inspired by the story of Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship alumnus Dom May.
Dom is the Founder and Managing Director of CoastXP. Based in Newcastle, CoastXP offers authentic, exhilarating adventures such as whale watching, sightseeing, and more along the Hunter Coast.
“Each experience is unique,” explains Dom proudly.
“Tours include an authentic interpretation of our coastline, the history of the city and port of Newcastle, the marine life which inhabit our coastline, Aboriginal heritage, as well as unique destination landmarks including cliffs, wrecks, sea caves and ships.”
For Dom, CoastXP is the realisation of a lifelong dream.
“I’m passionate about adventure tourism and the moments we experience along our travels, which I believe are some of the most influential elements of our entire lives” he shares.
“I’m driven to provide innovative experiences to locals and visitors alike through CoastXP, here in Newcastle, and wish to positively influence the destination image of Newcastle and the Hunter Coast through my experiences.”
But it took a lot more than a dream to make CoastXP a reality. While at The University of Newcastle, Dom made the most of the professional relationships and Work Integrated Learning opportunities available to him.
In one Work Integrated Learning opportunity, Dom delivered a report to the Newcastle City Council on how they could shift their digital brand to increase tourism.
“I was placed with the Newcastle City Council tourism department, looking into the digital presence of Newcastle, Australia as a desirable destination to visit,” says Dom.
He also had the exciting opportunity to work with Tourism Australia in Sydney.
“As a large government global marketing agency, Tourism Australia has eleven different international offices. It was an invaluable opportunity to work alongside experienced tourism professionals on large campaigns and projects which have the potential to have a positive impact on a lot of people, from all around the world.”
“The knowledge I learned and connections I gained from my colleagues at Tourism Australia has set me up for a great career in the tourism industry.”
Dom also served as director of several boards at the University of Newcastle, including The University of Newcastle Business and Commerce Association, NUsport, The Faculty of Business and Law, as well as The Student Advisory Council.
“The meetings and decisions made by these boards often directly influenced a student’s experience of studying at the university, if not the friends they connected with or the career opportunities they were exposed to,” says Dom.
Dom is proud to be helping put what makes Newcastle and the Hunter Coast so special in the spotlight.
“My goals for the future are to continue to positively impact the destination image of Newcastle and the Hunter Coast as an aspirational destination for individuals, couples and families to visit, live, and invest,” he says.
And by any measure, he’s well on his way to achieving those goals.
Liam’s entrepreneurial spirit has led to a new fashion business.
Combined Business/Innovation & Entrepreneurship student, Alexander Austin, recently returned from a summer studying at Denmark's premier business school.
As part of the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship program, you will have the opportunity to participate in international immersions tours. Find out more about professional programs.
Third-year business student, Melissa Tysoe, has recently been announced as Central Coast’s Young Business Executive of the Year.
Studying a Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship allows Tyler to travel the globe and gain real-world industry experience. Discover how this unique, combined degree can give you the competitive edge.
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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.