Studying Business and Economics - School of Business and Economics - University of Canterbury

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Studying Business and Economics

Business and Economics are diverse and exciting fields of study with practical applications to the world we live and work in. No matter which industry you choose to work in, a sound understanding of business is invaluable to your career prospects.

From financial markets and economics, to the latest management practices and the rapidly expanding world of e-commerce, the School of Business and Economics provides the knowledge and learning environment to prepare you for a successful future.

The School of Business and Economics is proud to have:

  • A world-class reputation
  • High quality qualifications
  • A fantastic location and facilities
  • A very competitive cost of education

More Expertise - Learn from the Best

AACSB accreditation logoAACSB accreditation means the School of Business and Economics is in the top five percent of business schools globally. Preparing for a career in business requires choosing the best business school - one with top faculty, impactful research, innovative and enterprising students, and the highest standards of quality. AACSB-acccredited schools are recognised world-wide by employers and other universities.

UC's School of Business and Economics is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Accounting and Finance, and in the top 200 for Business and Management Studies, Computer Science and Information Systems, Economics and Econometrics (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016).

The School has a strong international reputation for teaching and research excellence, and graduates pursue challenging and rewarding roles both in New Zealand and abroad. Our links to the business community ensure course content stays up-to-date and relevant to the current and future needs of industry.

More Opportunities - Think global, study local (or overseas)

While you are studying for a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) at UC, we encourage you to extend your learning to outside of the classroom. Students have opportunities to participate in business competitions such as Entré, study tours and internships. During the academic year there are also guest lectures from our Erskine fellows and industry and community representatives, plus seminars and student workshops.

A UC BCom offers you practical experiences for an employment advantage when you graduate. Here are just a few:

You can even take your studies overseas through the MGMT228 Chinese Business Practices and Culture study tour and the Commerce International Exchange Programme

More Enterprise and Community

Innovation and entrepreneurship are integral to the success of New Zealand businesses in today's competitive, global marketplace. Organisations need graduates who can help take ideas from the lab and development phases, through to manufacture and production, and marketing to consumers. Over 35 percent of UC's courses will get you out into the workplace or community. So when it comes to interview time, you'll have the kind of real experience employers are looking for.

At UC you have opportunities to develop your innovative thinking and entrepreneurial skills through:

Christchurch and Canterbury are transforming at a rapid pace and our students are poised to get involved in community initiatives such as the Student Volunteer Army, CHCH 101 and the UC 21 Day Challenge

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

Our Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) has 12 majors to choose from, offering a range of specialisations to prepare your for your future career in business. No matter what organisation, enterprise or industry you are working in, the combination of business knowledge and essential skills such as communication, teamwork and project management, that you gain through a BCom, will ensure you are work-ready from day one.

At UC we are committed to biculturalism and work with Ngāi Tahu, the tangata whenua in our region. You'll gain bicultural perspectives and experience in your courses of study through engaging with course content, ideas and activities in your chosen subjects. The flexible nature of the BCom allows you to include courses on te reo and Māori culture as electives.

Studying business at UC just got more flexible with the introduction of minors to the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree. From 2017, BCom students have the option of competing a minor in a subject from the BCom degree schedule or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree schedule.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Commerce Minors >>>

Learn more about our Bachelor of Commerce >>>

Learn more about where a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) can take you >>>

Certificate and Graduate Study Options

The Certificate in Commerce (CertCom) is an option if you want to add commerce content alongside your non-commerce degree, or do not want to study the full Bachelor of Commerce degree. The certificate is made up of four standard courses (a minimum of 60 points) from any course in the Bachelor of Commerce Schedule C. The CertCom can be studied part-time and completed in up to four years.

If you have a Bachelors degree, you can extend your knowledge in a specialised commerce area by completing an Honours degree or a Graduate Diploma.

Master's and Postgraduate Study Options

UC provides a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate and graduate study. Whether you are looking to extend your qualifications or move into managerial or corporate roles, the School of Business and Economics offers a number of postgraduate qualifications that will take you to the next level.

Learn more about our graduate and postgraduate study options >>>

Contact our postgraduate course coordinators >>>

Take the next step to find out more about studying at UC

Whether you are a new or returning student, you can find out more about our courses, programmes and enrolment at Starting Study at UC

There are a range of scholarships that you may be eligible for that can help to fund your studies, check out the UC Scholarships website.

Our Student Advisors are here to help you plan your studies

If you would like assistance with your course options, transferring from another university, deciding whether you should do a double major and double degrees, or have any questions, contact our student advisors Malcolm and Ben for course advice and help planning your study.

You can email them, make an appointment or drop in to see them on campus in Room 209 Business and Law Building (map)
Appointment hours during the academic year are: Monday - Friday, 10am - 12noon and 2pm - 4pm.

Read on for more Business and Economics course advice information

Visit UC

If you would like to visit the university as a prospective student our liaison office can arrange a campus tour. As part of this tour you can arrange to visit the School of Business and Economics. You can also come along on UC Open Day.

School of Business and Economics
Phone: +64 3 369 3888