Subjects - School of Business and Economics - University of Canterbury

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UC offers plenty of choice for BCom major subjects and careers

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree offers 12 different subject majors designed to give you a competitive edge in the marketplace by providing expert knowledge and skills.

Choose the subjects and career direction that's right for you

The following table is designed to help you identify major subjects offered by the UC Business School that are relevant to your future career aspirations. Talk to a Student Advisor about your study options and take a look through our BCom degree plans.




Graduates may become senior financial executives in business and industry. Many graduates go on to gain a professional accountancy qualification specialising in tax, financial, management, investment, business services, company or treasury systems accounting. It is also possible to become an accounting manager, auditor, consultant or credit analyst. Accountants advance to the highest levels in organisations becoming chief financial officers (CFOs), chief executive officers (CEOs) and board members.


Business Economics

Graduates in Economics find employment in many areas of government and business, where it is recognised that an economist's education provides valuable specialist training for a professional career as well as good general preparation and background for an executive or administrative career. Economists conduct research and consult in various organisations including government departments like Treasury and Foreign Affairs and Trade, state-owned enterprises, the Reserve Bank, trading and merchant banks, stockbroking, insurance, trade commissions, town and regional planning authorities, market research and other consultancies, research institutes, business enterprises and education institutions.


Today it would be rare for a person to rise to the position of chief financial officer (CFO) without a strong grounding in both accounting and finance. There are also many other career opportunities, with typical jobs including financial analyst, money market and foreign exchange dealer, loan analyst, equity analyst, portfolio manager, financial planner, investment banker and small-business manager.

Human Resource Management

Graduates are found in every kind of organisation. They work as recruitment consultants, human resources advisors/managers, employment relations managers and employment analysts in business, government departments, stateowned enterprises, consultancies, banking, insurance, health, education and in recruitment organisations.

Information Systems

As most organisations use information technology (IT) in significant ways, there are many challenging careers in information systems (IS) both in New Zealand and overseas. Possible jobs include business analyst, systems analyst, software implementation analyst, IT project manager, information technology (IT) consultant, IS manager, software developer, database administrator, IT security and risk manager, and website designer/developer.

International Business

Typical jobs include import/export agent, foreign currency investment advisor, foreign sales representative and international management consultant. Frequent employers include government departments, banks, import/ export corporations, multinational manufacturers, consulting firms, international non-governmental organisations, electronics and transportation companies, and tourism and hospitality organisations.


Management graduates are found in every kind of organisation. They start their careers in a wide range of trainee management, marketing or market research roles and advance into positions as business consultants, strategic business analysts and senior managers in the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Every organisation, whether a company or not-for-profit, has some operations function to it, so the skills learnt in Operations Management courses are widely applicable. Graduates are usually employed by manufacturing companies, management consultancies, transport companies, telecommunications service providers, the energy sector and state-owned enterprises and many rise to senior management levels. Possible jobs include operations analyst/consultant/manager, business process engineer, production manager, supply chain consultant/manager, quality manager and change manager.


Opportunities include employment as a marketing manager or director, product manager, sales executive, market research executive, managing director or advertising executive. Graduates work in consultancies, banking, insurance, health, education, local and central government, state-owned enterprises, business, marketing, tourism and public relations organisations.

Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Graduates start their careers in a wide range of trainee management, marketing or market research roles and advance into positions as business consultants, strategic business analysts and senior managers in the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Taxation and Accounting

Graduates may work as accountants in chartered accounting firms, accountancy practices, government organisations, business and commercial enterprises, non-profit organisations, banking and financial services, management consultancies, education organisations and law firms. Financial accountant or taxation advisor are possible roles.

Comsider combining your Commerce major with an Arts or Commerce minor

BCom students have the option of completing a minor in a subject from the BCom degree schedule or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree schedule. This allows you to complement your major subject with study in a different discipline (called a 'minor'). A BCom minor can increase breadth of knowledge at an undergraduate level, and potentially employability (find out more about BCom Minors)

Where can a BCom take me?

You can find more career information at UC Careers, Internships & Employment including:

  • Exploring what can I do with a degree from UC?
    This UC website provides useful information on the skills you will gain in your subject majors and the types of jobs and areas you could work in.
  • Downloading a careers brochure by subject
    These UC brochures can help you to explore subject majors and find out about different career pathways.
  • Attending a Careers Fair
    These UC events are open to current students of all degree backgrounds and offer an opportunity to meet employers,

    learn more about different industries and organisations, and find out about internships and graduate programmes.


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