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Take your science career beyond the lab with a combined degree that allows you to pair specialist science knowledge with a solid foundation in business disciplines.
Choosing from a wide range of subjects in both streams you'll gain a unique skill-set ideal for careers in the business and management side of the science industry.
The commerce stream ensures graduates will also gain decision-making skills that prepares them for the business careers of the future. Deakin's commerce degree builds core skills in financial, market and personal acumen domains, extends knowledge within chosen discipline areas such as accounting, finance and marketing and ensures graduates are professionally ready. You'll then combine this with a relevant science stream, which may include environmental science, natural history, chemistry and materials science, animal biology, plant biology, cell biology, human biology or mathematical modelling.
Led by a team of academics who are experts in their field, our science programs offer choice from a broad range of subject areas. Science at Deakin is not just about lab work, you'll have access to the latest research findings, develop skills in evidence-based decision-making, and gain real-life work experience through our innovative practical programs.
Deakin's commerce courses are world quality accredited by AACSB and EPAS by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). AACSB and EPAS are quality benchmarks for business education programs globally.
As a graduate you'll be prepared for business, marketing and management roles in a range of science-related areas. You may also choose to continue with further study.Read More
To complete the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science, students must attain a total of 32 credit points, consisting of 16 credit points from the Faculty of Business and Law and 16 credit points from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.
Credit points from Faculty of Business and Law
Credit points from Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
Total credit points
The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Commerce include:-
- 8 credit points of core units (MAA103, MAE101, MAF101, MIS171, MLC101, MMK101, MMM132 and MWL101)
- an 8 credit point major sequence
- Level 3 - at least 4 credit points (which must be course grouped to a Faculty of Business and Law undergraduate degree)
The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Science include:-
- 8 credit points of core units
- a 6 credit point approved science major sequence
- 2 credit points of elective units
- SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit point unit)
- STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)
- 16 credit points of science course grouped units
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
Additional course information
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer to the relevant unit guide.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.
Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: http://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in the Senior Certificate of Education with an ATAR of at least 50 and pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL.
Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in:
- a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
- a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of Diploma in a related discipline OR
- successful completion of relevant study equivalent to at least two Deakin University units at an accredited higher education institution OR
- evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including a Foundation program approved by Faculty Board or relevant work or life experience
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.
Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2018 students (PDF, 783.5KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
How to apply
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Frequently asked questions
How do I apply?
We provide step-by-step guidance online to make applying to Deakin easy. And, with three study periods a year, the next intake is never far away. Learn more about the application process and entry requirements by visiting our How to apply page.
When do applications close?
Application deadlines depend on the course and trimester you’re applying for.
Find out the application open and close dates for your course by visiting our Key dates page.
Missed the application cut-off? The good news is Deakin has three study periods a year, which means the next intake is never far away.
How do fees work?
Fees are paid according to the units you study each trimester.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to pay your course fees upfront. There are different loans available depending on the type of student you are and the course you’re applying for.
For more information on fees, including payment assistance, and understanding what type of student you are, visit our Fees hub.
If we haven’t answered your question, our student enquiries team is ready to help.
Why choose Deakin
A combined course offers you the chance to broaden your career opportunities after graduation. The types of opportunities available will depend on the major sequences you take within the course. For information on career outcomes for this combined course see the entries for Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science.
Students who complete the accounting major sequence are eligible to apply for admission to the:
CA Program of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)
Associate membership for the CPA Program, CPA Australia
IPA Program of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) - A limited number of exemptions may apply. Please refer to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for further information.
The Bachelor of Commerce (with a major in Financial Planning) is a course approved by the new financial planning standards body - the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA). Graduates who complete the Financial Planning major sequence in the Bachelor of Commerce will satisfy the education standards prescribed by FASEA to be able to provide financial advice in Australia and be eligible for entry into the certification programs of the professional financial planning associations - the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Certification Program offered by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) and the Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner designation offered by the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA).
Students who complete the marketing major are eligible for a one year credit reduction, off the five years, needed to become a Certified Practicing Marketer by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).
Students should consult with a course adviser to identify any additional requirements for membership for each professional body, and also consult with the professional body.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of each of the single degrees.