Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$9,873 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555


Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
Tel 03 9244 6699

Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 74.15
CRICOS course code001806J
VTAC Codes1400514741 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D321

This course structure applies to students who commenced in 2016.

Students who commenced prior to 2016 should refer to the Handbook Archive for their course structure and consult with their enrolment officer.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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 and economics.

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 covers areas such as accounting, economics, management, business information systems and marketing. 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. The Bachelor of Commerce is the recommended pathway for professional accounting accreditation.

Fees and charges

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Course rules

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.    Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Commerce (M300) and the Bachelor of Science (S320) must be satisfied. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Commerce include 8 credit points of core units and an 8 credit point major sequence.

The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Science include 8 credit points of core units, one 6 credit point approved science major sequence, 2 credit points of elective units, a zero credit point safety induction unit and a zero credit point workplace induction unit.

Course structure


To assist you in following the course rules:

Please see course entry for Bachelor of Commerce (M300) and Bachelor of Science (S320) to view the units to be completed.

Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Students must meet the requirements for entry to both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce. A small number of fee-paying places may be available in this course. Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Prerequisites are units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

To see if this course is taking applications, check our Trimester 3 webpage. Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.

a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.


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.