Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for international students


2016 course information

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Bachelor of Commerce

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud (online)Yes
Length3 years full time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)*, November (Trimester 3)#

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$26,000 AUD
CRICOS course code001838A
IELTS Requirement

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code M300
VTAC Codes1400414513 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514513 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714513 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Please note:

This new course version commences in Trimester 1 2016

Trimester 3 2015 commencing students, please refer to the below link:

M300 Bachelor of Commerce (prior to 2016)

* Trimester 2 intake is not offered at Warrnambool for International students

# Trimester 3 intakes are only available at the Burwood (Melbourne) for Domestic and International Students. Trimester 3 Cloud (online) offerings are only available to Domestic Students.

** Not all major sequences are available via Campus study at Warrnambool.  International students studying on a student visa may take a maximum of 25% of their total course units via Cloud (online) study so should seek course advice to plan their studies if they are enrolled at Warrnambool and wish to undertake a major sequence not available at that campus.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Commerce courses at Deakin are some of the most flexible and broadly based business programs on offer at any Australian university.

After a common first year of study in key business disciplines, students can choose from a wide range of specialist major sequences without having to lock themselves into one program from the beginning. Also students can choose from specialised areas offered by other faculties such as journalism, sociology, politics and policy studies, languages, psychology, or many other areas of interest (subject to satisfying entry requirements).

You have the option of undertaking a business internship program as part of this course, providing hands on experience in your chosen major sequence.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Commerce can lead to accreditation with many professional bodies, such as the Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) Program of CPA Australia, entry into the CA program of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA), the Institute of Public Accountants, the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) the Economics Society of Australia and the Australian Marketing Institute, providing you meet the specified requirements within the course.

Eligibility may also depend on work place experience and students are advised to consult the professional body.

To check your eligibility for entry to the CA Program of the ICAA click here.

To check your eligibility for entry to the CPA Program of CPA Australia click here.

To check your eligibility for entry to the IPA Program of the Institute of Public Accountants click here.

Details are also available from Faculty Enrolment Officers, who can assist you with course planning.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Course rules

The BCom is a course of study amounting to 24 credit points.
At least 16 of these credit points must be units offered by the Faculty of Business and Law and must include the 8 credit points of core units and MCA010 (0 credit points).

At least one major sequence of 8 credit points must be included.

At least 6 credit points must be taken at level 3, of which 4 must be Faculty of Business and Law units course grouped to a Faculty of Business and Law undergraduate degree.

No more than 10 credit points may be taken at level 1.

Full-time enrolment is normally a maximum of 4 credit points per trimester. With the flexibility offered, students are able to choose one or two major sequences within the 24 credit points required to complete the BCom degree. Students may take up to 8 credit points from approved units offered by other faculties.

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
All students in the Bachelor of Commerce are required to complete at least one major sequence chosen from the following:


Business Analytics

Commercial Law



Financial Planning^

Human Resource Management

International Trade


Management Information Systems


^ M300 Bachelor of Commerce is the recommended pathway to qualify for membership of professional organisations.

Course structure

Core units

MAA103Accounting for Decision Making

MAE101Economic Principles

MAF101Fundamentals of Finance

MIS171Business Analytics

MLC101Business Law

MMK101Marketing Fundamentals


MWL101Personal Insight

MCA010Communication for Academic Studies (0 credit point unit)


Elective units

Students may choose up to eight credit points of electives. These may constitute:

(a) a second commerce major (as above),
(b) a major available in another Faculty (provided any prerequisites can be met), or
(c) a combination of units (again pre-requisites allowing) chosen by the student. These may include the following Work Integrated Learning (WIL) units and general elective unit(s) offered by the Faculty which are specifically designed to enhance a student’s experience of the workplace:

MWL201Community Based Volunteering

MWL203Work Based Learning

MWL301Team Internship

MWL302Advanced Team Internship

MWL303Business Internship

MWL304Advanced Business Internship

MWL311Industry Based Learning (3mth)

MWL312Industry Based Learning (6mth)

Other elective unit:

MAF367Treasury Operations


The Business Scholars Program (BSP) is open to students of Commerce, Information Systems, Management, Property and Real Estate, Sport Management and Sport Development to recognise, reward and nurture high achieving students admitted to a business degree in the Faculty of Business and Law.

Please refer to the following link for further information:

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of commerce and its applications


Communicate commerce concepts and information effectively including in oral, written and visual forms in a cohesive and understandable manner to academic audiences, business professionals and laypersons.

Digital Literacy

Use technologies to Identify, locate, evaluate, synthesise and disseminate and communicate information in the field of commerce.

Critical thinking

Evaluate and critically analyse academic, professional and business information and values.

Problem Solving

Identify solutions to a diverse range of authentic problems in commerce.


Take personal responsibility for actions, self- reflect and critique own performance and identify and plan future professional development.


Interact and collaborate with others from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.

Global Citizenship

Engage effectively in different environments and contexts reflecting social, sustainable, ethical, economic, and global perspectives in the field of commerce.

Approved by Faculty Board October 2014

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

Further study

M400 Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)