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Bachelor of Business

Undergraduate degree

Gain invaluable management skills and real-world experience in the business world. Majors include retail management, organisational psychology and more.

Domestic International

International student information

Key facts

Duration

3 years full-time

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Business gives you the skills and experience needed to succeed in the business world. You will solve practical business challenges, explore innovative and emerging business trends, and prepare for the nuances of international business relationships. There are opportunities to secure a sought-after work placement with our industry partners, and to gain a global perspective of business on an international study tour.

You will adopt the entrepreneurial tools required to get your own business up and running, and get the skills to work in a variety of roles, from sustainability and events management to digital communication and organisational psychology. Study Deakin's Bachelor of Business and graduate with a range of soft skills and practical experience highly regarded by employers across the globe.


Want to graduate career-ready, with the skills and industry experience for the job you want?

In the Bachelor of Business we focus on an entrepreneurial mindset, ensuring that you are thinking in terms of innovation. The majors on offer have been determined by looking at emerging growth areas in industry. Tailor the course to your interests and career goals, choosing from the following majors:

  • business and digital communication
  • entrepreneurship and innovation
  • event management
  • people management
  • organisational psychology
  • project management
  • retail and supply chain management
  • sustainability and development

Whatever focus area you choose, you will graduate career-ready with the skills employers want.

Through Deakin Business School’s work-integrated learning opportunities you will work on real-world projects that count as credit towards your degree. This practical experience can make all the difference when you’re applying for jobs after graduation. Our curriculum is supported by a range of experiential learning opportunities including:

  • mentoring
  • volunteering
  • consulting
  • internships.

International experiences across Asia, Europe or North America help improve your global employability, developing skills in teamwork and intercultural communication. You can apply for:

  • overseas internships
  • study tours
  • exchange programs.
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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Business
Year

2024 course information

VTAC code
1400414093 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514093 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Deakin code
M325
CRICOS code?
095262C Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Level
Undergraduate
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Business, students must attain a total of 24 credit points. The 24 credit points include 10 credit points of core units, 8 credit points of units from a major and 6 credit points of open elective units (you may choose to undertake a 4 credit point minor from a specified list) plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, DAI001 Academic Integrity Module. 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.

To complete the course you must include:-

  • completion of DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory module)
  • 10 credit points of core units (7 credit points of foundation units, 3 credit points of Personal Skills units)
  • one 8 credit point Bachelor of Business major*
  • 6 credit points of open elective units^
  • Level 1 - no more than 10 credit points
  • Level 3 - at least 6 credit points (4 must be Business and Law undergraduate units)

^which may include a 4 credit point minor selected from a specified list

*not all majors are available for Waterfront students

10

Core units

8

Units from a major

6

Elective units

24

Total units

Core Units

Seven credit points of Foundation units:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Money, Growth and the Economy
  • Managing Information in the Digital Age
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Business Logistics
  • Plus three credit points of Personal Skills units:

  • Managing Self and Others
  • Team Dynamics
  • Global Mindset and Citizenship
  • Compulsory 0-credit point module

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Open elective units (and optional minor sequences)

    Students must complete six credit points of open elective units (which may include a 4 credit point minor) or a combination of units chosen by the student (provided pre-requisites can be met).

    Optional minor sequences:

    Major sequences

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    Major sequences that may be chosen include:

    Minor sequences

    All students in the Bachelor of Business have the option to complete a minor sequence  chosen from the following:

     

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waterfront (Geelong)
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waterfront (Geelong)
      • Online

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Not all major sequences are available via Campus study at Waterfront. Students undertaking units in major sequences that are not available in Campus mode may enrol in units offered in online mode.

    Note: INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: The Trimester 3 Intake is only available online. Due to visa regulations International students commencing in Trimester 3 can only undertake this course while living outside Australia.

    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

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

    Workload

    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.

    Participation requirements

    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 standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

    This course provides students the opportunity to complete one or more work integrated learning units.
    More Information: WIL Programs

    This course includes Work Integrated Learning (WIL) formally registered as part of the course on the CRICOS register. The total work integrated learning hours will differ depending on the WIL unit you choose. For more information about WIL hours, please check the unit information in the handbook or the unit guide.

    For information about how WIL units may impact student visa holder work rights, please visit https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au. See Schedule 8 (8102)Visa Conditions.

    Entry requirements

    Senior certificate of education

    Academic requirements

    If you're currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree: 

    Year 12 prerequisite subjects

    • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL

    ATAR

    • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an unadjusted ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Admission criteria

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Higher education study

    Academic requirements

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree: 

    • successful completion of at least two credit points in an equivalent (AQF Level 7) bachelor degree. 

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Admission criteria

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Polytechnic study

    Academic requirements

    If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet at least one of following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • completion of a certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a diploma or higher in any discipline
    • at least 50% completion of a diploma or higher in a related discipline

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) - Multiple Choice

    All Deakin Business School undergraduate courses require a minimum of 55 on the STAT Multiple Choice (MC) where the applicant has not completed senior secondary education (or equivalent) in the last ten years (from commencement date of the course applied for). The STAT MC is not required if the applicant has undertaken any tertiary study (minimum certificate IV) within the last ten years (from commencement date of the course applied for).

    Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test for entry into Deakin University.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Admission criteria

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Work and life experience

    Academic requirements

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and haven’t undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience. 

    Submit a cover letter outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter – it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) - Multiple Choice

    All Deakin Business School undergraduate courses require a minimum of 55 on the STAT Multiple Choice (MC) where the applicant has not completed senior secondary education (or equivalent) in the last ten years (from commencement date of the course applied for). The STAT MC is not required if the applicant has undertaken any tertiary study (minimum certificate IV) within the last ten years (from commencement date of the course applied for).

    Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test for entry into Deakin University.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Admission criteria

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in any Business, English other than EAL, any Information Technology or Maths: Further Mathematics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of prior learning.

    Your Recognition of 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 Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are determined by the course you are enrolled in.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight 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 international student fees.

    Scholarship 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

    Apply now

    Apply through VTAC and Deakin

    International students who are currently completing an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect – Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Apply through Deakin

    All other international students apply directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Deakin’s Bachelor of Business can lead to a variety of careers in Australia and overseas, including:

    • business analyst
    • business development manager
    • content manager
    • digital communications manager
    • entrepreneur
    • events manager
    • project manager
    • sustainability manager
    • responsible business planner.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin Business School holds both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations. These prestigious accreditations are awarded to business schools that meet strict standards of quality, academic and professional excellence, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing course improvement and innovation, ensuring our graduates are employable worldwide.

    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.

    Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Evaluate, analyse and apply business theory and practice for real world business problems

    Communication

    Communicate in a coherent manner using a variety of platforms for a range of purposes and audiences

    Digital literacy

    Use a range of digitally based technologies to communicate and create solutions to business issues

    Critical thinking

    Evaluate information, exercise and express sound judgement, ideas and reflection in relation to a range of business issues

    Problem solving

    Create solutions to a diverse range of authentic business challenges and problems

    Self-management

    Manage independent work and study, reflect on own performance, take personal responsibility for actions, and plan for future development needs

    Teamwork

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

    Global citizenship

    Engage and apply business knowledge in different environments and contexts reflecting social, sustainability, ethical, economic and global perspectives