Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

  • Opportunity to specialise through research in an area of interest
  • A pathway to further research-based postgraduate studies
  • Career opportunities in academia, government or large corporations

Program title: Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (Program code: BU402)
Award abbreviation: BCom(Hons)
QTAC code: Not applicable—direct application to USC (Sippy Downs)
OP / Rank for 2014 entry: GPA requirement
Duration: 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Commence: Semester 1 only
Recommended prior study: English; Maths A, B or C
Fee type 2014: Commonwealth supported places, Fee paying places, International fee-paying places
Total units: 96
CRICOS code: 075467M. Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa.

Begin your research journey in commerce

This program gives you the opportunity to research an area you’re passionate about. A review of the big 4 accounting firms, KPMG, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Ernst & Young and Deloitte, revealed they seek graduates with advanced skills in problem solving, critical analysis and communication.

Our Commerce Honours program is designed to enhance your skill base to increase your career opportunities with these employers. You’ll build your research skills with the support of a Faculty of Arts and Business academic with relevant research interests and expertise in your chosen area of study. Learn to critically review relevant published literature and undertake useful and meaningful research.

You are empowered to design and conduct a thesis study to contribute to commerce research. Join our research student community and attend the Faculty’s fortnightly research seminar, thesis seminars and discussion groups with other research students. You develop your presentation skills and deliver at least two lectures on your research progress. At the end of your honours program, continue your research with further postgraduate study or a higher research degree.


Accounting; finance; financial planning.

Career opportunities

Accounting, auditing, taxation, treasury, financial management, business advisory services, insolvency and business recovery, corporate services, merchant banking and management consulting.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Commerce, or a related degree with a major in accounting, financial planning or finance from a recognised higher education institution, with at least eight courses in the area of study of their dissertation topic.

A cumulative GPA of at least 5.0 (Credit level) in the Bachelor’s degree is the normal standard for eligibility for admission to the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours). These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Enrolment is contingent upon the faculty's capacity to provide appropriate supervision in the intended field of research.

Program coordinator
Bishnu Sharma

Dr Bishnu Sharma
Tel: +61 7 5430 2854

Program structure

The Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) structure is as follows:

  • a 48-unit coursework component (consisting of four 12-unit courses), and
  • a 48-unit thesis component
Coursework component

BUS495 Honours Reading Course
BUS512 Introduction to Research Concepts and Design
BUS514 Qualitative Research Methods
BUS515 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

Thesis component

BUS499F48 Dissertation

The nature and topic of the thesis is determined by the student's interests, the interests of potential supervisors and the availability of appropriate supervision.

Program requirements and notes
Faculty Honours Seminar Program

The University’s Honours Seminar Program helps build an honours research culture within USC, and provides opportunities for honours students from across the University to meet. Students are required to attend the Faculty’s fortnightly research seminar and thesis seminar with other research students, and will be required to present a minimum of two oral presentations on the progress of their studies.

Typically, the first oral presentation will occur after the formulation of the research project, while the second presentation will take place prior to formal preparation of the thesis.

Assessment and examination

All coursework is normally graded internally. A copy of your thesis will be sent to two independent examiners, one of whom is normally internal and the other of whom is external to the University of the Sunshine Coast.

To be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), students are required to pass both the coursework and thesis components of the program. Satisfactory participation in the Faculty’s honours seminars, including completion of at least two oral presentations, is also required.

Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester.
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa. Please refer to the English language requirements .
Enrolment and fees
  • In any semester, standard full-time enrolment comprises 0.500 EFTSL *
  • In any semester, standard part-time enrolment comprises 0.250 EFTSL *
  • The census date for withdrawal without financial penalty or academic penalty is the Semester 1 or 2 census date
  • Commonwealth supported students pay student contributions
  • Students who are not Commonwealth supported pay full tuition fees

* EFTSL - Equivalent Full-Time Student Load. One year of full-time study equates to 1.000 EFTSL.

Classes of Honours

The degree will be awarded in one of the three classes:

  • Class 1
  • Class 2 (awarded as Division 1 or Division 2)
  • Class 3

The class of honours awarded may not be more than one grade higher than the grade for the thesis. For example, if you receive a ‘Credit’ grade for your thesis, you may not be awarded the honours degree at a higher level than Class 2 Division 1, regardless of the average mark.

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This Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Study Plan is for students commencing in Semester 1, 2015.

Year 1

Semester 1
Coursework component

CourseUsual teaching session of offerRequisitesUnits
BUS495 Honours Reading Course Pre: Permission required for enrolment – please contact your Faculty Office 12.00
BUS512 Introduction to Research Concepts and Design Semester 1Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program and permission required for enrolment – please contact your Faculty Office 12.00
BUS514 Qualitative Research Methods Semester 1Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program and permission required for enrolment – please contact your Faculty Office.
Co: BUS512
BUS515 Advanced Quantitative Research MethodsSemester 1Pre: Enrolled in any PGRD Program and permission required for enrolment – please contact your Faculty Office
Co: BUS512
Anti: MBA719 or EMB769

Semester 2
Thesis component

CourseUsual teaching session of offerRequisitesUnits
BUS499F48 DissertationSemester 1, Semester 248.00

The nature and topic of the thesis is determined by the student's interests, the interests of potential supervisors and the availability of appropriate supervision.

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Browse ideas for research projects
  2. Make an appointment with the Honours Coordinator within the Faculty of Arts and Business to discuss your potential research topic and the availability of suitable supervisors.
  3. Download the Application for Honours program form
  4. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Administration by the due date.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

If you have questions about domestic applications and admissions:

International students should contact USC International

If you have questions about your program:

Kirsty Dunbar
Kirsty Dunbar

Student, Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

“USC has small class sizes which has enabled me to build relationships with staff members as opposed to being just another 'number' passing through. Further, the staff members genuinely care about ensuring students complete courses to the best of their capabilities and are always there to provide encouragement and help when required. I could not have picked a better university.”

After her honours program Kirsty plans to complete a PhD.

Research a real issue

Throughout your honours degree you’ll study a real-issue of your choosing, not a textbook. You could possibly even have your research published or go on to expand your research through postgraduate study.

Small class sizes

Our smaller class sizes give you unparalleled access to our academics meaning you’ll have more support from your supervisor.

Career Connection provides guidance on your career path.
Gain a competitive edge

Employers are looking for graduates with research and problem-solving skills, dedication to one’s field and the ability to work autonomously. You’ll gain these qualities and more in your honours degree. Your specialised skills and high-level qualification will give you a competitive edge when it comes to graduate employment.

Pathway to research and academia

Your honours degree qualifies you for higher degrees by research such as a PhD or research masters, with these programs often leading to careers in academia.

There’s help available

Find out about student support services and scholarships.

Study commitment

You will complete coursework as well as work on a research dissertation (either full-time or part-time equivalent). Your coursework and dissertation will require contact time on campus with relevant supervisors and lecturers.