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Duration: 
3 years full time or longer for part time
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Overview

Get ahead in the fast-paced world of business, and make an impact on a local or international level.

VU's Bachelor of Business gives you the knowledge, skills and professional development to succeed in the constantly changing global business workforce. In your first year, you'll develop a solid foundation in core business studies, followed by a choice of majors from 13 specialty business areas.

This challenging and engaging course will improve your intellectual, analytical, organisational and interpersonal skills. VU's strong industry links, workplace learning opportunities and industry-expert lecturers will also help you to graduate work-ready.

Our Bachelor of Business can lead to opportunities all around the world. VU's extensive network of local and international partnerships, overseas exchange programs, and our mix of students from across the globe will help you grow an international network of contacts – expanding your global career opportunities well into the future.

Majors

The Bachelor of Business allows you to tailor your learning specifically to your needs.

All students study a common first year, then go on to choose from an extensive list of majors to complete the Bachelor of Business - choose a single major or a double major.

Accounting

Become a financial expert by choosing an Accounting major. Your specialist knowledge will help inform better business decisions for companies in Australia and internationally.

Whether you pursue a career as an accountant or business analyst, auditor or financial adviser, your skills will be sought after across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Accreditation and professional recognition

VU's Accounting major is accredited by CPA Australia, one of the world's largest accounting bodies, and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), a worldwide network of finance leaders.

CPA Australia offers membership to VU students upon graduation when the appropriate sequence of units is completed. Complete the same units and you can also gain entry into the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) Chartered Accountants Program, with the addition of the Taxation Law and Practice and Auditing units.

    

Salaries

Accountants have an average annual salary of $73,008 (Job Outlook), with the median starting salaries of bachelor degree business or accounting graduates (aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment) at $50,000 (Graduate Careers Australia).

VTAC applicants

You can select this major specifically when applying through VTAC. Use the following course code on your application:
VTAC course code Location Study mode
4301040171 Footscray Park Full-time or part-time
4300240171 City Flinders Full-time or part-time

Banking and Finance

If you're interested in understanding the complexities of corporate finance, choose the Bachelor of Business' Banking and Finance major.

You'll gain insights into the intricate workings of financial markets and investment management, and learn how to successfully manage financial institutions.

Opportunities in the financial services sector are limitless and include roles within:

  • banking
  • funds management
  • financial planning
  • stockbroking
  • superannuation
  • insurance
  • investment
  • risk management.

VU's Accounting major is accredited by CPA Australia, one of the world's largest accounting bodies, and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), a worldwide network of finance leaders.

    

Salaries

Finance managers have an average annual salary of $111,800 (Job Outlook), with the figure for financial brokers being $80,704 (Job Outlook).

The median starting salary of bachelor degree business or economics graduates (aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment) is $50,000 (Graduate Careers Australia).

VTAC applicants

You can select this major specifically when applying through VTAC. Use the following course code on your application:
VTAC course code Location Study mode
4300240191 City Flinders Full-time or part-time

Event Management

Major in Event Management to develop key insights into the events sector and gain the skills to create, manage and market events that make an impact.

Launch your career on the local or international business stage within:

  • events coordination
  • conference coordination
  • fundraising & sponsorship
  • exhibitions
  • marketing and public relations
  • account management.

You'll gain both a theoretical and practical understanding of events, including:

  • event creation and design
  • live performance management
  • business events
  • sustainable operations.

Nationally recognised and endorsed by industry, this event management major is supported by a compulsory work-integrated learning unit. This is a unique opportunity to hone your professional development skills and gain valuable contacts and experience.

Salaries

Employment for conference and event organisers in Australia has risen steadily since 2011 and is expected to continue to grow until at least November 2020 (Job Outlook).  

The average annual salary of a conference or event organiser is $68,484 (Job Outlook).

VTAC applicants

You can select this major specifically when applying through VTAC. Use the following course code on your application:
VTAC course code Location Study mode
4301041311 Footscray Park Full-time or part-time

Financial Risk Management

Launch your career in financial planning and risk management through the Financial Risk Management major and your expertise could see you excel in this thriving, fast-paced field.

You will acquire the specialist knowledge and fundamental business skills to combat the complex challenges faced by businesses within the financial sector. 

Your specialist skills could soon make you indispensable for companies operating in the financial services industry, where you could work within:

  • financial planning
  • funds management
  • banking
  • stockbroking
  • superannuation
  • insurance
  • investment
  • risk management.

Salaries

Finance managers have an average annual salary of $111,800 (Job Outlook), with the figure for financial brokers being $80,704 (Job Outlook).

The median starting salary of bachelor degree business or economics graduates (aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment) is $50,000 (Graduate Careers Australia).

VTAC applicants

You can select this major specifically when applying through VTAC. Use the following course code on your application:
VTAC course code Location Study mode
4300210091 City Flinders Full-time or part-time

Human Resource Management

By choosing the Human Resource Management major of VU's Bachelor of Business, you'll learn fundamental theories and strategies to successfully manage:

  • human resources
  • professional development 
  • employee relations.

Our course will prepare you to meet worldwide standards of professional excellence, with the practical skills relevant to the everyday work environment.

Units vary from international human resource management and employment law, to employee relations management and human resource information systems.

You'll graduate with the skills and expertise to make you a valued member of any business organisation.

Whether on a local or international level, you may secure work within:

  • human resource management
  • employee relations
  • industrial relations
  • information systems
  • recruitment
  • employee development and training.

Industry recognition

VU's Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) is professionally recognised by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). AHRI is the national association that represents human resource and people management professionals.

Salaries

Employment for human resource managers in Australia has risen moderately since 2012, and is expected to grow strongly until at least November 2020 (Job Outlook).  

The average annual salary of a human resource manager is $98,072 (Job Outlook).

International Hospitality Management

The International Hospitality Management major offered through VU's Bachelor of Business will equip you with knowledge of the major operational, managerial and strategic areas within the hospitality industry.

You'll gain a thorough understanding of the industry's core trends and issues, as well as insights into:

  • product and service development
  • innovation
  • working with stakeholders from various cultural backgrounds.

You'll also stand out to future employers thanks to VU's practical work-integrated learning unit, helping you to apply your skills and learning in a real-world context.

There's no limits with where in the world your career could take you. Choose from a range of challenging and exciting roles such as:

  • hotel or resort service manager
  • food and beverage manager
  • airline services coordinator
  • conference coordinator.

Salaries

Tourism and travel advisers have an average annual salary of $51,584 (Job Outlook); hospitality managers earn $75,036 on average, per year (Job Outlook).

The median starting salary of bachelor degree business or economics graduates (aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment) is $50,000 (Graduate Careers Australia).

VTAC applicants

You can select this major specifically when applying through VTAC. Use the following course code on your application:
VTAC course code Location Study mode
4301040851 Footscray Park Full-time or part-time

Information Systems Management

If you're interested in pursuing a career in business analysis, project management or e-business in a global context, then VU's Bachelor of Business' major in Information Systems Management is for you.

You'll gain expert knowledge in everything from information systems analysis and modelling to digital commerce and management techniques – and will learn to develop and deliver an information systems project as part of this course.

Upon graduation, your career options will be varied and focused on the future of business.

Roles include:

  • systems analyst
  • business analyst
  • help desk operator
  • programmer and designer
  • applications developer
  • network administrator
  • information systems manager.

Salaries

ICT Business and Systems Analysts have an average annual salary of $95,212 (Job Outlook).

The median starting salary of bachelor degree business or economics graduates (aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment) is $50,000 (Graduate Careers Australia).

International Tourism Management

Combine your love of travel with an exceptional business education to forge a career you're truly passionate about.

Choose the International Tourism Management major to gain the skills and knowledge to develop, operate, manage and market sustainable tourism products, experiences, businesses and destinations.

Whether you choose to work in the public or private tourism sector, or join a tour operator, airline or resort, you'll graduate with in-depth knowledge about the principles and practices of the international tourism industry.

At VU, you'll learn everything about business management in tourism and understand global trends related to the industry, so you can get your career off to a great start.

You may find work in roles such as:

  • resort hotel manager
  • tourism industry advisor
  • tourism transport operator
  • tourist information officer
  • tourism reservations consultant.

Salaries

Employment for tourism and travel advisers rose moderately over the past five years and is expected to grow very strongly in the future, until at least November 2020 (Job Outlook).

The average annual earning of a tourism or travel advisers is $51,584 (Job Outlook).

The median starting salary of bachelor degree business graduates (aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment) is $50,000 (GradStats).

VTAC applicants

You can select this major specifically when applying through VTAC. Use the following course code on your application:
VTAC course code Location Study mode
4301040361 Footscray Park Full-time or part-time

International Trade

If you'd like to analyse international markets and follow a career where your expertise helps to inform essential trade strategies, then choose the International Trade major as part of VU's Bachelor of Business. 

You'll gain an understanding of core economic principles and your career will focus on devising and assessing strategies to improve overall trade and investment between Australia and other countries around the world.

Upon graduation, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to propose policies, interventions and strategies to a range of organisations such as corporations, governments and educational institutions.

Career opportunities include:

  • import/export administration
  • trade negotiations
  • export development
  • international operations management
  • international marketing.

Salaries

The median starting salary of bachelor degree business or economics graduates (aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment) is $50,000 (Graduate Careers Australia).

VTAC applicants

You can select this major specifically when applying through VTAC. Use the following course code on your application:
VTAC course code Location Study mode
4300240161 City Flinders Full-time or part-time

Management and Innovation

If you're a budding entrepreneur or would like to pursue a business career within organisations, this course will give you the insights you need to build on your management skills and creativity.

Study the Management and Innovation major to develop creative knowledge and nurture unique ideas. You'll gain theoretical and practical skills to build innovative organisations through the management of a creative and diverse mobile workforce. 

Through VU's Bachelor of Business (Management and Innovation), you'll study:

  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • strategic management
  • business ethics
  • entrepreneurial issues
  • international management
  • knowledge management practices for innovative organisations
  • managing organisational change.

Upon graduation, your learnings will help you think strategically about business models, emerging technological approaches and innovative measures – all of which will help you stay a step ahead in your industry.

Salaries

The median starting salary of bachelor degree business or economics graduates (aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment) is $50,000 (Graduate Careers Australia).

VTAC applicants

You can select this major specifically when applying through VTAC. Use the following course code on your application:
VTAC course code Location Study mode
4301040231 Footscray Park Full-time or part-time

Marketing

Become a savvy, switched-on marketer, connecting brands, products and services with their target markets.

Choose the Marketing major in VU's Bachelor of Business and get ready for a fast-paced and rewarding career in the marketing industry. Our course will give you a solid understanding of core business and marketing studies, equipping you with the skills and knowledge to work in an evolving marketplace where customers' needs are continually changing. 

Through this challenging and engaging course, you'll be taught a range of marketing theories and practical marketing solutions. You'll learn from lecturers who are experts in their field, covering topics from marketing research and consumer behaviour to international marketing and marketing strategy.

You'll also gain valuable industry experience and confidence through our workplace learning initiatives. You'll be job-ready before you even graduate so that you stand out to employers in this popular and competitive industry.

Career opportunities in the marketing industry include roles such as:

  • market analyst
  • marketing communications officer
  • fundraising officer
  • brand strategist
  • social media marketing officer roles.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Australian Marketing Institute.

Salaries

Employment for marketing professionals in Australia rose strongly over the last five years and is expected to continue growing strongly until at least November 2020 (Job Outlook).  

The average annual earning of a marketing professional is $88,088 (Job Outlook).

The median starting salary of bachelor degree business graduates (aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment) is $50,000 (Graduate Careers Australia).

VTAC applicants

You can select this major specifically when applying through VTAC. Use the following course code on your application:
VTAC course code Location Study mode
4301043381 Footscray Park Full-time or part-time

Music Industry

Love music? Combine your passion with a successful business career.

Learn how to plan and promote music events, manage artists and negotiate deals with VU's Music Industry major.

You’ll gain a solid foundation in core business studies before specialising in the Music Industry major. This course covers units from music industry law and music recording to marketing experiences and live performance management. We equip you with everything you need for a dynamic career in the music industry. 

Gain the skills to plan, promote and produce music in all sorts of locations, styles and scale – and access VU's music business connections through our networking opportunities and work-placement programs. You'll graduate with business acumen, entrepreneurial flair and the industry relationships to get ahead in your career.

You could find employment opportunities across a range of management focused roles in the music industry, which may include:

  • tour manager
  • event promoter
  • publicist
  • music agent
  • event/band manager.

Placement program

Apply what you learn in a real-world context through VU's connections within the industry. We offer networking opportunities and sought-after work placement programs with the likes of Mushroom Group Promotion.

These placements can often serve as an excellent launching pad for a career in the music industry, giving you insights into the industry before you graduate and helping you make valuable contacts to progress your career

Salaries

The average annual earning of a specialist manager, including those working in the Arts is $74,776 (Job Outlook).

The median starting salary of bachelor degree business graduates (aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment) is $50,000 (Graduate Careers Australia).

Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Pursue a business career in logistics and supply chain management, export/import operations, and work closely with other companies in areas like manufacturing and services with a Supply Chain and Logistics Management major.

You'll be able to assess and analyse all aspects of logistics within a sustainable supply chain, focusing specifically on:

  • purchasing and procuring materials
  • inventory flow and control
  • storage and material handling in warehousing
  • economics of mode of transport
  • distribution and shipment
  • supply chain analytics.

Our graduates pursue careers all over the world and specialise in all sorts of areas from importing and shipping to manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.

Graduates typically find work in roles such as:

  • procurement and distribution manager
  • freight forwarder
  • customs officer
  • warehousing and inventory controller
  • stock analyst or researcher.

Accreditation

This course is Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) accredited.

Salaries

Supply and distribution managers have an average annual salary of $83,200 (Job Outlook).

The median starting salary of business or economics graduates (aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment) is $50,000 (Graduate Careers Australia).

VTAC applicants

You can select this major specifically when applying through VTAC. Use the following course code on your application:
VTAC course code Location Study mode
4300244031 City Flinders Full-time or part-time

Pathways from international partners

International delivery partners in China and Malaysia deliver VU business courses with opportunities to transfer to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Business, or complete your studies in-country.

Find out more about our unique delivery partnerships and pathway arrangements with:

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Careers in business

Graduating with a degree in Business from VU will put you ahead of the game. Focus your studies in one of our specialisations and learn fundamental skills you can apply in any sector.

Gain valuable industry experience through work placements

Students are encouraged to secure industry-based experience. Our Centre for Work Integrated Learning assists students in preparing for employment.

Our partnerships and relationships with government and multinational enterprises provide workplace learning opportunities and placements with the likes of Linfox Logistics, Toyota Australia, IBM, Global Procurement Services, and many more.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Business, students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points First Year Core units
  • 96 credit points of Major studies selected from the approved list.
  • 96 credit points made up of either

2nd Major 96 credit points 

OR

1 Discipline Minor 48 credit points

AND

1 Breadth Minor 48 credit points

Please note:
All students must complete BPD2100 International Business Challenge.
Students will complete BPD2100 International Business Challenge:

  • in place of BPD3100 Applied Business Challenge when completing a second major; or
  • when completing a Breadth Minor.

First Year Core Units

Majors

Minors

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review, synthesise and adapt business theories to analyse authentic contemporary problems in a variety of domestic and international contexts appreciating the value of diversity and intercultural settings;  
  2. Exhibit professional judgement in the selection and use of common business tools to support decision-making and project management in a general business context;  
  3. Critically evaluate priorities and articulate key issues in complex business problems;  
  4. Analyse and reflect on the impact of contemporary external (strategy, cultural and other competitive pressures) and internal factors (structure, culture and systems) to achieve effective business practices;  
  5. Critically review and apply practical, effective and ethically responsible solutions with initiative and professional judgement to a range of business-related challenges at both strategic and operational levels;  
  6. Contribute effectively, with personal accountability for outcomes in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner whilst acknowledging the contributions of others in achieving both individual and team goals;  
  7. Clearly and coherently communicate independent insights and ideas using verbal, written and visual modes of delivery to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;  
  8. Exemplify personal awareness, self-motivation, change readiness and resilience in response to dynamic environments/conditions; and,  
  9. Reflect lifelong learning attributes including autonomous, self-directed learning skills and habits.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma). OR Successful completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4 with a minimum study score of 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be credited for up to 144 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Advanced Diploma of Accounting

Bendigo Kangan Institute

You will be credited for up to 72 credit points of study.

Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management

Bendigo Kangan Institute

You will be credited for up to 72 credit points of study.

Diploma of Accounting

Macquarie Education Group Australia

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Leadership and Management

The Gordon

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

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