Bachelor of Business

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Course essentials

Make an informed decision about your choice of career in the business field.  

Our Bachelor of Business provides you with flexibility and professional development to help you prepare for a constantly changing local and global business workforce. Develop a solid foundation in core business studies followed by a choice of major study from over a dozen specialty business areas.

The course is taught over three years. It offers challenging, engaging, and valued real world experiences. Through a range of educational approaches and curricula you will further develop intellectual, analytical, organisational, personal and interpersonal skills.


The Bachelor of Business gives options to tailor your learning to your specific needs.

All students study a common first year which is complemented in second and third years by majors in either or two business study areas.


Graduate with an Accounting major and be prepared to work in a variety of roles in accounting practices, medium and large corporations, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Careers opportunities in accounting include roles such as:

  • accountant
  • business analyst
  • auditor
  • financial advisor
  • taxation consultant.



The Accounting Major is accredited by CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Professional Recognition


Graduate with an Accounting major, and you'll meet the requirements for membership with CPA Australia when the appropriate sequence of units is completed.

Entry into the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) Chartered Accountants Program requires the completion of the same sequence of units plus Taxation Law and Practice and Auditing units.


Banking and Finance

With a Banking and Finance major you will undertake units of study that will give> you knowledge in areas of financial markets, management of financial institutions, and investment management.

Graduate opportunities in the financial services sector include careers in:

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

Event Management

Develop the skills to design, plan, create, implement, manage, and market events. With an Event Management major you'll examine the scope of the events industry, learn how to manage events in a sustainable manner, and evaluate event outcomes.

Career opportunities in event management include:

  • events coordination
  • conference coordination
  • fundraising
  • marketing
  • account management.

Financial Risk Management

With a Financial Risk Management major you'll develop core skills to meet challenges for the long term sustainability of the sometime volatile financial sector.

Start your career in financial planning and financial risk management in any modern financial services industry.

Find career opportunities in:

  • financial planning
  • fund management
  • banking
  • stockbroking
  • superannuation
  • insurance
  • investment
  • risk management or financial institutions.

Human Resource Management

With a Human Resource Management major you will undertake units focusing on all aspects of managing human resources and development, employee relationships in an ever changing business environment. You'll develop specialist skills for success in the human resource management industry through strong theoretical frameworks.

Gain the expertise needed for career opportunities in:

  • human resources management
  • employee relations
  • employee development.

Industry recognition

This industry-focused major has professional recognition by the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI).

Information Systems Management

In the Information Systems Management major you will examine information systems analysis, modelling, development, digital commerce and management techniques and approaches. You will apply your learning to develop and deliver an information systems project.

Gain the fundamental concepts, knowledge and skills required to facilitate a career in business analysis, project management, data management or e-business in a global economy.

Career opportunities in the ICT sector include roles such as:

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

International Hospitality Management

With an International Hospitality Management major you’ll acquire up-to-date knowledge of key industry trends and issues, and an understanding of the major operational, managerial and strategic areas of the hospitality industry.

You will gain insights into product and service development, innovation, and working with stakeholders from various cultural backgrounds.

Career opportunities in hospitality include:

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

International Tourism Management

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.

You’ll develop an understanding of current international trends and issues facing the tourism industry to be able to manage problems that challenge tourism organisations in diverse cultures and settings.

Become a part of the exciting and growing global tourism industry in roles such as:

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

International Trade

The International Trade major gives you an understanding of fundamental economic principles of trade to analyse international markets. Graduates will be prepared to propose incentives, policies, interventions, entry strategies and harmonisation standards to firms, educational institutions, governments or other bodies.

You'll learn how to develop and manage trade and investment projects to facilitate trade between Australia and other countries.

Become a leader in international trade, with career opportunities in:

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

Management and Innovation

With a Management and Innovation major you will develop key industry-focused skills in communication, negotiation, teamwork, problem-solving and strategic thinking.

Start your management career with opportunities in strategic management, operations management, change management, business ethics and organisational analysis.

Career opportunities for graduates of this major include:

  • general management
  • service management
  • operations management.


Choose a Marketing major that covers marketing theories and how to implement practical marketing solutions while gaining an in-depth understanding of customer needs.

Graduating with a degree in marketing from VU will put you ahead of the game. You’ll not only benefit from learning in a classroom with teachers who are experts in their field - you’ll gain the industry experience and confidence you need in the competitive marketing workforce.

Careers opportunities in marketing industry include roles such as:

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



This course is accredited by the Australian Marketing Institute.

Music Industry

Learn to plan and promote music events, arrange and negotiate deals, and gain a full understanding of the nature of music copyrights with a Music Industry major.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the business of music with this major designed for professionals interested in working in the dynamic music industry. You will also benefit from networking opportunities to foster business relationships and insights that will help you get a head start.

Graduates 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.

Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Pursue a business career in the export/import industry with a Supply Chain and Logistics Management major.

Gain skills and knowledge in all aspects and issues of logistics in a sustainable supply chain. These include purchasing and procurement of materials, inventory flow and control, storage and material handling in warehousing, economics of mode of transport, and distribution and shipment.

Our graduates find jobs in global and local organisations that deal in importing, exporting and shipping, warehousing and distribution – virtually anywhere in the world.

Roles may include:

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



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

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 partnershipa and pathway arrangements with:


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.

Study pathways

If you have completed any of the following course(s) at VU, 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.

VDBE - Diploma of Business (Enterprise)

You will be credited for 8 units (a year) of study.

TLI50415 - Diploma of Logistics

You will be credited for 5 units of study toward the Supply Chain and Logistics Management major.

BSB51915 - Diploma of Leadership and Management

You will be credited for 5 units of study toward the Management and Innovation major.

FNS50215 - Diploma of Accounting

You will be credited for 5 units of study toward the Accounting major.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

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.

Course objectives

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.  

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Business, students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) consisting of:

  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) Core Business units
  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Major studies selected from the majors listed below.
  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) made up of either

2nd Major 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units)


1 Discipline Minor 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units)


1 Breadth Minor 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units)

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.

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Core Business Units



Admission requirements

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).
    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.

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