Intakes: 

2020: February and July

Duration: 
3 years
Fees: 

2020: A$14,500*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

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 11 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.

Learn from the experts

Our teachers have extensive experience in their field, and many are still practising professionals, so they can pass their up-to-date industry knowledge onto you.

Majors

The Bachelor of Business allows you to tailor your learning 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.

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

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 weekly pre-tax salary of $1,400 (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
4301040171 Footscray Park Full-time or part-time
4300240171 City Flinders Full-time or part-time

 

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. You'll also 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.

Salaries

Finance managers have an average weekly pre-tax salary of $2,073 (Job Outlook), with the figure for financial brokers being $1,400 (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
4300240191 City Flinders Full-time or part-time

 

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 weekly pre-tax salary of a conference or event organiser is $1,313 (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

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'll gain the specialist knowledge and fundamental business skills to combat the complex challenges faced by businesses in the financial sector. 

Your specialist skills could soon make you indispensable to financial services companies, where you could work within:

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

Salaries

Finance managers have an average weekly pre-tax salary of $2,073 (Job Outlook), with the figure for financial brokers being $1,400 (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
4300210091 City Flinders Full-time or part-time

 

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 could secure work within:

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

HR Professional recognition

VU's Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) has met the criteria for course accreditation and is currently accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). Accreditation is reviewed every three years by the AHRI National Accreditation Committee.

Students applying for this course can be assured that the quality of core units map onto the AHRI Model of Excellence for HR Practitioners and Academics, a recognised benchmark of HR best practice and standards.

Logo - AHRI Accredited Course 2020 - 2022

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 weekly pre-tax salary of a human resource manager is $1,857 (Job Outlook).

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. As part of this course you'll also learn to develop and deliver an information systems project.

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 weekly pre-tax salary of $1,819 (Job Outlook).

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 average weekly pre-tax salary of importers, exporters and wholesalers is $1,212 (JobOutlook).

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

 

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.

On 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 average weekly pre-tax salary of general managers is $2,250 (JobOutlook) and other specialist managers is $1,631 (JobOutlook).

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

 

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 weekly pre-tax salary of a marketing professional is $1,346 (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
4301043381 Footscray Park Full-time or part-time

 

Studying the Supply Chain and Logistics Management major will enable you to pursue a business career in logistics and supply chain management, export/import operations. This major will also give you the skills to work closely with other companies in areas like manufacturing and services.

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 weekly pre-tax salary of $1,650 (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
4300244031 City Flinders Full-time or part-time

 

Combine your love of travel experiences, fine dining, and exceptional events with a first-rate business education to forge a career you're truly passionate about.

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

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

  • product and service development
  • tourism 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 are no limits to 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
  • tourism industry adviser
  • 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 in the future (Job Outlook).

Tourism and travel advisers have an average weekly pre-tax salary of $1,080 (Job Outlook); hospitality managers earn $1,438 on average, per week (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
4301040951 Footscray Park Full-time or part-time

 

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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:

School for the Visitor Economy

This course is part of VU's School for the Visitor Economy - a new cross-university school providing qualified graduates to Victoria's rapidly expanding tourism and hospitality sectors.

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 gain 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

Students who choose to complete BMAACT Accounting, must also complete BMIPAC Professional Accounting.

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 are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

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.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
PLUS:
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
OR:
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

Pathways & credits

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 course. 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 96 credit points of study.

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

You will be credited for up to 192 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 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 48 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 course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

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

American Degree Transfer Program

Sunway University Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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

Bachelor of Business Administration

Van Lang University (VLU), Vietnam

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

Bachelor of Business Administration

Van Lang University (VLU), Vietnam

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

Bachelor of Business Commerce (major in International Commerce)

Van Lang University (VLU), Vietnam

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

Bachelor of Business Commerce (major in Logistics Management)

Van Lang University (VLU), Vietnam

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

Bachelor of Business Commerce (major in Marketing)

Van Lang University (VLU), Vietnam

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

Bachelor of Economics

Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE), China

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

Bachelor of Financial Management

Changsha University (CCSU), China

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

Bachelor of Science in Business Management (Special)

National School of Business Management, Sri Lanka

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

Diploma in Accounting

DISTED College, Malaysia

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

Diploma in Business Administration

Sunway College Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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

Diploma in Business Administration

Sunway University Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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

Diploma in Business Administration

Sunway College Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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

Diploma in Business Studies

DISTED College, Malaysia

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

Diploma in Finance

Sunway College Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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

Diploma in Health Care Management

Sunway College Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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

Diploma in Hotel Management

Sunway College Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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

Diploma in International Business

Sunway College Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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

Diploma in Marketing

Sunway College Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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

Higher Diploma in Accounting & Finance

London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), Singapore

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

Higher Diploma in Business Studies

London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), Singapore

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

Higher Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), Singapore

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

Higher National Diploma in Business Management

National Institute of Business Management, Sri Lanka

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

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

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