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  • Local: $ 3.19k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 15.8k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree programme enables each student to develop his or her own interests in business and related subjects. Students are able to create individualised courses using a range of papers offered across teaching departments in the School of Business and University as a whole. Students have the flexibility within the BCom degree to combine two specialisations and graduate with a double major.

    Economics is about choice and is at the heart of all decision-making. Governments, businesses and individuals are all faced with making choices in situations where resources are scarce. As a result, Economics is applicable in a wide range of fields, including business, finance, administration, law, local and national government and, indeed, most aspects of everyday life. One of the strengths of Economics is that it provides a logical way of looking at a variety of issues. It is not just a subject - it is a way of thinking.

    In studying Economics you will examine topics of obvious importance to human well-being, for example unemployment, economic growth, inflation, poverty, the distribution of income, and resource allocation in areas such as education, health, business and the environment.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Tuition fee
    • EUR 3191 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 15772 Year (Non-EEA)

    International: 24,530NZ$. National:4,963.00NZ$

    Start date 2016 Credits 360
    Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Every degree programme

  • shall consist of papers worth not less than 360 points,
  • shall include at least 180 points for papers above 100-level of which at least 72 points shall be for papers above 200-level,
  • shall satisfy the requirements for at least one of the major subjects listed above. No paper above 200-level may count for more than one Major Subject Requirement,
  • shall include the following Required Papers*: BSNS 102, BSNS 103, BSNS 104, BSNS 105, BSNS 106, BSNS 107, BSNS 108
  • may include one or more optional minor subjects listed above. No paper may count for both a Major and a Minor Subject Requirement or for more than one Minor Subject Requirement unless that paper is at 100- or 200-level and is specified as compulsory for both Requirements,
  • may include papers which are not listed below
  • up to 90 points; or
  • as specified in the Major Subject Requirements; or
  • as specified in the Minor Subject Requirements.
  • * Note: These papers should normally be completed before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

    Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Economics


    • BSNS 104 Principles of Economics 1
    • ECON 112 Principles of Economics 2
    • BSNS 102 Quantitative Analysis for Business, BSNS 103 Marketing and Consumption, BSNS 105 Management and Organisations, BSNS 106 Information and Communication in organisations, BSNS 107 Understanding Accounting, and BSNS 108 Business Finance, must normally be taken before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers


    • ECON 201 Microeconomics, or ECON 271 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
    • ECON 202 Macroeconomics

    At least one further 200-level ECON paper


    • Four 300-level ECON papers 72


    • 90 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.
    • May be taken from outside Commerce

    Every BCom programme must include BSNS 102-108. 100-level BSNS papers need not all be taken in the first year of study; all 100-level BSNS papers must normally be passed before enrolling in 300-level Commerce papers.

    STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 102 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
    (a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
    (b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

    Total 360 points


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 58 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 80

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    NCEA National Certificate in Educational Achievement

    • 10 Level 2 credits in approved literacy (5 in reading, 5 in writing)

    CIE Cambridge International Examinations

    • Grade E or better in AS English

    IB International Baccalaureate

    • English at Higher or Standard level in Language A: literature, or Language A: language and literature; or at Higher level in Language B

    NZUEBS New Zealand University Entrance Bursaries and Scholarships

    • English mark of 46% or higher

    IELTS International English Language Testing System

    • 6.0 in academic module (with no individual band below 6.0)

    TOEFL (paper based) Test of English as a Foreign Language

    • 550 Test of Written English 4.5

    TOEFL (internet based) Test of English as a Foreign Language

    • 80 (with a Writing score of 20)

    CPE Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

    • Minimum of 50

    CAE Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

    • Minimum of 58

    APIEL Advanced Placement International English Language Examination

    • Grade 3 or higher

    University of Otago Foundation Studies Ltd

    • Successful completion of ‘English for Undergraduate Academic Purposes’ paper

    Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

    • Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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