A combined Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Commerce (Business Economics) or Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), Bachelor of International Relations requires the completion of a minimum of 144 units of study.

Students who commence, but subsequently do not wish to complete, the combined degrees program may be eligible to transfer to either the Bachelor of International Relations or Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Commerce (Business Economics), or Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) programs and to receive credit for some, or all, of the topics already completed.

Program of study

To qualify for the combined degrees of Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) Bachelor of Commerce (Business Economics) or Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), Bachelor of International Relations, a student must complete the following program of study with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic:

  • an International Relations component of at least 72 units for the Bachelor of International Relations as detailed below 
  • a Commerce component of at least 72 units for the Bachelor of Commerce as detailed below 
  • sufficient other units to make at least 144 units in total.

Bachelor of International Relations component

To qualify for the Bachelor of International Relations a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or better or NGP in each topic. This must include:

Year 1 topics

9 units of core topics:

AMST1002  America and the World: The United States in a Global Context  (4.5 units)
INTR1006  International Relations: An Introduction  (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units chosen from the following:

HIST1704  History's Killing Fields  (4.5 units)
HIST1802  Europe, 1945 to the Present  (4.5 units)
HIST1803  'The Lucky Country'? Australia and the World since 1939  (4.5 units)
INTR1100  Exploring the International  (4.5 units)
INTR1102  Modern Asia since 1945  (4.5 units)

Year 2 topics

13.5 units of core topics:

INTR2003  The Asia Pacific and the Cold War  (4.5 units)
INTR2006  Debating Human Rights  (4.5 units)
INTR2015  New Security Agenda  (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units chosen from the following:

HIST2014  War and Society in the Modern World  (4.5 units)
HIST2016  Globalisation in World History (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units chosen from the following:

AMST2001  Twentieth Century America  (4.5 units)
AMST2002  American Politics  (4.5 units)*
HIST2009  Nazi Germany: It's Origins and Nature, 1870-1945 (4.5 units)
HIST2030  The Great Powers and the Origins of the Modern Middle East (4.5 units)
HIST2043  Terrorism and Society in Modern Europe(4.5 units)
INTR2005  The Next Superpower? The Rise of China in the 21st Century  (4.5 units)
INTR2008  Africa on a Global Stage  (4.5 units)
INTR2012  Food Security (4.5 units)
INTR2100  Reimaging the Global South (4.5 units)
INTR2101  Democracy and Human Rights in Asia  (4.5 units)

* Note that students who wish to qualify and apply for the Washington Internship must select AMST2002

Year 3 topics

9 units of core topics:

INTR3104  Global Workplace (4.5 units)
INTR3102  Controversies in International Relations  (4.5 units)

18 units chosen from the following:

AMST3013  The Alliance and the Rise of China  (4.5 units)
AMST3016  Internship Program: Washington DC  (9 units)*
HIST3004  The Fall of Britannia's Empire and the Postcolonial Experience  (4.5 units)
INTR3001  Australian Foreign Policy  (4.5 units)
INTR3003  Africa: International Interventions  (4.5 units)
INTR3006  The Rise of the Indo-Pacific  (4.5 units)
INTR3100  Environment and Development in Asia (4.5 units)
INTR3101  Politics, Identity and International Relations  (4.5 units)
INTR3103  International Practicum (4.5 units)*

* Note that students cannot take both INTR3103 International Practicum and AMST3016 in this combined degree program.


Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Commerce (Business Economics) or Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) component

To qualify for the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Commerce (Business Economics) or Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or better or NGP in each topic. This must include:

For Accounting:

  • 31.5 units of core topics; and
  • 40.5 units specialisation.

For Business Economics or Finance:

  • 36 units of core topics; and
  • 36 units specialisation.

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Core - Year 1, 2 & 3 topics

31.5 units comprising:

BUSN1001 Accounting Principles (4.5 units)
BUSN1009 Quantitative Methods (4.5 units)*
BUSN1012 Management, People and Organisations (4.5 units)
BUSN1013 Economics for Business (4.5 units)*
BUSN1015  Foundations of Finance (4.5 units)
BUSN1019 Law for Business (4.5 units)*
BUSN3064  Financial Statement Analysis  (4.5 units)

*Enrolment in the online versions of these topics is not permitted due to accreditation requirements of CPA Australia and CAANZ.

Specialisation - Accounting - Year 1, 2 & 3 topics

40.5 units comprising:

BUSN1002 Financial Accounting Processes (4.5 units)
BUSN2029 Financial Reporting (4.5 units)
BUSN2035 Cost and Management Accounting (4.5 units)
BUSN2036 Financial Accounting Issues (4.5 units)
BUSN2037 Financial Management (4.5 units)
BUSN2042 Corporations Law (4.5 units)
BUSN3047 Company Accounting (4.5 units)
BUSN3048 Auditing (4.5 units)
BUSN3054 Taxation Law and Practice (4.5 units)

Bachelor of Commerce (Business Economics)

Core - Year 1, 2 & 3 topics

36 units comprising:

BUSN1001  Accounting Principles (4.5 units)
BUSN1009  Quantitative Methods  (4.5 units)
BUSN1012  Management, People and Organisations  (4.5 units)
BUSN1013  Economics for Business  (4.5 units)
BUSN1015  Foundations of Finance (4.5 units
BUSN1019  Law for Business  (4.5 units)
BUSN2034  Interpersonal Skills for Professionals (4.5 units)
BUSN3043  Governance, Sustainability and Ethics (4.5 units)

Specialisation - Business Economics - Year 1, 2 & 3 topics

36 units comprising:

  BUSN1008  Introductory Macroeconomics  (4.5 units)
  BUSN2031  Business Forecasting  (4.5 units)
  BUSN2040  Macroeconomics  (4.5 units)
  BUSN2043  Managerial Economics  (4.5 units)
  BUSN3056  International Trade  (4.5 units)

Including 13.5 units selected from the following:

 BUSN2019 International Business Context (4.5 units)
 BUSN2022  The Australian Economy  (4.5 units)
 BUSN2024  Sustainable Resource Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN3037  Import-Export Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)

Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)

Core - Year 1, 2 & 3 topics

36 units comprising:

 BUSN1001  Accounting Principles  (4.5 units)
 BUSN1009  Quantitative Methods  (4.5 units)
 BUSN1012  Management, People and Organisations  (4.5 units)
 BUSN1013  Economics for Business  (4.5 units)
 BUSN1015  Foundations of Finance (4.5 units)
 BUSN1019  Law for Business  (4.5 units)
 BUSN2034  Interpersonal Skills for Professionals (4.5 units)
 BUSN3043  Governance, Sustainability and Ethics  (4.5 units)

Specialisation - Finance - Year 1, 2 & 3 topics

36 units comprising:

 BUSN1008  Introductory Macroeconomics  (4.5 units)
 BUSN1014  Financial Markets  (4.5 units)
 BUSN2021  Management of Financial Institutions  (4.5 units)
 BUSN2027  International Finance  (4.5 units)
 BUSN2037  Financial Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN3029  Investments and Portfolio Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN3049  Corporate Finance  (4.5 units)

 Including 4.5 units from:

 BUSN2040  Macroeconomics  (4.5 units)
 BUSN3028  Personal Financial Planning  (4.5 units)
 BUSN3031  Derivatives and Risk Management  (4.5 units)

Other topics may be substituted with approval.