Bachelor of Business (Honours)
This degree provides a highly motivating and stimulating environment with small classes and interactive discussions. Face-to-face lectures and seminars will cover theoretical concepts and frameworks, include current examples from business settings, and provide a platform for sharing your ideas and develop your problem-solving skills.
Under the general guidance of a supervisor, you will plan, develop, execute and report on a research project aimed at producing practical and theoretical outcomes and be of publishable standard.
Assessment tasks will be ongoing throughout the degree, and there will be a final examination of your thesis.
RMIT's Swanston Academic Building features wireless connection to printers, the web and specialist learning resources, interactive lecture and tutorial spaces, lectorial theatres, small-group rooms and other innovative learning spaces as well as retail and social spaces.
You will have access to online and digital resources such as lecture notes, assessment tools, discussion boards and podcasts through myRMIT. Educational software, the Learning Hub, resources and printers are accessible on campus via the RMIT wireless network using your own laptop, tablet or smart phone or via computer facilities on-campus. You will be able to access the same software from home using myDesktop.
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Guiding the development of the College of Business, both nationally and internationally, is an Industry Advisory Board of high-profile executives chaired by Gerhard Vorster, Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte. The Board creates a strategic bridge between the latest in technology and design thinking and business.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
The degree is structured in two parts: coursework and thesis.
The four compulsory courses provide the fundamentals skills for completing a high-quality thesis. You will learn contemporary research techniques relevant to business settings and develop capacity to conceptualise, research and contribute.
For the Honours thesis component you will address a significant issue or problem in business and will be required to demonstrate your ability to synthesise current knowledge in your chosen topic, design and execute a research study, and generate knowledge and practice outcomes under the guidance of an experienced academic.
RMIT has more than 530 research supervisors listed, all with unique interests and areas of specialisation.
Research thesis topics are available in the following areas; you can also choose your own topic provided supervision is available:
- accounting and corporate governance
- information management and knowledge transfer
- information systems
- management and entrepreneurship
- mobile health (mHealth) - technology/IT perspective
- social media (Web 2.0) technologies and cloud computing
- systems modelling, services science, resources and logistics
The scholars associated with this degree are world-class academics who are highly enthusiastic about business research and will strive to help you develop your talents, skills, and abilities. Supervisors will be chosen based on your thesis topic.
Choose a program structure
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1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
1 year full-time
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Program code: BH064
The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.
To be considered for selection, your application must include a personal statement (maximum 500 words) outlining a potential title for your thesis, a clear description of your proposed research topic, and a concise explanation of why the topic is of current interest to your chosen business discipline. To prepare your proposal, please refer to the Guide to submitting a research topic proposal for Business (Honours) applicants (PDF).
Applicants with Higher Education study
An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent in a business discipline that includes a major in economics and finance, entrepreneurship, human resource management, management, international business, marketing, accounting, information systems or logistics from a recognised tertiary institution with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (out of 4.0)/65%/Credit.
Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)
Secondary education (Year 12) is not considered for entry into this program.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training
Vocational education and training (VET) is not considered for entry into this program.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
Work and life experience is not considered for entry into this program.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Credit and recognition of prior learning
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.
2020 indicative fees
In 2020, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,684 to AU$11,155*.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available. In 2020, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,684 to AU$11,155.
In a CSP, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the Australian Government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of the courses in which you enrol, not the overall program.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2020
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2020
Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing
|$6,684 per standard year
$835 per standard (12 credit point) course
Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture
$9,527 per standard year
$11,155 per standard year
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.
You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to the full amount of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.