Bachelor of Business (Honours)

Bachelor of Business (Honours)

UNDERGRADUATE

Work independently to strengthen your empirical and analytical skills through business research.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

IELTS 6.5

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Fees:

AU$39,360 (2022 total)

Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

The Business (Honours) degree is designed for high achieving individuals with the potential to undertake independent research.

An honours degree provides a distinctive competitive advantage in the international job market and offers a pathway for further research and learning into master and PhD degrees.

Details

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. 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.

Guiding the development of the College of Business, both nationally and internationally, is an Industry Advisory Board of high-profile executives. 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 knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

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.

Supervision

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
  • marketing
  • 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.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Bachelor of Business (Honours)
Program code: BH064

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Bachelor of Business (Honours)
City Campus
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
BH064
064712E
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Plan code
BH064
CRICOS
064712E
Bachelor of Business (Honours)
City Campus
1 year full-time
BH064
064712E
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
BH064
CRICOS
064712E

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

Graduates from the Honours degree will have demonstrated outstanding ability and superior analytical and empirical skills.

You will be prepared to enter a career that requires a skilled analytical practitioner to conduct effective research in a business or industry setting, or continue to masters or PhD level research.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

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.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

Statement: You must include with your application a 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).

Selection criteria by applicant type

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).

Secondary education (Year 12) is not considered for entry into this program.

Vocational education and training (VET) is not considered for entry into this program.

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.

Work and life experience is not considered for entry into this program.

All applicants are required to complete and submit a selection task for this program. See below for full selection task details.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a business discipline that includes a major in economics and finance, entrepreneurship, management, human resource management, international business, marketing, accounting, information systems or logistics from a recognised tertiary institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0).

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

Statement: You must include with your application a 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.

To study this course 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.

Pathways

Unfortunately there are no formal pathways into this degree.

When you successfully complete this program, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT postgraduate program or RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) program.

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.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

You can gain entry to this honours degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

When you successfully complete this program, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT postgraduate program or RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) program.

Fees

2022 indicative fees

In 2022, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$3,985 to AU$14,630*.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • 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.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

New government eligibility rules in 2022 - low completion rates

From 2022, there are new government rules about eligibility for higher education student funding as part of the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates legislation. If you're starting a program in or after 2022 and are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or have a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, these changes affect you. For details, please see Low completion rate and government funding.

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students commencing their program in 2022. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. 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 2022 for commencing students

Student contribution band by course (subject)

Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2022

Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture $3,985 per standard year
$498 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $8,021 per standard year
$1,002 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $11,401 per standard year
$1,425 per standard (12 credit point) course
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $14,630 per standard year
$1,828 per standard (12 credit point) course

HECS-HELP Loans

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.

SA-HELP Loans

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 FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You 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.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

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 2022 is $315.

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.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$39,360.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

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torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.