Home' The Good Universities Guide : The Good Universities Guide 2016 Contents logistics, retail and trade. There are many specialisations and an
increasing number of full degree courses designed for these
If you can identify with one or more of these student types this
should give you an idea of the specialisations that would be
suitable for you. Then it's just a matter of looking for the right
degree. Business specialisations are available in all kinds of
degrees, including arts, social science and science, although you
would only choose one of these if your primary interests ranged
well outside the field. Assuming that they don't, you'll still have
plenty of options at your disposal. There are both general and
specialised business degrees. At the general end, very broadly,
there are two types: the Bachelor of Commerce and the Bachelor
of Business. Courses in business administration, business
management and business studies are usually equivalent.
So, what's the difference? Some say that the newer business
studies courses are more practical and focus more on how
businesses actually operate than the older commerce degrees,
but this is only a generalisation. It might be true that the Bachelor
of Business includes a wider range of 'applied' options, compared
with the core business disciplines that tend to be offered as
majors in commerce, but courses vary greatly between providers.
The beauty of these general degrees is that you can choose your
specialisation and subjects yourself. Since both degree types will
generally cover a range of different specialisations, you can
usually make your studies as practical or as theoretical as you
like through a choice of majors and electives.
There are also many specialist business degrees on offer, which
may be called any of the specialisations discussed previously. In
addition, there are general business degrees with a 'tag' in
brackets indicating the major area of study, whether it's
marketing, management or finance. In some cases, you'll get
much the same whether you do the specialisation within a
general degree or in one with a specific title. With others though,
the course content in the latter might be more detailed in areas of
particular interest and will better prepare you for the career you
Of course, that's if you know what you want. If you haven't
decided on a specialisation, there's no need to worry. Many
general business degrees will give you some room to test out a
few areas before deciding on your specialisation. Courses with
specific titles and tags, on the other hand, will usually make you
specialise from the start and leave less room for elective subjects.
Think about whether or not you want to narrow your focus straight
away or give yourself some more time to figure out your direction.
And if you want to stay general in your focus, remember that you
can always pick up specialised knowledge later through a
There are also many double degrees on offer - you might end
up combining business with arts, languages or sport. You might
also find that adding another professional degree (such as law or
education) and staying with a general business degree is the way
Where to study
We recommend that you think carefully about the kind of
education you want as well as where your career is going when
choosing a business course. As for what one faculty or institution
might do better than another, there are so many variables that it's
difficult to provide good advice. Some will take a very academic
approach, while others will have more working professionals as
lecturers. Some will offer work experience and have close
relationships with industry, while others will have strong honours
and research programs. Again, it all depends on your needs and
career aspirations. Have a good look at graduate ratings and
course brochures to ensure that the course suits your needs.
Business and management is one of the most user-friendly fields
of study. Part-time and distance education courses are widely
available. There are many mature age students, some having
entered through special admissions schemes for adults. Getting
in can be very tough, very easy or in between, depending on the
institution and the specialisation you choose. This is also a field
where it is possible to progress up the qualifications ladder,
starting out with a VET qualification before entering a degree.
To compare entry difficulty at different institutions, see the 'How
tough is it to get in?' tables in Section 4.
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