Bachelor of Business (Honours)

The AUT Business School is known in New Zealand and internationally for the high quality of its graduates, the impact of its research and its effective engagement with business and the broader community. We attract students from New Zealand and overseas who are seeking a relevant, rigorous and engaged business education that prepares them well for business practice and a research career. Our qualifications give you a range of options and flexibility; your study can be research focused, course work based, or a combination of both.

Programme code: AK3712
Level: 8
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time / part-time available
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 29 February 2016 / 18 July 2016

AUT encourages early application. This qualification will remain open until all places have been filled.

The Bachelor of Business (Honours) is a one year programme that provides exceptional Bachelor of Business graduates with postgraduate study and research experience. Honours students develop postgraduate research capability and extend their understanding of a specialist business field. They work closely with academic staff, researchers and other high performing students in a learning environment that challenges them to excel. An honours degree demonstrates a high level of achievement that is recognised by employers in New Zealand and overseas and leads to greater opportunities for further study.


  • Applicants are expected to have completed the Bachelor of Business with a B+ grade average or higher in level 7 papers in the selected subject area, or equivalent.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second or additional language must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each band. For more details, please refer to English Language Requirements in AUT’s Academic Calendar


To graduate with a Bachelor of Business (Honours), you must successfully complete 120 points from specialisation papers, research methods  paper(s), and a dissertation. This structure ensures that you are able to critically analyse and evaluate the research and professional literature in business and begin your advanced studies in business with an appreciation of the current issues and controversies in the field. You also design and complete a piece of supervised research that provides a supported introduction to independent research in a business discipline.

  1. Specialisation papers
    These advanced-level papers provide you with comprehensive coverage in the latest research and theories in your specialisation, and help you prepare for your independent research dissertation.

    The number of specialisation papers you must take depends on your chosen specialisation. To view the full list of papers click on the links below:

    Business Information Systems
    Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
    International Business
    Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales
    Sport and Recreation Management

  2. Introduction to Research Methods
    Research methods papers vary by specialisation. The research methods papers provide an exploration of philosophical issues underpinning the design of the research and the research process. The papers include training in quantitative/qualitative research methods and analysis to prepare students to conduct methodologically rigours research project. 

  3. Dissertation (45 points)
    A programme of study in which the student designs and completes a piece of supervised research that contributes to the body of knowledge in a business discipline. Students should consult their academic supervisor on what is appropriate for their thesis topic and their proposed research.


For further information visit the Business Postgraduate Programme Information Page


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Last updated: 26-Aug-2015 3.42pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.