Bachelor of Business (Honours)

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Programme code: AK3712
Level: 8
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time / part-time available
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 17 July 2017, 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

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

The Bachelor of Business (Honours) is a one-year postgraduate research programme for exceptional Bachelor of Business graduates. An honours degree demonstrates a high level of achievement that is recognised by employers in New Zealand and overseas and can lead to further postgraduate study. Employers recognise the rigour required for honours level study and the skills developed through independent research as key attributes in differentiating top talent.

As an honours student you develop postgraduate research skills and further your understanding of a specialist business field. You work closely with academic staff, researchers and other high-performing students in a learning environment that challenges you to excel.


  • Bachelor of Business with a B+ grade average or higher in level 7 papers in the selected subject area, or equivalent. Admission to the BBus (Honours) is subject to approval by the Dean (or representative).
  • 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 complete 120 points from specialisation papers, research methods paper(s), and a dissertation. This structure ensures that you can critically analyse and evaluate the research and professional literature, 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 in a business discipline.

The outcomes for graduates of this programme are outlined in the Graduate Profile.

  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. You can specialise in:

    Business Information Systems
    Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
    International Business
    Management (including entrepreneurship and sustainability)
    Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales
    Sport and Recreation Management

  2. Introduction to Research Methods
    The research methods paper(s) provide an exploration of philosophical issues underpinning the design of research and the research process. The paper(s) include training in research methods to prepare students to conduct methodologically rigorous research. Research methods paper(s) vary by specialisation.

  3. Research (Honours) dissertation
    This piece of supervised research contributes to the body of knowledge in your chosen business discipline. You should consult your academic supervisor on what is appropriate for your dissertation topic and proposed research.

    The class of honours awarded in the programme depends on your grade performance

Completion requirements
A student who is not maintaining a B grade average in the coursework component, or has failed to maintain an overall B- grade average or better, may be required by the examination board to have their points reassigned to the Postgraduate Diploma in Business.


For further information visit the Business Postgraduate Programme Information Page

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.45pm

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