Bachelor of Business (Honours)

The Bachelor of Business (Honours) is a one-year postgraduate research programme for exceptional Bachelor of Business graduates.

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

Studying an honours degree in business shows a high level of achievement that's recognised by employers in New Zealand and overseas and can lead to further postgraduate study. Employers recognise the dedication required for honours level study and the skills you develop through independent research as key attributes for top talent.

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Minimum entry requirements

  • Bachelor of Business with a B+ grade average or higher in level 7 courses in the selected subject area, or equivalent
  • Admission to the BBus (Honours) is subject to approval by the Dean (or representative)

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in each band

English language requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Business (Honours), you must complete 120 points from:

  • Specialisation courses
  • Research methods courses
  • A dissertation

This structure ensures that you can critically analyse and evaluate the research and professional literature, and begin your postgraduate study 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.

Specialisation courses (30 points)*

These advanced-level business courses cover the latest research and theories in your specialisation, and help you prepare for your independent research thesis or dissertation.

You can specialise in:

Academic departments in business and economics

Research methods courses (30 points)*

The research methods courses explore philosophical issues related to the design of research and the research process. They include training in research methods to prepare students to conduct methodologically rigorous research.

*In the Economics specialisation you will complete 45 points of research methods courses and 15 points in the specialisation

Research (Honours) dissertation (60 points)

This piece of supervised research contributes to the body of knowledge in your chosen business and economics discipline. You should consult your academic supervisor about your dissertation topic and proposed research.

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

Detailed information about courses in this programme

Detailed programme structure and course outlines

Skills you will develop

The outcome for graduates for the Bachelor of Business (Honours) are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

To help you make the most of postgraduate study in business, we run an induction for new postgraduate research students before the semester starts.

In this session, we welcome you to the programme and cover the information you need about AUT and your postgraduate research programme.

Covered in the induction

  • Postgraduate research programmes
  • Student support
  • Library resources
  • Introduction to Canvas
  • Research skills preparation
    • What is research?
    • How is research conducted?
    • Literature search and library skills
  • Research skills seminars
Luke Mobberley
Angelitsa Nekelo
Irmine Kabimbi Ngoy
Georgia Sanderson
Kiran Chandradevan
Quick facts
Programme code:
1 year full-time / part-time available
City Campus
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
$10,277 (for 120 points)
($9,203 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$35,074 (for 120 points)
($34,000 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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