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Business and Commerce

Develop your business acumen, grow expert knowledge, work on real business case studies and undertake internships and practical projects to prepare you for a fulfilling career in industry, government or not for profit sectors.  

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By studying business and commerce, you’ll gain an understanding of how businesses and organisations work from the inside out. You can expect to develop the critical decision-making skills needed in projects, and build a career transferable to the workforce anywhere in the world. Through a variety of units where business theory is applied via practical activities, you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of industries such as accounting, sales, finance, marketing, business management and human resources. 

We are accredited through leading business school accreditations in Europe and North America – both the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 

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  • 30+ active industry supporters 
    including AGL Energy, CBH Group, Chevron, Fortescue Metals, Reserve Bank of Australia, Wesfarmers Limited and Woodside. 
  • 15+ Business School student clubs 
    including the Student Managed Investment Fund, Women in Business, Bloom Startup, Enactus, UWA Consulting Society, ECOMS and the Graduate Management Association.
  • UWA Business School is a signatory of the UN PRME
    An initiative of the United Nations Global Compact.     
  • An exceptional MBA program
    that ranks best in Oceania for alumni outcomes, and its graduates are the highest earners in Australia (QS World University Rankings 2021 Global MBA Rankings).     

World-class facilities

The Rosemarie Nathanson Financial Markets Trading Room is a state-of-the-art trading and analysis centre where you can gain access to real-time data from more than 400 global markets. The largest trading room and training facility of its kind in Australia, this facility offers access to industry-standard tools you would find in a real hedge fund or trading desk.

A degree from the UWA Business School is your passport to the world. Globally, employers recognise the quality of a UWA degree in business.

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As an alumnus of UWA who is heavily involved in the health system as CEO of HBF, I am very proud to chair the Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership and Management. This new course is a much-needed boost to health services education and I think it will be very popular.

John Van Der Wielen
Chair of the Advisory Committee for UWA’s Certificate in Health Leadership and Management

Where our graduates go

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Nicole Meacock
Bachelor of Commerce
Senior Manager, HSE Consulting, EY

I found myself in environment, health and safety (EHS) risk management quite organically where, after UWA, I developed a passion for it while working as a management consultant in Strategy and Operations at Deloitte.

I started to get involved in green office refurbs, educated myself on emissions mapping and went to work at Chevron Australia in their Operational Excellence team. This is where I really developed my EHS skills.

I had the pleasure of supporting the planning of the Gorgon Project on Class A nature reserve Barrow Island, and got exposure to exceptionally talented EHS professionals like the late Harry Butler. I then worked in EHS risk consulting on the insurance brokerage side in London over a two-year period. I’ve since combined my two passions and strengths in EHS and management consulting where I have landed as a Senior Manager in EY’s Climate Change & Sustainability Services team (CCaSS) in Perth and now Sydney.

Industry snapshot

Solid business and management skills are key elements of any profitable company. This means careers are available in almost every sector, as many industries require strong leaders, effective managers, strategic thinkers, expert advisers and market-savvy decision-makers. With your degree, you could choose to take on employment in areas like banking and finance, human resources, consultancy or marketing, or create your own business with the skills you gain. Big or small, global or local, companies all over the world seek business graduates like you.

Potential jobs

  • Advertising manager
  • Business analyst
  • Chief executive officer (CEO)
  • Entrepreneur
  • Finance officer
  • Government or corporate policy adviser
  • Human resources adviser
  • Marketing manager
  • Supply chain manager
  • Tax accountant
  • Trade policy adviser

Job growth in this industry

Job growth in business and commerce, Sales +4%, Managers+6.2%, Specialist managers +10.3%, Business, HR and marketing professionals +12.9% Salesworkers +4% Managers +6.2% Specialistmanagers +10.3% Business, HR and marketing professionals +12.9%
Occupation projections – five years to May 2024 Australian Government Labour Market Information Portal

Undergraduate courses

To find out more about our range of undergraduate courses, visit Our courses explained.

Postgraduate courses

Graduate certificates
Graduate diplomas
Master’s degrees
Research degrees

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