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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing some subject areas in this course in 2021 and 2022 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus. Remote study is not available for the following subject areas:

  • Anatomy and Histology
  • Applied Medical Sciences
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Theatre and Performance Studies

Applicants will be eligible for admission for these subject areas only if they are able to demonstrate they are physically present in Australia on the date specified in the offer made to them by the University.

About this course

Lead the next generation of business and innovation.

Designed for high-achieving students, the Dalyell stream of the new Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies cultivates high-level graduate attributes through greater depth and breadth of learning. You will enrol in exclusive Dalyell units and have access to a suite of enrichment opportunities.

When undertaking the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you can complete a second major, combine studies from a range of disciplines, undertake advanced coursework, and get involved in a cross-disciplinary community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project work.

You will gain a strong commercial grounding in areas such as accounting, finance and business statistics.

In additional to technical development, you will gain the critical thinking and problem-solving skills to apply your knowledge effectively in the business world. Our core units, Future of Business and Leading and Influencing in Business , have been specifically designed to prepare you for the contemporary workforce, equipping you with leadership and entrepreneurial skills, as well as the tools to develop a global mindset.

Take advantage of our international exchange and industry placement opportunities to graduate with the experience to launch your career in virtually any field, anywhere in the world.

By combining your commerce degree with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies you can focus your study on the pursuit of a particular professional qualification, as well as explore different subjects and interests to gain a broad and versatile business education, and skills in areas that will benefit your career.


Building on this foundation, you can choose two majors. At least one major must be chosen from our wide range of business subject areas:

The other may be chosen from business subject areas or the shared pool of majors and minors across the university.

Advanced Studies

In the final year of your degree, you have two options, Advanced Coursework OR Honours:

  • Advanced Coursework: Enhance your leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and increase your employment prospects. You will undertake challenging coursework and experience work outside the classroom by collaborating with other students on a substantial real-world project.
  • Honours: Develop deep analytical skills and prepare yourself for further research opportunities, such as pursuing a PhD. You will undertake a supervised but independent research project as well as connected discipline-based and/or research-focused coursework. Admission to the honours pathway is subject to meeting the specified WAM and additional entry requirements. Check with your faculty for details.

Why study a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars) at the University of Sydney?

  • Build your global network as you connect with our Australian and international partners
  • Take advantage of exchange opportunities and work with leading companies in Sydney, Southeast Asia, Europe, the United States and South America through our industry placements.


Subject areas

You are required to choose one major from the faculty listing below and a second major either from your faculty options or from our shared pool of majors and minors.

Honours subject areas: Only available to students who meet the eligibility criteria for the honours pathway. Minimum WAM and additional entry requirements apply.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates:

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year.

Semester 2 - 25 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships website for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Exclusive to high-achieving students with an ATAR (or equivalent) of 98+, the Dalyell Scholars program is an opportunity to challenge yourself alongside your most promising and talented peers.

The program enables you to draw on the rich interdisciplinary depth and breadth on offer at the University, cultivating the leadership and professional expertise to join the ranks of our most distinguished alumni.

The Dalyell Scholars program allows you to collaborate and network with like‑minded world influencers.

In addition to completing distinctive Dalyell units of study with other high achievers, you will have access to enrichment opportunities, including:

  • exclusive research and entrepreneurship programs
  • direct access to industry‑based project learning
  • tailored mentoring and professional skills development to enhance your study and career opportunities
  • international experiences to develop your global perspective
  • acceleration to master’s level study
  • access to specialised Language (Arts) and Mathematical Sciences (Science) programs.

For a full list of Dalyell courses and more information, visit:

Applying for admission

You can apply or be invited to participate in the Dalyell Stream of the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

Completion requirement

All students must complete four degree-core units of study – three 1000-level units and one 2000-level unit. Full-time students must complete all 1000-level core units in the first year of study. All students must complete the core unit BUSS1000 in their first semester of study.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Future of Business Quantitative Business Analysis Foundation of Business Law Chinese 1A (For Beginners)
  2 Accounting, Business and Society OLE unit: Experience China Company Law Chinese 1B (For Beginners)
2 1 Leading and Influencing in Business Business Failure and Restructuring Leading Creative Solutions: Ideas Chinese 2A (Lower Intermediate)
  2 OLE unit/s: Business Entrepreneurship Series: Business Models, Guerrilla Tactics, Bootstrap Finance Business, Ethics and the Law Gender and Women in Chinese Literature Chinese 2B (Lower Intermediate)
3 1 Competition and Consumer Law Australian Taxation System Creative Solutions: Practices Chinese 3A (Upper Intermediate)
  2 Regulation of Mergers and Acquisitions Business Law in Practice Interdisciplinary Impact Chinese 3B (Upper Intermediate)
4 1 Business Honours Research Methods (12 credit points) Business Law Honours A Business Law Honours B  
  2 Business Honours Thesis (24 credit points)      

Note: this student is majoring in CLAW and Chinese studies. They are completing Honours in Business Law in their 4th year (Advanced Studies)

Professional Accounting program

Our program in Professional Accounting offers you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and expertise you need for a rewarding career in accounting. Available to complete as part of the Bachelor of Commerce, you will undertake 12 units from across accounting and other essential business disciplines.

The Professional Accounting program meet the requirements for professional accounting accreditation with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and CPA Australia. Undertaking the CAANZ or CPA program after graduating from university will give you an internationally recognised qualification and the opportunity to complete specialist training and continuing professional development.

Admission criteria

Admission as a Dalyell scholar is on the basis of the following criteria:

  • secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents) with an ATAR  of 98 or equivalent, or the first year of full-time study in a bachelor's degree with an average mark of 80 or equivalent.
  • English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors. To be considered for admission as a Dalyell scholar via an admission pathway, as a guide, the following minimum ATARs are required:

  • minimum ATAR of 95 for Broadway, E12 and Future Leaders applicants
  • minimum ATAR of 90 for Cadigal (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) applicants

For details, visit admission pathways.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics. Other assumed knowledge depends on the first-year subjects selected.


Mathematics (an equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in Australia. For details including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Commerce allow you to take part in the Business School's student exchange program. The program involves you attending a host university overseas for a period of time (usually one or two semesters) before returning to complete your studies in Sydney. The program is literally a swap of students between the universities, which means you can undertake approved overseas study and have the credits you achieve there count towards your degree at Sydney.

The Business School also has an Industry Placement Program, which offers a unit of study that you can credit towards your degree. Highly coveted by students, acceptance into the program's unit of study is competitive. The unit provides a preparation course before you enter the work placement for nine weeks. At the end of your placement, you are assessed through a work-learning journal, your preparation of a business report that integrates your prior learning with your industry experience, and a presentation with the other students enrolled in the program.

Professional accreditation

The University of Sydney Business School is actively involved in quality assurance and accreditation activities aimed at further enhancing the quality of our teaching, research and community-related programs. We strive for excellence and this has earned us the top international accreditations available to business schools and enabled us to forge strategic alliances.

These include: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International); EQUIS, the quality assurance arm of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD); and CEMS the Global Alliance in Management Education. The Business School is the only Australian business school to be admitted to CEMS, which is a prestigious alliance of 17 renowned European business schools, nine non-European academic institutions, and 60 of the world's leading multinational corporations.

Professional accreditations

For certain career options, external accreditation is a requirement for entering the workforce. Further accreditations are available to students who complete the requirements and meet eligibility criteria for the following:

Refer to the Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook or Business School website for further details.

Career Pathways

  • Accountant
  • Business analyst
  • Corporate/government relations officer
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Enterprise architect
  • Financial dealer and broker
  • Human resources specialist
  • International business consultant
  • Investment banker
  • Management consultant
  • Marketing executive
  • Policy adviser
  • Project manager
  • Advertising and market research executive

The dedicated Careers and Employability Office (CEO) in the Business School provides access to advice, resources and a wide range of opportunities and employer activities in the corporate and public sectors.

Career information for UAC

Examples include accounting, advertising and market research, auditing, banking and financial management, business analysis, consulting, corporate banking, human resource management and industrial relations, investment banking, marketing and sales, media research, policy analysis and formulation, public sector management, research analysis, and securities.

Domestic students

International students

“Commerce provided me with the opportunity to combine my passions for economics and mathematics. The breadth of subjects offered by the Business School means that I will be equipped with a wide knowledge of several industries and specialisations, which has helped forge my understanding of what I want to do."

Kartikeya Shastri, Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Econometrics)


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