BCom (Hons) - Management - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

BCom (Hons) in Management

Graduate Profile and Benefits of the Programme

An Honours degree is an internationally recognised qualification representing a high level of academic achievement. The aim of the Management Honours Programme is to graduate students who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and understand the relationship between theory, research and practice, and who can use this understanding to effectively inform their behaviour. They can plan and carry out a research project in a way that demonstrates sound planning, analysis and communication skills and ethical practice.

A Management Honours graduate is well prepared for a wide variety of professional roles within the field of management including various forms of business consulting. Many Management Honours Graduates are “snapped up” by companies with graduate recruitment programmes.

The Management Honours programme provides a balanced foundation in management studies, containing courses that emphasise analytical, communication and project management skills. Advanced skills in these areas are highly sought after in industry and commerce. The programme also provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their initiative and skills by designing and undertaking a supervised research project in an area of professional interest. The research skills developed through the execution of this project are not only highly valued in industry but also provide an excellent foundation for further graduate study towards higher degrees.

The Management Honours Programme is intellectually satisfying in its own right, but is also essential preparation for anyone wishing to undertake a Master of Commerce or PhD.

Honours is a short programme of study that spans one academic year (February to October inclusive) if completed full-time. The degree may also be completed in up to two years of part-time study.

Other Graduate Programmes in the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship

The Management Honours Programme constitutes Part I of the Master of Commerce in Management. Part II of the Masters Programme involves completing a research project leading to the submission of a thesis. It can be completed in one year of full-time study and is an excellent foundation for a PhD in Management. Further details on the Master of Commerce and PhD Programmes at the University of Canterbury are available separately.

Students with significant professional experience seeking an applied graduate programme should consider the MBA Programme.

The Department also offers an Honours Programme in Marketing. Information about this programme is available separately.


Entry Requirements

Students will be considered for entry into the Honours Programme if they meet all entry requirements below:

  1. Have qualified for a Bachelor’s degree; and

  2. Have a B+ average or better across 60 points of 300-level courses in Management.

For Graduates from other disciplines

The Graduate Diploma in Commerce provides an overview of the various functions of management to people with a non-commerce background. It will help students whose first degree is in Arts/Science/Engineering/Education gain an understanding of the concepts, tools, frameworks and language of business. It will also provide students who do not have a degree in Commerce or Management an entry point into the Honours and Masters Programmes in Management.

For Graduates from other Universities

The above entry requirements are based on courses at the University of Canterbury. Students whose undergraduate degree or diploma is from another university will be asked to supply an official (certified) transcript and course outlines, so that course equivalence can be established.

International students and holders of a New Zealand Residence Class Visa

International students must also demonstrate that they have a suitable standard of oral and written English language competency. Candidates must have achieved at least 7.00 as their overall score in a recent IELTS test or be assessed at an interview as possessing equivalent or better oral and written language competency.

Start time

The Honours Programme commences each year with the Induction Programme in February. For this reason entry into the Programme is normally in February. Entry in July at the start of Semester 2 is restricted to those enrolling part-time, and must be approved by the Head of Department.

Students are required to attend the Honours Induction Programme. This is COMPULSORY and is scheduled in the week before classes start. In 2017 classes start on 20 February, and the Induction Programme will be on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February.

What to Expect

The Management Honours Programme differs significantly from undergraduate studies. The smaller classes allow for more interaction with the lecturers and this ensures students can participate more fully in the life of the Department. This makes for a friendly and enjoyable learning environment.

Academic standards are high and students are required to take more initiative and responsibility for their own learning by seeking out additional sources of information and managing their study programmes. The academic staff are facilitators rather than directors and ‘policers’ of students’ learning. This encourages students to engage with their lecturers and fellow students in interesting and varied ways as they learn to question and challenge "received wisdom" and to think about how the knowledge and skills they are learning can be applied. In short, students are provided with a stimulating and engaging environment in which they are encouraged to demonstrate academic and social maturity and to acquire a professional work ethic.

Each course has its own flavour and assessment requirements. Across the programme, assessment tasks include oral and written assignments, independent study and collaborative activities. Where possible, scope is given for students to tailor their assignments to their personal interests to ensure that their studies are stimulating and relevant to their academic and career goals.

The Management Honours Programme culminates with the oral and written presentation of the results of a research project. This project can take several forms. It can involve empirical research or working with literature to produce a conceptual paper, or a combination of both. Each project is unique, allowing students to match their topic and approach to their interests, abilities and the supervision opportunities available.


Programme Structure

The BCom (Hons) Programmes require students to take papers worth a total of 120 points.

All students are required to take a 30-point paper on research methods (MGMT 620), which serves as a prerequisite for a 30-point dissertation (MGMT 680), where students carry out an independent piece of academic research, guided by a supervisor. In sum, these two papers are worth 60 points, or half of the requirements for the BCom (Hons) qualification.

All students enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce in Management (Honours) (BCom(Hons)MGMT) select four subject courses from MGMT612-644 to make a total of 60 points.


The distribution of courses through the year is shown below. Each course typically has 2-4 hours class time each week in addition to independent study and, in some cases, small group activities.

Semester 1 (February - June)

Semester 2 (July - October)

Research Methods in Management (MGMT620)

Management Dissertation (MGMT680)

2 x Subject Courses

2 x Subject Courses

Note that entry into the Management Honours Programme is normally in February. Entry at the start of Semester 2 is restricted to those enrolling part-time and requires special approval.


Brief Course Descriptions

MGMT 611 Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
This course examines current issues in strategic human resource management (SHRM) through readings, case studies and dialogue based on relevant theory and research in areas such as linking HRM to business performance, key general principles in managing people, and managing people in dynamic and complex situations.

MGMT 612 – Conflict and Collaboration in Work Teams (not offered in 2017)
Positive working relationships are an essential element of successful organisations. This course explores ways of handling and resolving conflict within organisations. It provides a brief background of employment law, then looks at contemporary, social psychological perspectives of conflict and the application of these for managing employment relationships.

MGMT 617 – Advanced Communication Management (not offered in 2017)
The effective management of communication is central to the success of all enterprises regardless of whether they are commercial enterprises or not-for-profit. This course examines what is known about communication management using examples from marketing, public relations, politics, journalism, mass, organisational, corporate and interpersonal communication.

MGMT 620 – Research Methods (Compulsory)
A core course for all postgraduate students in management. This paper provides an overview of the research process, and examines the different types of research philosophies used to help develop theory. An in-depth examination of qualitative and quantitative research techniques is provided to assist students when designing their own research study..

MGMT 641 – Entrepreneurship
The course introduces students to the content and methods of current research in the Entrepreneurship field, defined to include new venture formation, the growth of small businesses, and the relatively new area of ‘corporate’ entrepreneurship. The objective is to make students conversant with the literature to the point where they could identify viable research opportunities that would advance understanding of the field..

MGMT 643 – Advanced Strategic Management
The course prepares students to undertake strategy activity as reflective practitioners and provides the conceptual background needed for research in the strategy field. The course involves students in debating multiple perspectives on each of the major strategy issues faced by managers. The debate draws on papers by leading strategic thinkers, and applies their ideas to contemporary business cases..

MGMT 680 – MCom Thesis (Compulsory)
A course where students complete a written Thesis based upon their research proposal developed in MGMT 620.

The Thesis is an individual, self-directed piece of work; however, you will have a supervisor to guide you. Supervisors are assigned based on research area skills and knowledge. The Thesis will start in Semester 2 and a final completion date is set for March 23 2018. Students are able to submit before this time if they wish, and their supervisor believes the Thesis is ready for submission.

See all 600 Level MGMT Courses

Staff Research Interests

Staff involved in the Honours Programme have a wide range of research backgrounds and interests. MGMT 680 dissertations may be carried out in these and other related topic areas. Supervisors will be assigned following discussions with students about their project interests.

Dr Herb de Vries Small business management and entrepreneurship, with a particular interest in entrepreneurship among immigrant and minority groups. (On leave for Semester 1, 2014)

Dr Paul Knott

The practice of strategy; the nature and impact of the use of tools and concepts in strategy and innovation, strategy and innovation cognition and action.

Dr Tyron Love Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics, Critical Public Relations, Organisational Communication and Indigenous Management.

Dr Sanna Malinen

Organisational Behaviour, Organisational Psychology and Human Resource Management, specifically in the areas of volunteer work, coaching psychology, discrimination in employment, and employee attitudes and attitude measurement.

Associate Professor Colleen Mills

Organisational Behaviour, Organisational Communication, Crisis Communication, Communication Management, Diversity Management, Organisational Change, Internationalisation, Sensemaking, Entrepreneurship and Small Business (SME) Start-up (especially in the creative industries).

Associate Professor V. Nilakant

Organisational Resilience, Organisational Learning, Organisational Change, and Human Resource Management..

Associate Professor David Stiles

Strategy formulation and implementation in the public or private sectors. Topics of particular interest include the application of strategy in the cultural settings of emerging and transition countries; higher education policy and strategy; joint ventures in China; the interrelationships between strategy, organisational image and identity; and strategy-as-practice in organisations.

Associate Professor Bernard Walker

HRM and employment studies, focusing on the resilience of individuals and organisations, creating positive working relationships, employee representation, using negotiation and dispute resolution to improve performance, and the role of NGOs / pastoral organisations.

Dr Sarah Wright

Organisational Behaviour and Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Emotions in the Workplace, Emotional Climates in Organisations, Interpersonal Relationships at Work

Other academic staff research interests can be viewed here.

Fees, Allowances and Financial Assistance

To determine what fees you will pay, go to Enrol at UC. Fees are listed for each individual course so you can total the fees for each course you intend to enrol in. For more information about fees and student loans, please contact Student Administrative Services on 0800 827748 (within New Zealand) or email enrol@canterbury.ac.nz . For information about student allowances, please contact Study Link on 0800 88 99 00.

Many scholarships are available for graduate students.  Information on scholarships is available at the following web sites:

There are often tutoring and research assistant positions available for graduate students within the Department. If you are interested in these, please contact the Programme Coordinator.


Application Procedures

Application is a TWO step process for all applicants. The order in which these steps are made is important. Please read the following instructions carefully.

STEP ONE - Application to the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
ALL prospective students need to apply to the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship by completing this online application form. This application must be completed and processed before the applicant completes the online enrolment or face-to-face enrolment at the university. Applicants will receive a letter from the Department notifying them of the outcome of their application.

It is important that you give an up-to-date contact address, telephone number and email address (if possible) so that we can contact you as we may require you to attend an interview. If you will be away from your usual address around the time of enrolment then please state this in your application and give an alternative address and telephone number where you can be contacted.

ALL enrolment forms must have an official verified transcript of the applicant's academic record attached. No form will be processed without a verified transcript.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS must send all their documentation to the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship. This must include evidence of English language proficiency for applicants for whom English is not their first language. The Department will assess the student's suitability for entry into the Honours Programme. The Department will send a letter to notify the student whether they have been assessed as being suitably prepared for the programme. This letter should not be confused with official notification of entry to the University.

The Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship will forward its decision and the applicant's documentation to Admissions. This is because students whose first degree is not from a New Zealand University must be granted admission ad eundem. Admission ad eundem is processed by Admissions. It is the Admissions Office that is responsible for confirming if a student is eligible for entry to the University of Canterbury.

FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS enquiries about admission ad eundum should be made by email to admission@canterbury.ac.nz , telephone +64 3 364 2459, or by post to Admissions, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand.

Applicants who have already graduated with their first degree can apply to the Department from 17 October 2016.

Applications for students who have completed their first degree in 2016 but have yet to graduate open on 1 December 2016.


All applications for first semester entry are due on or before 27 January 2017. Early application is advisable as it will ensure you are informed quickly of acceptance or rejection. It will also help us to plan the year's courses, projects and facilities.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only applications accompanied by all required documentation will be processed.

Send application forms and documents BY MAIL to:

Dr Sarah Wright
BCom (Hons) in Marketing Coordinator
Department of Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140

STEP TWO - Formal Online Enrolment at the University of Canterbury
This step is only to be completed once the application in Step One has been approved. Students can then complete a University online application or come into the university and enrol in person. To obtain a University application and enrolment handbook please contact Student Administrative Services on 0800 827 748 (within New Zealand) or email enrol@canterbury.ac.nz .

Step Two is only to be completed once you have received a reply to your application to the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship (See Step One) AND confirmation from the International Office that you have been granted entry to the University of Canterbury. Step Two involves completing a formal enrolment procedure, either online or in person on campus. To obtain a University enrolment application and enrolment handbook, contact Student Administrative Services on 0800 827 748 (within New Zealand) or email enrol@canterbury.ac.nz.

Compulsory Induction Programme and Class Starting Dates

An Induction Programme is conducted for accepted applicants prior to the start of Semester One. This is usually in the week prior to the start of teaching. In 2017 classes start on 20 February, and the Induction Programme will be on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February 2017.

You will be notified of the exact time and venue of the Induction Programme when you get confirmation of your acceptance into the Management Honours Programme.

Subject classes begin on Monday 20 February 2017. A list of class times will be sent to you with your acceptance letter from the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

Contact Information

For academic enquiries contact:

Dr Sarah Wright
BCom (Hons) in Marketing Coordinator
Tel: +64 3 369 3762 ext. 93762

Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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