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If your interests lie in the dynamic and exciting world of business,
a Lincoln University commerce degree will help get you work-ready
with a combination of strong applied skills as well as valuable
specialist options. With the skills you gain at this University, you
have a choice to participate right across the value chain in sectors
that span domestic and international economies.
Depending on your choice of majors (there are 10 to choose from), employment
opportunities for Lincoln University BCom graduates range across government,
accountancy, property management, computing, ﬁnance, teaching, marketing,
agribusiness, the energy industry, insurance, valuation and retail management.
Graduates moving into New Zealand’s largest export industry, agriculture,
with a Lincoln University Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) can land careers
ranging from farm and horticultural consultancy, farm management and
property management, through to rural banking, rural valuation, agribusiness
and the fertiliser, seed and livestock industries. There is particularly high
demand for our graduates in the banking sector, with many banks seeking the
unique combination of skills provided by this degree.
Those studying for the Lincoln University Bachelor of Commerce (Valuation
and Property Management) degree can choose a career as property valuer, but
they are just as likely to look at a range of other lucrative opportunities ranging
from property management, property development and project management to
managing property investment portfolios, asset management, real estate and
sales and marketing.
Five reasons to choose our
Lincoln University’s Commerce degrees have
professional accreditation in a number of
areas which means your degree will also be
recognised overseas. For example, the BCom
has accreditation with the New Zealand
Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA),
Certiﬁed Practising Accountants Australia (CPA)
and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and
The BCom (VPM) has accreditation with the
New Zealand Property Institute and the Valuers
Our degrees are more
applied and relevant than
many alternatives, which
is why Lincoln University
graduates have a
reputation for “hitting the
ground running”. Theories
that underpin the courses
in Commerce degrees are
uniquely grounded to real-
All of our lecturers have
industry experience bringing
real world examples and
issues to your learning
environment. We have staff
from 12 countries to give
you exposure to a range
Lincoln University offers
you opportunities to
consider a double major
or focus your Commerce
degree in a particular
industry that interests
you. Options include a
BCom with 10 different
majors and two specialist
A teacher to student ratio of about 1:15
means that unlike commerce at some other
universities, you’ll get plenty of support
from staff. Lecturers have an “open door”
policy so help is there when you need it.
Bachelor of Commerce
The Lincoln University Bachelor of Commerce is ﬂexible, Economics
practical and prepares you for a surprising range of careers Economic analysis is used in practically every situation
throughout the world and in a wide range of industries. This where the aim is to make the most of business opportunities.
three year degree offers you a choice of 10 different majors. Training in economics provides students with a set of very
useful transferable skills and opens up a wide range of career
Accounting opportunities. Graduates become great policy and business
The Accounting major is designed to provide students with analysts helping companies to anticipate and better respond
accreditation as a Chartered Accountant (New Zealand). to changing trends in their external environments and
This professional qualiﬁcation is recognised by institutes in supporting central and regional government agencies with
many other countries and provides a wide range of career the development of effective and efﬁcient policies.
opportunities wherever ﬁnancial expertise and rigour are
required, most notably, in business, government, sport and Finance
cultural and voluntary organisations. Wherever ﬁnancial resources are involved – and the activities
of most organisations have ﬁnancial implications – they
Agribusiness need to be valued and managed by appropriately qualiﬁed
This major is appropriate for students who wish to work in people. A major in Finance provides graduates with a wide
marketing of agribusiness products. Students are strongly range of career options such as corporate ﬁnance, ﬁnancial
advised to combine this major with another BCom major to management, treasury management, ﬁnancial analysis in
ensure broad employability. Marketing and Supply Chain banks, stock broking, insurance, retail, government and
Management are common choices. statutory bodies. Students at Lincoln can select from a range
of ﬁnance courses and also complete a double major in
Business Management Finance with Accounting, Economics and other areas of study.
Business Management underpins all business activity. With
this major you start by examining the basic areas involved in
running a business or any kind of organisation - motivating, The Hotel Management major offers professional
leading, controlling, planning and organising - and then international management career opportunities for those
branch out to explore these areas in greater depth. This is the seeking managerial positions in the best hotels all over the
major for students who aspire to make their mark through a world. Hotels are multi-million dollar businesses employing
well paid and dynamic career. hundreds of professional staff. The Hotel Management major
provides skills to succeed in the hospitality sector.
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International Business Marketing
Exporting has long been a major force in the New Zealand Marketing is the process of satisfying the needs and wants
economy and it’s very likely that the business that you work of consumers by creating and exchanging products and
for will depend on overseas sales or sourcing for its success services. Every day we engage in selling, buying, production,
and growth. The International Business major includes or consumption and it is likely that as a commerce graduate,
specialised courses such as International Trade, International your job will have a marketing component. In the marketing
Accounting, International Marketing, and International ﬁeld, you could work in advertising and promotion, marketing
Business. As a graduate you could become an international research and strategy, supply chain management, retailing or
market analyst, an export manager, a global account brand/product management.
executive, export broker, or an international marketing
manager. These international business positions tend to Supply Chain Management
have signiﬁcant opportunities for travel, market development
Supply Chain Management is a unique way of controlling the
and increased proﬁle in the ﬁrm which could help career
production and distribution of all goods and services from
raw materials to ﬁnal consumption. Supply chains can serve
local or global markets and can be very complex. This major
will teach you how to manage the activities (such as logistics,
transportation, distribution and inventory management)
happening between ﬁrms as a single entity. Graduates of this
major are very employable in a variety of jobs as every single
ﬁrm is part of a wider supply chain. Graduating with this
major will give you accreditation with the Chartered Institute
of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS, UK), an internationally
recognised professional body.
It is also possible to create your own major with the
individual major or shape your degree with a double major
if you have a particular career in mind. Some of the options
include Accounting and Finance, Agribusiness and Marketing,
Economics and Finance, and Business Management and
Supply Chain Management.
COMM 101 Introduction to the Commercial Environment
Specialist Commerce Degrees This course provides an overview of the context for commerce
in the Asia/Paciﬁc region and looks at the development of
Lincoln University also offers two specialist Commerce communication, research and organisational skills necessary to
degrees. underpin a career in commerce.
Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) ECON 110 Introduction to Applied Economics
An introduction to microeconomics, macroeconomics and
Agricultural commerce is one of the recognised areas of international trade in the context of the New Zealand economy,
excellence in teaching and research at Lincoln University. with applications to environmental and natural resource
The BCom (Ag) is a specialised, industry-based degree problems.
that prepares you for leadership in both the farming and
agribusiness sectors. The three year degree uses a “practical LWST 101 Introduction to the Legal Environment
professional” approach to teaching. Specialisation options of Business
include: Agricultural Management, Horticultural Management An introduction to legal structures, fundamental legal concepts
and Rural Valuation. and processes relevant to commerce. The course includes
basic principles of the New Zealand constitution, statutory
You complete 39 weeks of work in approved businesses interpretations, equity, law of contract, negligence and land law.
associated with the agribusiness value chain. At least 26
weeks of that will be with production based enterprises while MKTG 101 Principles of Marketing
the rest may focus on input supplies, processing, marketing This introductory course provides an overview of the principles
or supply chain management. of marketing and their application to consumer and industrial
Bachelor of Commerce
QMET 103 Statistics
(Valuation and Property Management)
This is an introductory course in basic statistics with a business
Everyone uses property as an owner, occupier or investor. The management perspective.
BCom (VPM) is a three year degree and prepares students
for careers in valuation and property management. It is COMP 101 Computing
highly respected by the property industry in New Zealand An introduction to how computers work and the concepts
and internationally for the comprehensive nature of the underlying their operation.
qualiﬁcation. By taking a number of speciﬁed courses, you can
gain registration as an urban valuer by the Valuers’ Registration MGMT 103 Primary Industry Systems
Board. Primary Industry Systems offers an introduction to the breadth
and complexity of agricultural, horticultural, forestry and
The practical work requirement is 12 weeks of work in food systems and emphasises the scientiﬁc, technological,
approved businesses associated with the property sector. environmental and socio-economic inter-relationships involved.
VAPM 101 Introduction to Property
This course is an introduction to urban and rural property and
Courses studies the physical, legal and economic characteristics of
rural and urban property and their markets. It also looks at the
A typical Commerce student will take a selection of the following principles of valuation and property investment as well as the
courses in the 1st year. role of property professionals.
ACCT 103 Financial Information for Business
This course is an introduction to the use of ﬁnancial information
to analyse and interpret data relating to business activities.
BMGT 101 Introduction to Management
An introduction to the basic functions of management: Planning,
leading, organising and controlling in an Australasian/Paciﬁc
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Other study options
Other areas of study So you’re keen to further
at Lincoln University your study in Commerce
If you are interested in Commerce, you may also be interested There is a range of graduate and postgraduate qualiﬁcations
in some of the other programmes on offer such as: offered at Lincoln University that prepare you for the ever-
changing business world and open up a range of careers.
• Applied science
• Environmental policy Qualiﬁcations options in Commerce include:
• Horticultural science • Graduate Certiﬁcate (1 semester)
• Landscape architecture • Graduate Diploma (2 semesters)
• Maori and indigenous planning and development • Honours Degree (2 semesters)
• Natural resources management and ecological engineering • Postgraduate Certiﬁcate (1 semester)
• Park, recreation, leisure and tourism management • Postgraduate Diploma (2 semesters)
• Resource studies • Master in Commerce and Management (2 years)
• Science • Master in Commerce (Agricultural) (2 years)
• Social science • Master of Property Studies (part-time)
• Software and information technology • Master of Professional Studies (part-time)
• Viticulture and oenology. • PhD (3 years).
For further information contact us on 0800 10 60 10.
The Graduate Diploma in Commerce is particularly suited
for students who want to gain expertise in areas such as
accounting, supply chain management, business and
sustainability, innovation and product development.
For further details contact us on 0800 10 60 10.
Look where they’ve landed
JENNA HARRIS Personal experience of a family-run residential property business made the
BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (VALUATION Bachelor of Commerce, Valuation and Property Management (VPM) degree at
& PROPERTY MANAGEMENT) Lincoln University the obvious choice for Jenna Harris.
MANAGER, CHRISTCHURCH “The BCom (VPM) degree at Lincoln University offers students a good
APARTMENTS understanding of what the industry is really about. I loved the ﬁeld trips and
the practical work and enjoyed the variety of subjects from building and
property management to statistics and ﬁnance.”
Soon after graduation Jenna set off on an OE. When she returned to New
Zealand her mother had semi-retired and the family business was being
managed by a property agency so Jenna decided it was a good time to take
over the reins.
“I took immediate management of 160 apartments, houses and bedsit
rooms in Christchurch and hired a team of staff.’’ Jenna organised
renovations, upgrades of furnishings and managed to get full occupancy for
most of the properties soon after.
This was a big challenge but one she felt her degree had well prepared
her for. “Learning about property law and construction was very helpful,
especially when renovating and managing properties. I was also given a good
insight into the accounting side of things, which is a great asset.”
Jenna has most properties running at full capacity, and continues renovations
and upgrades as tenants vacate. ‘Once I have the city ofﬁce running well, I
will also take on the management of Wigram Lodge (200 accommodation
units) and Franklyn Village (180 rooms and apartments).”
“Managing a residential property
business is a big challenge but one my
degree has prepared me well for.”
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BRAD KIRNER A visit to Canterbury’s universities in Year 12 put Lincoln University on Brad
BACHELOR OF COMMERCE Kirner’s radar. “Lincoln was a lot more personal… less people, beautiful
(MARKETING & BUSINESS campus, and a lot more laid back.”
MARKETING COORDINATOR (UK & Brad started his BCom degree majoring in Transport & Logistics but decided
EUROPE), TOURISM NEW ZEALAND to switch to Marketing after taking Marketing 101 as a ﬁrst-year paper. After
discovering that a double-major in Business Management was also an option
he thought that it was well worth a try.
Brad says he enjoyed the opportunity to solve current industry problems
through both group learning and a personalised teaching environment.
“During my course I was given several assignments that involved hands-on
work, brainstorming and creative design sessions to develop the answer to
a particular marketing question or problem - very similar to what you will be
doing once you enter the workforce.”
He adds that the most important skill he gained during his studies was the
ability to set a goal and then achieve it.
“Working for Tourism New Zealand and promoting New Zealand was pretty
much the ultimate goal I set myself as soon as I began my marketing degree.
My role with TNZ generally involves coordinating between our off-shore
teams present in UK/Europe and our advertising, media-buying and web
development agencies in New Zealand. I am also responsible for content on
the UK/European gate-ways of www.newzealand.com, and am involved in the
new ‘Go All The Way, New Zealand’ brand, which speciﬁcally targets youth/
During his ﬁrst year of study Brad stayed in the Halls of Residence. “I can
recommend this to anyone, it’s a great way to meet new friends and get
involved in the various clubs and events on campus.”
“I’d recommend Lincoln to anyone who’s looking
to actually challenge themselves… you come out
a stronger and more conﬁdent person.”
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between a BCom and the specialist Do I have the opportunity to study more than commerce
Commerce degrees such as BCom(Ag)? courses in my degree?
The specialist Commerce degrees focus on a speciﬁc industry, Yes. You can add courses of interest or courses that
while the BCom focuses on majors. All Commerce students complement what you are doing in your degree. You might
study the general commerce and management courses. be interested in courses such as: The Treaty of Waitangi,
Computer Programming, The Living Landscape, Global
What should I be studying at school to prepare me for Environmental Issues, Society, Culture and Economy,
Commerce study at Lincoln University? Evolutionary Biology and Introduction to Psychology. Please
contact your course advisor before each semester to make
Subjects such as accounting, economics, computing,
sure your degree is well planned.
mathematics and statistics would be helpful but they are not
Are there opportunities to study overseas?
Can I do a double major? And will it still only take three years? Lincoln University has some great opportunities to study
abroad and has exchange agreements in place with a number
Yes, it is possible to do a BCom double major within three
of universities in Canada, Denmark, the United States of
years. Most students complete their double major within
America, United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden. You continue
three years if they plan well and pass their courses. Note that
to pay Lincoln University fees and credit your overseas study
if you choose accounting, it is a professional requirement that
back to your Lincoln University degree. It’s also a great way to
you study for four years. Some students choose to study for
broaden your knowledge and experience a new culture.
a BCom then a graduate diploma to allow them to bring in
another subject area.
Is there ﬂexibility to switch between the Commerce degrees
if I change my mind?
What is a minor? Can I do one within my degree?
Certainly, and in many cases you can carry over all of the
A minor is an area of specialisation within your degree
courses passed, as long as you fulﬁl the course requirements
that has fewer compulsory courses than a major. You
for that degree.
can include a minor from the Schedule of Additional
Major and Minor Courses. Options include Sustainable
Business, Environmental Biogeosciences, Human Resource Can I get a one year commerce qualiﬁcation at Lincoln?
Management, Tourism Management and Landscape and Yes, the Diploma in Commerce requires two semesters of 100
Urban Ecology plus many more. or 200 level courses.
See www.lincoln.ac.nz/majorsandminors for a full list of
majors and minors available.
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