Start date
February
August

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DCBB

Fees
2021: AUD$ 35,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
081140F

Degree overview

  • UniSA is No.1 in SA for postgraduate teaching quality1.
  • UniSA Business is in the top one per cent worldwide2 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2020.
  • UniSA Business is accredited by both AACSB International and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies.
  • Learn from current, practical case studies and confidently apply your new skills to real-world business environments.
  • Connect with a senior business leader through our Executive Partners Program.
  • Become equipped with the skills for further postgraduate study and take your career to the next level.
  • Use this qualification to continue your studies through a range of UniSA master's degrees (excluding MBA).
  • Study a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Business3.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2018-2019. Public SA-founded universities only. 2UniSA Business is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 189 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2020.  32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

SNoonan_UniSA BusHub_231017_005.jpgRanked in the top one per cent worldwide1, UniSA Business offers the latest in contemporary business practice and theory.

You will study a set of core business courses and learn to analyse and interpret key business information, problem-solve, work collaboratively and make informed business decisions.

You will gain an excellent foundation in key business areas. These will give you the knowledge and skills to move forward with further postgraduate studies. Your learning will be supported by current, practical case studies – so you will be able to confidently apply your new skills to real-world business environments.

1UniSA Business is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 189 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2020.

What you'll learn

BUS01.pngYou will study four courses that will give you a broad-based foundation in business. Key areas include:

  • accounting
  • marketing
  • economics
  • global business environment trends

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Accounting for Management M ACCT 5011 4.5
Marketing Management MARK 5025 4.5
Economic Principles for Business ECON 5020 4.5 Note(s): 1
OR
Elective 4.5
Global Business Environment BUSS 5300 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

ICC_021115_003.jpgYour studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • problem solving exercises
  • group or research assignments
  • projects
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Graduate Certificate in Business

Why this Degree

The Graduate Certificate in Business is designed in consultation with our network of industry and professional partners. It is informed by world-class research in management, marketing and business, combining up-to-date theory and the practical application of management models and methods.

UniSA is renowned nationally and internationally for excellence in business education. We develop our degrees in partnership with industry and connect with top professional bodies so our degrees remain relevant to today’s business environment.
In your studies you will gain knowledge of accounting, economics, marketing and management. You will learn to think analytically, interpret business information, problem-solve, work collaboratively, inform business decisions and communicate effectively. You will be taught by business experts, many of whom are also researchers, and you’ll study their findings in class. We also involve our Australian and international business partners in course planning – so you’ll work on industry projects that are relevant today.

UniSA Business is the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business education and research at a global level. These dual accreditations demonstrate the high standards we hold across all areas such as teaching, student learning and research, as well as our commitment to continually improving the quality of our programs.

An enriching student experience

Our flexible delivery and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from a blend of online and on-campus study, part-time or full-time learning, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities with industry, and leadership skill development. You can also explore accelerated learning pathways and seek program support from our Business Student Hub.

Real-world connections

Our links to UniSA’s research facilities ensure your learning is connected to the latest technologies, theories and applications of knowledge. In the GC, our teachers are leaders in their field.

Placements and internships bridge the gap between study and work. Our connections to industry create opportunities for you to grow. These experiences build confidence in the business world and give you a competitive edge.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Executive Partners Program

Have you ever wanted to have career guidance from an experienced business mentor? As part of your studies, you can apply for our Executive Partners Program.

This is a unique opportunity for you to engage with highly successful industry executives to enhance your studies and career. Our Executive Partners are either active, semi-retired or recently retired business professionals who have a wealth of knowledge and want to help you achieve your goals.

Career outcomes

Your career

Due to the flexibility in which you can apply this degree, there are many career paths you can aspire to – you could consider careers such as:

  • Business adviser: working with new or established businesses; analysing business plans and financial statements; advising on investments, marketing, funding and financial trends; understanding consumer needs and how to improve profitability
  • Business/Organisational analyst: interpreting data and reporting on it; making recommendations based on research findings; applying qualitative and quantitative techniques to interpret data
  • Business development consultant: sales planning; account management; relationship building; developing business plans; marketing initiatives
  • Business owner: setting up a business or businesses; taking risks and serving as the chief decision maker; monitoring and controlling business activities, budget and resources
  • Entrepreneur: using initiative, commercial acumen and broad ranging business skills to develop or transform a product or service for yourself or an organisation
  • Project manager/lead: ensuring projects are delivered on time and according to project plans; managing project team resources; scheduling, preparation and resource forecasting; managing vendors and suppliers; managing budgets
  • Risk manager: assessing and identifying potential risks that could endanger the reputation, safety, security and financial prosperity of a client or organisation; implementing processes and procedures to ensure the client is prepared to deal with any potential risk elements

Industry facts

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Employment as a business administration manager in Australia is projected to increase by 19,100 (or 12.1 per cent) by May 2024.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019.

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In 2019 there were more than 2.1 million businesses trading in Australia.

Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 2019.

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By 2024, employment for information and organisation professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 18.3 per cent.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

The Business Student Hub is a dedicated convenient, support service for business students, from first year right through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties, and can help with referrals to support services across the University. The Business Student Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

You can also access a range of other international student services including

    • careers advice
    • help with student visas and health cover
    • personal counselling
    • academic counselling
    • fees and finance help
    • common rooms
    • prayer rooms
    • security officers
    • accommodation services
    • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers which you can work with face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can also offer help with the English language.

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your ID cards, fees and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note, all student visa holders are required to meet their visa condition to study no more than one-third of their program in an online mode and maintain enrolment in at least one internal (face-to-face) course per compulsory study period, unless it is their final course and not available internally.  If you are currently residing in Adelaide, on-campus attendance (such as seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements would apply, as outlined on individual course pages. If you are currently overseas, online study may be available following your individual study plan.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

The business and management programs at UniSA are globally recognised, industry focused, and designed to develop students’ managerial capabilities and prepare them for careers as leaders of the future. My qualifications include a PhD in Management, Master of Business, as well as being a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). I have lived and worked in several countries including Dubai, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore where I worked in senior roles for internationally recognised companies. My teaching and research focus on entrepreneurship and firm performance, consumer behaviour and marketing strategies for the tourism and hospitality industry. My extensive experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, coupled with my prior managerial roles, allow me to have a holistic, industry-focused approach to my teaching and research.

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