Effective management enables businesses and organisations to achieve their goals. Management is more than just the leadership and control exercised by senior executives – management skills are practised by people in all roles and are valuable at every stage of your career.

Regardless of your primary profession, you will probably take on management responsibilities at some point, usually sooner rather than later. Studying management equips you with the leadership, analysis, planning and decision-making skills to succeed from day one. Key management responsibilities include:

  • Providing direction through leadership, strategic planning and decision-making
  • Recruiting, training and managing staff, and developing the capabilities of the organisation
  • Developing efficiency, quality and innovation in operations in a global context

To fulfil these responsibilities successfully, managers need specialised knowledge. They need to know what makes organisations successful, and how to analyse, manage and improve performance in a range of organisational areas.

Management studies are an ideal starting point for students seeking careers in the fields of human resource management, international management, operations management and organisational development. They are also a valuable complement to studies in another area, such as accounting or finance.

Students are able to study subjects from the following management specialist areas:

  • Human resource management
  • International business
  • Business management
  • Operations management

Gabrielle LimI chose to study a Bachelor of Commerce at Melbourne because of the reputation of the University. The course has been challenging and fulfilling, and I have enjoyed the ability to compliment my studies in finance and management with breadth in politics and law. The wider opportunities presented to me have been invaluable, and I feel that I have developed the professional and analytical skills that will be critical to my career development.

Gabrielle Lim
Bachelor of Commerce student, Graduated in 2011

Founder of Immersive Designs Australia 

Management subjects as breadth

Sample course plan - Bachelor of Commerce1
Major in Management

Year 1 Semester 1 Introductory Microeconomics Quantitative Methods 1 Principles of Finance Breadth
Semester 2 Introductory Macroeconomics Accounting Reports & AnalysisPrinciples of Management Breadth
Year 2 Semester 1 Organisational BehaviourBusiness Decision Analysis Commerce Elective Breadth
Semester 2 Commerce Elective Commerce Elective Commerce Elective Breadth or Commerce Elective
Year 3 Semester 1 Business Judgement Commerce Elective Commerce Elective Breadth
Semester 2 Level 3 Management Level 3 Management Commerce Elective Breadth or Commerce Elective


Core Management Major Breadth
Commerce Electives Breadth or Commerce Electives  

1This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. You will be advised of current subject offerings prior to subject selection and enrolment.