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Diploma in Business

A Diploma in Business at UNSW Sydney is your first step to a career in business, with a direct pathway to Second Year of a Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW Business School.

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Your path to a global top 50 university1

Successfully complete a Diploma Program and progress directly to Second Year of a Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW Sydney.

Support as you learn

The Diploma Program is designed for international students like you, so you can develop English language and study skills to take the next step with confidence.

Directly connected to UNSW

The program is accredited by UNSW Sydney and provides full access to UNSW’s world class libraries, clubs and societies.

Who is this program for?

A UNSW Diploma is the perfect transition to university life in Australia. It’s ideal for international students who need extra support, including those who just missed out on direct entry into their preferred bachelor’s degree, or hold qualifications that aren’t recognised by UNSW Sydney.

Study a Diploma in Business at UNSW Global2, and progress to Second Year at UNSW Sydney and study a Bachelor of Commerce.

A UNSW Diploma makes it easy to adjust to university, with:

  • smaller classes and at least 20% extra teaching time
  • additional English and academic skill support
  • course material equivalent to First Year courses within the UNSW Sydney degree, and
  • access to the same facilities and resources as undergraduate students.


Why study Business at UNSW Sydney?

Drive purposeful change to shape a better future and set yourself up for career success in a fast-changing business world.

UNSW Business School provides world-class education and a career-focused student experience. You will belong to a connected student community with opportunities to expand your network socially and professionally and broaden your skills to become one of the most employable graduates in Australia.

Discover a rich and diverse student life, join our clubs and societies, gain exclusive access to Career Accelerator and learn from leading academics and business experts at a top-ranking business school.

In the Bachelor of Commerce you can choose from our list of industry relevant majors and be confident you will graduate career ready.


Diploma in Business program information

Intakes January, May, August
Duration 12 months
Terms 3 terms
Courses 9 courses
Weekly class time Approximately 20-25 hours
Progression Second Year, Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW Sydney
Scholarships Up to $7,500

#1 in Australia

Accounting and Finance

QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020

#2 in Australia

Business and Management

QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020


institution attended by Australian Start‑up Founders

Startup Muster, 2018

"The support students receive from teachers is what sets the Diploma Program apart. There is a large amount of contact with lecturers and more opportunity to discuss content and homework. Students also have more time to complete the course than they would in the First Year of an undergraduate degree."

Dr. Johann-Heinrich Schonfeldt


Progress to UNSW Sydney

Once you successfully complete a UNSW Diploma in Business, you will progress to Second Year at UNSW Sydney to study a Bachelor of Commerce and choose a degree major to prepare you for your future career. 

The Diploma courses that you will study will be dependent on the major that you choose. To learn more about the program structure and courses you will study, select your preferred major below.

Bachelor of Commerce majors:

Note: Diploma in Business students must achieve a Satisfactory Grade (equivalent to IELTS 7.0) for the Communication and Academic Literacy course and a minimum pass for all other courses (with an overall average of 60%), to progress to Second Year of the Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW. If you wish to study a major not on this list, you may be eligible to receive credit for courses that are common.

Diploma entry requirements

Check if you meet the academic and English language entry requirements for a UNSW Diploma Program.

Prerequisites: Mathematics

If you don’t meet the academic entry requirements for a UNSW Diploma Program, you can study a UNSW Foundation Studies Program first.

If you need help meeting the English language requirements, you could study the University English Entry Course (UEEC) before starting your UNSW Diploma Program.

Key dates

StartFinishContinue to
Second Year at UNSW
17 Jan 20229 Dec 2022Term 1 - 13 Feb 2023View Calendar
9 May 202228 Apr 2023Term 2 - 29 May 2023View Calendar
29 Aug 202218 Aug 2023Term 3 - 11 Sep 2023View Calendar


2021 tuition fees: AUD$39,360

View 2021 fees by course here.

Note: The tuition fee that you will pay depends on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course. Fees are reviewed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed, so it’s important to remember that indicative tuition fees shown above are not guaranteed. Any update to fees is effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included. You can view non-tuition fees here.


"Having extra consultation hours with my teachers has been very helpful. The contact hours and structure of the program mean I’ve gotten used to being busy and managing my time effectively, which is a really practical skill to prepare for university study."

Nicholas Leo Ardiyanto

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  • 1 QS World University Rankings, 2022 .
  • 2 UNSW Diploma Programs are delivered on UNSW campus by UNSW Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of UNSW Sydney.
  • Australian permanent residents, Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens are not eligible to enrol in Diploma Programs at this time. If a student becomes an Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen or New Zealand citizen after they enrol, they must continue to pay international student fees for the duration of their Diploma Program and will be subject to additional competitive processes for entry into a UNSW Sydney program.

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