This degree aims to transform today’s brightest business minds into tomorrow’s adaptable, innovative, entrepreneurial and enterprising leaders. Throughout your degree, you will be personally mentored by leading business academics and industry practitioners.
Note: Online study is only available for the Property major.
Advanced Business Leadership at Western
Through design thinking and reflective learning, this course aims to produce graduates with the critical knowledge and skills required to manage the complexities of contemporary businesses and their emerging local and global contexts.
Our students also have the opportunity to take up paid and unpaid internships with an industry and community organisation. Just some of these include Scentre Group, Western Sydney Wanderers, Netball NSW, Vinnies and the NRL. These practical experiences serve as an invaluable stepping-stone to future employment opportunities.
This degree is exclusively for high-achieving students and will continually challenge you to do even better and build on your academic success. Students in the Advanced degree program are automatically enrolled in The Academy.
About the academy
The Academy is completely unique to Western. It offers interdisciplinary leadership programs, personal and professional development, and local and international internship and engagement opportunities. Through a combination of theory and real-world experience, it enables high-achieving students to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the wider community. Students emerge with exceptional skills in critical thinking, teamwork and civic participation. Other benefits of The Academy include:
Travel overseas to undertake a university-sponsored academic or leadership experience with our Transformative International Learning Experiences program.
Get the edge with year-round mentorship programs and access to creative leaders through our Newscorp and Semi Permanent partners.
Exclusive Study and Social Spaces
Enjoy specially designed spaces, available only to students of The Academy.
Personal and Professional Development Workshops
Learn the skills you need to gain an edge with employers. Workshop examples include: Development through Action, Communication, Presentation and Business Etiquette, Resume and Cover Letter Writing (getting the fundamentals right) and Graduate Employment (where to find it and the rules of the game).
The course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.
The Accounting major equips you with the expert skills to create a career as an accounting specialist. You will be prepared to succeed in a range of roles in accounting practices, and also in both public and private enterprises.
In this major you will develop in-depth knowledge of accounting, supported by knowledge of law, economics, and finance. Accounting major units focus on the fundamentals of financial and management accounting, as well as accounting information and corporate systems.
If you are seeking professional accreditation, you will also undertake specialised units in taxation and audit and assurance. The core units in the Bachelor of Business will provide you a foundation of business knowledge and develop your skills in innovation, career planning, and numeracy.
The Accounting major builds on this knowledge and skills in an applied discipline based context. Accountants are in high global demand by enterprises in corporate, public, and not-for-profit sectors.
The Accounting major is accredited with and satisfies the pre-admission educational requirements for membership of CPA Australia (CPA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). Completion of this degree will allow students to claim a number of exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in obtaining the CIMA Professional Qualification.
The Applied Finance major equips you with the expert skills to create a career as a finance specialist.
In this major you will develop in-depth knowledge of finance with a focus on investment and securities, economics, and banking and finance. The core units in the Bachelor of Business will provide you a foundation of business knowledge and develop your skills in innovation, career planning, and numeracy.
The Applied Finance major builds on this knowledge and skills in an applied discipline based context. Finance specialists work in a range of roles within the rapidly growing finance sector.
This major fulfils the educational requirements for admission as an Associate (A Fin) of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) provided the applicant is at least working in the financial services industry.
All other students are eligible to apply for Affiliate membership (no postnominals apply).
The Economics major provides a broad pluralist perspective on fundamental aspects of relationships between individuals, firms, institutions and countries.
Students will learn how economies function and how public policy and the way organisations behave affect diverse social, economic and environmental problems. Students are introduced to a wide array of competing economic theories, so that they are critically informed about the ways in which they can transform the world.
A major in Economics prepares students to be active participants in addressing the wide range of problems faced by governments, social organisations and the business community in the domestic and international economies.
Students who study economics can expect to develop their analytical and problem solving skills and to be intellectually challenged, whether they view the discipline as providing specific vocational skills or as an area of academic and intellectual interest to them.
An Economics major is very highly regarded in the business world and opens up a very large range of career prospects in general business, finance and the public sector.
The Property major equips you with the expert skills to create a career as a property specialist. You will be prepared to succeed in a range of roles in the property industry, including careers in valuation, property investment, property funds management and property development.
The practical Property major units focus on the property investment, business, planning and law, with opportunities for engagement with industry, dependent on availability. If you are seeking professional accreditation, you will also undertake specialised units in building and statutory and specialised valuation.
The core units in the Bachelor of Business will provide you with a foundation of business knowledge and develop your skills in innovation, career planning, and numeracy. The Property major builds on this knowledge and skills in an applied discipline based context.
Property specialists work for institutional investors with multi-billion dollar commercial property portfolios, major property companies, valuation firms and leading property advisory companies, both in Australia and overseas.
The Property major is accredited by the Australian Property Institute (API) and, depending on electives chosen, students may be eligible for API Certified Practising Valuer (CPV) certification. Students, depending on chosen electives, are also eligible for API certifications of Certified Property Practitioner, Certified Property Manager, Certified Asset Manager and Certified Development Practitioner.
The Hospitality Management major is designed to prepare you for a career that goes beyond providing customer ‘service’ and focuses on providing customer ‘experience’.
This major equips you with the expert skills required to effectively and efficiently manage hotels, resorts, clubs, food-service enterprises or other service-oriented businesses.
The Hospitality Management major units focus on hospitality operations management, planning and design of hospitality facilities, and business management, with opportunities to undertake industry-related projects.
Hospitality Management leads to exciting and varied careers across a range of local and international sectors.
The global economy is becoming increasingly important for organisations seeking out new opportunities to expand their customer base and develop partnerships. Managers who are well versed in the needs of doing business internationally and who can exploit these opportunities will therefore play an integral role in any such corporation.
Building on a solid foundation in domestic business education, including global sustainability, international business strategy, managing in a global environment, and international marketing, this major equips graduates with the detailed knowledge of the international dimension of business and the necessary understanding of the workings of that market system.
The International Business major satisfies the educational requirements for membership of the Australian Institute of Export
Marketing focuses on the exchange process built around understanding and satisfying the needs and wants of customers.
Often this is associated as doing business within a highly competitive business environment, yet marketing strategy is also important for government and not-for-profit organisations.
This major introduces students to the core concepts of marketing theory, consumer behaviour, marketing communications, brand management, and marketing strategy.
Graduates are equipped with the skills for marketing careers in a range of diverse industries across an international platform.
The Marketing major satisfies the educational requirements for recognition as a Certified Practising Marketer and eligibility for membership of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).
The Sport Management major is designed for people who seek careers in Australian and international Sport management.
Specialist units provide students with a capacity to understand and function within the increasingly dedicated context in which sport is played, organised and managed.
Students who complete this major will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to manage sport experiences pertaining to globalisation and emerging contemporary issues in sport.
Graduates find career employment at all levels of government as well as within the private sector for both commercial and non-commercial organisations.
The Human Resource Management Major is designed for people who seek careers in human resource management and industrial relations.
Graduates’ careers focus on enhancing the value of human and social capital through supporting employee engagement for many different kinds of organisations, market-oriented and community-oriented organisations and many kinds of people.
The teaching philosophy is based on knowledge in action, a fusion of the Australia Human Resource Institute’s capabilities for HR professionals and the Western Sydney University Graduate Attributes designed to secure success.
An aim of the program is to instil those values and attitudes that can support leaders in judgements about balancing the pursuit of organisational objectives with creating opportunities for developing people’s capacities and careers. The perspectives are local and international, with an emphasis on the value of cultural and demographic diversity.
Graduates have knowledge of how leadership and management of people can support organisational objectives and create organisational opportunities. This capacity comes from grounding in human resource management and industrial relations practice using contemporary law and research in applied projects.
Students combine this with an education in the pressures organisations experience in inter-disciplinary subjects focused on money, markets and management. That is, graduates develop commercial acumen and appreciate the competing interests around work, aware of trends locally and internationally.
Throughout the program, students are challenged to develop and demonstrate communication, cultural, and analytic skills required to be innovative and responsible team-members and leaders.
The Human Resource Management major is accredited with the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
The Management major equips you with the expert skills to create a career as a management specialist. You will be prepared to succeed in a range of roles in contemporary private, public, and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and abroad. In this major you will develop strategic management knowledge to enable effective organisational decision making. The units in this major focus on organisational learning and development and behaviour, operations management, leadership and entrepreneurship, change and innovation, and policy. You can look forward to a range of careers in the broad and complex field of management.
You must maintain a grade point average of at least 5 across three consecutive semesters (reviewed each year) to remain in the course. If you do not meet this performance requirement you will be transferred to another relevant Western Sydney University undergraduate degree.
Fees and delivery
Fees: Varies depending on units selected. View available units in our handbook. We have developed a student contribution fee calculator to help you work out what your contribution amount is per unit.
Delivery: On campus; Online
Fees: AUD $26,760*
Delivery: On campus
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As an Advanced Business Leadership graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Portfolio Management
- Human Resources Management
- International Marketing
- Corporate Real Estate
- Applied Finance
Economists perform economic research and analysis, develop and apply theories about production and distribution of goods and services and people's spending and financial behaviour, and provide advice to governments and organisations on economic policy issues.
Market Research Analyst
Determines the market for new goods and services, develops advertising strategies, and evaluates the best business sites for commercial organisations.
Human Resource Mananger
Human Resource Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the human resource and workplace relations activities within organisations.
Advertising professionals develop and coordinate advertising strategies and campaigns, determine the market for new goods and services, and identify and develop market opportunities for new and existing goods and services.
Sports management has several career options in facilities managers, public relations executives, broadcasters, nutritionists and trainers.
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The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.