Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) is one of the most popular programs after class 12th for students with commerce background. Students from Science and Arts are also eligible for the program but it’s mostly preferred by commerce students. B.com imparts basic knowledge of business and generally consists of subjects like Financial Accounting, Business Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Financial Planning and Computer Applications in Business.
The most common paths commerce students choose after graduation is either Chartered Consultancy (CA) or a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). For students who wish to gain more in-depth knowledge in one particular area, a Masters can also be studied in the following areas:
An advanced degree in accounting is a great way to demonstrate higher skills in accounting. Many top universities like the London School of Economics offer MSc in Accounting & Finance which is a good combination, but for someone who wishes to have a career in accounting, they can specialise in auditing, international accounting, tax and risk assessment. One of the top accreditations for Accounting professionals is ACA/CA (Chartered Accountant – UK and Commonwealth) ACCA (Chartered Certified Accountant – UK).
A combination of business and agriculture, graduates in agribusiness work in diverse areas in the food and agriculture industries. Students get insight into the production, supply chain management, international trade, agriculture entrepreneurship and more. Royal Agriculture University in the UK, which is one of the oldest agriculture universities, offers MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, Agricultural Technology and Innovation, and MBA in Advanced Farm Management, International Food and Agribusiness.
Business Intelligence & Analytics
Converting data into useful information to make better business decisions is Business Intelligence. Although this an oversimplification of Business Intelligence, it is a large and complex field that consists of analytics, data and text mining, predictive modelling and more. The demand for BI professionals is extremely high and is expected to grow significantly by 2020.
A master's in entrepreneurship is designed to help students understand the challenges and opportunities that can arise while working with new ventures. Budding entrepreneurs are taught leadership skills, marketing strategies, market research, and innovation.
A finance degree is a great starting point for a career in corporate finance, financial analysis, investment, banking, portfolio management and more. Finance is a core area of business and skills are in high demand in major financial centres like London, New York, Toronto, Shanghai. One of the top accreditation for Finance professionals is CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and many UK universities like Warwick, Lancaster, Manchester, Durham offer partnered programs with CFA and also help prepare for CFA level 1.
With more and more businesses making their presence online stronger, digital marketing skills are in great demand. Students learn web optimisation, online advertisement on various platforms, analytics, UX/UI design, Ecommerce management, content optimisation, and more. A master’s degree is a great step to work, gain theoretical knowledge and work on live projects.