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Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Science

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Equivalent to 4 years of full-time study
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Best of both worlds

Be a sought-after graduate, with skills in two vital areas for the New Zealand and international economy.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

A conjoint Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Science allows you to graduate with a conjoint BBus/BSc at the end of four years of study.

You will gain analytical and communication skills and knowledge of business skills such as finance, accounting, economics, marketing and management. You will also have a broad knowledge of science disciplines.

Sought-after by employers

More and more New Zealand employers are seeking graduates with an understanding of business alongside the knowledge and skills of either an arts or science degree.


Both the BSc and BBus give you the opportunity to choose areas you are interested in, but to spend the first year exploring areas of interest before you decide on an area to focus on. The first step is to make sure that you enrol in both business and science courses in your first year - you can then apply at the end of your first year to study towards the conjoint degree. Students with good results from Secondary School may be admitted directly in their first year to study towards the conjoint degree.

Massey is world-ranked and New Zealand’s No 1 university in agriculture according to the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings and ShanghaiRankings.

We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration programmes by ShanghaiRanking and in the top 300 by QS.

The College of Sciences is research-led, advancing knowledge and bringing the latest developments and technologies to our teaching. Our staff work with governments, universities and organisations throughout the world providing thought-leadership and evidence-based findings to solve problems and add value.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, agriculture, technology, computer science, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study compared to the national median. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.



A good fit if you:

  • Like analysing problems and working out solutions
  • Enjoy working with other people
  • Love sciences
  • But would like a business-related career
Richard Carran
Bachelor of Business Studies (International Business)
Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)
Studying towards a Masters of Sustainable Energy Engineering at the University of Nottingham

“By studying a conjoint business and science degree, I can understand concepts from both a science and business perspective, and translate ideas between the two…”

Studying both business and science was a natural choice for me. I was raised in a business-oriented family, and was always intrigued by how things worked like why the mixing of two chemicals leads to crystallization. My desire to make new materials and understand the characteristics they possess led to studying chemistry and with the rapid increase of globalisation I saw significant relevance in international business.

After taking the Global Environmental Issues course in my final year of study, I became determined to help solve the world’s energy crisis! Having majored in chemistry, I was drawn to solar energy, but with little knowledge of renewable energy I decided to return to study. I was accepted into the Masters of Sustainable Energy Engineering at the University of Nottingham, and I’m currently working on a project to build and test various solar cells based on nano-crystal semiconductors.

My whole experience at Massey was amazing. The student advisors were outstanding, and the staff and lecturers were very approachable and happy to make time for students.

After I finished my conjoint degree I worked as a summer intern at AgResearch Ltd in Lincoln, Canterbury. The lab experience I gained throughout my degree enabled me to be trained quickly and get onto doing innovative research. This summer internship led to a full-time contract and multiple publications in peer-reviewed articles.

Quite often there is a barrier between business minded and science minded people. They each face difficulty in portraying what they have done, want or need in a way that the other can understand. By studying a conjoint business and science degree, I can understand concepts from both a science and business perspective, and translate ideas between the two.


By combining these two degrees you’ll enhance your competitive edge in the job market. Employment opportunities continue to grow for graduates who have developed capacities in enquiry, analysis and communication, as well as an understanding of human behaviour.

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