Melbourne Business Practicum

  • Melbourne Business Practicum Overview

    The Melbourne Business Practicum (BUSA90473) is an in-company intensively-taught subject where students experience the business practices and culture of a Melbourne company first-hand. The aim of the Melbourne Business Practicum is to connect teams of no more than four students to a Melbourne-based company where they are given a challenging business project to work on.

    The Melbourne Business Practicum aims to expose students to:

    • different work practices and cultures;
    • increased networking opportunities;
    • the experience of working closely in a team;
    • challenging and intensive real-life working environments; and
    • the application of theory to practice.

    The Melbourne Business Practicum is worth 12.5 credit points and is offered in February and July each year. Specific details for each of these offerings will continue below.

    Companies previously involved in the Melbourne Business Practicum include banks, insurance firms, not-for-profits and accounting firms. Each company provides a business project or problem and teams might be asked to:

    • examine a new business opportunity for their company;
    • undertake a business analysis exercise;
    • undertake financial analysis or model of current operations, products or services;
    • develop a marketing plan for the company;
    • undertake a business planning exercise; or
    • recommend operational efficiencies.

    Read here about ANZ's involvement with the Melbourne Business Practicum.

  • Key dates for the Melbourne Business Practicum

    To take part in the Melbourne Business Practicum, there are compulsory dates you need to be aware of:

    February 2018 intake:

      February 2018
    Applications open Monday 7 August 2017
    Applications close Tuesday 29 August 2017
    Group interviews Applicants will be allocated an interview time between Wednesday 20 – Friday 22 September 2017
    Introductory briefing Thursday 26 October 2017, 6 - 7pm
    Induction week Monday 29 January – Friday 2 February 2018
    In-company component Monday 5 February – Friday 16 February 2018
    Presentation Between Friday 16 February – Wednesday 21 February 2018
    Business Practicum Showcase Celebration Thursday 1 March 2018

    Please be advised that the above dates may be subject to change.

    Please note that these dates are compulsory and all students who are given an offer for the Melbourne Business Practicum are expected to participate in all of these activities. If you know in advance that you won’t be able to commit to one or more of these dates, please do not apply..

  • Who should submit an application?

    The below criteria should help you determine whether you would be a strong candidate for the Melbourne Business Practicum:

    • Your Weighted Average Mark (WAM) is 65% or higher. Due to limited spaces, entry into the Melbourne Business Practicum is competitive. The minimum average grade requirement for MBP is 65% and the Selection Committee considers the following when allocating places:
      • Academic Performance
      • Quality of CV
      • Interview performance
      • An overall match of skills, experience and interests to the available projects
    • You have completed a minimum of:
      • 200-point degree students: completion of a minimum of 50 points at time of application; or
      • 150 point degree students: completion of a minimum of 50 points at time of practicum commencement if you have a business background (e.g. studied business subjects in an undergraduate degree or relevant work experience).

        Note: All students enrolled in a 200-point degree must first have completed 50 points before applying, regardless of educational background.
    • You are only applying for one Business Practicum subject (Global or Melbourne) for the intake. Please only submit an application for one of the Business Practicum subjects per intake. Students who apply for both the Melbourne Business Practicum and Global Business Practicum during the same intake (e.g. July) will not be considered for either subject.
    • You have checked that there is capacity within your study plan for an elective subject worth 12.5 points

    Please note: Students undertaking Master of Commerce (Finance) and the Master of Management (Accounting) 150pt program are generally ineligible to apply, due to limited elective options available in the course.

  • Information Sessions

    As we offer two equally exciting Business Practicum subjects, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you.To help you decide, please come along to our Choosing a Business Practicum information session which will compare each of the programs, helping you to make the best choice. Here you can meet the Work Integrated Learning Teaching Specialist, listen to previous Business Practicum students talk about their experiences and ask questions about the program.

    NOTE: Information sessions for the Summer 2018 Business Practicum intake have now concluded. If you missed a session and would like to see the slides, you can access them here.

    We will be running more information sessions when applications for the Winter 2018 Business Practicums have opened.

  • Apply now!

    If you have read through all the information about the Melbourne Business Practicum and attended an information session, you are ready to apply!

    Applications for the February 2018 Melbourne Business Practicum program have now closed.

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Application dates

Applications open 7th Aug 2017 and close 29th Aug 2017.

Who is this for?

Graduate students


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