Banking is offered by the Discipline of Finance in the University of Sydney Business School which is a leading research group currently ranked among the top five finance groups in the Asia-Pacific region. Study in banking takes an applied approach, teaching students the role of banks in the financial system, the management and regulation of banks in the domestic and international contexts and the activities of private and investment banks.

Options for studying Banking

Banking is available as a Table A major option in the Bachelor of Commerce, the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce and the Bachelor of Advanced Computing and Bachelor of Commerce.

Pathway through the major

The requirements for a major in Banking are spread out over three years of the degree (possibly four years if students are completing a combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degree).

To achieve a major in Banking, students must complete 48 credit points comprising:

  • 12 credit points of 1000-level core units of study;
  • 12 credit points of 2000-level core units of study;
  • 12 credit points of 3000-level core units of study; and
  • 12 credit points of 3000-level selective units of study.

A sample pathway for the Banking major (over three years of a degree) is listed below.

Year Session Units of study
First Semester 1 Core: BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis *
Semester 2 Core: BUSS1040 Economics for Business Decision Making
Second Semester 1 Core: BANK2011 Banking and the Financial System
Semester 2 Core: FINC2011 Corporate Finance I
Third Semester 1 Core: BANK3011 Bank Financial Management Selective: 3000-level unit listed for major
Semester 2 Core: BANK3600 Banking in Practice ** Selective: 3000-level unit listed for major

* This unit is also degree core for the Bachelor of Commerce and related combined degrees.

** Capstone unit for major – completed in final semester of study

Please Note. This sample progression is meant as an example only. Depending on unit prerequisites, students may be able to complete these units in a different sequence to that displayed in the table above.

For details of the core and selective units of study required for the major or minor please refer to the Banking section of the unit of study table Table A, in this handbook.

Further information

For further information regarding study in accounting at the University of Sydney, please refer to the Discipline of Finance website.