Finance

The Discipline of Finance in the University of Sydney Business School is a leading research group currently ranked among the top five finance groups in the Asia-Pacific region. Discipline members are actively engaged with industry both nationally and internationally, which means students are exposed to high-level, market-specific knowledge that mixes theory with current relevant practice. This major takes an applied approach, teaching students how capital markets work and what they need to know to work in them.

Finance is a Table A subject area - Major I subject area for the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies).

Requirements for a major in Finance

For the award of a major in Finance, students must complete:

(1) 18 credit points of junior unit of study, as follows:

  • BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis; OR ECMT1010 Introduction to Economic Statistics +
  • BUSS1030 Accounting, Business and Society
  • BUSS1040 Economics for Business Decision Making; OR ECON1001 Introductory Microeconomics; OR ECON1002 Introductory Macroeconomics ^

+ Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and combined degrees (administered by the Business School) MUST complete BUSS1020 as it is a core unit for these programs.

^ Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and combined degrees MUST complete BUSS1040 as it is a core unit for these programs.

(2) 36 credit points in senior units of study, comprising:

(i) 18 credit points in compulsory units of study, as follows:

  • FINC2011 Corporate Finance I
  • FINC2012 Corporate Finance II
  • FINC3017 Investments and Portfolio Management.

(ii) 18 credit points in elective units of study selected from the following:

  • BANK3011 Bank Financial Management
  • FINC3011 International Financial Management
  • FINC3012 Derivative Securities
  • FINC3013 Mergers and Acquisitions
  • FINC3014 Trading and Dealing in Security Markets
  • FINC3015 Financial Valuation: Case Study Approach
  • FINC3019 Fixed Income Securities
  • FINC3020 Financial Risk Management
  • FINC3021 Finance Theory
  • FINC3022 Alternative Investments
  • FINC3023 Behavioural Finance
  • FINC3024 Personal Finance and Superannuation
  • FINC3301 Applied Portfolio Management A (departmental permission is required to enrol in this unit)
  • FINC3302 Applied Portfolio Management B (departmental permission is required to enrol in this unit).

Note: All units of study listed are six credit points unless otherwise indicated.

Unit of study prerequisites, corequisites and other requirements are outlined in Table A units of study: The University of Sydney Business School.

CFA® program partners

CFA Institute® partners with globally diverse, high profile institutions who cover a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge TM and who embrace the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct in their degree programs. Recognition as a CFA Program Partner provides recognition that the university curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA exams.

The University of Sydney is recognised as a program partner through the Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Finance) degree program. In addition to the Finance major, it is also recommended that students complete the free online learning module, Ethics and Standards of Practice available through the CFA Institute.

For further information students should refer to the CFA Program® Partners information on the Business School website.