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Start date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
DBCF

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 29,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
080918B

Key features

  • The University of South Australia Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2018.
  • Join a university ranked in the Top 150 institutions in the world for Accounting and Finance2.
  • Study at the No.1 Business School in South Australia for graduate careers3.
  • Gain the knowledge and confidence to succeed in the fast-paced financial sector with South Australia's most established finance degree.
  • Focus on borrowing, lending and investing money.
  • Learn in our state-of-the-art IRESS Trading Room on campus, which includes a live market feed and financial analysis tools – the same technology used by the world's leading banks and investment firms.
  • Fast-track your studies and complete an undergraduate degree and masters degree in just four years with our 3+1 Pathway to Masters package.

1UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 176 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,521 business schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017.  22017 QS Subject Rankings.  3QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Prepare to succeed in the fast-paced financial sector with South Australia’s most established finance degree.

With a focus on the borrowing, lending and investing of money, you will develop a dynamic understanding of the complex finance industry as part of your degree. You will gain knowledge in areas such as investment banking and fund management, and have the chance to learn in our state-of-the-art IRESS Trading Room on campus.

We know that employers value graduates with industry experience so there are opportunities to embed an internship, mentoring or work-integrated learning into your degree. You could even work on a business project overseas.

Why Bachelor of Business (Finance)

Why this Degree

Kick-start your career with courses that qualify you for financial industry accreditation, and prepare for a rewarding career in the fast-paced financial sector.

As a graduate, you will be eligible for membership with various professional bodies including the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).

You can participate in an investigative study tour learning about business practices and political and cultural influences in other regions, and gain practical skills with computer simulation software. You will also have the chance to learn in our state-of-the-art IRESS Trading Room on campus, which includes a live market data feed and financial analysis tools.

More ways to study

Our flexible delivery and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from online and on-campus study, part-time or full-time learning, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities with industry, and accelerated learning pathways. Plus, you can make the most of professional development courses endorsed by industry, build leaderships skills employers value through UniSA+ and seek support at our on-campus Business Student Hub.

Real-world connections

In addition to learning from teachers with professional experience as part of your studies, we offer opportunities for you to connect with industry outside the classroom:

  • Complete an internship or industry project
  • Become a global citizen with our overseas exchange program – we have more than 60 partner universities worldwide, and study options that range from two weeks to one year
  • Build your network and career by participating in our Business Career Mentor Program which pairs you with an experienced business professional

Our Centre for Applied Finance and Economics provides multi-disciplinary research on the dynamics of domestic and global economies and financial systems, bringing together economists, accountants and finance specialists from a range of backgrounds. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

As the No.1 Business School in South Australia for graduate careers1, our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

The financial services industry is one of the leading sectors in the Australian economy and plays a key role in facilitating the productive flow of funds between industries, companies and people.

Between now and 2020 the availability of finance-related roles in Australia is expected to increase by:

  • 19 per cent (financial brokers and dealers, and investment advisers)
  • 21.9 per cent (financial investment advisers and managers)
  • 11 per cent (insurance agents and sales representatives)2

Careers to consider include:

  • Business adviser: working with new or established businesses; analysing business plans and financial statements; advising on investments, marketing, funding and financial trends; understanding consumer needs and how to improve profitability
  • Investment banker: raising capital for companies, governments and other entities; assisting with large, complicated financial transactions; providing advice in areas such as mergers and acquisitions, regulatory environments, and risk assessment
  • Investment fund manager: providing financial advice about investment matters such as buying and selling of trusts, shares and bonds; analysing data and available information to make decisions and recommendations about investments
  • Stockbroker: buying and selling securities on a stock exchange or behalf of clients; advising on trades including opening and closing prices; counselling whether to hold or sell securities
  • Bond trader: executing bond trades on behalf of investors
  • Equity analyst: studies and analyses financial information and trends for clients; advises on share buying; reviews stocks, bonds and other financial instruments for reporting
  • Corporate loan manager: liaising between institutions and clients to find suitable corporate loan arrangements; soliciting loans; representing creditors to borrowers and vice versa
  • Commercial banker: providing financial advice to corporate clients; promoting banks' financial services; building relationships with banking customers to create more accounts; coordinating different bank departments to ensure smooth operations

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.  2Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015.

Professional accreditation and recognition

Graduates of the program satisfy the educational requirements for membership of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) where they are working in the financial services industry.

This program is recognised through the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program. Affiliated programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) for all three levels of the CFA Program exams, including ethics. This program positions students to undertake the Chartered Financial Analyst® exam, which has become one of the most respected and recognised investment credentials in the world. The CFA Institute University Affiliation Program signals to potential employers and the marketplace that the curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations. As an Affiliated University, the University of South Australia's Business School is eligible to grant a number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.

Industry facts

job-listings

Between now and 2020 employment in Australia for financial brokers and dealers, and investment advisers is projected to increase by 17,500 (19 per cent)1.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Between now and 2020 employment in Australia for financial investment advisers and managers is projected to increase by 11,400 (21.9 per cent)1.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Australia’s financial services sector is the largest contributor to the national economy, contributing around $140 billion to GDP over the last year1.

1 Australian Government, Backing Australian FinTech, 2016

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will start with core courses in areas such as analytics, accounting and economic theory. These will give you a solid grasp of business fundamentals that you can apply to a range of careers. You can choose to study overseas, complete an internship, and take courses like marketing, management and international business.

In your specialisation you will focus on the borrowing, lending and investing of money. Specific areas include finance markets and institutions; international currency and banking markets; portfolio and fund management and macroeconomics.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects
  • practicals and team-based projects
  • participation in the workplace and in class

Global opportunities

International exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.

UniSA has links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests. Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Once you are a current student, you will be able to explore various study tours and exchanges and take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5 Note(s): 6
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5 Note(s): 7
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5
Financial Accounting 1 ACCT 1006 4.5
Macroeconomics ECON 1007 4.5
Financial Markets and Institutions BANK 1005 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Business Finance BANK 2007 4.5
Financial Planning and Personal Finance BANK 2008 4.5 Note(s): 8
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5
Professional Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
International Currency and Banking Markets BANK 3011 4.5
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5
Forecasting and Business Analysis ECON 2007 4.5
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Portfolio and Fund Management BANK 3004 4.5
Taxation Law 1 ACCT 3002 4.5 Note(s): 8,9
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 1
Commercial Law M COML 5009 4.5 Note(s): 8 Rule(s): 2
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Business Operations BUSS 2065 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Applied Financial Planning BANK 3005 4.5 Note(s): 8
OR 4.5
Corporate Valuation and Risk Management BANK 3009 4.5
Financial Risk Analysis BANK 3003 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Strategic Financial Analysis BUSS 3083 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 1
Schedule for students awarded 36 units of block credit Note(s): 4
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Business Finance BANK 2007 4.5
Financial Planning and Personal Finance BANK 2008 4.5 Note(s): 8
Macroeconomics ECON 1007 4.5
Professional Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)
International Currency and Banking Markets BANK 3011 4.5
Financial Accounting 1 ACCT 1006 4.5
Forecasting and Business Analysis ECON 2007 4.5
Financial Markets and Institutions BANK 1005 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5
Portfolio and Fund Management BANK 3004 4.5
Taxation Law 1 ACCT 3002 4.5 Note(s): 8,9
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 1
Commercial Law M COML 5009 4.5 Note(s): 8 Rule(s): 2
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)
Applied Financial Planning BANK 3005 4.5 Note(s): 8
OR
Corporate Valuation and Risk Management BANK 3009 4.5
Financial Risk Analysis BANK 3003 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Strategic Financial Analysis BUSS 3083 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 1
Schedule for students awarded 54 units of block credit Note(s): 5
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Macroeconomics ECON 1007 4.5
Business Finance BANK 2007 4.5
Financial Markets and Institutions BANK 1005 4.5
Financial Planning and Personal Finance BANK 2008 4.5 Note(s): 8
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Forecasting and Business Analysis ECON 2007 4.5
International Currency and Banking Markets BANK 3011 4.5
Applied Financial Planning BANK 3005 4.5 Note(s): 8
OR
Corporate Valuation and Risk Management BANK 3009 4.5
Financial Risk Analysis BANK 3003 4.5 Note(s): 3
OR
Commercial Law M COML 5009 4.5 Note(s): 8
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Professional Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
OR
Taxation Law 1 ACCT 3002 4.5 Note(s): 8
Portfolio and Fund Management BANK 3004 4.5
Strategic Financial Analysis BUSS 3083 4.5
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5

I have over 30 years of business-linked experience in Australia and internationally and a long held commitment to achieving wider business literacy in the community, evidenced through my teaching and consultancies such as co-writing the South Australian Year 12 Accounting curriculum. As the Bachelor of Business Program Director, I assist students to succeed in the Business School's exciting selection of industry relevant undergraduate degree majors offered in both Australia and Hong Kong.

Mr Stan Astachnowicz

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

The Business Student Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business Student Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language.

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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