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Finance, Economics and Property

Interested in Finance, Economics and Property?

Establish your career in today's global business landscape with an innovative degree in property, finance or economics and trade at the UniSA Business School. 

Develop expertise in critical and strategic thinking within a highly-regulated industry framework and strengthen your research skills, under the guidance of experienced research professionals.

Equipping you with the knowledge and skills to apply logical and creative solutions to business problems in a global market environment, our qualifications prepare you to make informed decisions and offer practical advice in your respective industry. 

Our internship, mentoring or global experience opportunities provide you with rare industry insight and valuable networking opportunities.

Key features

  • Our 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.
  • Leverage opportunities to participate in industry placements and overseas exchanges – we have more than 2,500 industry partners and over 60 university partners worldwide.
  • Offering the longest-running specialised property degree in Australia, and the longest established finance degree of its kind in South Australia.
  • Study at the No.1 Business School in South Australia for graduate careers2.
  • Finance students can access our state-of-the-art IRESS Finance Trading Room on campus, which includes a market data feed and financial analysis tools - the same technology used by the world's leading banks and investment firms.
  • Property students can engage with industry through the Property Mentoring Scheme and networking events.
  • Our range of undergraduate business degrees include common core courses in first year – you can then specialise in a chosen area, change your major, add a minor, or and pick and choose from professional electives so you graduate industry-ready.
  • From 2019, you can study our new Financial Planning degrees at undergraduate or postgraduate level, or our Bachelor of Business (Real Estate Practice).

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.  2QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.

Why UniSA?

  • Study at the No.1 Business School in South Australia for graduate careers1.
  • Our strong real-world connections mean you can learn from researchers recognised as performing world standard in Applied Economics2.
  • You can gain valuable industry experience before you graduate with access to internships, overseas exchange, study tours, professional development courses, Summer or Winter School intensives and more – plus we give you a longer break between semesters to make sure you have the time.
  • Finance students can experience our new state-of-the-art finance trading room, providing a range of financial analysis tools used by the world’s leading banks and investment firms.
  • Our qualifications are accredited by leading professional bodies and we work closely with industry to ensure our curriculum includes the very latest theories and trends.
  • Engage in our mentor program and be paired with an experienced business professional to enhance your network and career.
  • Choose from flexible learning options to suit your needs and lifestyle including online, on-campus, full-time and part-time study.
  • UniSA is in the top 150 institutions in the world for Accounting and Finance3, our Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide4 and we have been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2018.
  • We are consistently recognised and awarded for our excellence in teaching, the quality of our degrees and satisfaction of our students – there's never been a better time to study at the UniSA Business School.
  • As a high achieving student, you may be a lucky recipient of one of our prizes or awards.

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only. 22015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  32018 QS Subject Rankings.  4UniSA 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. 

Tailor your degree

3+1 Pathway to Masters

For select degrees, you can complete a bachelor and masters qualification in just four years. This unique offering allows you to fast-track your studies and graduate with greater expertise and career opportunities. Learn more.

UniSA offers 15 Finance, Economics and Property degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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.

In finance and economics, the availability of finance-related roles in Australia between now and 2020 is expected to increase by:

  • 19 per cent (financial broker and dealer, and investment advisers)
  • 21.9 per cent (financial investment advisers and managers)2

Careers to consider in Finance and Economics:

  • Business advisor: can work 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
  • Qualified financial planner or advisor: helping clients to meet short- and long-term financial goals; assisting with legal and financial documents, financial laws and legal restrictions; advising on investments and security planning, estate planning, tax planning, employee benefits planning and insurance planning
  • Tax economist: conduct research and formulate plans on various economic issues; study the socioeconomic impacts of new public policies; forecast market trends through data analysis
  • Credit analyst: gathering and analysing financial data about clients and recommending a course of action; conduct financial risk statements; decide whether the borrower has adequate cash flows; compare ratios to industry standards and benchmark data 

In property, employment in the property and real estate profession in Australia is expected to grow between now and 2020. The availability of roles is expected to increase by 9,900 jobs for real estate agents (or 11.2 per cent)2.

Careers to consider in Property:

  • Land and property valuer: providing advice on financing and valuation; analysing investments; managing portfolios; calculating values by considering market demand, future trends and other factors; valuing office, retail, industrial and residential properties for sale and purchase, bank lending and preparation of financial statements
  • Property manager: managing and maintaining residential or commercial rental properties; analysing market conditions and ensuring properties are occupied; organising records and documents and handling contracts; organising regular property maintenance
  • Property developer: researching land and property opportunities and evaluating the feasibility of a project; assessing the best use for the land or property; planning the property development, including the schedule and costs; working with architects, builders, and local councils
  • Commercial property analyst: researching market trends and statistics to forecast the industry future; determining the best use of finances; performing due diligence research in order to broker real estate deals; working with sellers and buyers
  • Property Fund Manager: providing advice for clients on where and how to invest; improving the value of a property; implementing an investment strategy; managing portfolios of trading activities
  • Sales and leasing property consultant: developing and implementing sales and leasing proposals for commercial land and property; negotiating lease and sales transactions; generate listings and service existing client sales 

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.

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Our Business School works with more than 200 companies, governments and organisations, and many of these are long-standing relationships built on common goals and shared values.

In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, our research in applied economics was assessed as world-class. We have strong links, individually and collectively, with leading and like-minded research institutions in North America, Europe and the UK and are building equally exciting new relationships in Asia.

Industry facts

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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.

1Australian 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.

1Australian 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.

1Australian Government, Backing Australian FinTech, 2016

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What others are saying

The UniSA Business School provides you with the tools and education to prepare you for a career in your chosen field. I attended the Chartered Accountant Employment Evenings and participated in the Business Career Mentor Program which allowed me to learn first-hand from industry professionals who had previously walked in my shoes.

Nicholas Abela

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Finance)
Employment: Risk Advisor, Delloite Australia

Nick Abela, Business Finance student

Nicholas Abela

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Finance)
<br />Employment: Risk Advisor, Delloite Australia

As a financial planner, you must be prepared to work with a variety of people and be prepared to maintain your accreditation that allows you to compete with others in an industry growing and changing all the time.

Andrew McInerney


Employment: Jobs Statewide
Role: Chief Financial Officer

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Andrew McInerney


<br />Employment: Jobs Statewide

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017