Start date
February
August

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
DBCF

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2021: AUD$ 32,600 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

Degree overview

  • UniSA Business is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2020.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Finance2.
  • Ranked No. 1 in SA and Top 10 in Australia for Business and Economics3.
  • UniSA Business is accredited by both AACSB International and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies.
  • 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 market data feed and financial analysis tools – the same technology used by the world's leading banks and investment firms.
  • Add a 1-year master’s degree to your studies with our 3+1 Pathway to Masters package, and complete an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in just four years.
  • Gain real-world experience as part of your studies through an internship, student exchange or mentorship opportunity.
  • Benefit from flexible study options to suit your needs.

1UniSA Business is one of just 11 institutions in Australia and 191 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2021. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 32021 THE Subject Rankings.

Snapshot

Business_Students-3 copy edited.jpgPrepare 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, overseas exchange or work-integrated learning into your degree. 

What you'll learn

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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. 

In your specialisation you will focus on finance and financial markets. Specific areas include financial markets and institutions; international currency and banking markets; portfolio and fund management; macroeconomics; corporate valuation; and  financial risk analysis and management.

You can also embark on an overseas study tour, undertake an industry placement, or work on an industry-related research project.

Degree 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): 3,4
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5 Note(s): 3,4,5
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
OR
International Study Tour 4.5 Note(s): 7
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Financial Accounting 1 ACCT 1006 4.5 Note(s): 4
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
Introduction to Financial Planning BANK 2008 4.5
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Career Development for Professionals BUSS 1060 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
International Currency and Banking Markets BANK 3011 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Empirical Business Analysis ECON 2007 4.5
Entrepreneurship for Social and Market Impact BUSS 2085 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Portfolio and Fund Management BANK 3004 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,4 Rule(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3,4 Rule(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,4 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Corporate Valuation and Risk Management BANK 3009 4.5
Financial Risk Analysis BANK 3003 4.5 Rule(s): 3
International Business Environments BUSS 3103 4.5
OR
International Elective 4.5 Note(s): 8
Strategic Financial Analysis BUSS 3083 4.5

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, as well as to 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

Marketing_Clinic-15 copy.jpgYour 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

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Business (Finance)

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You will kick-start your career with courses that develop your knowledge and skills in understanding financial assets and markets. This degree will qualify you for financial industry accreditation, and prepare you for a rewarding career in the fast-paced financial sector.

You will learn the mechanics of the financial market and gain practical skills in our state-of-the-art Iress Trading Room, which includes a market data feed and trading software– the same technology used by the world’s leading banks and investment firms.

You can participate in an investigative study tour learning about business practices, finance sector as well as political and cultural influences in other regions.

This degree is dynamic and its program structure is informed by industry and latest practical research in Finance. Therefore, as a graduate you will be equipped with the knowledge and skill required by finance industry. Also, 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).

UniSA Business is the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business education and research at a global level. These dual accreditations demonstrate the high standards we hold across all areas such as teaching, student learning and research, as well as our commitment to continually improving the quality of our programs.

3+1 Pathway to Masters

Want to gain a postgraduate degree with just one extra year of study? You can package the Bachelor of Business (Finance) with the Master of Professional Accounting degree and graduate with two qualifications in just four years with our 3+1 Pathway to Masters program. This unique offering allows you to fast-track your studies, develop greater expertise and broaden your career opportunities. You will study a three-year bachelor's degree and a one-year master’s degree (typically two years) in four years by using your undergraduate courses or electives.

More ways to study

Our program 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 leadership 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 industry project
  • Undertake a Business Internship and apply the skills and knowledge gained from your studies in a real workplace setting.
  • 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
  • Meet one-to-one with a senior business executive and industry leader through our Executive in Residence program. This experience enables you to build professional networks and benefit from the experience of an industry leader.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

This could be you

At UniSA, you'll learn invaluable transferable employability skills to future-proof your career.

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Career outcomes

Your career

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.

Careers to consider include:

  • Trader: executing trades (stocks, bonds, derivatives) at a trading desk of an investment fund for their funds or institutional clients

  • Equity/research analyst: studying and analysing financial information and trends for clients; advising on share buying; reviews stocks, bonds and other financial instruments for reporting

  • Financial Analyst (corporate Finance): reviewing cash flow, revenue and overall finances and financial risks of an organization.

  • 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

  • Portfolio manager:  constructing and managing investment portfolios for clients based on their risk and risk preferences, return expectations on investment as well as market conditions.

  • Asset allocation consultant: helping the portfolio manager to allocate clients’ money in different asset classes (shares, bonds, cash, etc.) and monitor their performance.

  • Stockbroker: buying and selling securities on a stock exchange on behalf of retail clients

  • 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

  • Corporate loan manager: liaising between institutions and clients to find suitable corporate loan arrangements; soliciting loans; representing creditors to borrowers and vice versa

  • 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

1ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 

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, UniSA Business is eligible to grant a number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.

Industry facts

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Between now and 2024 employment in Australia for financial brokers and dealers, and investment advisers is projected to increase by 6,900 (6.9 per cent).

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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Between now and 2024 employment in Australia for financial investment advisers and managers is projected to increase by 3,700 (7.2 per cent).

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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Australia’s financial services sector is the largest contributor to the nation's economic growth.

Financial Services Council. State of the Art 2019

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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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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 dedicated convenient, support service for business students, from first year right through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties, and can help 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.

You can also access a range of other international student services including

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers which you can work with face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can 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 ID cards, fees and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

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, all student visa holders are required to meet their visa condition to study no more than one-third of their program in an online mode and maintain enrolment in at least one internal (face-to-face) course per compulsory study period, unless it is their final course and not available internally. If you are currently residing in Adelaide, on-campus attendance (such as seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements would apply, as outlined on individual course pages. If you are currently overseas, online study may be available following your individual study plan.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am a Senior Lecturer in Finance, and my research is in the area of stock valuation and investment. Before academia, I worked in Finance and Management consulting for several years. This program is industry-informed and designed with the employability of our graduates in mind. Therefore, with my research knowledge, industry experience and drive to develop future business professionals, students will be engaged in industry-driven issues and apply theories to real world applications in the courses, while enhancing their soft skills. That’s why our graduates are sought after by top employers in Finance and Property industries.

Dr Reza Bradrania

Program Director

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What others are saying

"My career started in my final year at UniSA when an internship led to employment in the financial planning team at Hood Sweeney. I prepared reports for client meetings, built relationships and really understood how the firm’s services added value to its clients. I now work alongside an innovative team applying those same skills as an education consultant in London – many of the fundamentals learnt at university I carry into my workplace every day."

Brad Coulson

Bachelor of Business (Finance)
Employment: Education Consultant, anzuk Education (London)

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Brad Coulson

Bachelor of Business (Finance)
<br />Employment: Education Consultant, anzuk Education (London)

"Having access to the Iress Finance Trading Room as part of my program has provided me with a distinct advantage for when I enter the workforce in the future. I have gained valuable experience interacting with financial trading market simulation software which meant I could engage with the wider trading industry."

Phuc Nguyen

Bachelor of Business (Finance)

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Phuc Nguyen

Bachelor of Business (Finance)

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