Start date
February
August

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
DBIB

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
027743E

Degree overview

  • Complete a business undergraduate and postgraduate finance degree in just four years through our fast-tracked 3+1 Pathway to Masters program.
  • Graduate with a highly diverse skill-set and broader career opportunities.
  • Gain real-world experience through an industry internship, a mentorship opportunity or an overseas study tour.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the global business environment with a focus on national and international economies, public policies, economic exchange and global trade activities.
  • Engage with simulated financial markets in our state-of-the-art Iress Trading Room on campus, which includes a market data feed and trading tools – the same technology used by the world's leading banks and investment firms.
  • Study one of the first master’s degrees in Australia approved by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA).
  • Develop advanced skills in leadership, strategy and decision making.
  • UniSA Business is accredited by both AACSB International and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies.
  • Ranked in the Top 10 in Australia for Business and Economics1.
  • UniSA Business is in the top one per cent worldwide2 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the 2020 QS Stars Ratings.

1ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 22021 THE Subject Rankings

Snapshot

Snapshot

This 3+1 Pathway to Masters program allows you to fast-track your career by completing an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in just four years. You will be able to diversify your skill set, increase your earning potential with a more advanced qualification, and expand your career opportunities across a range of fields.

Throughout your degree, you will develop an in-depth understanding of the global business environment focusing on currency markets, exchange and global trade, and how they operate worldwide.

You will gain a unique blend of analytical, conceptual and strategic problem-solving skills for a range of industry sectors. This degree has a strong focus on experience-based learning. You will have access to practical-based courses which use simulated financial markets in the Finance Trading Room to enhance your learning and engage in real world practical tasks within the Financial Planning sector.

Your postgraduate degree is approved by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) and will equip you with the education requirements to practise as a qualified financial adviser. We’ve worked closely with industry to develop our course content, and regularly consult with FASEA to ensure your degree meets the most up-to-date industry standards.

You will also be immensed in other real-world challenges including our entrepreneur-based course Startup Studio, which teaches you how to bring a business concept to life. You will also benefit from other experience-based learning opportunities, including overseas study and business mentoring. Our summer and winter schools also offer exciting study and learning opportunities.

Want to look at other options available to you? UniSA offer a wide range of other 3+1 Pathway to Masters programs.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Your undergraduate degree will begin 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’ll then branch out into your specialisation, and learn the latest in areas such as macroeconomics, economics of public policy and analysis; portfolio and fund management; and international currency and banking markets. You can also embark on an overseas study tour, undertake an industry placement, or work on an industry-related research project.

Your postgraduate studies will provide you the opportunity to sharpen your technical ability, legal knowledge and professional expertise. Aside from learning new and relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice, you’ll also enhance your skills in building and managing client relationships – a critical focus area for future financial advisers.

Throughout your studies, you’ll gain contemporary career planning strategies and techniques to boost your employability and achieve your career goals. You’ll also have opportunities to network and connect with leading industry bodies such as the Financial Planners Association (FPA) and the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA), as well as other industry professionals.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5 Note(s): 2,3,4
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5 Note(s): 3
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5 Note(s): 3
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5 Note(s): 3
OR
International Study Tour 4.5 Note(s): 5
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5 Note(s): 3
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Career Development for Professionals BUSS 1060 4.5
Macroeconomics ECON 1007 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Entrepreneurship for Social and Market Impact BUSS 2085 4.5
Growth Development and the Macroeconomy ECON 2012 4.5
Economic Analysis of Business Decisions ECON 2010 4.5
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
International Business Environments BUSS 3103 4.5
OR
International Elective 4.5 Note(s): 6
Empirical Business Analysis ECON 2007 4.5
Business Finance BANK 2007 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,3
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Portfolio and Fund Management BANK 3004 4.5
Business Ethics BUSS 5384 4.5
Investment Management BANK 5013 4.5
Financial Advice Regulatory and Legal Obligations COML 5017 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Economics of Public Policy ECON 3007 4.5
International Economics ECON 3008 4.5
Strategic Financial Analysis BUSS 3083 4.5
Financial Theory and Financial Markets BANK 5014 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

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

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 (Economics, Finance and Trade) (Pathway to Master of Finance (Financial Planning))

Why this Degree

This 3+1 Pathway to Masters program enables you to commence a 3-year Bachelor of Business (Economics, Finance and Trade) and secure a place in a 1-year Master of Finance (Financial Planning) degree (typically 1.5 years) in just four years of study.

You will fast track your progression into the master’s qualification by substituting four selected courses or electives in your bachelor's degree to complete master’s-level courses.

 As part of this degree, you will develop the analytical skills to interpret the economic factors driving global economy, trade and exchange, and financial markets.

You will gain practical skills with our state-of-the-art Iress Trading Room, which includes a market data feed and financial analysis tools. 

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

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.

An enriching student experience

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 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:

  • 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 or Executive Partners 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 initiative enables you to seek expert guidance for your career development and support to advance your career.

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

In addition to learning from teachers with professional experience and research expertise as part of your degree, we offer opportunities for you to connect with experts beyond your studies.

Our applied finance, accounting and economics researchers provide multi-disciplinary insights into the dynamics of domestic and global economies and financial systems. Links to UniSA research ensures your learning is connected to the latest technologies, theories and applications of finance knowledge. 

Career outcomes

Your career

As the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in Business and Management1, our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

You could consider careers such as:

  • 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
  • Business development manager: driving the work of teams to run an organisation efficiently; coordinating several business units, managing resourcing, budgets and operations.
  • Economist: using data and modelling techniques to provide specialist advice to consumers, business and governments on particular economic, business and policy-related issues; analysing data for interpreting and forecasting consumer business trends; using economic information to inform business decision-making within a global business environment
  • Investment adviser/Financial risk analyst: providing advice within organisations on investment decisions and strategies; identifying and assessing potential financial risks at the organisational and industry sector level
  • Market research analyst: collecting and analysing data for clients on market conditions, consumer behaviour and business competitors; using data analysis for business forecasting and interpreting consumer trends and informing on alternative business strategies
  • Policy adviser: analysing policies and their effects to provide advice and guidance to governments and organisations; offering strategic policy and planning advice on programs and operations; reviewing, developing, and implementing policies and strategies
  • Policy analyst: analysing a range of economic and social issues and formulating and evaluating policies in addressing these issues; analysing on behalf of business or government proposed policy interventions and its potential impact at the individual, business and societal level
  • Trade and investment adviser: providing technical assistance to Trade and Investment institutions to increase their exports and local and foreign investments.
  • Client relationship manager: proactively engage clients by providing high value, holistic and strategic financial advice; identify opportunities to build new client relationships and strengthen existing ones; research the latest products and regulations; and focus on delivering a high-quality customer experience.
  • Estate planner: provide clients with legal, financial and accounting advice to ensure long term financial protection of their estate during life and post-mortem; help ensure any assets are dispersed according to the wishes of the deceased in an effective way; and develop estate plans which may include preparing wills, life insurance, family trusts and manage tax implications for beneficiaries.
  • Insurance broker: research and review available finance and insurance products to meet client requirements; arrange insurance, home loan mortgages and other types of finance for clients through banks, lenders, financiers and insurance companies; help clients understand insurance policy conditions, risks, premium rates and benefits; prepare reports for underwriters and liaise with other insurance professionals.
  • Qualified financial planner or adviser: help clients to meet short-term and long-term financial goals; assist with legal and financial documents, financial laws and regulatory requirements; provide advice on personal investments and security planning, estate planning, tax planning, employee benefits planning and insurance planning; and deliver a high-quality customer experience.
  • Superannuation consultant: provide compliant financial advice in areas such as personal and business superannuation, retirement income stream products, pensions rollovers and annuities; interpret new legislation changes and consider the impact of those changes on the portfolio of funds, help clients understand merits of Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF), and develop retirement plan strategies.
  • Wealth manager: deliver holistic wealth management strategies and plans to help clients grow and sustain long-term financial goals; provide services across a range of areas including financial planning, investment management, and financial advice on pensions, trusts, inheritances, estate planning, retirement planning, and tax bands; and possess knowledge of software solutions and key platforms in the industry.

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

Industry facts

job-listings

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)1.

1Australian 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 growth1.

1Financial 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

Australian
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

  • UniSA College Diploma in Business
  • UniSA College Foundation Studies
  • SAIBT Diploma of Business - if you complete this two year Diploma, you can apply to enter the 2nd year of this degree
  • see the full list of entry pathways that may apply

International

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

  • SAIBT Diploma of Business - if you complete this two year Diploma, you can apply to enter the 2nd year of this degree
  • see the full list of entry pathways that may apply

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

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • 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 face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

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.

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.

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What others are saying

"UniSA was the only university that offered the program I really wanted to study. I loved the idea that I could –study an undergraduate and postgraduate degree together in such a short time, excel at it, still partake in the culture and events, and meet amazing people! Since the start of my degree, I have seen positive impacts on my personality and confidence, as well as my interpersonal, presentation and leadership skills. My university experience has been a great opportunity to grow and develop by combining two of my interests – business and people."

Anet Varghese

Bachelor of Business, Master of Management (Marketing)

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Anet Varghese

Bachelor of Business, Master of Management (Marketing)