Start Date
February
August

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
DBIB

SATAC Code
424091 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Entry Scores
2022 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 68.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): B,B,B
TAFE/RTO: DIP
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2021 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 65.10
TAFE/RTO: Cert IV
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Degree overview

  • 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.
  • Be at the forefront of the latest industry developments and apply logical, critical and creative solutions to key business problems.
  • 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.
  • Gain an international business perspective by studying overseas as part of your degree.
  • 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.
  • Ranked No. 1 In SA and Top 10 in Australia for Business and Economics1.
  • Gain real-world experience as part of your studies through an internship, student exchange or mentorship opportunity.
  • Receive a $1,000 grant towards a professional development opportunity plus a course substitution when you achieve a B+ or higher in SACE Stage 2 Economics in Year 12.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Applied Economics2.
  • UniSA Business is in the top one per cent worldwide3 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2020.
  • UniSA Business is 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.
  • Benefit from flexible study options to suit your needs.

12021 THE Subject Rankings. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 3UniSA 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.

Snapshot

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Develop an in-depth understanding of the global business environment focusing on national and international economies, public policies, 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, and have the chance to learn in our state-of-the-art Iress Trading Room on campus.

As a graduate, you’ll be at the forefront of these latest international business developments and have the expertise to apply logical, critical and creative solutions essential for business success.

Economics Career Grant

Year 12 students interested in economics can receive a $1,000 grant towards a professional industry development or global study experience, plus a course substitution through our Economics Career Grant. To be eligible, you must achieve a B+ or higher in SACE Stage 2 Economics in Year 12.

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. 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; as well as national and international economies. You can also embark on an overseas study tour, undertake an industry placement, or work on an industry-related research project.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

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 in Business 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
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Economics of Public Policy ECON 3007 4.5
International Economics ECON 3008 4.5
International Currency and Banking Markets BANK 3011 4.5
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

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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)

Business_Hub_images-56 copy.jpgAs 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. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in an investigative study tour learning about business practices and the economy, as well as political and cultural influences in other regions. 

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.

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 (Economics, Finance and Trade) with the Master of Finance or Master of Finance (Financial Planning) 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.

Combined degrees

We offer a wide range of combined degrees so you can specialise in two fields and expand your career prospects. Pair this degree with another degree in business, or from another discipline, and tailor your qualification to your interests.

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 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.

Careers to consider:

  • Business adviser: working with new or established businesses and analysing business plans and financial statements; advising on investments, marketing, funding and financial trends; understanding consumer needs and how to improve profitability
  • Business forecaster: combining data analysis and an understanding of economic trends; predicting future impacts on company sales and revenue and helping them in their marketing or production decisions.
  • Business development manager: working with business and advising on business plans; advising on investment, finance and marketing strategies; analysing domestic and global economic factors on business; advising businesses on growth opportunities
  • 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.

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

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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

International

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Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

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

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads 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 student services including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • 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.

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

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

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

"The global macroeconomic focus this program delivers has been invaluable in my career to date, within the International Trade, Governance and Public Policy sectors. This has been paramount in my position as Australian Delegate to the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, allowing me to apply and engage this theory in the epicentre of global policy."

Arlen Dabinett

Bachelor of Business (Economics, Finance and Trade), Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Senior Finance & Policy Officer, Australian Government Department of Finance

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Arlen Dabinett

Bachelor of Business (Economics, Finance and Trade), Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Senior Finance & Policy Officer, Australian Government Department of Finance

"I chose to study Law at UniSA because it allowed me to combine law and economics in the one degree and bring together my two passions. The teaching staff are extremely supportive and helpful, always willing to go above and beyond to help students. Course coordinators offer weekly drop in sessions and some courses also provide help desks where teaching staff provide additional support with course material. Many courses also contain group assignments and this has helped me to engage with my peers academically as well as making new friends, which is great for international students. Law at UniSA also has an emphasis on building practical skills through opportunities like the Legal Advice Clinic, which I believe will help me succeed in my career."

Sulakshana Kumari Jayasekara

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Business (Economics, Finance and Trade)

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Sulakshana Kumari Jayasekara

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Business (Economics, Finance and Trade)

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