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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 to 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.

Advanced Accounting and Finance Streams

The UniSA Business School offers high-achieving year 12 students the opportunity to enter the Advanced Accounting, Economics or Finance Stream, which includes a $1,000 grant towards a professional industry development or global study experience to boost employability. Learn more.

Key features

  • Offering the longest-running specialised property degree in Australia, and the longest established finance degree of its kind in South Australia.
  • Finance students use financial market simulation programs in the finance trading room, and engage with the global derivatives trading industry.
  • Property students can engage with industry through the Property Mentoring Scheme and networking events.
  • Awarded five stars in the category Teaching and Student Quality in the QS Stars Business School Rankings.
  • Leverage opportunities to participate in industry placements and overseas exchanges – we have more than 2,500 industry partners and over 60 university partners worldwide.
  • Our Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and awarded five stars in the QS Stars Business School Rankings.

 1UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 163 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, July 2016.

Why UniSA?

  • UniSA is in the top 150 institutions in the world for Finance1.
  • Our Master of Finance is recognised by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) as a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) academic partner.
  • From late 2017, you will experience our new state-of-the-art finance trading lab. The lab will provide students with a range of financial analysis tools used by professionals at the world’s leading banks and investment firms and will receive live market data in real-time.
  • Our Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide2 and has been awarded five stars in the QS Stars Business School rankings.
  • During your studies you will gain industry experience, with access to career-focused electives and internships, building your confidence and professional networks.
  • A range of global study options to build expertise, confidence and a global perspective, with one of our international exchanges or study tours.
  • UniSA is in the top five ranked institutions in Australia for teaching, international outlook, research and industry income3.

12017 QS subject rankings.  2UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 163 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide.  3Times Higher Education (THE) Top 200 Under 50 2017.

UniSA offers 10 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

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)

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
  • 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)1.

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 

1Australian 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 Master of Finance has enabled me to effectively research, be self-sufficient and understand and use specialist software/databases (SAS and STATA) that is critical, preparing me for work in the financial field. I have also appreciated that lecturers have always used case studies, practical exercises and real life examples, which has maximised the relevance of my learning.

Xiao Zheng

Master of Finance (Banking), Master of Finance

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Xiao Zheng

Master of Finance (Banking), Master of Finance

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 at Delloite Australia

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Nicholas Abela

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

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