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Bachelor of Finance

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 314401

CRICOS 023443E

The Bachelor of Finance degree introduces students to the global and institutional aspects of the world's financial systems.  There is a broad coverage of the specialised financial institutions, their asset classes, and the markets in which the different assets are traded. Areas of study include financial markets, valuation issues, international trade and finance, financial modelling and financial management.  Students admitted to the Bachelor of Finance may choose to graduate with one of the following degrees:

The Bachelor of Finance program comprises a range of courses in finance, economics, mathematics and statistics. Students may choose a particular area of specialisation during their second and third years or continue with a more general approach.

A wide number of courses have met the competence area requirement for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
  • Entry Requirements

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 314401
    2016 CSP ATAR 65.55
    Adelaide Approved Score 75
    2016 CSP IB 24
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Assumed Knowledge
    While a knowledge of mathematics is good background for finance, mathematics and commerce courses, SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies are essential for certain electives within these programs. Consequently to enjoy maximum choice within the programmes, SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies is recommended.

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314401

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 75
    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 023443E
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 75
    IB 25
    A-Level 7
    UEC [Malaysia] 20
    SAT [US] 1200
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] [1] 80%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    Bradford Foundation Program 74
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $10,050

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Finance graduates will be in a strong position to gain employment with private and public companies anywhere in the world, and also in many government departments. They may be employed by trading and merchant banks, investment firms, consulting specialists, private and public corporations and local and national government agencies. Openings for graduates are in treasury and risk management, stockbroking, fund and portfolio management, international trade and derivatives trading and pricing.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Work Placement: [Can include]


    Professional Accreditation

    The University's business programs have been awarded international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) 

    AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than 5% of the world's business schools.

    This means the University of Adelaide's Business Degrees are recognised internationally for their high quality.


    Graduates of the finance degree are entitled to affiliate membership of the nationally-recognised Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia). Full membership of Finsia requires completion of the Institute's Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, progress towards which is greatly facilitated by completion of this degree.

    By undertaking specific courses, graduates can also obtain partial compliance with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission RG146 (tier 1 Compliance), in the areas of generic knowledge derivatives and securities.

    A wide number of courses have met the competence area requirement for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

    Potential careers

    Banker, Commodities or Futures Trader, Accountant, Actuary, Finance Manager, Financial Adviser, Financial Services Officer, Fund and Portfolio Manager, International Government and Trade Policy Adviser, International Trade or Business Analyst, Business Manager, Econometrician, Economist, Management Consultant, Auditor, Business Analyst, Business Data Analyst, Foreign Affairs, Statistician, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Stockbroker, Financial Systems / Computer Analyst ...

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Global Learning Experience

    Your program has been designed to provide you with the opportunity to add a global experience to your studies. You can do this by incorporating a study tour or a semester exchange into your study plan. 

    Study Tours

    Study tours are usually two or three weeks in duration. They can be credited towards electives or core courses. Study tours are usually held during the summer or winter break. The Faculty of the Professions runs different and repeated study tours every year.  Some examples are below and current study tours being offered can be found here: Go Global

    International Internship – PROF 3501 2nd Year 3 Elective
    Study Exchange

    The best time to go on an exchange is in Semester 1 - Year 2, Semester 2 - year 2, or semester 1- Year 3. If you want to go on exchange, the easiest way is to structure your degree plan so that you can take all electives during your exchange semester. However, there are some courses you can take at partner institutions that will count as core course credit.  

    The preferred Faculty of the Professions exchange partners for the Business School are: 


    KU Leuven (Belgium)
    Aarhus University (Denmark) 
    Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
    University of Exeter - Business School (England) 
    Aalto University (Finland)
    Audencia Business School (France)
    University of Strasbourg - EM Strasbourg Business School (France)
    University of Strasbourg - Institute of Political Studies (France)
    ESCP Europe (France)
    HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management (Germany)
    EBS University of Business and Law (Germany)
    University of Mannheim (Germany)
    University of Tubingen - School of Economics (Germany)
    University of Gottingen (Germany)
    Bocconi University (Italy)
    Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
    Maastricht University (Netherlands)
    Utrecht University (Netherlands)

    South America

    University of Chile (Chile)


    Xiamen University (China)
    University of International Business and Economics: UIBE (China)

    North America

    HEC Montreal (Canada)

    Please see the example below and contact the Global Study Coordinator for more information.  Also make sure to check out the Global Learning website for a full list of the University of Adelaide exchange partners, application dates, and other key information. 

    An example of a Student Exchange Study Plan below:

    Partner & CountryCourseUniversity of Adelaide CreditUnitsYear/ LevelCore/ Elective
    Maastricht University - Netherlands Options and Futures Options, Futures and Risk Management III 3 3rd Year Elective
    Time Series Modelling Finance Elective Level III 3 3rd
    Financial Management and Policy Finance Elective Level III 3 3rd Year Elective
    Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management  Portfolio Theory and Management III 3 3rd Year Core
  • Degree Structure
    All students commence in the Bachelor of Finance program and after completing first year can choose to specialise in international finance. A common first year comprised of courses in finance, economics, mathematics, statistics and accounting is followed by the choice of pathway best suited to the interests of the student. Students must complete core finance courses, which include International Financial Institutions and Markets at level 1; Business Finance and Financial Economics at level 2; and Portfolio Theory and Management at level 3. Some of the courses offered provide opportunities for gaining affiliate membership to the Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia), as well as covering material relevant for entry to the Chartered Financial Analysts and Financial Planning Association. The flexibility of the degree allows students to choose electives across all levels in a wide range of subject areas offered by other faculties. Applicants seeking entry into the Bachelor of Finance or the International specialisation use the SATAC code 314401.

    Bachelor of Finance (International): this specialisation is ideal for students wishing to focus on the interaction of economics and finance at an international level. Finance courses include Money, Banking and Financial Markets, and International Finance which cover areas such as the mechanics and operation of foreign exchange, debt and equity markets, as well as providing coverage of important monetary and financial issues and developments in the world. This finance pathway is for those interested in trading international financial instruments and providing financial and monetary advice to multinational companies and government, along with working in both merchant and retail banks.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    For those wishing to focus on the interaction of economics and finance, choices could include financial economics, international trade and finance and financal econometrics. Students with commercial aspirations undertake courses in corporate finance, futures and risk management, portfolio theory and management, and investment analysis and valuation. All eligible students are admitted to the Bachelor of Finance program but may choose to follow the Bachelor of Finance (international) stream.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year level 1
    Core Courses ACCTING 1002: Introductory Accounting I 
    ECON 1012: Principles of Economics I
    CORPFIN 1002: Business Finance I 
    ECON 1009: International Financial Institutions & Markets I 
    ECON 1008: Business and Economic Statistics I or
    STATS 1000: Statistical Practice I


    One approved Maths Combination from:

    MATHS 1009: Introduction to Financial Mathematics I and MATHS 1010: Applications of Quantitative Methods in Finance I

    MATHS 1011: Mathematics IA and MATHS 1012: Mathematics IB

    Elective One Level I Elective
    Year level 2
    Core Courses

    CORPFIN 2501: Financial Institutions Management II
    ECON 2508: Financial Economics II
    CORPFIN 2502: Business Valuation II

    and either
    ECON 2504: Intermediate Econometrics II or
    MATHS 2103: Probability and Statistics

    Electives Four Level II Electives
    Year level 3
    Core Courses

    CORPFIN 3501: Portfolio Theory & Management

    and either

    CORPFIN 3502: Options,Futures andRisk Management III or
     MATHS 3012: Financial Modelling: Tools and Techniques III


    Two Level III Finance courses from the list below:
    CORPFIN 3500 Corporate Finance Theory III
    CORPFIN 3503 Corporate Investment and Strategy III
    CORPFIN 3504 Treasury and Financial Risk Management III
    ECON 3506 International Trade III
    ECON 3502 Econometrics III
    ECON 3510 International Finance III
    ECON 3511 Money, Banking and Financial Markets III
    STATS 3005 Time Series III

    Electives Four Level III Electives
    NOTE:CURRENT STUDENTS, please visit this link for your study plan templates:


    May include, but not limited to: Examinations, Group Assignments, Individual Assignments, Consulting Projects, Presentations, Quizzes, Tests, Tutorial Work as prescribed within each course.

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