Bachelor of Finance

Be the best in the business

Studying finance means learning the art of money management. What are the ins and outs of the financial world? How can individuals and employers best reach their financial goals?

Finance professionals are pragmatic, quick-thinking and ambitious. They’re skilled problem-solvers who stay informed and get results.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Finance gives you the skills and knowledge to excel in finance. You will:

  • understand wealth management and financial modelling in depth
  • study valuation issues and financial markets
  • explore international trade and finance
  • learn about specialised financial institutions and their asset classes
  • build critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills.

If you’re interested in a more global perspective, we also offer the Bachelor of Finance (International), a specialised stream that emphasises adaptability and large scale insights.

Where could it take you?

You could work in commercial banking as a sales associate, trust officer or loan officer. You might become a financial adviser, helping people secure their dream homes and plan for retirement. Perhaps you’ll pursue data analysis or even manage a hedge fund.

The University is currently seeking accreditation for this program from the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA).

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 314401
2021 CSP ATAR 66.75
2021 CSP IB 24
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 26
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 61.75
Median ATAR to receive an offer 78.55
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 98.15
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 66.75
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 83.7
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
Minimum eligibility score 65
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Assumed Knowledge While a knowledge of mathematics is good background for finance, mathematics and commerce courses, SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods is essential for certain electives within this program. Consequently to enjoy maximum choice within the programmes, SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods is recommended.
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 314401

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
11 15.5%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
20 28.2%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
<5 N/A
International students 36 50.7%
All students 71 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

Scholarships

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

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Careers

Career Readiness

Finance graduates are well positioned to gain employment in the private and public sectors all over the world. Opportunities can arise in trading and merchant banks, investment firms, consulting specialists, private and public corporations, and local and national government agencies.

Roles are likely to include 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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Industry Placement

Work placement can include:

Professional Accreditation

Some Bachelor of Finance courses provide opportunities for gaining affiliate membership of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. They also cover material relevant for entry to the Chartered Financial Analysts and Financial Planning Association.

Additionally, completing certain courses will enable you to obtain partial compliance with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission RG146 (tier 1 Compliance) in the areas of generic knowledge derivatives and securities.

The University is currently seeking accreditation for this program from the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA).

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, Auditor, Business Analyst, Business Data Analyst, Foreign Affairs, Statistician, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Stockbroker, Financial Systems / Computer Analyst

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 Valuation' and 'Financial Economics' at level 2
  • '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.

You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions 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 financial 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 degree, 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 
ECON 1012: Principles of Economics 
CORPFIN 1002: Business Finance 
ECON 1009: International Financial Institutions and Markets 
ECON 1008: Data Analytics 
or
STATS 1000: Statistical Practice 

and

One approved Maths combination from:

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

MATHS 1011: Mathematics IA and MATHS 1012: Mathematics IB
Elective One level I elective
Year Level 2
Core courses CORPFIN 2501: Financial Institutions Management 
ECON 2508: Financial Economics 
CORPFIN 2502: Business Valuation 

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 and Management 


and either

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

Plus

Two level III Finance courses from the list below:

CORPFIN 3500: Corporate Finance Theory 
CORPFIN 3503: Corporate Investment and Strategy 
CORPFIN 3504: Treasury and Financial Risk Management 
ECON 3506: International Trade
ECON 3502: Econometrics
ECON 3510: International Finance 
ECON 3511: Money, Banking and Financial Markets III
STATS 3005: Time Series III
Electives Four level III electives

CURRENT STUDENTS, please visit this link for your study plan templates: www.adelaide.edu.au/professions/current-students/study-plans

Assessment

Assessment may include, but is not limited to: examinations, group assignments, individual assignments, consulting projects, presentations, quizzes, tests, tutorial work as prescribed within each course.

Testimonial

I have always wanted to help people. Originally the plan was to study medicine, but then discovered I had a passion for business. When exploring my options, I saw the Bachelor of Finance and instantly knew this was the career path I wanted to go for. I have joined the AIESEC student group in my first year and this has allowed me to meet many new friends. Through the accounting class I have been introduced to the CA Achievers program (Chartered Accounts) which has led to an internship.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021