Bachelor of Finance

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 314401
CRICOS 023443E

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.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 314401
    2019 CSP ATAR 66.25
    2019 CSP IB 24
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 55.7
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 85
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.8
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 66.25
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 90.05
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
    Minimum Selection Rank required for consideration 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 Scheme. 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 (if studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies) 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 Scheme. 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 Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Work and life experience You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314401

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    12 14.5%
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 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)
    16 19.3%
    • 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)
    N/A N/A
    International students 52 62.7%
    All students 83 100.0%

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 023443E
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 17
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.6
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 74
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT [US] 1120
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 70
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    ANU Foundation Studies 64
    Monash Foundation Year 67.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 70
    UNSW Foundation Year 6.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.5
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 56
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.0
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 70
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500

    Scholarships

    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 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
    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

    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.

    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

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 Study Overseas opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Overseas 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

    Course Year/Level Units Core/Elective
    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: 

    Europe

    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)

    Asia

    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 & Country Course University of Adelaide Credit Units Year/ Level Core/ 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
    Year
    Elective
    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
    • 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 I 
    ECON 1012: Principles of Economics I
    CORPFIN 1002: Business Finance I 
    ECON 1009: International Financial Institutions and Markets I 
    ECON 1008: Business and Economic Statistics I or
    STATS 1000: Statistical Practice I

    and

    One approved Maths combination from:

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

    and either

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

    Plus

    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

    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.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 10 Jul 2019