Business Postgraduate Study

The AUT Business School is known in New Zealand and internationally for the high quality of its graduates, the impact of its research and its effective engagement with business and the broader community. We attract students from New Zealand and overseas who are seeking a relevant, rigorous and engaged business education that prepares them well for business practice.


AUT’s finance department is already one of the leading departments in the region and beyond. AUT was ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for accounting and finance in the 2017 QS World University Rankings® by subject. The QS World University Rankings® subject rankings is based on research, academic reputation and employer reputation.

Postgraduate finance students are provided with solid background in research methodology and financial econometrics which would allow them to carry out empirical research in any areas in finance, including corporate finance and governance, financial markets, investments, international finance and financial risk management.


The department has 14 full-time research active staff and several PhD students. The staff publish continuously in top international academic journals and their research contributions have been recognised at national and international conferences where they have been awarded numerous best paper prizes.

The department collaborates closely with the Auckland Centre for Financial Research,  a leading international research centre in empirical finance. The department, in conjunction with the ACFR,  convenes regular research seminars,  workshops and conferences.

We provide first-rate research support and involve our postgraduate students in our research seminars and related activities. The department has acquired various databases, such as Datastream, SIRCA, Compustat, OSIRIS and others that are absolutely necessary for up-to-date and valuable research projects.

Examples of student research include:

  • Comparative responsiveness of NZ property market
  • Stock market anomalies: Evidence from Chinese stock markets
  • Portfolio diversification: Benefits of investing in carbon markets
  • Private equity placements in the NZ stock market
  • The impact of mega-sporting events on stock markets

Database Resource Centre at AUT Business School

Postgraduate papers include:

These papers are offered in the following postgraduate qualifications:


The Business School has a large number of professorial staff, including leading scholars who are recognised internationally and nationally. Our academic staff are enthusiastic researchers and teachers with backgrounds in academia and professional practice and our courses have an emphasis on ‘real’ research that is relevant to the business community.

Further information and a full listing of finance research staff at the AUT Business School

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.38pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.