Bachelor of Business - Finance major

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Finance is one of the most dynamic business areas and the financial system is at the heart of the modern global economy. Finance explores how individuals, businesses and institutions raise and invest funds to increase wealth or grow businesses. Our Finance major produces graduates who can take on the critical financial management duties of large multinational firms or entrepreneurial business ventures, or take up positions in financial institutions. AUT finance graduates are known for being analytical, critical and able to work in teams and communicate effectively.

The Finance major has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programme incorporates at least 70% of the CFA Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit the CFA exams.

  • Prepares you for critical financial management duties in large multinational firms or entrepreneurial business ventures, and positions in financial institutions
  • Real business experience through an applied business project or a work placement (recent placements included Goldman Sachs, Treasury, PWC, ASB Securities and Heartland Bank.)
  • Networking opportunities and real business experience through the AUT Investment Club
  • Innovative learning environment with real case studies, online learning, trading games and hands-on sessions in the computer lab
  • Guest lecturers from the financial industry
  • Opportunity to go on a student exchange to the US, Europe or Asia
  • Academics with research strengths in corporate finance and governance, financial markets and institutions, fund management, investments, market microstructure and international finance
  • Highly ranked academic department: 10th in Australia and NZ in terms of publications in A* journals (Accounting & Finance journal study), 30th in Asia-Pacific ( Pacific-Basin Finance Journal)
  • The Bachelor of Business in Finance will position students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation – a globally respected and recognised investment credential.
  • The AUT Business School has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program – the Bachelor of Business in Finance is acknowledged as incorporating at least 70% of the CFA Program's Candidate Body of Knowledge and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
  • World-leading finance department, ranked in the top 150 in the world in QS rankings
  • The AUT Business School is among an elite group of 5% of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The outcomes for graduates of this major are outlined in the Graduate Profile.

More information about the Bachelor of Business

Structure and content 

Part One

Papers in part 1 provide you with an introduction to the roles of business and fundamental concepts in business disciplines. You complete 5 core papers in part 1 which are:

  • Business in Context (30 points) 
  • Management and Organisation (15 points) 
  • Accounting for Decision Making (15 points) 
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (15 points) 
  • Economic Principles I (15 points)

In addition to the 5 core papers, to major in finance you must complete the elective paper Introduction to Finance (15 points) and you choose 1 elective paper from the list below, or from elsewhere in the university:

  • Economic Principles 2 (15 points) 
  • Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales: Positioning in an Omni Environment (15 points) 
  • Business Information Systems (15 points) 
  • Design for Business (15 points) 
  • Leadership for Sustainable Enterprise (15 points)
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation (15 points)

Part Two
Over the next two years, you focus on three key areas: financial markets and institutions, investments and portfolio theory, and corporate finance. Papers also incorporate other aspects of finance, including domestic and international guidelines and requirements, financial analysis theories and techniques, and data modelling.

Part Three
Workplace experience (Co-operative Education) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice in New Zealand or overseas. You apply what you’ve learnt in a real-world business, not-for-profit organisation, entrepreneurial venture or through an applied project, which is a supervised research project.

Recent placements included:

  • ASB Securities
  • BNZ
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Heartland Bank
  • Pathfinder Asset Management
  • PwC
  • Treasury
  • Vodafone NZ

Further information about Co-operative Education


Level Five:

FINA501 Introduction to Finance

Level Six (choose three):

FINA601 Corporate Finance
FINA602 Investment and Portfolio Analysis
FINA603 Banking and Financial Markets
FINA604 Personal Finance

Level Seven (choose three):

FINA701 International Corporate Finance
FINA702 Financial Risk Management
FINA703 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Finance
FINA704 Financial Modelling and Data Analysis

ECON703 Applied Econometrics

Related programmes 

Please visit our AUT Postgraduate Business Qualifications page to view our range of postgraduate programmes.

AUT's finance department is one of the country's leading research departments. Find out more about our international rankings, academics and research projects. 

Career opportunities

  • Commercial banker
  • Commodities trader
  • Corporate finance manager
  • Fund manager
  • Finance manager
  • Investment banker
  • Securities analyst
  • Stock broker

Graduates and students of business

Database Resource Centre at AUT Business School

Find out more about research at the Finance Department in the AUT Business School.

Last updated: 11-Apr-2017 1.10pm

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