Interested in currency, stocks and bonds? Finance is one of the most dynamic areas of business. It looks at the ways individuals, businesses and institutions raise and invest funds to create wealth and achieve growth. The recent global financial crisis shows that the financial system is an essential part of the global economy. There is high demand for top finance graduates, in both the private and public sector.
The Finance major in the Bachelor of Business (BBus) degree provides you with sound knowledge of financial markets and institutions, investments and portfolio theory, and corporate and managerial finance. Students are trained to be analytical, critical and able to work in teams and communicate effectively.
- Prepares you for critical financial management duties in large multinational firms or entrepreneurial business ventures, and positions in financial institutions
- Real business experience through Students in Free Enterprise, 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 AUT Business School has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme allowing students with a BBus Finance major to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
- The AUT Business School is among an elite group of 6% of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
More information about the Bachelor of BusinessStructure and content
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)
- Fundamentals of Marketing, Advertising, Retailing and Sales (MARS) (15 points)
- Business Information Systems (15 points)
- Design Thinking (15 points)
- Introduction to Tourism (15 points)
- Leadership for Sustainable Enterprise (15 points)
Over the next 2 years, you will gain an understanding of the 3 interrelated core areas of the Finance major. These are financial markets and institutions, investments and portfolio theory, and corporate and managerial finance. Studies will be based around these areas and incorporate other aspects of finance, including domestic and international guidelines and requirements, financial analysis theories and techniques, and data modelling.
This is the final part to the Bachelor of Business degree and takes a full semester of study. You have the opportunity to apply what you have learnt in your major(s) to the real world in a business, not-for profit organisation, or entrepreneurial venture. You choose 1 of the 3 following papers:
1) Co-operative Education
A supervised industry placement related to your major in an organisation of your choice. Placements can be done either in New Zealand or overseas. Recent placements included Goldman Sachs, Treasury, PWC,
ASB Securities and Heartland Bank.
2) Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
You work as part of a team and create and manage a project to benefit a group within a New Zealand community.
3) Applied Project (normally by invitation only)
You do a supervised individual or group project based within an academic department in the AUT Business School. This option is primarily aimed at those students interested in continuing on to postgraduate study.
Further information about Co-operative Education
PAPERS (105 POINTS)
395000 Introduction to Finance
Level Six (choose three):
396002 Corporate Finance
396003 Investment and Portfolio Analysis
396004 Banking and Financial Markets
396006 Personal Finance
Level Seven (choose three):
397001 International Corporate Finance
397003 Financial Risk Management
397005 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Finance
397006 Financial Modelling and Data Analysis
377410 Applied Econometrics
Postgraduate finance qualification overview and papersAUT's finance department is one of the country's leading research departments. Find out more about our international rankings, academics and research projects.
- Commercial banker
- Commodities trader
- Corporate finance manager
- Fund manager
- Investment banker
- Securities analyst
- Stock broker
Find out more about research at the Finance Department in the AUT Business School.