Finance - Bachelor of Business

Whether launching an entrepreneurial start-up or working in a giant multinational corporation, finance is at the heart of business operations. Study finance as part of your Bachelor of Business degree.

Finance is a dynamic field within the modern global economy. Professionals in this field could work with anyone from small private investors in a financial advising role to guiding large companies through the process of listing their shares on stock exchanges worldwide. While many jobs are in the private sector, you could equally work in public or non-government organisations (NGOs).

The AUT Business School is part of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. The Bachelor of Business in Finance curriculum is based on the Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) from the CFA Program and this degree will position you well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation – a globally respected and recognised investment credential.

CFA Institute website


This is part of the Bachelor of Business.

Part 1

You complete five core papers - refer to the Bachelor of Business overview.

Bachelor of Business

Complete the following paper

And choose one of the following papers

You also choose one elective paper from the list below, or from elsewhere at AUT:

Part 2

You focus on three key areas: financial markets and institutions, investments and portfolio theory, and corporate finance.

Papers may include

Part 3

Workplace experience is the final part of your degree and takes place in your final semester. You can choose to work in an organisation of your choice or complete an applied project.

Recent co-operative education placements included:

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

Workplace experience in the Bachelor of Business

Skills you will develop

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

Graduate Profile

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

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Finance Careers

Key features
  • World-leading finance department, ranked in the top 150 in the world in QS rankings
  • Recognised by the CFA Institute
  • Graduates are well prepared to move up to Chartered Financial Analyst status
  • Valuable workplace experience in an organisation of your choice
  • Networking opportunities and real business experience through the AUT Investment Club, and the CFA Institute Research Challenge
See yourself as
  • Analytical and interested in financial markets, financial institutions, investments and corporate finance
  • Confident and articulate
  • Someone who pays attention to detail
Lucian Simmons
Jessica Lee
Matthew Delmonte

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