Finance Specialisation - Master of Business

Develop a solid background in research methodology and financial econometrics, and carry out empirical research in any area of finance with the Finance specialisation in the Master of Business.

Explore a topic of your interest and be guided by research-active academics who are known as experts in their distinctive areas of interest - from corporate finance and governance, to financial markets, investments and financial risk management.

AUT's world-leading Finance department collaborates closely with the Auckland Centre for Financial Research. We provide first-rate research support and involve our postgraduate students in our research seminars and related activities. To facilitate up-to-date and valuable research projects, we have acquired various databases including Datastream, SIRCA, Compustat and OSIRIS.

Finance department

Auckland Centre for Financial Research


This is part of the Master of Business.

Start date: 2020

To graduate with a Master of Business, you must successfully complete 180 points from:

  • Specialisation papers
  • Research methods paper(s)
  • A thesis or dissertation

Specialisation papers

These advanced-level papers provide you with comprehensive coverage in the latest research and theories in your specialisation, and help you prepare for your independent research thesis or dissertation.

Finance papers

Research Methods papers

The research methods papers provide an exploration of philosophical issues underpinning the design of research and the research process.

The papers include training in quantitative/qualitative research methods and analysis to prepare students to conduct a methodologically rigorous research thesis or dissertation.

Thesis/dissertation

  • Thesis (90 points) OR
  • Dissertation (60 points)

The class of honours awarded in the programme depends on your grade performance.

Key features
  • World-leading finance department, ranked in the top 150 in the world in QS ranking
  • One of the top-ranked research departments in this field
  • Close collaboration with the Auckland Centre for Financial Research
  • Staff who are internationally recognised as experts in this field

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