Finance Major - 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.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Business.

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As a finance student you'll learn more about how businesses make financial decisions, asset pricing (for example what Facebook is actually worth), financial risk management, the financial opportunities and risks businesses face when operating overseas, how financial markets function and the roles of various financial institutions.

Year 1

In the first semester, you take four core courses that cover fundamental business concepts:

In Semester 2, you study:

You also start to take the first courses from your second major, minor(s) or elective courses.

Year 2 & 3

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

Finance courses may include:

You also continue to take courses from your second major, minor(s) or elective courses.

Workplace experience

Work integrated learning is the final part of your degree and takes place in your final semester. You can choose to do a placement in an organisation of your choice, do a virtual internship or complete a research project, bringing together your learning and gaining valuable experience.

Recent placements included:

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

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Read more about workplace experience in AUT programmes, how it works and why it’s so beneficial when you start your career.

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Skills you will develop

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

Graduate Profile

Current students looking for specific requirements for business majors should refer to Canvas.

Career opportunities when you study the Finance major

  • 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
  • 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
  • Option to include subjects outside of business as part of your degree
  • Networking opportunities 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
Alisa Innes
William Austin
Thanushree Saragadam
Alex Dam
Bernard Leong

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