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.

Interested in postgraduate study in finance? With the Master of Business in Finance you explore a topic of your interest and learn from research-active academics who are experts in their field - 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 postgraduate finance students in our research seminars and related activities. To support your postgraduate research, you have access to 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: 2023

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

  • Specialisation courses
  • Research methods course(s)
  • A thesis or dissertation

Specialisation courses

These advanced-level finance courses cover the latest research and theories in your specialisation, and help you prepare for your independent research thesis or dissertation.

Finance courses

Not all courses listed are offered each calendar year.

Research methods courses

The research methods courses explore philosophical issues underpinning the design of research and the research process.

The courses include training in research methods and analysis to prepare students to conduct a methodologically rigorous research thesis or dissertation.


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

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

Detailed information about courses in this programme

Detailed programme structure and course outlines

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.

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