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Finance is all about achieving the best return relative to risk, and helping organisations add value for their shareholders. Studying Finance at Waikato University will prepare you for highly paid positions in the financial and business sectors anywhere in the world.

Finance at Waikato is focused on money management, investments, banking and credit, the share, bond and commodity markets, and financial analysis and decision making. You'll learn about corporate finance, portfolio selection, capital markets, corporate finance, personal financial planning, and the governance of public and private organisations.

Practical assignments will prepare you for exactly what you'll encounter in your financial career. For example, in FINA312 Portfolios and Markets, students get to work on a funds simulation projects using real data, and prepare a report on a publicly listed New Zealand or Australian company, while playing the role of a trainee investment analyst. You'll also have an opportunity to do an internship as part of the Bachelor of Business Analysis.

If you're new to Hamilton, there are plenty of social opportunities available to you – you could join the Waikato Management School Students’ Association Investment Club, a student-run club that organises regular training workshops and events for members.

If you enjoy mathematics, accounting, economics, and using analytical tools to find the meaning behind numbers, than finance may be the right fit for you. Learn more about studying Finance by visiting the department's website.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting, Finance, and Business and Management Studies, by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings.

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which has Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, placing it in the top 1% of all business schools worldwide.

 Career opportunities

  • Commercial and investment banker
  • Corporate banker
  • Corporate finance specialist
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Financial planner
  • Merchant banker
  • Merger and acquisition specialist
  • Sharebroker
  • Stockbroker
  • Treasury specialist

200 level

Quantitative Methods for Economics and FinanceECON20420.0 Points
FinanceFINA20120.0 Points

300 level

EconometricsECON30420.0 Points
Behavioural FinanceFINA30120.0 Points
Business Analysis and ValuationFINA30520.0 Points
Personal Wealth ManagementFINA30620.0 Points
Corporate FinanceFINA31120.0 Points
Portfolios and MarketsFINA31220.0 Points
Capital MarketsFINA31320.0 Points
Applied Project in FinanceFINA39920.0 Points

400 level

EconometricsECON40420.0 Points
Ethics in FinanceFINA40120.0 Points
Entrepreneurial FinanceFINA40320.0 Points
Business Analysis and Asset ValuationFINA40520.0 Points
Derivative SecuritiesFINA41220.0 Points
Financial Markets and InstitutionsFINA41320.0 Points
Computer Modelling in FinanceFINA41520.0 Points
Multinational Financial ManagementFINA41720.0 Points
Industry Experience 4FINA49520.0 Points
Report of an InvestigationFINA49920.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Fin) and GradDip(Fin)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Finance at an advanced level in their first degree. Within the Graduate Diploma a specialisation is available in Personal Financial Planning. The requirements for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Prescriptions for the BMS(Hons), BBA(Hons)(Fin), PGCert(Fin), PGDip(Fin) and MMS

Finance may be taken as a major for the BMS(Hons) and as a subject for the BBA(Hons)(Fin) and MMS. A Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance are also available. In addition, Applied Economics and Finance may be taken as a subject for the MMS. The requirements of the major, subjects, Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Students enrolling in 500 level Finance papers should normally have a minimum of a B average in undergraduate Finance papers, with no less than that in 300 and 400 level Finance papers. All students should discuss their programme with the Management Student Centre before enrolling.

Macroeconomic AnalysisECON50115.0 Points
Economics for BusinessECON50615.0 Points
Quantitative Skills for Finance and EconomicsECON50715.0 Points
Microeconomic Analysis - MethodsECON51915.0 Points
Microeconomic Analysis - TheoryECON52015.0 Points
Topics in Economic Policy AnalysisECON52415.0 Points
Econometric Topics: Macroeconomics and FinanceECON52815.0 Points
MicroeconometricsECON52915.0 Points
International Finance and Open Economy MacroeconomicsECON53215.0 Points
Topics in Trade and DevelopmentECON53315.0 Points
Applied EconometricsECON54315.0 Points
Computer Modelling for Financial AnalysisFINA50115.0 Points
Derivative Securities OneFINA50215.0 Points
Issues in Corporate FinanceFINA50315.0 Points
International Corporate FinanceFINA50415.0 Points
Finance TheoryFINA50615.0 Points
Corporate Governance, Mergers and AcquisitionsFINA50715.0 Points
Financial Theory and Corporate PolicyFINA51015.0 Points
Advanced Corporate FinanceFINA51130.0 Points
Investments and PortfoliosFINA51230.0 Points
Advanced Behavioural FinanceFINA51330.0 Points
Advanced Financial ModellingFINA51530.0 Points
Investments, Portfolios and Financial MarketsFINA51715.0 Points
Derivatives TwoFINA51915.0 Points
Advanced DerivativesFINA52930.0 Points
Special Interest Finance: Eastern FinanceFINA56030.0 Points
Directed StudyFINA58915.0 Points
Directed StudyFINA59030.0 Points
Finance DissertationFINA59130.0 Points
Finance DissertationFINA59260.0 Points
Finance ThesisFINA59390.0 Points
Finance ThesisFINA594120.0 Points
Report of an InvestigationFINA59930.0 Points
Research Methods in Management StudiesMNGT50130.0 Points
Research Methods in Management Studies for Economics and FinanceMNGT50215.0 Points

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Finance MPhil ThesisFINA800120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Finance PhD ThesisFINA900120.0 Points

Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)

To complete the requirements for a BMS major in Finance, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from the subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above, of which 40 points must be at 400-level. You'll also need to meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Finance are that you must include:

  • FINA311 Corporate Finance
  • FINA312 Portfolios and Markets
  • No more than 40 points in ECON coded papers

If Finance is your second major, then you can count MNGT221 as a major paper for this subject.

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS(Hons))

To complete the requirements for a BMS(Hons) major in Finance, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from the subject area. You'll need to include at least 60 points at 300-level or above, which includes at least 40 points at 400-level or above and at least 30 points at 500-level.

The specific requirements for Finance are that you must include:

  • FINA311 Corporate Finance
  • FINA312 Portfolios and Markets
  • No more than two ECON coded papers
  • If you are taking two majors you can count either the compulsory 599 or MNGT596 towards your Waikato Management School major papers, provided it is approved as relevant to that major and you have included a further 30 points at 500-level in that major.

Don't forget, you must pass 120 points at 500-level for the qualification and submit a Portfolio of Achievement. If you have only selected 30 points at 500-level for your major, then a further 90 points at 500-level is required to meet this degree regulation.

Bachelor of Business Analysis - Financial (BBA(Fin))

To complete the requirements for a BBA(Fin) major in Finance, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from the subject area and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above. In order to meet the Assurance of Learning requirements for this programme you must include an X type occurrence from either ACCT313, ECON309 or FINA306, unless you have previously completed this requirement as part of an earlier paper.

The specific requirements for Finance are that you must include:

  • FINA311 Corporate Finance
  • FINA312 Portfolios and Markets
  • FINA415 Computer Modelling in Finance
  • No more than two ECON coded papers
  • And if Finance is your first major you must also include the applied project, work experience or business applications paper:
  • FINA306 Personal Wealth Management (see note below)

If Finance is your second major then you can count ECON200 or FINA201 as a major paper for this subject.

Please note: If FINA306 is the earliest enrolment of either ACCT313, ECON309 or FINA306 then you must enrol in an X type occurrence in order to complete the Assurance of Learning requirements for your programme. XS, XA, XB, XT are the occurrences available; the second letter corresponds to the specific semester.

Bachelor of Business Analysis Honours - Financial (BBA(Hons(Fin))

To complete the requirements for the BBA(Hons)(Fin), you'll need to pass 120 points at 500-level, include at least 60 points from one subject area, and submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see BBA(Hons)(Fin) qualification information for further details). You'll also need to include:

  • Either FINA591 Finance Dissertation or FINA592 Finance Dissertation
  • No more than one ECON coded paper

Please note: If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the degree.

Finance as a second major

Even if you are enrolled in an undergraduate degree that doesn't list Finance as a major subject, you may normally still take it as a second major. In these circumstances you are required to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above. You'll also need to include:

  • FINA201 Finance
  • FINA311 Corporate Finance
  • FINA312 Portfolios and Markets
  • No more than two ECON coded papers

Graduate Certificate (GradCert)

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Finance, you must pass 60 points at 100-level or above and include at least 40 points at 300-level or above. At least 40 points must be from one subject area.

The specific requirement for Finance is that you must include no more than 20 points in ECON coded papers.

Note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Graduate Diploma (GradDip)

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Diploma, you'll need to pass 120 points at 100-level or above and include at least 80 points at 300-level or above, and pass the Writing Competency Module. You'll also need to meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject. You can choose to take up to 40 points from other Graduate Diploma subjects with the permission of the department's Graduate Convenor.

The specific requirements for Finance are that you must include:

  • FINA201 Finance
  • FINA311 Corporate Finance
  • FINA312 Portfolios and Markets
    No more than two ECON coded papers

Please meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study. You can choose to take up to 40 points from other Graduate Diploma subjects with the permission of the department's Graduate Convenor.

Note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate, you must pass 60 points at 500-level from one subject area and meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Finance are that you must meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Note: If you fail a paper then you may repeat it once. If you fail more than one paper, or you fail the same paper twice, then you will not be permitted to proceed with the Certificate. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass 120 points at 500-level and submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see the Postgraduate Diploma qualification information for further details). You must also meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject. You can choose to take up to 30 points from other graduate subjects with the permission of the department's Graduate Convenor.

The specific requirements for Finance are that you must meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and include:

  • FINA511 Advanced Corporate Finance
  • FINA512 Investments and Portfolios

Note: If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the diploma. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Master of Management Studies (MMS)

The completion requirements for the Master of Management Studies are dependent upon your admission criteria; please see the qualification information for further details. However you'll need to:

  • Meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and to ensure any specific subject requirements are met.
  • Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies or MNGT502 Research Methods in Management Studies for Economics and Finance (unless passed previously)
  • Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in your subject area
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see MMS information for further details)
  • Meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

Option 1: Finance

The specific requirements for Finance are that you must meet with the Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and include:

  • FINA511 Advanced Corporate Finance
  • FINA512 Investments and Portfolios

Option 2: Finance - Professional (specialisation)

The Master of Management Studies (MMS) in Finance – Professional is a specialist one-year master’s degree (180 points) aimed at those seeking a professional career in the financial industry. This taught masters programme has a strong practical focus. You will also have the opportunity to undertake an applied research project.

The specific requirements are that you must include:

Stage 1: Core knowledge and skills:

  • FINA501 Computer Modelling for Financial Analysis
  • FINA510 Financial Theory and Corporate Policy
  • FINA517 Investment, Portfolios and Financial Markets
  • ECON507 Quantitative Skills for Finance and Economics

Stage 2: Advanced professional knowledge

  • FINA502 Derivative Securities One
  • FINA503 Issues in Corporate Finance
  • FINA504 International Corporate Finance
  • FINA507 Corporate Restructuring and Governance (15 pts)
  • FINA519 Derivative Securities Two (15 pts)

Stage 3: Applied research and professional internship

  • FINA505 Applied Research Project in Finance (30 pts)
  • FINA516 Advanced Financial Modelling 1 (15pts)

Option 3: Applied Economics and Finance

The specific requirements for Applied Economics and Finance are that you would normally be expected to take a balanced mixture of Economics and Finance papers and (unless passed previously) include:

  • One paper from: ECON501 Macroeconomic Analysis, ECON519 Microeconomic Analysis - Methods or ECON520 Microeconomic Analysis - Theory
  • One of ECON528 Econometric Topics: Macroeconomics and Finance, ECON529 Microeconometrics or ECON543 Applied Econometrics
  • FINA510 Financial Theory and Corporate Policy
  • FINA517 Investments, Portfolios and Financial Markets

Note:If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the degree. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Please contact the Graduate Convenor.

Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Department of Finance

Denise Martin
Department administrator

Email: dmmartin@waikato.ac.nz

Dr Sazali Abidin
Undergraduate Convenor

Email: sazali@waikato.ac.nz

Dr Geeta Duppati
Graduate Convenor

Email: geetad@waikato.ac.nz