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BSc - Finance as a major

If you're intrigued by the natural world around you, or enjoy understanding how things work, Waikato's Bachelor of Science (BSc) is what you're looking for. Putting into practice what you learn in your lectures is a major part of this degree. You will gain hands-on experience with some of the most up-to-date and high-tech computing facilities and laboratory equipment.

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.


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Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
BSc Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,922 per year
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Fees (International): $28,290 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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

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Finance is concerned with investment, decision-making where time and risk are key parameters, and financial markets.

Finance is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Business Analysis and Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours. Finance may also be included as a second major or as a minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Finance as a single major for the BBus, BBA, and BMS(Hons), students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Finance, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete FINAN101, MATHS168 or ECONS205, FINAN200, FINAN202, FINAN302, FINAN305, and 45 points from either FINAN203 or FINAN306, either FINAN204 or FINAN301, FINAN303, and FINAN304. BBus students may count one of MNMGT495, MNMGT496 or MNMGT499 in place of 15 points from the 45 point option list.

To complete Finance as part of a double major for the BBus, BBA, BMS(Hons) or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Finance, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete FINAN101, MATHS168 or ECONS205, FINAN200, FINAN202, FINAN302, FINAN305, and 30 points from either FINAN203 or FINAN306, either FINAN204 or FINAN301, FINAN303, and FINAN304.

To complete a minor in Finance students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Finance major, including at least 30 points above 100 level, including FINAN101 Introduction to Finance.

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
FINAN101Introduction to Finance18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the three core areas of finance -- financial management, investments, and capital markets and institutions. The paper also examines applications of corporate finance concepts to personal finance.
MATHS168Preparatory Mathematics18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
Basic algebraic concepts and an introduction to Calculus and Statistics. This paper provides a last chance for students to correct a weak background in mathematics. Students who meet the prerequisites of MATH165 or MATH166 should take one of those papers instead.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ECONS205Data Analytics with Business Applications18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper introduces various data analytical methods and illustrates their business and economics applications, showing how to use data to communicate more convincingly and to produce better-informed business decisions.
FINA201Finance18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the basics of finance, developing an understanding of financial markets and their usefulness in the business environment, developing skills in financial analysis including investment decision making, and introducing concepts of financial risk.
FINAN200Financial Management 118A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18T (Hamilton) & 18T (Tauranga)
This paper deals with the principles and practice of financial management. It examines corporate capital budgeting, capital structure theory, dividend policy and net working capital management.
FINAN202Investments 118B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18S (Hamilton) & 18S (Tauranga)
This paper deals with the principles and practice of investment analysis. Building upon the concepts of risk-return trade-offs and the efficient market hypothesis, the paper examines: modern portfolio theory and asset pricing models.
FINAN203Capital Markets and Financial Institutions18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper provides students with an introduction to Australasian financial markets and an evaluation of the institutions, instruments and participants involved in the industry.
FINAN204Entrepreneurial Finance18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper investigates the key issues relating to small business finance, especially in New Zealand. Empirical evidence, theoretical models and government policy are considered.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ECON304Econometrics18A (Hamilton)
Linear regression and binary response analysis of economic and financial data with an emphasis on interpretation, computer applications, and forecasting.
FINA301Behavioural FinanceThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
FINA305Business Analysis and Valuation18S (Online)
This paper provides a comprehensive treatment of business analysis and valuation, developing a quantitative approach to the analysis of financial information. The aim is to integrate commercial understanding, financial information and capital market theory to investigate the monetary value of businesses.
FINA306Personal Wealth Management18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18XB (Hamilton) & 18XB (Tauranga)
This paper focuses on the nature, usage and regulations on the advice of various financial products and legal instruments for developing personal wealth management plan. Participants gain an appreciation of personal goals and how wealth creation and risk management assist in attaining these. Prior knowledge of securities and bond v...
FINA311Corporate Finance18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper covers the principles of corporate finance. The material builds upon fundamental present value concepts to examine corporate capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy and cash and liquidity management.
FINA312Portfolios and Markets18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper provides an introduction to portfolio construction, management, and protection. Based on the concept of risk-return trade-off, this paper discusses the techniques and implications of efficient portfolio diversification and the allocation of assets among different securities.
FINA313Capital Markets18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces students to the principal capital markets in Australasia, their associated institutions, markets, regulators and their financial functions.
FINA399Applied Project in Finance18H (Hamilton)
An applied research project investigating a finance related issue in an organisational context.

400 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ECON404Econometrics18A (Hamilton)
Further application of estimation methods commonly used in quantitative economics with an emphasis on interpretation.
FINA401Ethics in FinanceThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
FINA403Entrepreneurial Finance18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga) & 18T (Online)
This paper focuses on the role of smaller businesses in the economy, the financial management of these enterprises and government policy relating to the SME (small-medium enterprise) sector. Various models of businesses, theories, knowledge, and financial tools needed to start an entrepreneurial venture are explored.
FINA405Business Analysis and Asset ValuationThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
FINA412Derivative Securities18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper lays the foundation for understanding risk management through the pricing and trading of futures and options contracts. The key concepts: hedging, no-arbitrage argument, and risk-neutral valuation will be explained and illustrated in the futures and option pricing models.
FINA413Financial Markets and Institutions18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces students to the principal capital markets in Australasia, their associated institutions, markets, regulators and their financial functions.
FINA415Computer Modelling in Finance18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
The objective of this paper is to equip students with financial modelling skills using a computer spreadsheet. Generic skills such as performing sensitivity analyses, running simulations and solving optimisation problems in finance are included.
FINA417Multinational Financial Management18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper deals with finance subject matters faced by multinational corporations. The course examines exchange rate determination, currency exposure management, international investments and international capital budgeting.
FINA495Industry Experience 418C (Online)
A period of four to thirteen weeks internship is spent in a host organisation with relevance to the student's major, located in New Zealand or overseas. Students find their own host organisation, which is then approved by the departmental co-ordinator. In addition to the time spent in the host organisation, Weekly small group elect...
FINA499Report of an Investigation18F (Hamilton) & 18G (Hamilton)
Directed investigation of an approved topic, available only to students enrolled in the BMS degree.

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Finance as a single major for the BBus, BBA or BMS(Hons)

If you wish to take Finance as a single major for the Bachelor of Business (BBus), Bachelor of Business Analysis (BBA) or Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS(Hons)), you'll need to pass 135 points (9 papers) in this subject area, including at least 105 points above 100-level and 60 points above 200-level.

As all papers are 15 points, you will need to complete 2 x 100-level, 3 x 200-level and 4 x 300-level papers for your major. No more than three 200-level papers may be included in this major.

The specific requirements for a single major in Finance are that you must take the following 9 papers:

  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • ECONS205 Data Analytics with Business Applications or MATHS168 Preparatory Mathematics.
  • Please note: MATHS168 should only be taken by students who do not meet the level 3 NCEA prerequisite requirements for ECONS205.

  • FINAN200 Financial Management 1
  • FINAN202 Investments 1
  • FINAN302 Investments 2
  • FINAN305 Financial Management 2
  • Remaining papers are chosen from the following:
    • FINAN203/306 Capital Markets and Institutions
    • FINAN204/301 Entrepreneurial Finance
    • FINAN303 Computer Modelling in Finance
    • FINAN304 Financial Risk Management
    • Note: No more than three 200-level papers may be included in this major.

Bachelor of Business (BBus):

The BBus single major requirements state that you must include MNMGT495/6/9 Industry Experience/Internship/Report of an Investigation as part of your major in Finance

Bachelor of Business Analysis (BBA):

There are no additional requirements for the single major within the Bachelor of Business Analysis.

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

The BMS(Hons) professional and research honours streams require you to include a further 60 points at 500-level in papers that are relevant for your first major in Finance (see the degree planner for details).

Finance as a 2nd Major for any bachelor's degree

If Finance is your second major then you must pass 120 points including at least 90 points above 100-level, of which at least 45 points must be above 200-level. As all papers are 15 points, you would therefore complete two x 100-level, three x 200-level and three x 300-level for each major.

Finance as a Minor for any bachelor's degree

If you wish to take Finance as a Minor as part of any bachelor's degree at the University of Waikato, you'll need to pass 4 papers (60 points) in this subject, which includes at least 2 papers (30 points) above 100-level.

The specific requirements for a Minor in Finance are that you must include:

  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance

Bachelor of Business Analysis with Honours (BBA(Hons))

To complete the BBA(Hons), you must pass 120 points at 500-level, including at least 60 points from the subject area of Finance.

You will also need to submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see BBA(Hons) qualification information for further details).

You must also include:

  • Either FINA591 Finance Dissertation or FINA592 Finance Dissertation
  • No more than one ECON-coded (Economics) paper

Graduate Certificate in Finance

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Finance, you must pass 60 points at 100-level or above, which includes at least 45 points at 300-level or above. At least 45 points must be from the subject area of Finance.

The specific requirement for Finance is that you may include no more than 20 points in ECON-coded (Economics) papers.

For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/FINAN

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

Please meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Graduate Diploma in Finance

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Diploma in Finance, you'll need to pass 120 points at 100-level or above and include at least 75 points at 300-level or above. At least 90 points must be from the subject area of Finance.

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 (Economics) papers

For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/FINAN

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

Please meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Postgraduate Certificate in Finance

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate in Finance, you must pass 60 points at 500-level from the subject of Finance.

For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/FINAN

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

Please meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass 120 points at 500-level, including at least 90 points from the subject area of Finance, and submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see the Postgraduate Diploma qualification information for further details).

The specific requirements for Finance are that you must include:

  • FINA511 Advanced Corporate Finance
  • FINA512 Investments and Portfolios

Remaining papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table.

For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/FINAN

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

Please meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Master of Management Studies (MMS) in Finance

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

  • 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 (see note below)
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see MMS information for further details)
  • Meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.
  • Meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Option 1: Finance

The specific requirements for Finance are that you must include:

  • FINA511 Advanced Corporate Finance
  • FINA512 Investments and Portfolios

Option 2: Finance - Professional (specialisation) - not being offered in 2018

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 Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • FINA519 Derivative Securities Two

Stage 3: Applied research and professional internship

  • FINA516 Advanced Financial Modelling 1*
  • FINA505 Applied Research Project in Finance*

*Please note: If you are taking the specialisation in Professional Finance, the MMS requirements to complete MNGT501 or MNGT502 and FINA591/592/593/594 are met by completing FINA516 and FINA505 respectively.

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 include:

  • One of either ECON501 Macroeconomic Analysis; or ECON508 Applied Microeconomics with Game Theory
  • One of either ECON528 Econometric Topics: Macroeconomics and Finance, or ECON529 Microeconometrics; or ECON543 Applied Econometrics
  • FINA510 Financial Theory and Corporate Policy
  • FINA517 Investments, Portfolios and Financial Markets

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

Please contact the Graduate Convenor.


Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Phone
: +64 838 4303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday

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

Finance subject convenors

Dr Greg Hou
Undergraduate Convenor

Email: greg.hou@waikato.ac.nz

Dr Geeta Duppati
Graduate Convenor

Email: geetad@waikato.ac.nz