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BBus - Finance as a major

Unlock your potential with the new Bachelor of Business at Waikato. Real-world learning experiences, academic excellence, and flexible study options combine forces to supercharge your future career.

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

Entry Requirements:

University Entrance, or its equivalent, or on a case-by-case basis.

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,302 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $34,695 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *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 financer
  • Financial or business analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Financial planner/advisor
  • Banker (commercial, investment, small business, rural, industry)
  • Merger and acquisition specialist
  • Sharebroker
  • Stockbroker
  • Treasurer
  • Investment advisor
  • Actuary
  • Financial regulator
  • Portfolio manager
  • Trader/Mutual fund analyst

Degree Planner

Degree planner — BBus in Finance (Single or Double Major)

* BUSAN205 is the recommended analytics paper for the Finance major

** If you taking the BBus with a double major, choose the higher 300 Level paper indicated in the box.

Year 2

Choose one:
BUSAN201, BUSAN205 *, MRKTG205, DIGIB201

100 Level or above
Any WMS paper or 3 Experience Modules

200 Level
Elective

200 Level
Elective

200 Level
Elective

Year 3

Choose one:
FINAN303, FINAN304, FINAN306

WSAFE 396/399
Work-Integrated Learning

200 or 300 ** Level
Elective

200 or 300 ** Level
Elective

200 or 300 ** Level
Elective

  • Major
  • Field
  • Elective

Experience modules (worth 5 points each) can be completed in the teaching breaks between trimesters A, B and C. If you complete three modules, you will receive credit for one 15-point paper at 200 Level.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Paper details

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+ MATHS168 Prepatory Mathematics:

If you already have a total of 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 across any two of Mathematics, Statistics or Calculus, then replace MATHS168 with ECONS101. Then you can take any other 100 Level WMS paper for the degree.

Tauranga students: If you are studying Finance in Tauranga, then replace MATHS168 with ACCTN102 Introductory Financial Accounting.

100 LEVEL PAPERS:
  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MGSYS101 Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
  • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
200 LEVEL PAPERS:
  • BUSAN201 Practical Business Analytics
  • BUSAN205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
  • DIGIB201 Creating Value with Social Media Analytics
  • MRKTG205 Marketing Analytics and Insights
300 LEVEL PAPERS
WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING (WIL) PAPERS:

Finance is about making better investment decisions with money, shares and other assets to generate wealth, and helping organisations add value for their shareholders. You'll develop a broad understanding of how the world's financial markets operate, and gain the analytical skills required for a well-paid career in the financial/business sectors anywhere in the world.

Finance is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Business (BBus) and Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS(Hons))[1]. Finance may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Finance as a single major for the BBus, 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, FINAN200, FINAN202, FINAN204, FINAN302, FINAN305, and 15 points from FINAN303, FINAN304 or FINAN306 and one of WSAFE396 or WSAFE399.

To complete Finance as part of a double major for the BBus, 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, FINAN200, FINAN202, FINAN204, FINAN302, FINAN305, and 15 points from FINAN303, FINAN304 or FINAN306.

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. Students must complete FINAN101.

NOTES:

[1] There will be no new enrolments into the BMS(Hons) from 2024. Students who commenced a BMS(Hons) in 2023 or prior should contact the Waikato Management School for programme advice.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
FINAN101Introduction to Finance15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Hamilton Waikato College), 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton Waikato College), 24B (Tauranga), 24H (Hamilton), 24VB (National Economics University, Vietnam) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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 Mathematics15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton), 24JS (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton Waikato College)
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 MATHS165 or MATHS166 should take one of those papers instead.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
FINAN200Financial Management 115.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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 115.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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.
FINAN204Entrepreneurial Finance15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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 Points Occurrence / Location
FINAN302Investments 215.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper extends student competency in the valuation of fixed income securities, equities and alternative investments, portfolio performance evaluation, and the interpretation of investment psychology.
FINAN303Computer Modelling in Finance15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24G (Hamilton) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper introduces the use of spreadsheets and programming in building appropriate and credible financial models useful for analysts and managers in financial decision making.
FINAN304Financial Risk Management15.024B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga), 24H (Online) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper develops student understanding of risk markets and how financial institutions and firms manage risk exposure, including interest rate risk, foreign exchange risk and commodity price risk.
FINAN305Financial Management 215.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
As a second paper in financial management, this paper further examines a firm's capital structure policy, dividend and pay-out policy, short-term financial management, and several advanced topics.
FINAN306Capital Markets and Financial Institutions15.024B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper provides students with an introduction to Australasian financial markets and an evaluation of the institutions, instruments and participants involved in the industry.
FINAN399Applied Project in Finance15.024X (Online) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper offers students the opportunity to complete a directed investigation of an approved topic relevant to an organisation or industry and in an area related to their management discipline of study.
WSAFE396Management Internship15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga), 24C (Hamilton), 24C (Tauranga) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
The Management Internship provides students with the opportunity to apply their management discipline-based knowledge to an authentic project within an organisation.
WSAFE399Report of an Investigation15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga), 24C (Hamilton) & 24C (Tauranga)
This paper offers students the opportunity to complete a directed investigation of an approved topic relevant to an organisation or industry and in an area related to their management discipline of study.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ACCTP570Accounting Systems and Processes15.024A (Hamilton) & 24H (Hamilton)
This paper covers the form and function of financial statements and how financial transactions are recorded through the understanding of accounting principles and concepts that underlie financial reporting. An understanding of ethical and professional values as important elements to accurate financial reporting will also be covered...
ECONS528Econometric Topics: Macroeconomics and Finance15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with theoretical and practical skills in econometrics that should enable them to carry out a wide range of applied analyses involving macroeconomics and finance. The prime focus of this paper is on the application of time-series econometrics. The topics covered include econometric estimation and testing...
ECONS543Applied Econometrics15.024B (Hamilton)
A postgraduate paper in econometrics for students who have not included an advanced paper in econometrics in their undergraduate degree.
FINAN500Financial Management and Institutions15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with a deep understanding of banking and financial services sector, focusing on their role in the functioning and well-being of the economy.
FINAN506Corporate Finance15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to prepare students to develop the leadership skills necessary for making optimal corporate financial decisions.
FINAN508Investments and Financial Markets15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to the structure and functioning of equity, bond markets, and derivative markets.
FINAN509Financial Modelling15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper develops student skills in the effective use of spreadsheets and programming in building appropriate and credible financial models useful for analysts and managers in financial decision making.
FINAN511Advanced Corporate Finance30.024B (Hamilton)
This paper presents advanced corporate finance theory pertaining to the cost of capital, capital structures, dividend policies, leasing, IPOs, and managerial compensation.
FINAN512Investments and Portfolios30.024A (Hamilton)
This paper presents advanced portfolio theory and develops student competency in portfolio analysis. Students are required to complete an empirical study on investments utilising advanced methods and credible financial data.
FINAN515International Finance15.024H (Hamilton)
This paper develops student understanding of foreign exchange markets within the international financial/monetary system, and examines the role, practices and performance of multinational corporations, banks and international financial institutions.
FINAN518Financial Risk Management15.024G (Hamilton)
This advanced paper utilising the latest research pertaining to financial risk develops student skills in managing financial risk exposure, including interest rate risk, foreign exchange risk and commodity price risk.
FINAN520Financial Econometrics15.024G (Hamilton)
This paper equips students with advanced tools for the analysis of financial data, including the return forecasting, volatility and econometrics of asset pricing. It is an advanced paper utilising the latest research pertaining to financial econometrics. Students will develop skills with R or other econometric software.
FINAN521Finance Project15.024H (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge learnt in this programme by completing a research project and writing a professional research report.
FINAN590Directed Study30.024X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
FINAN591Finance Dissertation30.024X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
FINAN592Finance Dissertation60.024X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
FINAN593Finance Thesis90.024X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
FINAN594Finance Thesis120.024X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MNMGT582Research Methods in Management Studies for Economics and Finance15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to research paradigms commonly used in research in economics and finance. It develops skills in the critical evaluation of research literature, the identification of research problems, and the preparation of research proposals. Students completing the paper will develop a proposal for research in the...

800 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
FINAN800Finance MPhil Thesis120.024X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
FINAN900Finance PhD Thesis120.024I (Hamilton), 24J (Hamilton), 24K (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
No description available.

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Options in Tauranga

You can complete all three years of the BBus in Finance at our new CBD campus in Tauranga.

For advice before you enrol, please contact a Tauranga Future Student Advisor:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0800 WAIKATO


Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Phone: +64 838 7 4303
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday