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BMS(Hons) - Finance as a major

Gain the strategic insights and leadership qualities to help companies achieve global success with New Zealand’s first truly international business degree.

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. Note: To be admitted into year 3 of the BMS(Hons), students must achieve a grade point average of 6 or better (B+) in their first two years of study. See 'Entry requirements' below.

Years: 4
Points: 480
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,720 per year (approx) - 2020 fees
Fees (International): $30,260 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:
*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 — BMS(Hons) in Finance

Year 1

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Elective or Minor

100 Level
Elective or Minor

Year 4

FINAN303, FINAN304, or FINAN306

500 Level
Work-Integrated Learning

200* or 300* Level
Elective or Minor

300 Level
Elective or Minor

  • Major
  • Field
  • Elective
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Required papers

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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 MATHS168 can be replaced with any management paper (eg. Business Fundamentals paper).

Business Fundamentals papers:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
  • MGSYS101 Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
  • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • STMGT101 Introduction to Management

Finance papers:

  • FINAN303 Computer Modelling in Finance
  • FINAN304 Financial Risk Management
  • FINAN306 Capital Markets and Financial Institutions

Work-Integrated Learning papers:

*BMS(Hons) completion requirements:

  • No more than 9 100-Level papers may be included in your degree.
  • No more than 10 200-Level papers may be included in your degree.
  • You must complete at least five papers at 300 Level.

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)). 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 or 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, FINAN200, FINAN202, FINAN204, FINAN302, FINAN305, and 30 points from FINAN303, FINAN304 or FINAN306. BBus and BMS(Hons) students may count one of WSAFE396 or WSAFE399 in place of 15 points from the 30 point option list.

To complete Finance as part of a double major for the BBus, 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, 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.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
FINAN101Introduction to Finance15.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Internet Waikato College), 21B (Tauranga), 21H (Hamilton) & 21X (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 Mathematics15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (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 MATHS165 or MATHS166 should take one of those papers instead.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
FINAN200Financial Management 115.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton) & 21X (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 115.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga) & 21X (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 Finance15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga) & 21X (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 215.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper builds upon knowledge of FINAN202 Investments 1, and examines valuation of fixed income securities, equities and alternative investments, portfolio performance evaluation, and the psychology of investing.
FINAN303Computer Modelling in Finance15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21G (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper enables students to understand financial modelling and its usefulness. It ensures that students have skills in financial problem solving from a corporate perspective using Excel and visual basic.
FINAN304Financial Risk Management15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga), 21H (Online), 21I (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
The course deals with how risks are quantified and managed, particularly for financial institutions.
FINAN305Financial Management 215.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga) & 21X (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 Institutions15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga) & 21X (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 Finance15.021X (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 Internship15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga), 21C (Hamilton) & 21C (Tauranga)
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 Investigation15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga), 21C (Hamilton) & 21C (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.

400 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
FINAN495Industrial Experience15.021X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
No description available.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ECONS528Econometric Topics: Macroeconomics and Finance15.021A (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 Econometrics15.021B (Hamilton)
A postgraduate paper in econometrics for students who have not included an advanced paper in econometrics in their undergraduate degree.
FINAN500Financial Management and Institutions15.021A (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.
FINAN504International Corporate Finance15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper deals with finance subject matters faced by multinational corporations. The course examines exchange rate determinations, currency exposure management, international investment and international capital budgeting.
FINAN506Corporate Finance15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to prepare students to develop the leadership skills necessary for making optimal corporate financial decisions.
FINAN508Investments and Financial Markets15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to the structure and functioning of equity, bond markets, and derivative markets.
FINAN509Financial Modelling15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper equips students with financial modelling skills and its usefulness in financial decision making.
FINAN511Advanced Corporate Finance30.021B (Hamilton)
This paper deals with the current thinking and research in corporate finance. The material covers core areas such as the cost of capital, optimal capital structure, dividend policy, leasing, agency theory, IPOs, and managerial compensation.
FINAN512Investments and Portfolios30.021A (Hamilton)
This paper provides a more advanced treatment on portfolio analysis, capital market models, efficient market hypothesis, bond portfolios, and evaluation of portfolio performance. Students are required to complete an empirical study on investments of publishable quality using real world data.
FINAN515International Finance15.021H (Hamilton)
This paper provide students with a thorough understanding of international financial flows in today's dynamic world economy. Initially the paper will focus on the analysis of international financial environment, international financial /monetary system, foreign exchange markets, exchange rate determination, international trade, and...
FINAN518Financial Risk Management15.021G (Hamilton)
This paper equips students with the skills of managing financial risk exposures: interest rate risk, foreign exchange risk and commodity price risk. It is an advanced paper utilising the latest research pertaining to financial risk.
FINAN519Derivatives15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to enhance students' ability to understand and analyse derivatives beyond simple futures and options. Major topics include Black-Scholes model, delta-hedging, portfolio insurance, basic numerical procedures, value at risk, GARCH conditional volatility models, credit derivatives, interest rate derivatives and real op...
FINAN520Financial Econometrics15.021G (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, Stata and other econometric software.
FINAN521Finance Project15.021H (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge learnt in this programme by writing a research report.
FINAN590Directed Study30.021X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
FINAN591Finance Dissertation30.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
FINAN592Finance Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
FINAN593Finance Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
FINAN594Finance Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MNMGT582Research Methods in Management Studies for Economics and Finance15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to research paradigms commonly used in research in management studies. It will develop 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 Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
FINAN900Finance PhD Thesis120.021I (Hamilton) & 21X (Hamilton)
No description available.

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Management Student Centre (MSC)

Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Phone: +64 838 4303
Email: [email protected]
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.