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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.

Financial growth

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, students get to work on a funds simulation project 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 also have the opportunity to do a practical workplace internship or applied research project as part of your degree.

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 Waikato Management School faculty website.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 300 universities for Accounting, Finance, and Business and Management Studies, by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings 2019.

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.

Qualifications

If you wish to take Finance as your 1st Major subject, you'll need to enrol for either the Bachelor of Business or the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours.

Otherwise you can normally take it as a 2nd Major (8 papers) or Minor subject (4 papers) for any other bachelor's degree offered at the University of Waikato.

If you'd like to gain specialist expertise, take a look at our Master of Management Studies in Finance.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Faculty:

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

Study in Tauranga

You can complete the Bachelor of Business in Finance at our brand-new Tauranga CBD campus.

For advice before you enrol, please contact the University of Waikato Tauranga Student Services team.

Email: uwt@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: 0800 WAIKATO


100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
FINAN101Introduction to Finance20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20S (Hamilton), 20X (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 Mathematics20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20X (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 Applications20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20G (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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.
FINAN200Financial Management 120A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton) & 20X (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 120A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20X (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.
FINAN203Capital Markets and Financial Institutions20A (Tauranga) & 20B (Hamilton)
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 Finance20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20X (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 Occurrence / Location
FINAN301Entrepreneurial Finance20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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.
FINAN302Investments 220A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton) & 20X (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 Finance20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20G (Hamilton) & 20X (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 Management20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20S (Online) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
The course deals with how risks are quantified and managed, particularly for financial institutions.
FINAN305Financial Management 220A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20X (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 Institutions20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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.
WSAFE396Management Internship20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20C (Hamilton) & 20C (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 Investigation20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20C (Hamilton) & 20C (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 Occurrence / Location
ECONS543Applied Econometrics20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
A postgraduate paper in econometrics for students who have not included an advanced paper in econometrics in their undergraduate degree.
FINAN500Financial Management and Institutions20A (Hamilton) & 20B (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 Finance20A (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 Finance20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to prepare students to develop the leadership skills necessary for making optimal corporate financial decisions.
FINAN508Investments and Financial Markets20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to the structure and functioning of equity, bond markets, and derivative markets.
FINAN509Financial Modelling20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper equips students with financial modelling skills and its usefulness in financial decision making.
FINAN510Financial Theory and Corporate Policy20A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the principles of corporate finance as in FINA311; including capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, cash and liquidity management and advanced theoretical components. Prior exposure to the standard financial concepts and relevant research to this area is assumed.
FINAN511Advanced Corporate Finance20B (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 Portfolios20A (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 Finance20A (Hamilton) & 20B (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...
FINAN517Investments, Portfolios and Financial Markets20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper covers various aspects of investments and efficient portfolios. Students will critically evaluate core financial models and apply the theoretical concepts to actual problems.
FINAN518Financial Risk Management20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20G (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.
FINAN519Derivatives20B (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 Econometrics20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20G (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 Project20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge learnt in this programme by writing a research report.
FINAN590Directed Study20X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
FINAN591Finance Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
FINAN592Finance Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
FINAN593Finance Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
FINAN594Finance Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MNMGT582Research Methods in Management Studies for Economics and Finance20A (Hamilton) & 20B (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...
WSAFE500A Commerce Internship: From Theory to Practice20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper will provide selected students with the opportunity to gain practical work experience and apply their theory-based knowledge in a commercial organisational setting.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
FINAN800Finance MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
FINAN900Finance PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

Scholarships and prizes

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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.