UNSW Business school is a leading destination to study finance, ranked the #1 business school in Australia by AFR BOSS* and #1 in Australia and 21st in the world for Finance by QS Rankings.
Finance in its’ most simple form is money. This includes the complex ways we interact with it for our personal benefit or on a larger scale such as managing organisational funds or even working at a national or global level in money markets worldwide. The Australian financial market grew 13.2% to $10.9 trillion during 2021* alone. Finance is all about managing financial resources and making strategic decisions in the face of uncertainty. It looks at how businesses raise capital, how people distribute savings and investments, and organisational policies and decisions. Finance is something we all have an interest in whether it’s personal or professional and it has huge impact on companies and individuals.
Finance affects all businesses and organisations and is also an industry in itself, which is why there is never a shortage of roles and positions you can pursue in finance. Financial careers have always been held in high esteem due to the heavy influence money, assets and cash flow have on organisations. Certain finance roles allow professionals to work with money and financial assets to create even more wealth and cash flow for clients and organisations. These professionals work with money to make more money.
*Roy Morgan Banking & Finance Currency Report, 2021
Finance informs large-scale decisions for people at all levels. From personal finance to strategic decision-making within organisations, those who control the money also control the direction many organisations take. Skills and knowledge in finance provide value for those working in the financial services industry, including banking, brokerage and investment management, and just general business.
Skills and expertise in finance give you the ability to creatively problem solve, create wealth and apply those skills broadly across a broad range of industries. Your analytical and finance skills will put you in demand and set you up for success in a diverse range of careers in finance in Australia and across the globe whether you’re a domestic or international student.
You have the option to study full-time or part-time depending on where you are at in your career so your study can fit in with your life and your professional aspirations. There are 18 finance degrees to choose from as well as a range of double degrees and degrees which offer finance as an area of specialisation.
“UNSW’s Master of Commerce program has been an excellent fit, allowing me to explore my passions and broadening my understanding of the business world as a whole.” Shreya Gramle, UNSW Graduate
UNSW Business school is one of the top finance schools in the Asia-Pacific. We offer a suite of programs in corporate finance, corporate governance and investments. UNSW Business School has been ranked the #1 business school in Australia by AFR BOSS for the last two years in a row*. That means our business education leads the way in career impact, quality and reputation. We’re ranked #1 in Australia and #21 worldwide for Finance according to the QS world rankings by subject. Studying at UNSW Business School will set you up for a stellar career in finance.
At UNSW, our community are at the forefront of change and innovation. You’ll learn adaptive thinking as you build your expertise and blend theory with hands-on experience through work-integrated learning and internship opportunities with our industry partners located in Australia and overseas which benefit domestic and international students.
During your learning you’ll benefit from real-world learning, we offer a world-class learning lab. A physical space and data platform with real-time financial data putting theory into practice. Our finance graduates have gone on to work for consulting firms, wealth management firms and the big four banks, demonstrating how far a UNSW finance education can take you.
*AFR BOSS 2023 Best Business School Rankings
When you study a finance degree, whether it's a bachelor's degree, graduate diploma, graduate certificate or master's degree there is one common theme in studying finance - money permeates all industries. So there’s no shortage of career opportunities for those with skills and expertise in finance at Australian finance organisations as well as global organisations. Finance is well known for being one of the more lucrative industries when it comes to salaries and remuneration which makes it even more attractive to prospective employees.
Career options include:
You can study finance in the following undergraduate degrees if you meet the entry requirements, including ATAR, selection rank and English language requirements.
Gain research experience and enhance your career prospects with an honours degree. These programs are designed to connect your undergraduate study with supervised independent research. An honours degree also provides a pathway into further study, such as a Master’s by Research or PhD. You can take honours as a stand-alone one year degree once you complete your bachelor degree.
You can study finance in the following postgraduate coursework programs:
You can also choose the following finance-focused majors within a number of degrees:
UNSW is passionate about imparting knowledge and helping people develop professionally no matter what their circumstances are. If you need more flexibility in your postgraduate finance study why not consider studying online? We offer the following online degrees:
Financial Planning is one of the most popular areas of finance study. At UNSW we offer Financial Planning as a subject and also as postgraduate degrees in the Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning and the Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning. These degrees are suitable for domestic and international students as well as full-time or part-time students who want to progress their career in this booming area. When you study these courses you’ll explore financial markets, products and planning, as well as taxation law and strategies.
The Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning is ideal for professionals wanting to expand their skills in investment, financial planning and taxation. You'll gain knowledge about financial markets, financial products, financial planning, taxation law and strategies, essential for personal financial management. The course is designed for professionals who don't have a bachelor degree or for those who require a bridging qualification for finance graduates to comply with the entry requirement of the Financial Planning Association.
“The learning culture at UNSW, which challenges the status quo, helped set me apart from other financial advisors and prepared me for the fast-paced world of finance. I’ve been challenging the status quo ever since and have now started my own Financial Advisory helping people gain financial freedom and live a fulfilled life.”
Harry Goldberg, Co-founder, Adviser and Coach, Purpose Advisory