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Bachelor of Finance

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Business and Economics

BFIN
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Management and Commerce
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Management and Commerce

Do you dream of living and thriving in the leading financial cities of the world - New York, London, Shanghai, Sydney or Hong Kong? Stop dreaming and get going. An ANU Bachelor of Finance will equip you to excel in the global financial marketplace.

As a student you will be challenged to solve a variety of financial problems while developing a keen analytical mind. Having these skills will prove invaluable in the fast changing world of finance.

As a Bachelor of Finance graduate from the Australian National University you will be highly sought-after, so aim high and think about which cityscape view you want from your office.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Finance has applications in many fields including banking, financial consulting and planning, funds management, merchant banking, stock broking, and treasury. Examples of job titles are listed below:

Financial dealer/broker
Financial dealers and brokers conduct financial market transactions on behalf of clients and offer advice on financial matters.

Financial manager/analyst/specialist
Combines financial knowledge with management, marketing, and operational skills in order to recognise the impact of financial data on the business as a whole, as well as on individual areas within the business. Translates financial data into non-financial terms and communicates it to all levels within the organisation.

Mathematical statistician
Designs and analyses experiments, develops new statistical theories and forecasting models, and designs sample surveys and quality control systems.

Corporate Treasurer
Plans short and long term finance for organisations and advises on the financial consequences of internal and external decisions. They design investment portfolios to manage financial risk for organisations by acquiring, looking after, and investing funds.

Operations manager
Possesses expertise in both finance and information technology. Usually works closely with the Chief Finance Officer and the IT department, to measure the value of software and web-deployed applications. Helps businesses make decisions that are both financially and technologically sound. Is also responsible for working with vendors of financial software and applications.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise the important role of investment and financing decisions, equities, bonds and derivatives in the financial markets.
  • Have an understanding of the three basic ideas underpinning finance: the time value of money; diversification; and, arbitrage and their application to corporate financial decision-making; investment decisions and portfolio management; derivatives and risk management; portfolio construction; corporate valuation; and debt markets.
  • Apply theoretical foundations in practice.
  • Develop the skills necessary to critically engage with and evaluate financial problems.
  • Develop the skills necessary to work independently and collaboratively to collect, process, interpret and communicate the outcomes of financial problems.

Further Information

Electives: 

Students have 48 units of electives in a single degree program. Electives can be selected from CBE or other Colleges. No more than 10 courses at 1000 level.

Students wish to undertake an out of college elective may contact the relevant College directly.

Student Responsibility:

It is the student's responsibility to select electives in such a way that:

  • they satisfy prerequisites for the corresponding course/s.
  • they conform to the rules set out in Programs and Courses or if unsure seek advice from the CBE office.

It is the student's responsibility to select the courses appropriate for his/her program.


For 2016 FDD Bachelor of Finance/Bachelor of Engineering only:

Students who are commencing Bachelor of Finance/Bachelor of Engineering (whether as new or transferred students) in 2016, will be permitted to follow 2015 rules for their BFinn side of their program.  This is only for the double degree of Finance and Engineering and is only for 2016.

Bachelor of Finance/Bachelor of Applied Data Analytics:

If students take this program in a Flexible Double Degree with a Bachelor of Applied Data Analytics, you will need to replace overlapping STAT courses with later year FINM or STAT courses.

Double Counting

Please note that students are not able to double count with the Asian Capital Markets Major and the Capital Markets Major. Therefore students may not have both a major in Asian Capital Markets and Capital Markets. 

Study Plans:
Study Plans for Commencing Semester 1 or 2

Quantitative Finance Major: 
If you wish to take Quantitative Finance Major, you will need to take MATH1113 in your first year of study. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

The National Register of higher education providers is an authoritative source of information that will help you confirm your institution of choice is registered to deliver higher education in Australia.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website is HERE. Based on surveys done by thousands of students across Australia you can find out about universities that interest you, doing side-by-side comparisons.

The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on an ATAR equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
86
QLD Band:
8
International Baccalaureate:
31

Prerequisites

There are no formal program prerequisites. But assumed knowledge is:-ACT: Mathematical Methods (Major) or NSW: Mathematics or equivalent. More information about interstate subject equivalencies can be found here.

Adjustment Factors

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 10 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 98 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$42,960.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Finance requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses

BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis

ECON1101 Microeconomics 1

FINM1001 Foundations of Finance

STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

ECON1100 Economics 1 (H)

ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

EMET1001 Foundations of Economic and Financial Models

MATH1013 Mathematics and Applications 1

MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1

MKTG2003 Marketing for Financial Services

STAT2032 Financial Mathematics

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

     ECON2101 Microeconomics 2 (P)

     ECON2111 Microeconomics 2 (H)

48 units from completion of one of the following majors:

Asian Capital Markets

Capital Markets

Quantitative Finance

6 units from completion of courses from List 1 of the ANU College of Business and Economics

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

The minor in Business and Economics Essentials will not be listed on transcripts for students completing the Bachelor of Finance.

For majors and minors offered by the ANU College of Business and Economics, students may count a course towards multiple majors and minors. If a minor is a subset of all stated courses and/or prerequisites for a major, then completion of the major overrides completion of the minor, and only the major is regarded as having been completed. If all courses in a major and/or minor are compulsory courses in the degree, the major and/or minor will not be listed on the transcript.

Detailed study plans for each major and intake can be viewed here

To view individual study plans for each major, please click here

Honours

Students who excel in the pass degree may be invited to undertake an honours year. The Honours year extends the undergraduate material and focuses on highly complex, analytical and practical problems. Students undertake a program of advanced coursework and a research thesis. Students from other universities are also able to join the Honours Program after completing the pass degree requirements in their own institutions.

Students who are interested in the Honours Program should consult the Honours Convenor in the Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies & Statistics for advice.

Majors

Minors

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units FINM1001 Foundations of Finance 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units OR ECON1100; FINM2001 Corporate Finance 6 units A finance core from the 5 listed courses* Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units FINM2003 Investments 6 units Major Course 6 units STAT2008 Regression Modelling 6 units ECON2101 Microeconomics 2(P) 6 units OR ECON2111;
FINM2002 Derivatives 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Major Course 6 units Major Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Major Course 6 units List 1 Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units

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The Bachelor of Finance offers you a rigorous program of training in the theory and applications of finance. The program involves a core in mainstream finance supplemented by studies in related quantitative techniques, methodologies, economics, and management.

Single degree

  • This degree requires 24 courses (144 units)
  • A maximum of 10 courses (60 units) of 1000 level courses
  • 15 compulsory courses
  • 9 electives (of which 1 must be CBE List 1 elective courses)

Commencing Semester 1:
Semester 1 

Semester 2 

  • ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 - 6 units
  • FINM2001 Corporate Finance - 6 units
  • Finance Core Course* - 6 units
  • Elective Course - 6 units

Commencing Semester 2:
Semester 2 

Double degree

  • This degree requires 16 courses (96 units) of CBE courses
  • A maximum of 8 courses (48 units) of 1000 level CBE courses
  • 15 compulsory courses
  • 1 CBE List 1 elective courses

Commencing Semester 1:
Semester 1 

  • STAT1008 Quant Res Methods - 6 units
  • FINM1001 Foundations of Finance - 6 units

Semester 2 

Commencing Semester 2:
Semester 2 

  • STAT1008 Quant Res Methods - 6 units
  • FINM1001 Foundations of Finance - 6 units

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Finance single degree program you will study a total of 144 units.  Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 courses across your whole degree. You will need to complete a minimum of 16 CBE courses (96 units) but will also get to choose 8 courses (48 units) from other ANU Colleges.  You can try a range of courses or take a major or minor in a non-CBE subject, the choice is yours.

Double degree
In a Bachelor of Finance double degree program you will study a total of 96 units.  Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses across your whole degree.  However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Finance degree and then 2 courses from the other half of you degree - still a total of 4 courses a semester.



Enrolment Status

It is possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.


Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as BUSN1001.

Please also note that:

  • You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
  • In your first year, you cannot study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
  • You may take 1000-level courses later in your program.   But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) in total towards your single degree.
  • You can change your enrolment via ISIS in courses up until the Monday of Week 2.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

You must choose to major in either Capital Markets, Asian Capital Markets or Quantitative Finance.

Electives

You can use your electives to enrol in any courses that you like, provided you meet prerequisite requirements.

Remember that you can choose up to 8 courses from another ANU College if you are undertaking the single Bachelor of Finance degree.
If you are in a double degree, your electives must be CBE courses.

Don't forget the maximum number of 1000 level courses is 10 in a single degree.



Study Options

Bachelor of Finance (Quantitative Finance major) - Commencing in Semester 1

This is a typical study plan for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Finance degree with a major in Quantitative Finance

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units FINM1001 Foundations of Finance 6 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units
Elective course 6 units ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units FINM2001 Corporate Finance 6 units MATH1113 Mathematical Foundations for Actuarial Studies 6 units

Bachelor of Finance (Capital Markets major) - Commencing in Semester 1

This is a typical study plan for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Finance degree with a major in Capital Markets

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units FINM1001 Foundations of Finance 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units FINM2001 Corporate Finance 6 units EMET1001 or MATH1013 or MATH1115 or MKTG2003 or STAT2032 Elective course 6 units

Single Degree Bachelor of Finance (Asian Capital Markets major) - Commencing in Semester 1

This is a typical study plan for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Finance degree with a major in Asian Capital Markets

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units FINM1001 Foundations of Finance 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units FINM2001 Corporate Finance 6 units Finance core course: EMET1001, MATH1013, MATH1115, MKTG2003 or STAT2032 Elective Course

Bachelor of Finance - Double Degree - Commencing in Semester 1

This is a typical study plan for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Finance degree with another degree, such as the Bachelor of Arts (degree B)

Study Options

Year 1 48 units FINM1001 Foundations of Finance 6 units STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods 6 units Degree B course 6 units Degree B course 6 units
BUSN1001 Business Reporting and Analysis 6 units FINM2001 Corporate Finance 6 units Degree B course 6 units Degree B course 6 units

Disciplines

For further information on specific discipline you can:

Academic Advice

One of the degree requirements is to complete either EMET1001, MKTG2003, MATH1013 or MATH1115 or STAT2032.  You may wish to take either EMET1001 or MKTG2003 in your first year.  Alternatively you can enrol in STAT2032 in your second year, and complete an elective in your first year. STAT2032 is recommended for students undertaking the Quantitative Finance major.  If you wish to do the Quantitative Finance major you will need to enrol in MATH1113 in Semester 2.

If after reading through these guidelines you are unsure about your which courses to enrol in, you can email info.cbe@anu.edu.au

If you are seeking status (credit) from previous study at another university you will need to submit a copy of your official transcript, detailed course outlines and a completed credit application form to info.cbe@anu.edu.au

Please refer to the CBE Fast Track page: https://www.cbe.anu.edu.au/fasttrack 

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