School of Economics and Finance


Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Economics and Finance.


If you want a rock-solid foundation in portfolio selection, financial decision-making, and the behaviour of financial markets, study Finance at Victoria. You will get the current perspectives on modern business and public finance, and learn how to use that information wisely.

Finance covers aspects of decision making that include: investments, management of risk, management and valuing capital assets at the local and international level, as well as governance of public and private organisations. It is a total package designed to prepare you for work in small business, big corporations, or in public sector institutions where financial policy is formed and implemented.

You can take Finance as a major for a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), or take some Finance courses in the areas that interest you most, and put them toward a BCom in which you major in another subject: this is available for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or BCom in Economics.

Students doing a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree or a BA may obtain a major in Finance by completing that degree as well as a BCom. Another route is to earn a major in Finance in a conjoint BCom/BSc degree that has a lower total credit requirement than the BCom and BSc taken separately.

Whatever you choose, you will know that with Finance, you've got an education in the financial fundamentals of business.

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Finance major information

BCom major

Finance majors should take ACCY 111, ECON 130, ECON 141, QUAN 102 and QUAN 111 (or Statistics and Mathematics equivalents), in their first year.

BCom students are required to take FCOM 111 in their first year for referencing and writing skills. This means that two courses can be chosen from INFO 101, MARK 101 and MGMT 101, to take in the first year, with the remaining core course left till later years.

  1. ECON 130, 141, QUAN 102, (or MATH 177 or STAT 131/193), QUAN 111 (or MATH 141/142, 151)
  2. FINA 201; 202; one of (ACCY 231, ECON 201, 202, FINA 203, MATH 277, QUAN 201, 203, STAT 231, 233)
  3. Three courses from ACCY 306, FINA 300-399

Finance as a second major of a BSc

A very attractive option is to take Finance as a second major of a Bachelor of Science (BSc). It has a lower credit requirement than a conjoint degree and it provides the opportunity to combine subjects that complement each other in nature and understanding, that will benefit employment and future scholarship prospects.

There are many alternatives: for example, a BSc degree majoring in Mathematics, or Statistics or Physics combined with a second major in Finance would enhance learning and employment prospects. These science subjects provide important foundations for aspects of finance, and finance itself has many applications and developments that utilise these subjects.

Finance major attributes

These are the attributes that we expect our FINA majors to have by the time they graduate. They will be able to:

  1. Use logical reasoning
  2. Comprehend and apply theories and practices of finance and economics
  3. Comprehend the basis and interpret the role of the key assumptions of finance and monetary theories
  4. Interpret and appraise the construction of financial data
  5. Instigate, describe and explain comparisons of finance theories with observed and measured relationships
  6. Describe, analyse and explain the operations of, and reasons for, key financial and monetary institutions
  7. Use theory and data to assess policies towards financial markets
  8. Structure for analysis unstructured issues in finance

Other undergraduate qualifications in Finance

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Postgraduate information

Postgraduate qualifications in Finance

The Master of Applied Finance, Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analysis and Postgraduate Diploma in Treasury Management are incorporated in the Applied Finance Programme.

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How to find out more

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If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjectsCareers

Commercial Law

Banking economic forecaster
Financial adviser
Financial analyst
Financial planner
Foreign exchange
Investment consultant
Portfolio manager
Security analyst

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Course information

Finance courses are taught within the School of Economics and Finance.

Course learning objectives 

Each course has specific learning objectives that we expect students to have attained by the time that they have successfully completed the course.

Download the course learning objectives below:

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PDF icon Finance—course learning objectives 37 KB PDF

List of courses

Please note: the list below shows undergraduate-level courses only. For a complete course listing, see the list of all Finance courses.

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100-level courses

  • FINA 101: Finance for Business (2016)

200-level courses

  • FINA 201: Introduction to Corporate Finance (2016)
  • FINA 202: Introduction to Investments (2016)
  • FINA 211: Corporate Finance for Accounting and Business (2016)

300-level courses

  • FINA 301: Corporate Finance (2016)
  • FINA 303: Derivatives (2016)
  • FINA 304: Financial Econometrics (2016)
  • FINA 305: Investments (2016)
  • FINA 306: Financial Economics (2016)
  • FINA 307: Risk Management and Insurance (2016)