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Finance and Financial Planning

Undergraduate Major


Finance and Financial Planning Double Major (BCom)


Gain broad knowledge of investments, portfolio management and corporate finance in this FASEA approved degree.

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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Financial planners help people manage their financial affairs and plan their futures, and financial planning is about much more than planning for retirement, as it is important for people at all stages of their lives.

Financial Planning is a demanding and fulfilling profession that requires a deep understanding of Finance, relevant sections of the law, high ethical standards and excellent people skills. Additionally, demand for financial planners is high.

From 1 January 2019, every person entering the profession of financial planning must have complete a degree approved by FASEA, the government regulator. Curtin’s Finance and Financial Planning double major is the only approved degree in Western Australia, and was one of the first programs in Australia to get this approval.

The requirements for the education of financial planners require broad and deep coverage of a wide range of areas. Curtin’s Finance and Financial Planning double major will cover key bodies of knowledge identified by FASEA in considerable depth.

The Finance major will give students the broad knowledge of investments required to provide financial advice. The Financial Planning major extends this, particularly through its unit in Behavioural Economics and Finance.

An innovation of Curtin’s program is that the capstone to the Financial Planning major will be an internship with a practitioner. The WA Chapter of the Financial Planning Association will work with Curtin to facilitate 120 hours for each of our students with one of their members.

This double major sits within the Bachelor of Commerce degree. To apply for this double major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Commerce.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia has partnered with Curtin Business School (CBS) to offer internships to students who have completed 200 credits or more of their business degree, these internships are for course credit and provide real-world exposure to our students.

These business internships will not only give students credit towards their degree, they will receive the industry experience and practical skills needed to achieve great things after graduation and give employers the opportunity to support and lend their expertise to the students, encouraging the future workforce, whilst being assisted to meet their business goals.

Industry engagement and internship opportunities

How this course will make you industry ready

Graduates may seek membership of professional bodies such as the Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance, the Economic Society of Australia and the Financial Planning Association of Australia.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information

  • Financial Planning Advisor
  • Financial Investment Manager

What you'll learn

  • Refer to Course Learning Outcomes of the B-COMRCE

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:


Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Commerce degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information. View courses information disclaimer.

  • Curtin course code: MJDU-FINPL
  • Last updated on: November 14, 2019