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Finance

Undergraduate Major

MJRU-FINCE

Major
Finance Major (BCom)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Credit
200

Outline

Gain comprehensive knowledge of financial markets and prepare to sit for CFA exams.

Ryan Soares

From day one I started to engage in industry and in my final year I recieved a scholarship to intern for the NZ Taxpayers' Union in Wellington, New Zealand.

Professional recognition

Professionally recognised by CFA Institute. High achieving students may be eligible to apply for CFA student scholarships.

Get the Curtin edge

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

Top 1 %

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

Finance and banking professionals use analytical knowledge and skills to help clients find financial solutions, start new businesses or expand existing ones. They work in corporate finance, financial markets, managed funds and superannuation, or in retail banking and private wealth management.

The Finance major gives you a broad understanding of the structure and operations of financial markets. You’ll learn about investment evaluation and how to make decisions on funding activities and disbursement of profits. You’ll also examine the role of financial markets.

This major will put you in a good position to sit for the highly regarded CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) exams, because it incorporates at least 70 per cent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge into its curriculum.

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

You can also study this major as part of a Science and Commerce double degree.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Recommended double majors:

Why study

  • Learn from staff who undertake practical research in areas such as energy economics, public economics and the economics of electronic commerce.
  • Use real case studies and examples to apply your learning and problem-solving skills.
  • Attend lectures featuring representatives from financial companies. In the past, such companies have included Gilkinson Investments, Lighthouse Capital, Barns Financial Services and St.George Bank.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia has partnered with Curtin to offer internships to students who have completed 200 credits or more of their commerce degree. These internships will give you credit towards your degree, increase your industry experience and put you in direct contact with leading professionals.

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.

Professional recognition

This major is accredited by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority, and is also recognised as a University Affiliation Program by the CFA Institute.

You may be eligible for membership of:

  • The Economic Society of Australia (WA branch)
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Women in Finance Network

Career information

Careers

  • Bank manager
  • Consultant
  • Corporate finance analyst
  • Credit analyst
  • Econometrician
  • Economic analyst
  • Economist
  • Financial manager
  • Investment banker

Industries

  • Banking
  • Brokerage
  • Consultancy
  • Government
  • Private business
  • Resources

What you'll learn

  • communicate in oral, written, qualitative and quantitative media channels; be able to syntheses and select appropriate communication schemes dependent upon the nature of problem and audience
  • distinguish, identify and apply available technologies and methodologies to investigate financial issues
  • identify new developments in the field of finance and integrate available strategies into the existing body of knowledge; and be able to reflect upon their implications for the finance discipline
  • understand the implications and potential impacts of current developments in the national and international capital markets on both domestic and international economies
  • understand the importance and impact of cultural diversity on making financial decisions in both national and international contexts
  • apply acquired skills individually and in a group to facilitate the understanding and solution of financial issues in a professional and ethical manner
  • understand, apply and analyse financial knowledge and issues and their impacts on national and international financial markets
  • identify structures and formulate issues and apply appropriate skills to solve capital market problems
  • collect and analyse empirical data and conceptual information and be able to synthesis into appropriate frameworks for analysis of financial issues

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Admission criteria may be different if you are studying this major as part of a double degree. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Regional campuses may offer the common first year units only.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

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:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Finance and Marketing Double Major (BCom) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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

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