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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.

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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).

Professionals in finance 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.

Course content incorporates at least 70 per cent of the CPA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which positions you well to sit for CFA exams.

Finance is offered as part of the Bachelor of Commerce. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

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.

Why study

  • Our staff provide high-quality teaching that applies theory to real life examples. They also undertake practical research in areas such as energy economics, public economics and the economics of electronic commerce.
  • Modern teaching technologies are used for ease of communication between you and your lecturers.
  • You will use real case studies and examples to apply your learning and problem solving skills.

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

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

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.

Finance Major (BCom) has also been accepted into the CFA institute University Recognition Program. The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) credential is the most respected and recognized investment designation in the world and the CFA Program is the first step toward earning this qualification. Recognised status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). This provides students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the exams which are part of the CFA program.

Career information

  • Insurance Officer
  • Bank Officer
  • Financial Dealer and Broker
  • Financial Dealer's Assistant
  • Credit Analyst
  • Bank Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Investment Banker
  • Finance Manager

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

Admission criteria

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.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and either verbal or quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

  • Recipients of the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship will receive an early offer to study this course.

  • Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

  • If you’re an indigenous applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and either verbal or quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:

    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and either verbal or quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

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, 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:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

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

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-FINCE
  • Last updated on: November 20, 2019