University of Sydney Handbooks - 2018 Archive

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The Discipline of Finance in the University of Sydney Business School is a leading research group currently ranked among the top five finance groups in the Asia-Pacific region. Discipline members are actively engaged with industry both nationally and internationally, which means students are exposed to high-level, market-specific knowledge that mixes theory with current relevant practice. This major takes an applied approach, teaching students how capital markets work and what they need to know to work in them.

Options for studying Finance

The Finance major is available as a Table S (shared pool) option.

Pathway through the Finance major

The requirements for a major in Finance are spread out over three years of the degree (four years if students are completing a combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degree).

To achieve a major in Finance, students must complete 48 credit points comprising:

  • 12 credit points of 1000-level core units of study;
  • 12 credit points of 2000-level core units of study;
  • 12 credit points of 3000-level core units of study; and
  • 12 credit points of 3000-level selective units of study.

A sample pathway for the Finance major (over three years of a degree) is listed below.

Sample pathway - Finance major (48 credit points)

Year Session Units of study
First Semester 1 Core: BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis; OR DATA1001 Foundations of Data Science; OR ECMT1010 Introduction to Economic Statistics; OR ENVX1002 Introduction to Statistical Methods; OR (MATH1005 Statistical Thinking with Data or MATH1015 Biostatistics) and MATH1115 Interrogating Data; OR 6 credit points of MATH coded 1000-level units including MATH1905 Statistics (Advanced).
Semester 2 Core: BUSS1040 Economics for Business Decision Making; OR ECON1001 Introductory Macroeconomics; OR ECON1002 Introductory Macroeconomics.
Second Semester 1 Core: FINC2011 Corporate Finance I
Semester 2 Core: FINC2012 Corporate Finance II
Third Semester 1 Core: FINC3017 Investment and Portfolio Management Selective: 3000-level unit listed for major
Semester 2 Core: FINC3600 Finance in Practice ** Selective: 3000-level unit listed for major

** Capstone unit for major – completed in final semester of study

Please Note. This sample progression is meant as an example only. Depending on unit prerequisites, students may be able to complete these units in a different sequence to that displayed in the table above.

For details of the core and selective units of study required for the major or minor please refer to the Finance section of the unit of study table, Table S, in this handbook.


Students enrolled in a degree combined with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies who complete a major in Finance (within the first three years of their degree) may be eligible to complete honours in Accounting as their fourth year of study in this program.

For details the requirements for admission to honours and the structure of the honours program, please refer to Business School Honours.

Further information

For further information regarding study in finance at the University of Sydney, please refer to the Discipline of Finance website.