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Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree

Duration

3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024

Campus

Tauranga Campus

Summary

Unlock your full potential with the Bachelor of Business (BBus). Be equipped with the tools to help organisations become more efficient, profitable and sustainable, so they can adapt and thrive in changing times.

Why study a BBus?

Ranked in the top 1% of business schools globally, Waikato is proud to offer the best undergraduate business degree in New Zealand.

Our Bachelor of Business (BBus) takes you beyond the textbook to tackle practical, real-world challenges facing companies, government, and community organisations. This hands-on learning approach will provide invaluable insights to supercharge your future career.

This degree is underpinned by academic excellence, and you'll be taught by passionate teachers who are also highly regarded business consultants.

Why study Finance?

Studying Finance at Waikato University will prepare you for highly paid positions in the financial and business sectors anywhere in the world. Finance is focused on managing money, investments, banking and credit, the share, bond and commodity markets, and financial analysis and decision making. You'll gain a broad understanding of how the world's financial markets operate, and develop skills for financial analysis and decision-making. For example, you could end up running an investment fund, working for the World Bank, or structuring the finance of a major project for a corporation. Students will learn how to interpret financial data, forecast risk and returns, conduct shares and bond valuations, and understand mergers and acquisitions. And you'll be able to make sound investment decisions for your own personal financial security. More advanced papers cover topics such as corporate finance, portfolio selection, capital markets, and the governance of financial institutions. Practical assignments will prepare you for exactly what you'll encounter in your financial career. For example, students get to work on a funds simulation project using real data, and prepare a report on a publicly listed New Zealand or Australian company, while playing the role of a trainee investment analyst. Our students have access to a brand-new Finance Trading Lab in Hamilton, which is kitted out with high-tech simulation software used by the professionals. This uses real-time trading prices for global and NZX financial markets so students can experience the thrill of buying and selling shares/bonds/commodities, and compete to build the most valuable portfolios. If you enjoy mathematics, accounting, economics, and using analytical tools to find the meaning behind numbers, than finance may be the right fit for you.

Career Opportunities

Banker (investment or commercial)

Banking, financial services and financial regulation

Business analyst

Chief financial officer

Corporate financer

Financial Analyst

Financial manager

Financial planner/advisor

Insurance and finance

Investment advisor

Portfolio manager

Sharebroker

Stockbroker

Treasurer

Entry criteria

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

Students can apply if they have international academic qualification equivalent to NCEA University Entrance. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more details, please visit university website.

English Language Requirements

  • an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no bands below 5.5), or
  • a TOEFL iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 80 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a TOEFL iBT Home Edition score of 80 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a B grade or better at Level 7 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
  • a PTE Academic overall score of 46 with no band less than 36, or
  • a Language-Cert International ESOL (LRWS) B2 Communicator Expert with 33-37 score per skill, or
  • awarded a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4), or
  • a Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II with distinction in all four components, or
  • a B2 First (formally known as Cambridge English: First (FCE)) with an overall score of 169 and no bands below 162, or
  • a C2 Proficiency (formally known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)) with an overall score of 169 and no bands below 162, or
  • a Michigan English Test (formally known as Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)) minimum score of 54.

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