Personal Statement Postgraduate Study Finance Otago

Overview

Finance is a modern and fascinating discipline dealing with money, markets and valuation, that is relevant to all aspects of business and personal and professional planning. Professionals in finance are involved with a myriad of issues in investments, planning and risk. The subject is often confused with accounting. However, while both deal with money and value, accounting is concerned with systems of control, and recording and reporting the results of historical transactions. By contrast finance is concerned with the relationship between investor expectations about the future and current market values. By focusing on markets the subject can also be confused with economics. However economics deals with broad issues of resource allocation, whereas finance focuses more narrowly on how markets value risk and the implications for investment, financial planning, shareholder wealth and corporate governance.

Two recent trends have fuelled the value of finance as a mature, globally recognised profession and underpin its relevance for the 21st century. The first is the world-wide move to deregulation and the opening of markets which has coincided with an almost universal appreciation of the importance of capital and investment for growth and prosperity. The second is the rush of theoretical developments in the discipline which has provided the tools to manage risk and return. The impact has been extreme. There are few businesses today that are not acutely aware of the significance of markets and financial planning for their viability.

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Contact details

Email accountancyfinance@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/accountancyfinance

Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Finance (FINC) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Finance

LevelPapersPoints
100-level

BSNS 112  Interpreting Business Data

BSNS 114  Financial Decision Making

BSNS 115  Accounting and Information Systems

FINC 102  Business Mathematics

Grades of at least C+ in the BSNS papers are needed in order to proceed to 200-level FINC papers

BSNS 111 Business and Society, BSNS 113 Economic Principles and Policy – must normally be taken in first year of study

18

18

18

18

 

 36

200-level

FINC 202  Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

FINC 203  Financial Data Analysis

FINC 206  Fundamentals of Corporate Finance

18

18

18

300-level

FINC 302  Applied Investments

FINC 303  Financial Management

Two further 300-level papers, (one must be a FINC paper, and the other must be a  FINC, ACCT or ACFI paper)

18

18

36

Plus

126 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above. Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Commerce.

126

 

Every programme must include BSNS 111-115. At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 112 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
(a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
(b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

 
Total360

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Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) in Finance

Papers
  • FINC 480  Dissertation or Case Study

  • Four further 400-level FINC papers

    Prerequisites:
    FINC 308  Financial Econometrics (or an approved alternative)
    ACFI 359  Research Methods

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Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom) in Finance

Papers
  • 120 points from 400-level FINC or ACFI papers. Other papers may be substituted subject to approval, up to a maximum of 40 points.

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Master of Business (MBus) in Finance

Note: no new enrolments will be accepted for this programme.

Papers and Thesis
  • FINC 406  Advanced Empirical Finance

  • Papers worth a total of 120 points from:
    • FINC 402  Advanced Corporate Finance
    • FINC 403  Studies in Capital Markets
    • FINC 405  Mathematical Finance
    • FINC 410  Advanced International Financial Management
    • FINC 411  Financial Risk Management
    • FINC 420  Energy and Carbon Finance
    • FINC 460  Advanced Fixed Income Securities
  • FINC 5A (thesis, 96 points)

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MCom in Finance degree table

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Master of Finance (MFinc)

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Minor Subject Requirements

Finance as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

LevelPapersPoints
100-level

BSNS 114  Financial Decision Making

FINC 102  Business Mathematics

18

18

200-level

See below

300-level

Three FINC or ACFI papers above 100-level, including at least one 300-level FINC paper

54

Total 90

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This information must be read subject to the statement on our Copyright & Disclaimer page.

Regulations on this page are taken from the 2018 Calendar and supplementary material.

Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom) through the Dunedin campus in 2018

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The PGDipCom in Finance provides an opportunity for students who have completed a BCom in Finance to gain a postgraduate qualification in Finance through a year of advanced, specialised course work.

It is designed for graduates seeking to enhance their undergraduate degree and career prospects through advanced Finance studies. Small class numbers allow a more personalised and interactive learning environment.

The programme is a one-year course of study is similar to the honours fourth year, but without the dissertation.

Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom) in Finance

Papers
  • 120 points from 400-level FINC or ACFI papers. Other papers may be substituted subject to approval, up to a maximum of 40 points.

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Upgrading to Master of Business or Master of Commerce degrees

The PGDipCom is equivalent to the first year of an MBus or MCom, and students who excel in the PGDipCom can apply to be upgraded to a Masters degree.

If you are considering enrolling in an MBus or MCom, you should include FINC 301 and FINC 406, and speak to the Head of Department about your intentions.

Admission to the PGDipCom

To be eligible to enrol in the PGDipCom, students are usually required to have a BCom in Finance or a similar degree course (for example, a BCom in Economics with significant coursework in Finance), with a B average or better in their 300-level Finance papers. Head of Department approval is required in exceptional circumstances.

Students apply for admission to the PGDipCom by completing the application form online.

Regulations

See the University of Otago website for PGDipCom regulations.

Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom) through the Dunedin campus in 2018

Apply Now

This information must be read subject to the statement on our Copyright & Disclaimer page.

Regulations on this page are taken from the 2018 Calendar and supplementary material.

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