The School of Banking and Finance at UNSW Business School offers an outstanding honours degree that is open to all high-achieving undergraduate students, even if you are not currently studying at UNSW Australia. Financial support is available to many honours students through tutoring and research assistant work.

The Honours degree in the School of Banking and Finance is open to students who have demonstrated a strong performance in the BCom Pass program with a major in finance and have completed a minimum of eight finance courses (one of which must be FINS3775 Research Methods in Finance 1 or ECON6206). An overall Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 75 and a finance discipline major WAM of at least 75 are required to qualify for acceptance into the highly sought after degree.

Students enrolled in concurrent degrees at UNSW may undertake the honours year prior to or after their second degree.

As the finance discipline is an innovative discipline, it is recommended that not more than two years should have passed since the completion of your undergraduate degree and your application to commence the honours degree in Banking and Finance.

The Banking and Finance Honours degree provides introductory and rigorous research training to assist in tackling the financial issues and challenges encountered in future careers. While the undergraduate Pass degree provides a context for studying present professional methods and standards, the Honours degree provides additional expertise including:

  • Advanced analytical and problem solving skills required for specialist careers in business and government
  • Highly sought after research, project management and communication skills in as well as advanced knowledge of finance

The Honours degree is offered as a separate BCom (Honours) degree, (program code 4501). The finance stream is available in full-time mode only and commences in Semester 1 of each year. View UNSW handbook for additional information.


Honours calendar

Late December / Early January
Successful Honours applicants advised on admission
New students to contact supervisor and arrange work tasks for ‘holiday’ period
Advise students of available Honours scholarships 

Mid FebruaryHonours scholarship applications due
February / MarchSemester one coursework begins
March / AprilEthics applications should be prepared and submitted
JuneApplication for National Honours Colloquium (biennial)
Early MayEnrol in Semester two courses
Late JulySemester two coursework begins
Late AugustNational Honours Colloquium
Late OctoberHonours theses due
Mid NovemberFINS3775 students from UNSW and other universities submit Honours applications for following year's program
Mid DecemberHonours grades finalised and students formally advised of results
Late December / Early JanuarySuccessful applicants advised on admission