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. 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 ECON3206). 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 as well as advanced knowledge of finance

The Finance Honours Program requires completion of a total of four courses, three core and one elective. All courses are run with small numbers, combined with higher degree research course equivalents, providing opportunity to push and challenge your critical thinking and perspective, as well as taking your skills and understanding to the next level. The course structure is as follows:

 Term 1Term 2Term 3
Core FINS4779 FINS4774
Electives FINS4777
Thesis writing FINS4796 FINS4797
* Enrolment subject to meeting course pre-requisites and School of Economics approval; course scheduling may differ to above outline

Program Core courses

Honours Electives

The Honours degree is offered as a separate one-year BCom (Honours) degree, (program code 4501) or as the final year in a four-year BCom Coop (Honours) degree (program code 3565). The finance stream is available in full-time mode only and commences in Term 1 of each year. View UNSW handbook for additional information.


Honours calendar

Mid November Honours applications open for following year's Degree for program code 4501 students from UNSW and other universities
End December Applications close for following year’s admissions
Early January Honours Committee shortlist applicants, and advise candidates on the outcome of their applications
Mid January
Successful Honours applicants advised on admission (program code 4501 applicants)
New students to contact Honours Coordinator and arrange work tasks for ‘holiday’ period
Advise students of available Honours scholarships 

Early February
Term 1 Coursework enrolment deadline
Mid February
Honours scholarship applications due
School of Banking & Finance Honours Group Induction held
Term 1 coursework begins
March / April Ethics applications should be prepared and submitted
June Application for National Honours Colloquium (biennial)
Early June
Term 2 Coursework enrolment deadline
Term 2 coursework begins
Late August National Honours Colloquium
Early September
Term 3 coursework enrolment deadline
Mid September
Term 3 coursework begins
Late November Honours theses due
Mid December Honours grades finalised and students formally advised of results