The School of Banking & Finance, UNSW Australia Business School is regarded as the leading finance school in Australia, and one of the top five in the Asia-Pacific region.


UNSW is ranked #1 in Australia (#15 globally) with a QS 5-Star rating in “Accounting and Finance” *2018 QS Subject rankings


UNSW School of Banking & Finance ranked 24th in the world for contributing 37 publications to the top 4 A* finance journals since 2014-2018: Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies and Journal of Financial and Qualitative Analysis *ASU-FMA Rankings (2012-2018)


UNSW received the highest possible rating of “5 – Well above world standard” for research in FoR1502 (Banking, Finance and Investment) * Australian Research Council - ERA 2018


Researchers from the School of Banking and Finance have been involved in thirteen successful Australian Research Council grants in the last ten years, awarded a combined total of $3.6M (2009-2018) * Australian Research Council


The School of Banking and Finance has seen 82 higher degree research students (66 PhD and 16 MPhil students) awarded their degrees since 2010 View PhD student achievements


Researchers in the UNSW School of Banking and Finance published 84 journal articles in A* journals in the last five years (2014-2018) * ABDC Journal Rankings


UNSW is ranked #30 in the world (#1 in Australia, next rated Australian finance school sits at #44) in terms of publications in the top 3 journals in Finance (Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, The Review of Financial Studies) with 21 articles published by the School of Banking and Finance. * UT Dallas (2012-2019)

Banking and Finance has a strong commitment to research, learning, and teaching. As such, each of our academic staff members specialise in one of two areas: high quality, active research; or, innovative and quality-rich teaching. Members of staff have been awarded large Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and in several cases have successfully been awarded multiple grants. Many also undertake active roles across the discipline, including key members of industry associations, editorial board memberships, internationally recognised keynote speakers, and present their work at top tier sector conferences and seminars.

The School has active fourth-year honours, Masters research and PhD research programs and has maintained quality annual postgraduate research enrolments over recent years. To date, we have celebrated the achievements of over 75 higher research degree students who have received their qualifications under the tutelage of our academics. These graduates have gone on to get initial job placements at top universities and corporations around the world, such as Florida Atlantic; New School of Economics, Moscow; London School of Economics; Monash; Commerzbank AG; Morningstar; and, NASDAQ.

The School seeks to maintain the highest international standards in both fundamental and applied research in banking and finance. Through this research we aim to aid the advancement, development and practical application of scientific research of relevance to industry and commerce.

We foster this objective in several ways, including:

  • the publishing of research findings
  • the organisation of a School Research Seminar Series
  • sponsorship of the Australasian Finance and Banking Conference
  • hosting of International visitors
  • supporting the acquisition of Australian and International databases utilised by researchers in the School.

For more reasons why you should study at UNSW School of Banking and Finance, please see our ‘Why Banking and Finance?’ page.