Finance & Banking (FIN)

Co-op student
Career opportunities

Co-op Finance Honours graduates are highly sought after by leading employers, and a number of financial services firms offer our graduates positions within their Graduate Recruitment Program upon completion of their degree. Remuneration in the financial sector is very attractive.

Finance graduates can expect to have a very rewarding career in the financial services industry, with an extensive range of domestic and international employment opportunities available to them, such as:

  • Investment banking, merchant banking and corporate finance 
  • Investment management 
  • Stock broking (equity securities analysts)
  • Credit analyst (equities and debt) 
  • Retail and Wholesale Banking 
  • Financial management 
  • Treasury 
  • Securities trading (Foreign exchange, commodities, derivatives, debt and equity markets) 
  • Superannuation 
  • Custodian services 
  • Financial planning 
  • Consulting (Investment consulting or Management consulting) 
  • Insurance 
  • Government regulation

 Click here to check out some career journeys of Co-op alumni and industry partners

Program overview








UNSW Business School

Offered under NEW four year B Commerce (CO-OP)*.

* The new 4 year degree program has a stand-alone UAC CODE 424601. Students applying for Co-op will need to list this code in their preferences. If students want to come to UNSW to do Business even if they are unsuccessful in gaining a Co-op scholarship, they will also need to list the standard B.Com UAC CODE 424000, in their preference list. 

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Find out more about Finance & Banking

Finance is the study of financial and capital markets - essentially the management of money. It involves determining the values (or prices) of financial assets and making decisions in the face of uncertainty in an ever-changing fast-paced environment.

More specifically, it is concerned with investment decisions (for example, portfolio selection and mergers and acquisitions), corporate financing decisions (dividend policy, debt and equity structures, and lease decisions), and the development of risk-hedging strategies as an important mechanism in the management of adverse movements in share prices, interest rates, exchange rates, and other uncertainties.

Finance students at the University of New South Wales graduate with a qualification from one of Australia's largest and most prestigious academic institutions. Our school is highly regarded both domestically and internationally as one that provides excellence in both teaching and research, and enjoys strong links with industry. Our graduate students are in high demand by employers in the financial markets arena.

For more information contact:

Dr Gary Gregory
Coordinator of Commerce Co-op Programs
Phone: (02) 9385 3389

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Who should apply?

In addition to meeting the general entrance requirements for a Co-op scholar (see Are you the next Co-op scholar?), successful Finance applicants should:

  • Have an analytical mind
  • Have an enthusiasm for unraveling the workings of financial markets

The recommended knowledge for entry into the UNSW Co-op Program in Finance and Banking is:

  • Mathematics
  • English Advanced

See FAQs for 'What is Recommended &/or Assumed Knowledge?'

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