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BCom (Hons) majoring in Finance

Challenge yourself – and be challenged

Designed for students with outstanding intellectual ability, an Honours degree puts you ahead in the job market. Otago’s Honours programme is a postgraduate degree designed for students of outstanding intellectual ability, who wish to undertake accounting education beyond that available in the standard BCom.

The Honours programme:

  • Is completed in a single year and is taken after completing a BCom
  • Includes an independent research dissertation, extra tutorials and advice, and other privileges

Read the programme requirements for the Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom (Hons)) in Finance at Otago.

Benefits of an Honours degree

An Honours degree is a way to stand out from other business graduates. Take advanced papers in specialised areas of business, investigate an area of particular interest to you through your dissertation – and get a taste of what postgraduate study is like!

Many employers look specifically for BCom (Hons) Finance graduates from Otago when recruiting for graduate programmes and other roles.

Admission to the Honours programme

Entrance to Honours is competitive and not all students are selected for the programme. Students are required to have a B+ average across their previous papers, especially Finance papers.

Students apply for admission to the Honours programme after they have completed their BCom. If you are interested in the programme, you:

  • Are strongly encouraged to seek course advice early in your third year of study
  • Will need to study the research methods paper (ACFI359) as one of your 300 level papers

Students accepted into the Honours programme will:

  • Complete a dissertation or case study for FINC480 as well as other elective papers
  • Be given the Honours and Postgraduate Students’ Handbook which has more detail on resources, dissertation preparation and assessment procedures. In addition, the Library offers much information for students preparing a thesis

Find out more about theses research at Otago on the Library website.

Learn more about studying for a BCom(Hons) at Otago.

Further information about the Honours programme

Contact the Department to speak to a course advisor, if you are interested in finding out more about the Honours programme.

Regulations: BCom (Hons) in Finance

Visit the University of Otago website for BCom (Hons) regulations.