Develop your research skills – and build your analytical and communication skills in the process
Undertake your own individual research. MCom in Finance students have the opportunity to contribute to existing fields of knowledge, or to begin to develop new areas of research through writing of a thesis. The completion of a thesis aids in the development of strong research, analytical, intuitive and communication skills.
The MCom can be pursued by a combination of papers and thesis, or by thesis only.
Read the programme requirements for Master of Commerce (MCom) in Finance at Otago.
Papers and thesis
Students who have a good Bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) will complete the MCom by papers and thesis (at least two years' full-time study). The first year consists of a selection of papers worth 144 points, equivalent to a PGDipCom.
Students need to gain at least a B+ average in all course work taken during the PGDipCom year to be permitted to begin their thesis. In their second year MCom students complete FINC 401.
Students who have a good Honours degree or a PGDipCom (or equivalent qualification) can complete the MCom by thesis only (minimum one year).
Admission to the MCom programme
Students are required to gain approval from the Head of Department and admission is determined by academic merit.
Prospective MCom students are required to submit a detailed, thesis proposal to the Head of Department no later than 10 December of the year prior to the proposed commencement of the thesis year. Late proposals are considered, but may be subject to delay.
Regulations: MCom in Finance
Further information: Research Masters
Visit the University of Otago website for more information about completing a research thesis.