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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Finance

Apply for the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) through the Dunedin campus in 2023

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The BCom is a three-year undergraduate degree. You can major in Finance, combine it with another business major (double major) or complete a double degree.

Broad business knowledge: Finance and business skills combined

Otago Finance students will receive not only an excellent education in Finance, but will also gain a broad understanding of the business environment through completion of the seven required papers.

Plan a useful degree: Combine other subjects with your Finance major

A diverse study programme adds a valuable dimension to a Commerce degree. Popular disciplines include Mathematics and Statistics, Accounting, and Economics.

Mathematics and Statistics

The study and understanding of Finance is greatly improved by confidence in mathematics and statistics, therefore all students majoring in Finance are required to take some mathematics and statistics (e.g.BSNS 112 and FINC 102). Employers rate analytical skills highly, as well as the ability to analyse spreadsheets.

Students may choose to include further analytical papers in their degree such as ECON 210, ECON 375, and papers offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.


Finance draws on Accounting records and reports, therefore Finance majors are required to complete the Accounting paper BSNS 115. Additionally, ACCT 211, ACCT 310 and ACCT 260 are particularly useful for Finance students.


Due to a common disciplinary base it is recommended that students include Principles of Economics 2 (ECON 112) in their degree, in addition to the BCom-required paper, BSNS 113.

ECON 210 is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study.

Students should discuss their intentions with a course advisor during course approval time or during the academic year.

Course advice

Planning your BCom in Finance

Whether you are looking to study for a single major, double major, or even a double degree, you can receive individual help planning your course of study from staff in the Department of Accountancy and Finance, or from a course adviser in Student Development.

Make an appointment with a Student Development course adviser

Contact the Department of Accountancy and Finance

Essential communication skills

Communication skills are an important part of both university study and later employment. The Department strongly encourages you to enhance your oral and written communication abilities.

We recommend that Accountancy and Finance students take either:

Alternatively, students can engage in writing workshops through the Higher Education Development Centre:

HEDC Student workshop programme

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Finance

Level Papers Points

BSNS 112  Interpreting Business Data

BSNS 114  Financial Decision Making

BSNS 115  Accounting and Information Systems

FINC 102  Business Mathematics

BSNS 111 Business and Society, BSNS 113 Economic Principles and Policy – must normally be taken in first year of study







FINC 202  Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

FINC 203  Financial Data Analysis

FINC 206  Fundamentals of Corporate Finance





FINC 302  Applied Investments

FINC 303  Financial Management

Two further 300-level papers, (one must be a FINC paper, and the other must be a  FINC, ACCT or ACFI paper)





126 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above. Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Commerce.



Every programme must include BSNS 111-115. At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 112 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
(a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
(b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

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