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Study Sustainable Finance at Otago

Be the change. Help the world economy transition to a more sustainable future.

The minor in Sustainable Finance is a powerful pairing for anyone trying to contribute to the global transition to a more sustainable economy, as financial decisions impact every aspect of society. The entire financial system, domestically and globally, is shifting quickly to incorporate environmental, social and governance considerations across its investments, services, products, and strategies.

This selection of papers will build your sustainable finance skills and act as a strong signal to potential employers that you have developed these highly sought-after capabilities. You will learn how to evaluate climate change strategies and give recommendations to organisations in terms of their sustainability operations, strategy, investments and more.

The skills and knowledge you learn in this minor can be applied across a variety of industries, as each are facing sustainability challenges and interact with finance. Your specialist skill set will be broadly desired.

Why study Sustainable Finance?

Gain the sought-after sustainable finance skills and knowledge needed to help our organisations and communities transition to a more sustainable future. Upon completion, you will be able to confidently make a difference by securing funding, managing investments sustainably, supporting corporate sustainability strategies and climate reporting, and assessing climate risks and opportunities.

Background required

There are no required subjects for studying Sustainable Finance at Otago, but students who choose Finance usually have an interest in making decisions about raising, managing, and allocating money and capital. It’s helpful if you’ve studied economics, accounting, mathematics or statistics at school, but these are not essential.

Teaching style

All teaching takes place on campus in lectures, labs and tutorials. The Sustainable Finance minor incorporates FINC 320 Sustainable Investments, which has sessions in our Bloomberg Markets Lab. It is one of the largest academic trading labs in New Zealand offering students valuable experience by allowing them to use real-time financial and non-financial data on companies and portfolios – improving data analysis and digital literacy skills.

Students graduate with a greater ability to compete for employment opportunities in the financial industry and other roles in the commercial sector. The skills in sustainable finance and business, built in this programme, have become highly sought after in recent years as the world economy tries to transition to a more sustainable future. Otago is the first and only New Zealand university offering these skills.

Career opportunities

Financial institutions are swiftly creating sustainable finance teams and positions, both locally and abroad, so there has been significant growth in the sustainable finance job market.

Graduates will be well positioned to work as and with sustainable finance advisers, investment managers, consultants, analysts, planners and managers for policy, change, development and strategy. These roles cut across industries including financial services, energy, agriculture and government. 

Minor subject requirements

Sustainable Finance as a minor subject for BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Level Papers Points

BSNS 114  Financial Decision Making
FINC 102  Business Mathematics

One of:

BSNS 112  Interpreting Business Data
STAT 110  Statistical Methods
STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics



Above 100-level

FINC 202  Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
(or ECON 207  Environmental Economics, and one of EMAN 204  Energy Resources or ACCT 325  Corporate Sustainability Accounting and Reporting)

FINC 320  Sustainable Investing
MANT 337  Organisations and Sustainability

Note: Students majoring in Finance must include ECON 207 and one of EMAN 204 or ACCT 325 in their minor, and are not permitted to count FINC 202 towards the Sustainable Finance minor.
Students not majoring in Finance are required to take FINC 202.

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Total   108 (or 126)

Key information for future students

Contact us

Department of Accountancy and Finance
Otago Business School