Honours in Finance

As one of the flagship programs at the Business School, Honours in Finance is popular among high-achieving students who view the honours year as an essential prerequisite to obtaining a position with an investment bank or management consulting firm. However, this honours specialisation is designed explicitly to introduce students to research in finance. It teaches them theoretical concepts and empirical applications while developing their research and analytical skills. Students are required to complete four coursework units and a dissertation. The finance dissertation is a high point of the program where students demonstrate their newly acquired research skills and knowledge. Classes are small and students have the opportunity to work with up to two research supervisors who are experts in the field. Honours in Finance graduates embark on careers not only in the finance industry but also in academia.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying
principles and concepts in finance; (2) demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods; (3) apply advanced finance knowledge to solve complex problems; and (4) engage in critical debate on contentious issues in finance such as the validity of the efficient markets hypothesis and the role of corporate governance.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 75 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Finance major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year only

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take all units (30 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2FINA4486Dissertation (Finance) Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
or
completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
S1, S2FINA4487Dissertation (Finance) Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
or
completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
S1, S2FINA4488Dissertation (Finance) Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
or
completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
S1, S2FINA4489Dissertation (Finance) Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
or
completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
S1FINA4590Research Methods in Accounting and Finance
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
or
completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
N/AFINA4401Microstructure of Financial Markets
Prerequisites:
FINA3307 Trading in Securities Markets (
or
equivalent); for Master of Applied Finance students: FINA5524 Trading and Markets (
or
equivalent), FINA5521 Quantitative Methods in Finance and permission from the course coordinators
S1FINA4481Advanced Investments
Prerequisites:
FINA3324 Investment Analysis (
or
equivalent); and if a Master of Applied Finance student FINA5521 Quantitative Methods in Finance and permission from the course coordinator
S2FINA4482Advanced Corporate Finance
Prerequisites:
FINA3324 Investment Analysis
or
equivalent
S1FINA4491Capital Markets Research
Prerequisites:
FINA2207 Business Analysis and Valuation