Finance Honours Program
The honours program in finance at UTS provides advanced training in financial analysis and investment management. The program is industry-focused with substantive academic training and an enhanced hands-on approach. It is designed to expand students’ understanding of financial assets, investment decisions, and risk management. Our experts teach new analytical and statistical tools applying it to real market data and train students to conduct their own research on financial markets and institutions. Through regular interaction with industry experts, the program provides students with direct exposure to industry practice and research.
You can express interest and request further information about this course by clicking here.
How this program differs from those at other universities
Most other honours programs focus on advanced training for PhD studies. The aim of our program is to add value to a students’ long-run industry career. Our honours graduates will have a specialisation in funds management. Assessment is largely based on creative thinking and hands-on analysis with subjects having no final exam. Our honours graduates have significant exposure to industry practice, research, and networking.
UTS Finance Honours Program promotional video.
Your honours year
The year will begin with an honours training camp before the start of the Autumn session where students will acquire valuable quantitative and computing skills. When formal teaching starts, the first 4 weeks you will take the subject 25934 Applied Financial Econometrics, furthering your knowledge of statistical modelling and applications in finance in an intensive 3-hour-3-times-a-week mode. During the remaining 8 weeks, you will explore 25924 Advanced Topics in Finance. Concurrently, you will then undertake 25935 Asset Pricing and Risk Management (Weeks 5-8) and 25936 Funds Management (Weeks 9-12).
Throughout the Autumn semester, students will prepare several proposals on each of the major topics covered. At the end of the Autumn session you will have the opportunity to discuss and share your proposed ideas with industry experts and academic staff to receive feedback. You will have your thesis proposal finalised in early Spring. The thesis will then need to be submitted at the end of the Spring session.
It will be a tough but rewarding year.
So what does a thesis entail?
An honours thesis is a research effort of original scholarship and is a rewarding experience. It encourages and supports students to develop their research ideas. Topics may be motivated by academic literature or industry applications. You will receive feedback about your research from the honours coordinator and various experts in the department. There is also the option to work with an industry mentor.
Guest speakers will be used to support the subject content and their presentations may be assessed as part of the subject. There will also be regular industry presentations on the latest trends and issues followed by networking opportunities. Industry partners may also be used as thesis mentors. Thesis topics will be emailed to industry partners, followed by 3-minute thesis presentations. Industry mentors will play a supporting role by offering industry perspectives on research topics and exposition.
See the list of 2019 and 2020 industry seminars.
Research and leadership training
Research is the ultimate fact-based thinking and uses similar principles and skills compared to leadership training.
You will learn how to:
- Identify and address a relevant research issue.
- Undertake a literature review and identify how others may have dealt with similar problems
- Undertake research design and implementation and propose and implement a solution
- Review the findings and implications and assess the impact of the solution
Where can it take your career?
We like to follow the progress of our alumni and their career progression. You can look at a list of our past Honours students to see where the skills they learned in their studies have taken their careers and get an appreciation of the career paths that studying Honours can open up for you.
Applicants for scholarships should send:
- a full curriculum vitae
- a full academic transcript
- a personal statement on extracurricular achievements and career goals
to the director of the honours program. Selection is based on academic performance and extracurricular activities.
It is possible to do the honours program part-time but you must have a letter of support from your employer for attending honours classes and activities. You will be required to undertake the training camp for three weeks prior to the start of Autumn semester. You will have to pass two subjects in the Autumn session and then complete the remaining two subjects in the following Autumn session. You will also be required to complete your thesis within two years of starting the honours program.
Applications and further information
The general eligibility requires applicants to have a relevant degree (e.g., BComm, BBus with a major in Finance, Economics or Accounting), with an overall credit average and an average mark of 70, or equivalent, in the discipline area in which the Honours degree is to be awarded. Applicants with criteria in excess of the minimum required may apply for scholarships.
Applications open in early September for domestic students. International students may apply at any time. We encourage early applications if applicants wish to be considered for scholarships. Applicants will be notified of the admission decision within six weeks of the submission of their applications. Scholarship decisions will be made in January. Classes will begin from February (note: training camp starts three weeks prior to Autumn semester).
Application forms and detailed instructions are available here (select Business Honours PDF form; on the form select FINANCE as your Field of Specialisation).
For further information and assistance in applying please contact Dr Vitali Alexeev.
Deadline for applications: 29 January 2021
Images from our 2018 Honours launch function on the 31st August