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Why study accounting and finance

Studying at our in-house Greater Bank Finance Lab, you'll be ready to tackle global financial challenges and make a difference in communities here and across the globe. See yourself here in 2020.

About accounting and finance

With a degree in the area of accounting and finance, you’ll develop a dynamic understanding of the world’s fiscal systems and complex economic landscape. Stretch your skill set, so your strategic problem-solving skills can be applied in a variety of roles such as an accountant, financial analyst, investment banker, stockbroker, and more.

Your studies might lead you to work for a global consultancy – assessing the financial validity of future corporations – or to work with the Reserve Bank, providing economic forecasts to drive official interest rates. You’ll gain insight into the global interplay between the financial, legal, political, and economic systems, looking at how these factors influence the contemporary business environment in Australia and across the globe.

  • Get hands-on accountancy skills - our programs are shaped around global learning, work placements, internships and entrepreneurial approaches to study.
  • Build overseas financial experience with a range of international immersion activities like exchange, placements, study tours and short courses.
  • Study in NeW Space - NeW Space, in Newcastle’s CBD, provides the optimum environment for you to excel in your studies. Experience new-age learning, collaboration and idea sharing.
  • Our graduates get jobs with 93.8% of Bachelor of Commerce graduates employed within four months (Overall employment rate – 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey).
  • Greater Bank Finance Lab - Located on level one of the University’s state of the art CBD vertical campus, NeW Space, the Greater Bank Finance Lab is a hands-on learning environment, enabling University of Newcastle Business School students to build their skills in financial decision making, risk management and economic systems, before they graduate.
  • Be recognised - enjoy professional accreditation with numerous major bodies and professional organisations including CPA Australia, CA Australia and New Zealand, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Association of International Accountants (AIA).

Undergraduate accounting and finance degrees

We understand that sometimes you don't know exactly which degree you'd like to pursue, but you know which field or major excites you. Use these areas of interest to narrow down your study options based on your interests and career goals.

All degrees

Degree name Selection rank
Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Accounting

Studying accounting as part of your degree will teach you the systematic and comprehensive recording of financial transactions. Within an Accounting major, you’ll learn to measure and analyse not only what is happening in organisations, but also the broader financial environment. As an accountant, you are involved in assessing the financial validity and future of organisations, as well as its investments, acquisitions, taxation, opportunities and threats.

Career examples

  • Accountant
  • Business Analyst
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Payroll Supervisor

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Commerce (major in Accounting)
  2. Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Economics

In an Economics major you study the production, consumption and transfer of wealth. This area focuses on things like global economies, government spending, interest rates and government regulations. Economists analyse real-world problems such as sustainable economic growth, economic management and climate change and build models for planning and prediction of future events.

This specialisation is highly valued across industries and opens up doors all over the world.

Career examples

  • Economic Analyst
  • Social Statistician
  • Economist
  • Risk Analyst

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Commerce (major in Economics)
  2. Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  3. Bachelor of Development Studies (major in Globalisation and Economic Development)

Finance

A Finance major is concerned with the study of managing money efficiently. It focuses on cash flow; asset and risk management; capital markets; portfolio theory; international finance; and forecasting and budgeting. It looks at pricing assets based on their risk level and expected rate of return.

Finance professionals can be involved in a range of industries including the stock market, banking or financial planning.

Career examples

  • Financial Analyst
  • Fund Manager
  • Investment Banker
  • Stockbroker

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Commerce (major in Finance)
  2. Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Combined degrees

Studying a combined degree gives you two qualifications at once. The advantage is that you graduate with two degrees in less time than doing them separately. You may also gain a competitive edge in the employment market as employers are increasingly looking for staff with diverse skill-sets.

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce
  2. Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  3. Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  4. Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  5. Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Business
  6. Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Social Science

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Greater Bank Finance Lab

Located at New Space, the Greater Bank Finance Lab is a hands-on learning environment, enabling University of Newcastle Business School students to build their skills in financial decision making, risk management and economic systems before they graduate.

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The Newcastle Business School is accredited with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), earned by fewer than 5% of the world's business programs. AACSB is the premier, and longest-standing, international accrediting body for business programs and is the international benchmark for excellence in business education.