2020 Undergraduate Courses

Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Honours) | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Honours)

Abbreviation:

BMathFin(Hons)

UOW Course Code:

356

CRICOS Code:

085498K

Total Credit Points:

192

Duration:

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Intake Session(s):

Autumn/Spring

Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 756503

Overview

Advanced skills in mathematics are essential to good decision-making in the world of finance. Graduates of this course have the skills to apply sophisticated mathematical and statistical techniques to real-world problems and are also encouraged to develop computing and communication skills, which are an asset in the employment market.

Students may complete the Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Honours) degree either with no declared major or with a declared major. The available majors are:

  • Financial Planning
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Quantitative Corporate Finance and Investments
  • Quantitative and Computational Trading
  • Risk Management and Insurance

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in mathematics, statistics and finance.
2 Integrate knowledge derived from finance and mathematics.
3 Demonstrate advanced cognitive and technical skills in mathematics, statistics and finance to select and apply mathematical to statistical methods to analyse and generate solutions to complex problems in finance.
4 Transmit mathematical, statistical and financial knowledge, skills and ideas to others.
5 Apply mathematical and statistical knowledge to professional practice in finance.
6 Apply professional, social and ethical approaches in learning to demonstrate autonomy and well-developed judgement as a financial mathematician or statistician.

Course Structure

Students who enrol in the Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Honours) are required to satisfactorily complete at least 192 credit points of subjects, consisting of:

a. The following 120 credit points of core subjects;

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
100-level
ACCY111 Accounting Fundamentals In Society 6 Autumn, Spring
ACCY112 Accounting In Organisations 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
FIN 111 Introductory Principles of Finance 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
MATH100 Introduction to Mathematics 6 Autumn
MATH187 Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus 6 Autumn
MATH188 Mathematics 2: Series and Integral Calculus 6 Spring
STAT101 Introduction to Statistics 6 Spring
200-level
FIN 222 Corporate Finance 6 Autumn, Spring
FIN 223 Investment Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
MATH201 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 6 Autumn
MATH202 Differential Equations: Analysis and Applications 6 Autumn
MATH203 Linear Algebra and Groups 6 Spring
STAT201 Random Variables and Estimation 6 Autumn
STAT202 Statistical Inference and Introduction to Model Building 6 Spring
300-level
FIN 322 Advanced Corporate Finance 6 Spring
MATH317 Financial Mathematics 6 Autumn
STAT332 Generalised Linear Models 6 Autumn
400-level
INFO401 Mathematics and Finance Honours Project 12 Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2021
MATH407 Research Methods 6 Autumn

b. If a major is declared, additional subjects which are specific to the major. 

c. At least 48 credit points of 300- and/or 400-level subjects from the List of Electives; which must include:

  • 18 credit points of MATH/STAT/INFO subjects,
  • 18 credit points of ACCY/FIN/ECON subjects,
  • 12 credit points of 400-level subjects, and
  • at least one 400-level 6 credit point MATH/STAT/INFO subject.

d. Any subjects chosen from the List of Electives that are needed to bring the total to 192 credit points;

e. No more than 66 credit points at 100-level.

The classes of Honours awarded are defined in the Coursework Rules Section 8. The Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 2. 

List of Electives

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Any MATH, STAT, FIN or ECON subject plus the subjects below:
ACCY200 Financial Accounting IIA 6 Autumn, Spring
ACCY201 Financial Accounting IIB 6 Spring, Summer 2020/2021
ACCY228 Taxation for Financial Planners 6 Spring
CSIT113 Problem Solving 6 Autumn
CSIT115 Data Management and Security 6 Autumn, Spring
CSIT121 Object Oriented Design and Programming 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
CSCI235 Database Systems 6 Autumn, Spring
CSCI251 Advanced Programming 6 Autumn, Spring
INFO411 Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery 6 Autumn
INFO412 Mathematics for Cryptography 6 Autumn
LAW 101 Introduction to Law 6 Autumn
MARK101 Marketing Principles 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
MGNT110 Introduction to Management 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
MGNT208 Introduction to Management for Professionals A 6 Autumn

The Majors and the No-major Option

All Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Honours) students must satisfy the Course Rules specified above. In particular, all students, both those who do not choose a major and those who do, must take the additional subjects which are specific to those options and are detailed via the links below, together with suggested programs of study.

For students taking no major:

For students taking a major:

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

FASEA:  The Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Honours) major in Financial Planning and the Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Honours)(Dean's Scholar) major in Financial Planning is approved by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA). Students graduating with these degrees automatically satisfy the educational requirements to become a Financial Planner AFP®, and allow for entry into the CFP® Certification Program without the need for a bridging program.

FTA: The Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Honours) is a recognised discipline with the Finance and Treasury Association (FTA) and students are encouraged to apply for membership with the association. Full-time students of the degree and graduates under 30 years of age may wish to join the Pathways membership which offers discounts to all Member local events but excludes the national conference. This offers an introduction into the treasury and risk disciplines.

FINSIA: On completion of the degree, students are eligible for Affiliate membership of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), and are encouraged to join the institute to help develop their career in financial services.

Actuarial Studies: Students who wish to pursue a professional actuarial qualification and achieve sufficiently high grades in the Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Honours) degree have the opportunity to enter the 2 year Master of Actuarial Practice degree at Macquarie University. Credit towards this Masters degree may be available to students who have a suitable background. Such application to reduce the volume of learning required in the Master of Actuarial Practice degree are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students completing the Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Honours) degree also have the opportunity to enter into the Master of Actuarial Studies at UNSW.

Other Information

For further information email: eis@uow.edu.au or the Academic Program Director

Last reviewed: 15 January, 2020