Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours)
At a glance
Get ready for a career in fast-paced, competitive and influential organisations with the Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) (BAFE). This four-year program develops the analytical rigour needed for a high-powered career in finance and economics, whether in Australia or beyond.
This program is offered as an interdisciplinary program jointly taught by UQ Business School and School of Economics, two of the most highly-ranked schools globally.
As part of a small cohort of exceptional, driven students, you will forge life-long connections with your fellow students, both personally and professionally. Be challenged to develop the strong technical foundations that are required to pursue a career as a leader in finance, investment banking, capital markets, equity and venture capital or as an economist in a wide variety of careers in both the private and public sectors.
Who is this degree for?
The Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) (BAdvFin&Econ(Hons)) is designed for students who are prepared to be challenged in an academic environment and those wanting to pursue a career in finance and economics.
The program has been designed for students with no tertiary study in the discipline who have strong skills in mathematics and statistics. Students receive accelerated learning in the foundations of economics and finance and progress to second level faster than in other commerce and economics programs.
The Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) program is different from other undergraduate programs in a number of ways:
- There is a relatively small cohort of students who progress through the program together. This results in you getting to know each other well and creating strong networks that will be an important resource throughout your career.
- There are strong links with industry, with industry presentations forming part of the program. Senior industry contacts from key employers have assisted in the design of courses to ensure that you have the skills that are required in practice.
- A range of courses have been designed for, and are taught exclusively in, the BAdvFin&Econ(Hons) program.
- Smaller class sizes mean that teaching is much more interactive.
- The BAdvFin&Econ(Hons) program already has a strong reputation among key employers including investment and commercial banks, fund managers, private equity firms, management and economic consulting firms, major corporations, and government agencies such as the Reserve Bank and treasury organisations.
The first three years of the program are very structured, with students completing courses as a cohort. In the fourth and final year of the program students are able to choose to pursue a generalist pathway or a research pathway. The generalist pathway allows students to choose from a range of elective courses, while in the research pathway students select to major in either economics or finance, potentially with a view to undertaking further study, such as a PhD.
What career outcomes are there?
The Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) has already developed a strong reputation among the most sought-after employers. Representative from industry has taken the opportunity to present specifically to the BAdvFin&Econ(Hons) cohort and offer internships, even in the early years of the program.
Business School graduates are typically aligned with leading roles in organisations across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Graduates are equipped and ready to pursue career paths that arise from being qualified with a coveted degree in professions such as corporate finance, investment banking, management and economic consulting, funds management and financial government agencies.
BAdvFin&Econ(Hons) students who choose to undertake the research pathway may find themselves continuing their passion for research and knowledge by pursuing postgraduate studies.
As a UQ student, you have access to a range of services to prepare for a successful career:
- The Student Employability Team (SET) – assists students with accessing career opportunities and managing their careers. SET programs give students an edge by helping build industry experience and develop lifelong employability skills. Contact their team of employability specialists to set and achieve your career goals.
- Networking events – these events help students establish connections with industry professionals.
- Employer presentations on campus – provides opportunities to meet UQ graduates currently employed in industry and understand what the employer is looking for in a new hire.
- UQ Careers Fair - an annual university wide event for students to meet with over 130 potential employers to source information on career opportunities.
- Global Experiences Expo - discover how UQ provides students with opportunities to study overseas, or get support to work, learn or volunteer on a short trip.