Finance

FinanceWhy study Honours in Finance?

The objective of our Finance Honours program is to produce high quality graduates who are capable of securing employment with leading public sector firms, major corporations, investment banks and management consulting firms or undertaking advanced research degrees (Masters or PhD) at leading universities. A degree with Honours demonstrates a superior level of academic achievement and specialised research and analytical skills as a result of completing a thesis. Students will also improve their ability to work independently and to manage projects. Our Finance Honours program is open to finance students from the La Trobe University, as well as suitable graduates from other institutions. 

The Honours program in the Department of Finance allows students to pursue an academically demanding topic or question of professional relevance at a depth significantly greater than possible in the Bachelor Degree program.  The Honours program is intended to promote the accelerated academic progress of able students who show promise of benefiting from postgraduate work. 


Career opportunities

You will have career opportunities in the government and private sectors. Work in consulting, foreign exchange dealing, analysis and forecasting, and investment banking among many others.

Course information

Local students

Structure

Students complete a course work component as well as a research component in the form of a thesis.

The program consists of 120 credit points ‒ the equivalent of eight subjects ‒ and can be completed in one year of full-time study, or over two years part-time. 

Coursework
Students will be required to complete five coursework subjects.

Thesis

Students will be required to complete a 15,000 word thesis. The thesis will be completed under the direct supervision of an academic staff member. 

In completing your thesis you will work closely with your supervisor, drawing on their knowledge and experience. Supervision will be somewhat directive at the outset, but will become less so as your thesis proceeds.

Approval of a research topic is subject to the availability of a supervisor in the designated discipline area.  

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are successful completion of a bachelor’s degree with a major sequence of subjects in finance. Students must also have a B (70%) or better average in at least six second-and-third-year subjects in this major sequence. Students must complete all requirements of their undergraduate degree to be eligible for Honours.

While there is no formal quota of places for Honours in finance, there is a practical limit to the number of students whom the finance academic staff can supervise effectively.  

Scholarships

Department of Finance will provide up to three $5000.00 scholarships to finance Honours students each year. The competition for scholarships is extremely high and applicants are assessed by their achievements in the undergraduate studies and are granted to either local or international students, application is assessed at the time of enrolment.

Students are only eligible for one scholarship and the committee reserves the right not to award any scholarships in any given year. Payment of $5,000 made in two instalments after each Census date. Honours students can also apply for Commonwealth Learning Scholarships and Honours year grants. Please visit La Trobe’s scholarships website for more information.

How to apply

Applicants are required to apply online. La Trobe University students do not need to provide a copy of their academic transcripts.

Students applying from other Australian Universities need to apply online and provide a certified copy of their academic transcripts.  

Any queries should be sent to Kah Lai Papadopoulos, Honours Administration Officer – Department of Finance.

Contact details 

Dr Balasingham Balachandran
Associate Professor in Finance
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
La Trobe Business School 
Department of Finance
Melbourne (Bundoora)

T: +61 3 9479 3103
F: +61 3 9479 3444
E: B.Balachandran@latrobe.edu.au


International students

Structure

Students complete a course work component as well as a research component in the form of a thesis. 

The program consists of 120 credit points ‒ the equivalent of eight subjects ‒ and can be completed in one year of full-time study, or over two years part-time. Coursework Students will be required to complete five coursework subjects. Thesis Students will be required to complete a 15,000 word thesis. The thesis will be completed under the direct supervision of an academic staff member. In completing your thesis you will work closely with your supervisor, drawing on their knowledge and experience. Supervision will be somewhat directive at the outset, but will become less so as your thesis proceeds.Approval of a research topic is subject to the availability of a supervisor in the designated discipline area.  

Entry requirements 

The entry requirements are successful completion of a bachelor’s degree with a major sequence of subjects in finance. Students must also have a B (70%) or better average in at least six second-and-third-year subjects in this major sequence. Students must complete all requirements of their undergraduate degree to be eligible for Honours.While there is no formal quota of places for Honours in finance, there is a practical limit to the number of students whom the finance academic staff can supervise effectively.  

Scholarships 

Department of Finance will provide up to three $5000.00 scholarships to finance Honours students each year. The competition for scholarships is extremely high and applicants are assessed by their achievements in the undergraduate studies and are granted to either local or international students, application is assessed at the time of enrolment.

Students are only eligible for one scholarship and the committee reserves the right not to award any scholarships in any given year. Payment of $5,000 made in two instalments after each Census date. Honours students can also apply for Commonwealth Learning Scholarships and Honours year grants. Please visit La Trobe’s scholarships website for more information.

How to apply 

International Students can apply directly through La Trobe International

Any queries should be sent to Kah Lai Papadopoulos, Honours Administration Officer – Department of Finance.

Contact details 

Dr Balasingham Balachandran
Associate Professor in Finance
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
La Trobe Business School
Department of Finance
Melbourne (Bundoora)

T: +61 3 9479 3103
F: +61 3 9479 3444
E: B.Balachandran@latrobe.edu.au

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