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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

Banks play an important role in the economy, attracting savings, granting credit, investing in industries and facilitating business through payment systems. Our banking major takes an applied approach and will allow you to gain in-depth understanding of how banks and financial intermediaries function in the world economy, as well as how they operate internally.

There is significant demand for graduates with specialised undergraduate study in banking, as careers in this area are rapidly evolving with technological and financial innovation.

You will study theory and practice relating to financial services, with an emphasis on practical application techniques.

You will learn the role of banks in the financial system, the management and regulation of banks in domestic and international contexts, and the activities of private and investment banks.

The unique quantitative skills developed through this major will provide you with a head start over other graduates in the financial industry.

By studying at the Business School, you will be joining our Discipline of Finance, a leading research group currently ranked among the top finance groups in the Asia-Pacific region.

About this major

The Banking major requires the completion of 48 credit points in units of study, as follows:

(1) two 1000-level core units of study (12 credit points)*:

  • Quantitative Business Analysis
  • Economics for Business Decision Making

(2)  two 2000-level core units of study (12 credit points):

  • Banking and the Financial Systems OR Money and Banking**
  • Corporate Finance I.

(3) two 3000-level core units of study (12 credit points):

  • Bank Financial Management
  • Banking in Practice.

(4) two 3000-level selective units of study (12 credit points):

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bank Supervision
  • Industry and Community Project
  • International Banking Management
  • Private and Investment Banking.

* Students completing this major in non-Commerce degrees can substitute the 1000-level core with specific alternative units - see Interdisciplinary Studies handbook for details.

** Non-Commerce students can complete Money and Banking as a replacement for Banking and the Financial System.

Note. Not all selective units will be available each year. For unit availability please refer to the "Units of study in this major" section below.

Career Pathways

Completing a Banking major is essential for anyone who wants to pursue a career in the commercial or investment banking, risk management or financial industry regulation. However, studying banking is useful for everyone generally interested in business, because understanding how banks operate and are managed will be useful in any business dealings with them. Our graduates will find themselves in a variety of careers such as:

  • Commercial and investment banking
  • Financial services
  • Consulting
  • Risk management
  • Financial industry regulation
  • Central banking
  • Government departments
Career pathways
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