Want to understand the complexity of capital markets? How to manage different types of risks? Interested in achieving a challenging technical degree with flexible career opportunities?
Financial Engineering is a cross-disciplinary field combining financial and economic theory with the mathematical and computational tools needed to design and develop financial products, portfolios, markets, and regulations. Financial engineers manage financial risk, identify market opportunities, design and value financial or actuarial products, and optimise investment strategies.
Similar to other professional degrees at UC, the first year of the Bachelor of Science in Financial Engineering provides a breadth and depth of technical skills and knowledge across the key disciplines of finance and economics, mathematics and statistics, and computer science and software engineering.
This broad foundation is then built upon over the next two years, where you will undertake further core courses across these disciplines and can choose specialisations within Financial Engineering.
- This is the only programme directly targeted towards this career in Aotearoa New Zealand and echoes trends abroad, in the UK, USA, and Europe. This subject was created in response to employer demand and international growth in Financial Engineering and related fields like the wider actuarial and business analytics industries.
- The Bachelor of Science (BSc) major offers students a cross-disciplinary pathway across commerce, science, and engineering subjects, and utilises expertise from all these areas of strength at UC.
- This programme can be completed full or part-time and can be entered in either February or July of each year.
Previous study of mathematics (calculus and/or statistics) is recommended at Year 13 level.
For those who have not studied to that level, UC offers Headstart courses in January/February for students who have not studied mathematics or statistics for some time or who lack confidence in their skills.
The first-year, 100-level courses required to complete a Bachelor of Science majoring in Financial Engineering are:
- COSC 121 Introduction to Computer Programming
- COSC 122 Introduction to Computer Science
- ECON 104 Introduction to Microeconomics (or ECON 199, a STAR course for secondary school students)
- MATH 102 Mathematics 1A (or MATH 199, a STAR course for secondary school students)
- MATH 103 Mathematics 1B
- STAT 101 Statistics 1
- Plus 30 points from 100-level Science or any other UC courses.
It is also recommended to consider studying (depending on your specialisation interests):
- FINC 101 Personal Finance
- ACCT 102 Accounting and Financial Information
- INFO 125 Introduction to Programming with Databases
- MATH 120 Discrete Mathematics
For more information see the Bachelor of Science.
200-level and beyond
The broad foundation of the first year is then built upon over the next two years, where you will undertake further core courses across the disciplines and can choose specialisations within Financial Engineering.
Students who wish to major in Financial Engineering are required to take a number of core courses at 200 and 300-level. For the list of required courses, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Science.
UC Financial Engineering graduates will be ready for the international workplace in the finance industry and related fields mentioned above. They will also be well prepared for further study in this field in order to attain positions at higher technical levels.
Employers range from private industries, such as banking, investment, capital industries, security, data analysis, risk management and insurance, to the public sector (eg, Reserve Bank | Te Pūtea Matua, the Treasury | Kaitohutohu Kaupapa Rawa, or regulatory bodies).
Graduates with such cross-disciplinary knowledge and highly technical skills will have openings to a breadth of career opportunities such as investment brokers, actuaries, and statisticians and data scientists.
Past graduates of the contributing departments from related paths of study have been employed by Macquarie Capital, Deloitte, BNY-Mellon, First NZ Capital, Reserve Bank | Te Pūtea Matua, Vero Insurance, Wynyard Security Group, and many government agencies like the Treasury | Kaitohutohu Kaupapa Rawa, Stats NZ | Tatauranga Aotearoa, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment | Hīkina Whakatutuki.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Financial Engineering.
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