Bachelor of Business (Majoring in Banking & Finance)

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Course overview

With this degree you will be equipped with skills that meet the demands of business including developing communication and engagement skills, building networks, adopting a commercial mindset, understanding project management and mastering critical thinking and problem solving.

Mega shifts in banking and finance are taking place in trillion dollar economies like China, India and Western economies. Reforms geared towards greater international integration in Vietnam and Myanmar bode  well for growth in the banking and financial sectors of much of Asia.

With national regulations and private sector realignments, opportunities abound in disruptive technologies, retail banking that embraces financial investments and insurance, cybersecurity and big data management.

The Singapore government has committed over US$159 million in the financial sector for the next five years to spur innovation in the sector. Calls are being made in Australia to reward ‘disruptors’ to promote new growth areas.

India focusing on streamlining and spurring investment is further opening its financial sector as part of its global integration. As part of its business development programs, the Indian government has expanded the opportunities within the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE). And so goes on the narrative of the 21st century economy where young people are highly in demand to steer the national economies with innovative thinking and strategic management skills.

To prepare the next generation for the required skills, James Cook University offers a brand new business degree program in Banking and Finance major. This program will equip students with the skills to rise up to the challenges of an exciting industry sector that is a permanent fixture of the economy.   Careers in the banking and finance sector can be fulfilling and rewarding.

Start dates
March, July, November
2 years full time
Study mode
On campus


Course Structure

3 trimesters per year (normally 4 subjects per trimester)

Core Subjects

  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Principles of Economics
  • Principles of Data Analysis for Business
  • Introduction to Management Concepts and Application
  • Business Communication
  • Marketing Matters
  • Business Law
  • plus one of the following Work Integrated Learning Capstone Subjects:
    • Professional Internship*
    • Multidisciplinary Project
    • Independent Project
  • *where applicable

In the JCU Bachelor of Business, students conclude their studies with a core Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience that connects them with the business community, enabling them to demonstrate their graduate skills to potential employers.

To be eligible to apply for WIL, students must successfully complete prescribed online career development modules and quizzes throughout the degree to better prepare them for their WIL experience.

Major Subjects

(8 subjects)

  • Principles of Finance
  • Investment and Portfolio Analysis
  • Financial Institutions and Markets
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Management of Financial Institutions
  • Finance of International Trade
  • Credit and Lending Decisions
  • Treasury Management

Minor Subjects (4 subjects from one of the following areas)

Note: If a single major is selected English for Academic Purposes can be chosen as an elective subject.

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • The entry requirements differ from country to country but in general applicants must have satisfactorily completed 12 years of schooling or equivalent
  • Successful completion of the James Cook University Foundation Program will also satisfy the entrance requirement


  • Successful completion of English Language subject or any language rich subject deemed comparable to Australian standards on a case-by-case basis which includes GCE A level Grade D or higher in English or any language rich subject, GCE AS level Grade C or higher in English or any language rich subject, or GCE O level Grade C or higher in English subject

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English Requirements

  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of IELTS 6 (no component lower than 6.0) / TOEFL (Internet Based) 74 (no component less than 18) / Pearson PTE Academic 52 (no component less than 52); or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP); or
  • Successful completion of other qualifications completed in English Language deemed comparable to Australian standards within the last two years on a case-by-case basis

Advanced Standing

  • Advanced standing of up to 8 subjects will be granted upon successful completion of James Cook University Diploma of Higher Education (Business Studies) program.
  • Credit exemption may be granted for students with tertiary qualifications from recognised institutions on a case-by-case basis.

Attendance Requirements

International students holding a valid Student's Pass are required to attend at least 90% of scheduled classes per month. Failure to attend classes is a breach of the student visa conditions. Being absent from classes for a continuous period of seven days or more, or attendance falling below 90% without valid reasons will result in the student needing to surrender their Student's Pass for cancellation.

Domestic students must attend at least 75% of the scheduled lecture and tutorial activities to be eligible for assessment.

Career Outcomes

This course leads to career opportunities in banking and financial institutions. There are numerous job possibilities in government, and small, medium and large businesses.Work can be very rewarding – your knowledge can assist in making decisions that help businesses develop and thrive, even in times of financial uncertainty.

Tuition Fees

Domestic* International
S$56,496 S$59,064

*Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding those holding a Student Pass)

Note: All course fees include prevailing 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST)

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Download the Business brochure here.

Note: International students in Singapore on a Student Pass are not permitted to work. For more information please visit

James Cook University is EduTrust Certified. The EduTrust certification scheme is administered by the Committee for Private Education (CPE), a part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). EduTrust requires all students to be covered under a Fee Protection Scheme. In James Cook University, this is provided through an insurance protection scheme. Further, EduTrust also requires that the students must be covered under a medical insurance coverage which has provision for hospitalisation, surgery and treatment costs throughout their course duration. James Cook University will advise in the Standard Student Contract the total amount of insurance payable.

For more details please visit the Committee for Private Education (CPE), a part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) website:

Although James Cook University endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.