This major equips graduates with a sound business education and the necessary skills to manage a wide range of activities in the banking and financial sector.

Course description

After developing a solid grounding in business in your first year, customise your degree with a major in Financial Risk Management. The major allows you to start your career in financial planning and financial risk management in any modern financial services industry. The recent financial crises, global and regional, have highlighted the need for higher level thoughtful planning which is essential for the long term sustainability of the financial sector, and this course will expose you to the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges. If you, however, choose to build a career in the financial sector, or in the neighbouring region, studying in Malaysia will be a definite advantage because completing the full course equips you with the practical knowledge in the areas of financial planning, risk management and insurance, investment and portfolio management, taxation law, superannuation, and estate planning.

Core Subject

Year 1


BAO1101      Accounting for Decision Making
BCO1102      Information Systems for Business
BEO1105      Economic Principles
BEO1106      Business Statistics
BHO1171      Introduction to Marketing
BLO1105       Business Law
BMO1102      Management and Organisation Behaviour
BPD1100       Integrated Business Challenge
Year 2 & 3

Compulsory Major

BAO2001     Corporate Finance
BEO2255     Applied Statistics for Business
BEO2401     Risk Management and Insurance
BLO2206     Taxation Law and Practice
BAO3000     Personal Financial Planning
BEO3000     Risk Management Models
Investment and Portfolio Management
BPD3100     Applied Business Challenge

Compulsory Minor (Discipline Minor)

Financial Institutions and Monetary Theory
BEO2001     Commercial Banking and Finance
BAO3404     Credit and Lending Decisions
Elective 1
Suggested Electives (Breath Minor)

BPD2100     International Business Challenge
Elective 2
Elective 3
Elective 4

(Students are given option to choose electives from other majors that are being offered during the semester)

*Subject to change


Launch your career in financial planning and risk management through Financial Risk Management major and your expertise could see you excel in this thriving, fastpaced field. You will gain the specialist knowledge and fundamental business skills to combat the complex challenges faced by business in the financial sector. Your specialist skills could soon make you dispensable to financial services companies, where you could work within:

  • financial planning
  • funds management
  • banking
  • stockbroking
  • superannuation
  • insurance
  • investment
  • risk management

Professional Recognition

Graduates who successfully completed the appropriate subjects will meet the academic requirements for admission to the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FIINSIA), The Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP).


Jason Tan Yie Jiat
Banking and Finance & Financial Risk Management
Shell Business Services Centre
Analyst, Credit Operations
" It’s a dream I hope to never wake up from! "
Tabassum Mohamedali Dhalia
Banking and Finance & Financial Risk Management
Bank NIC(T) Ltd, Tanzania
Credit Analyst
"VU has shaped me to fit into the business world. It has taught me and made me the person from whom the business world would benefit. "


This specialisation is offered as an option as part of the Bachelor of Business (Hons) degree.

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