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CSU and the Australian New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) have jointly designed the Bachelor of Business (Insurance) - the only degree of its kind in Australia. The course provides the opportunity for professionals working in the insurance industry to combine specialist insurance knowledge (gained via a Diploma) with the broader conceptual, analytical and problem-solving skills offered in the Bachelor degree.

Students also have the opportunity to complete a joint study in another discipline such as accounting, finance, management or marketing, enhancing their employability and career prospects. Many graduates go on to complete a Masters degree.

  • Why study this course?

    Admission to this specialisation is open to ANZIIF members who have completed an ANZIIF Diploma insurance qualification. Students must apply for this course through ANZIIF.

    The degree combines the study of insurance-specific subjects offered by ANZIIF with broader business and financial services subjects offered by CSU. It provides students with the opportunity to expand their qualification base, acknowledging their insurance expertise and supporting their career progression in the wider financial industry.

    On completion, graduates will hold a CSU degree that is internationally recognised and provides access to postgraduate studies.

    Why study this degree?

    The general aim of the Bachelor of Business (Insurance) is to provide the formal educational requirements for students to competently perform in professional, specialist and managerial positions in both the private and public sectors.

    In both law and economics, insurance is a form of risk management primarily used to hedge against the risk of a contingent, uncertain loss. Insurance is the equitable transfer of the risk of a loss from one entity to another in exchange for payment and was practised by Chinese and Babylonian traders as long ago as the third millennium BC.

    Insurance can have significant effects on society through the way it changes who bears the cost of losses and damages. Insurance companies worldwide are often under media scrutiny for the manner in which they handle claims, particularly those associated with major natural disasters.

    The Bachelor of Business (Insurance) includes a range of subjects such as risk assessment and management, underwriting management, claims management, insurance law and regulation, financial planning, treasury, risk management, investments and funds management.

    Flexible study options

    CSU's flexible learning environment allows students to study this online course by distance education from anywhere in the world. Subjects are taught using a range of blended learning techniques that include online study materials, online meetings and subject forums.

    Part-time study options enable you to fit study with work and lifestyle commitments. The degree is programmed over Sessions 1 and 2, with a number of subjects also offered in Session 3 (November to February), allowing you the potential to fast-track your degree.

    For students completing the Insurance specialisation, credit must have been awarded for all the specialisation subjects, which are undertaking through ANZIIF, and the elective subjects must include a Joint Study in Finance.

    Joint Studies

    A principal advantage of the Bachelor of Business (Insurance) is the opportunity to specialise in a second area - a Joint Study. Normally your elective subjects will include the Joint Study in Finance, which will be included on your testamur. You may opt to undertake an alternate Joint Study relevant to your career aspirations with prior approval from the Course Director.

  • Career opportunities

    As a graduate you will be qualified to find work in a number of different areas within the insurance industry. Career options are broad and include the following:

    • Financial Planning
    • General Insurance – underwriting
    • General Insurance – claims
    • Insurance Broking
    • Life Insurance – distribution
    • Life Insurance – underwriting and claims
    • Loss Adjusting
    • Risk Management
  • Professional recognition

    CSU's Bachelor of Business (Insurance) is not accredited but provides ASIC RG146 compliance if a specified set of five Finance subjects are completed.

    The degree meets the educational requirements for FINSIA associate membership. Those who wish to join FINSIA must also have three years relevant work experience. For more information please contact FINSIA. FINSIA also has Student and Affiliate memberships available, which enable students to access the FINSIA professional network while they work towards their three years of industry experience. Please consult the FINSA website for more information.

  • Credit and pathways

    Applicants who have successfully completed a relevant Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma at TAFE may be eligible for credit of up to four subjects (Certificate IV), up to eight subjects (Diploma) or up to 12 subjects (Advanced Diploma) into this course. Credit for prior learning or study at other higher education institutions will be assessed as part of the application process and will be granted to eligible applicants.

  • Workplace learning

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    BUS110 Workplace Learning 1
    BUS220 Workplace Learning 2
    BUS370 Workplace Learning 3
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation Skills for Post Compulsory Education
    EPT322 Training in Workplaces

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    ECO130 Business Economics
    MGT100 Organisations & Management
    MGT230 Ethics, Sustainability & Culture
    ACC100 Accounting 1
    ACC110 Accounting 2
    LAW110 Business Law
    MKT110 Marketing & Society
    QBM117 Business Statistics
    INS101 Insurance Foundations
    INS102 Introduction to Insurance Classes and Products
    INS201 Policy and Claims Handling
    INS202 Introduction to Underwriting
    INS203 Insurance Law and Regulation I
    INS204 Insurance Law and Regulation II

    plus two (2) from the following six (6) subjects, each of which relates to a particular class of insurance:
    INS301 Liability Underwriting Management
    INS302 Personal Lines Underwriting Management
    INS303 Commercial Lines Underwriting Management A
    INS304 Commercial Lines Underwriting Management B
    INS305 Marine Underwriting Management
    INS306 Statutory Classes Underwriting Management

    plus two (2) from the following six (6) subjects, each of which relates to a particular class of insurance:
    INS311 Liability Claims Management
    INS312 Personal Lines Claims Management
    INS313 Commercial Lines Claims Management A
    INS314 Commercial Lines Claims Management B
    INS315 Marine Claims Management
    INS316 Statutory Classes Claims Management


    Students must choose six (6) electives either by:

    completing a Joint Study in another discipline area, which will be included on the testamur, and adding the number of electives needed to bring the total number of subjects to 24; or by selecting eight (8) electives. A elective is any undergraduate subject offered by Charles Sturt University provided prerequisites and enrolment restrictions have been met.
    Note that at least 3 electives must be Business or Business related subjects.

    Students must ensure that there are no more than twelve (12) level one subjects in their degree. Students must also ensure that they complete a minimum of five (5) level three subjects in their degree. The level of a subject is designated by the first digit in the subject code, e.g. MGT100 is a level one subject.


    A joint study is a prescribed set of subjects taken from a discipline other than the chosen specialisation. Students are then able to use the title of the joint study in conjunction with the specialisation (e.g. Bachelor of Business (Management/Finance).

    For a Joint Study either from within the Faculty of Business or consisting of subjects from another Faculty, students must take an established sequence or set of five subjects. Established sequences are determined by Faculty Board. Students must ensure that they take the necessary prerequisites.

    If a Joint Study is chosen from those offered within the Faculty of Business, it must be in an area other than that of the specialisation chosen. No more than two subjects can be counted towards a Joint Study if they have already been undertaken as part of the core or restricted elective. A student cannot claim more than one Joint Study.

    Students enrolled through the CSU Study Centres may only choose the Accounting, Management or Marketing joint studies.

    Accounting joint study

    ACC100 Accounting 1
    ACC110 Accounting 2*

    PLUS three subjects from the list below, at least one of which should be at level 3:
    ACC200 Accounting Systems
    ACC210 Management Accounting
    ACC222 External Reporting
    ACC311 Strategic and Sustainable Accounting
    ACC322 Company Accounting
    *Students studying the Bachelor of Business (Banking) or Bachelor of Business (Finance) need to select an additional subject in place of ACC110.

    Banking joint study

    FIN211 Financial Management
    FIN230 Financial Institutions and Markets
    FIN310 Commercial Banking & Finance
    FIN320 Financial Institutions Lending
    LAW330 Finance Law

    Economics joint study

    Five subjects from the list below, one of which must be at level 3:
    ECO130 Business Economics
    ECO210 Labour Economics
    ECO215 Managerial Economics for Business Strategy
    ECO220 Macroeconomic Analysis
    ECO320 International Economics
    ECO356 Environmental Economics
    AGB110 Agricultural Economics (From Faculty of Science)

    Finance joint study

    FIN211 Financial Management
    FIN221 Investments
    FIN230 Financial Institutions & Markets

    PLUS two subjects from the list below:
    FIN331 Financial Planning
    FIN340 International Finance
    FIN350 Strategic Financial Management
    FIN360 Treasury Risk Management
    FIN370 Funds Management

    Financial Planning joint study

    FIN211 Financial Management*
    FIN221 Investments
    FIN331 Financial Planning
    FIN380 Superannuation
    LAW301 Taxation Law (Principles)
    *Students studying the Bachelor of Business (Finance) or Bachelor of Business (Banking) should substitute LAW302 Taxation Law (Issues) for FIN211 Financial Management

    Note: Finance and Banking students should substitute LAW302 Taxation Law (Issues) for FIN211 Financial Management

    Human Resource Management joint study

    HRM210 Human Resource Management
    HRM330 Strategic Human Resource Management

    PLUS three subjects from the list below:
    ECO210 Labour Economics
    HRM310 Developing Human Resources
    HRM320 Issues in Human Resource Management
    INR310 Comparative Industrial Regulations
    LAW370 Law of Employment
    MGT210 Organisational Behaviour*
    MGT340 International Management
    *Students studying the Bachelor of Business (Management) need to choose an additional elective in place of MGT210

    Industrial Relations joint study

    LAW110 Business Law
    INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia

    PLUS three subjects from the list below, at least one of which should be at level 3:
    LAW240 Industrial Law
    INR310 Comparative Industrial Relations
    ECO210 Labour Economics
    HRM210 Human Resource Management
    LAW260 Administrative Law
    LAW370 Law of Employment
    MGT320 Managing Change

    Information Systems joint study

    ITC114 Database Management Systems
    ITC211 Systems Analysis

    PLUS three subjects from the list below, one of which must be at level 3 and only one may be at level 1:
    ITC105 Communication and Information Management
    ITC106 Programming Principles
    ITC161 Computer Systems
    ITC204 Human Computer Interaction
    ITC206 Programming in Java 1
    ITC240 IT Infrastructure Management
    ITC212 Internet Technologies
    ITC218 IT Project Management
    ITC331 Ethics and Professional Practice

    International Business & Culture joint study

    MGT250 Asia-Pacific Business
    MGT340 International Management

    PLUS three subjects from the list below:
    ECO320 International Economics
    FIN340 International Finance
    INR310 Comparative Industrial Relations
    MKT260 International Marketing
    BUS201 International Project
    POL111 International Relations (From Faculty of Arts).

    Legal Studies joint study

    LAW110 Business Law

    PLUS four subjects from the list below, at least one of which should be at level 3:
    LAW200 Commercial Activities: Law & Policy
    LAW220 Business Organisations Law
    LAW240 Industrial Law
    LAW260 Administrative Law
    LAW301 Taxation Law (Principles)
    LAW302 Taxation Law (Issues)
    LAW330 Finance Law
    LAW370 Law of Employment

    Management joint study

    MGT330 Business Strategy

    PLUS four subjects from the following:
    MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
    MGT290 Project Management
    MGT245 Managing Yourself & Others
    MGT310 Service Operations Management
    MGT320 Managing Change
    MGT340 International Business Management
    MGT367 Leadership Issues

    Marketing joint study

    MKT110 Marketing & Society
    MKT220 Consumer Behaviour

    PLUS three subjects from the list below, at least one of which should be at level 3:
    MKT230 Market Research
    MKT240 Market Analysis and Analytics
    MKT235 Brand Management
    MKT260 International Marketing
    MKT303 Social and Environmental Marketing
    MKT310 Integrated Marketing Communications
    MKT335 Marketing of Services
    MKT340 Strategic Marketing Management
    MKT350 Product Innovation Management

    Marketing, Communication & Digital Media joint study

    COM112 Digital Media
    MKT310 Integrated Marketing Communications

    PLUS three subjects from the list below, at least one of which should be at level 2:
    MKT110 Marketing & Society*
    COM116 What is Public Relations?
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    COM222 Public Relations Tactics
    COM219 Media, Communication & Globalisation
    JRN101 Newsgathering and Writing
    ADV206 Channel Planning
    *Students studying the Bachelor of Business (Marketing) should replace MKT110 with another level 1 subject from the above list.

    Online Business Technologies joint study

    ITC212 Internet Technologies

    PLUS four subjects from the list below, at least one of which should be at level 3:
    ITC114 Database Management Systems
    ITC106 Programming Principles
    ITC105 Communication and Information Management
    MGT220 eCommerce
    ITC331 Ethics and Professional Practice
    ITC314 Virtualisation Technologies

    See Bachelor of Business (Insurance) enrolment pattern

  • Admission information

    Admission to this specialisation is open to ANZIIF members who have completed an ANZIIF Diploma insurance qualification. Students must apply for this course through ANZIIF.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYNSBBI

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must complete 192 points at pass level or better. These subjects are a combination of core subjects and electives.



  • How to apply

    Students must initially apply for this course through ANZIIF.

    Australian and New Zealand students

    Admission code: SBBI

    International students

    Admission code: JBIN


    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Accounting and Finance

    The School of Accounting and Finance offers subjects across a range of disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, financial planning and law, in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Subject material, incorporating industry specific learning and teaching aids, is kept up-to-date to ensure the latest issues and topics are included. Many of the staff within the School are industry experts who bridge the gap between the theories taught in subjects and their application in the workplace. Courses are practically focused, and include workplace learning, either through work placements or case studies in our undergraduate courses, or practical work related assessment in our postgraduate areas. This ensures graduates are work-ready and equipped with qualifications recognised globally. The School is committed to providing quality teaching informed by research and backed by a supportive learning environment. The School of Accounting and Finance designs subjects with input from industry professionals to ensure courses meet the academic requirements for accreditation with key professional bodies including CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, the Financial Planning Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; and to satisfy ASIC core knowledge areas.

  • Preparing for Study


    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS014 - Stepping into Statistics
    • SSS018 - Foundation Mathematics
    • SSS033 - Transition from TAFE / VET to University (F2F Workshop)
    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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