Department of Financial and Business Systems

Learn the business of accounting and finance.

Our aim is to give you all the necessary skills and knowledge for a career in finance. Whether you choose to pursue accounting, consulting or another finance-based career, we will prepare you for success.

Key areas of our teaching, postgraduate and staff research programmes include
 corporate governance, corporate finance, banking, investment management, risk, ethical responsibilities, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and innovation

Our programmes and courses focus on how firms develop and use financial and business systems to create value, and this is studied in the context of Lincoln’s land-based speciality. 

The goal is to produce graduates with a solid grounding in finance and business, as well as great confidence in their analytical skills. These are the people in high demand in the accounting and financial sectors. 

We will provide you with a strong academic, technical, logical, analytical, and professional base from which to pursue your career. If you want to expand your knowledge even further, you can extend your study and find a potential academic career in accounting and finance. 

Key themes for the department

Research in accounting focuses on: 

  • Financial reporting, disclosure quality and their determinants 
  • Corporate governance  
  • Working capital  
  • Sustainability reporting and assurance 
  • Accounting education  
  • Contemporary performance measurement systems 
  • Behavioural aspects of accounting and decision making 
  • Emerging trends in the accounting profession. 

Research in finance focuses on: 

  • Empirical analysis covering corporate finance, as well as investments and asset pricing 
  • Corporate capital budgeting decisions, different ownership structures, and the role of currency risk in asset pricing 
  • Commercial banking and rural finance 
  • Financial technology, which focuses on how the adaptation of new technologies in finance impact the financial industry and related industries
  • Green finance, which focuses on how the policies on mitigating climate change will affect businesses.

Study programmes

The key undergraduate programmes offered by this department are the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance), and the Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture and Professional Accounting). These lead into internationally-recognised professional bodies, including Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and CPA (Certified Practising Accountants) Australia, as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification for investment and financial professionals. 

The Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture and Professional Accounting) provides a pathway to meet the academic requirements for these professional accounting bodies: 

  • CPA (Certified Practising Accountants) Australia
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). 

Lincoln University is one of only three universities in New Zealand having both undergraduate (Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting & Finance) and postgraduate (the Master of Business (Finance)) programmes approved by the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) University Affiliation Program.

An affiliated university signals to employers that the curriculum is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA® Program exams – it broadens job opportunities and career success.

Our Master of Professional Accounting (CPA) is the only embedded programme to offer the CPA Australia Approved Integrated Course in New Zealand. 

Postgraduate qualifications include Master of Professional Accounting (CPA) and Master of Business (Finance). The Pathway Certificate for MPA Entry and the Master of Professional Accounting (CPA) embed the CPA Australia Foundations and CPA Program, respectively. The accreditation of these taught Masters’s programmes certifies the excellence of the quality standards of the programme and their high orientation towards professional practice. 

The Master of Fintech and Investment Management grows the advanced skills you’ll need to evaluate and apply fintech priorities to finance, investment, information technology as well as agriculture. 

We also offer a PhD programme and the Master of Commerce and Management in accounting and finance. Staff in the department also supervise a number of Master's and PhD students carrying out accounting and finance research.

The majority of our accounting and finance graduates secure employment before they finish their studies.

Research centre


Professor Christopher Gan - Head of Department

Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce

+64 3 423 0227