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Gain expertise in global financial markets and enhance your qualifications for the competitive business world, with a Graduate Certificate in Finance from VU.

If you’re currently working in business, our graduate qualification can boost your professional prospects. For graduates from related disciplines, it can help you find a path into a lucrative career.

During your study, you'll learn to apply key analytical components and business strategies to a variety of complex contexts such as security, credit, and merger and acquisitions. Your finance knowledge will be enhanced with skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.

Our graduates are capable, responsible and ethical practitioners prepared to work in the rapidly changing financial services industry.

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

Victoria University’s college of business prides itself on providing links and guidance from the business community.

As part of this, honorary staff ensure we have active connections with industry. They include finance guru Alan Kohler – founder of Eureka Report, Australia’s most successful investment newsletter.

We also host expos where you’ll get to meet and network with leaders and employers from the business and finance industries.

Our campus is in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, close to Flinders Street Station. We have many students studying business finance while working. Our location eases the work–study juggle.

We also have strong relationships with the nearby business community. We leverage these relationships to give you highly relevant, practical experience during your studies.


Our graduate certificate prepares you for entry-level positions in finance, and offers a pathway to further study. Job openings are predicted to grow strongly over the next few years (JobOutlook).

Professional careers in finance include:

  • financial management
  • fund management
  • securities trading
  • financial risk management.


Salaries for high-level managers in finance are well above the national average. You may need to continue to a masters, or progress otherwise through a business, to be eligible for the highest roles.

The Australian site, Job Outlook, has these averaged figures:

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Certificate in Finance, students will be required to complete 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (4) Professional Core units. 

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Review theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective finance practice.  
  2. Justify and interpret theoretical concepts and related knowledge to think critically in the resolution of authentic business problems in contemporary financial practice.  
  3. Critically apply cross disciplinary knowledge in creative decision making.  
  4. Demonstrate independent judgement and financial decision making in response to contemporary complex problems and future business challenges.  
  5. Effectively communicate complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.  
  6. Contribute consistently, with personal accountability for outputs in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner.  
  7. Plan and organise self and others to achieve goals in work and learning.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

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