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Start date:
5 November 2018
1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face


Start your journey towards an exciting career in the finance sector. Add to your professional resume or enhance your qualifications with a Graduate Diploma in Business (Finance).

Our diploma gives you the skills and knowledge needed to begin a career in finance, or progress to a masters degree.

If you’re currently working in business, this qualification can boost your professional prospects. For graduates from any discipline, it can help you find the path to a lucrative career.

You’ll gain a solid understanding of economics and finance, accounting and marketing. These provide a grounding for our specialisation in finance, including in financial analysis and management.

You’ll graduate with practical skills for financial trading, learnt through hands-on virtual-trading experience. You’ll be ready to study at a higher level, with our Master of Business (Finance).  

Our industry connections give you real-world experience, and valuable networks in the finance sector.

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.

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Careers in finance

Our graduate diploma 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:


If you’re aiming high in the competitive business world, it helps to have well-recognised and valued qualification.

Our business courses are designed to lead into one another. When you graduate from this course, you’ll gain entry to our Master of Business (Finance). The credits earned during your diploma will count towards that masters degree.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Business (Finance) is a 96 credit points (8 units) with two components.  Both components must be successfully completed to meet graduation requirements:

  1. 84 credit points of core studies (equivalent to 7 units) - (BAO6504, BEO6600, BHO6505, BMO6506, BAO5534 BAO5734 and BAO5746).
  2. 12 credit points of elective study (equivalent to 1 unit).

Students planning to continue onto Masters study are advised to take BMO6603, Business Research Methods as their elective unit.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2


Select from the list below subject to availability

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

  1. Synthesise and critically review knowledge about business systems relevant to financial practices to make high level, independent technical recommendations.  
  2. Justify and interpret theoretical concepts and related knowledge to think critically in the resolution of financial business problems in authentic/contemporary financial systems.  
  3. Critically apply cross disciplinary knowledge in creative decision making in the field of finance.  
  4. Demonstrate independent judgement in a range of technical or management functions in response to contemporary and future financial business challenges.  
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of financial and associated information systems in the support of management decision making.  
  6. Effectively communicate complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.  
  7. Contribute consistently, with personal accountability for outputs in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner.  
  8. Analyse research findings applicable to finance processes in business environments.  

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 any discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants with a minimum three (3) 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

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply direct to VU

Apply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.

Direct applications are due on 28 October 2018 for our next intake which starts on 5 November 2018.

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