Intakes: 

2021: February, July and November

Duration: 
2 years
Location: 
Fees: 

2021: A$15,300*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Overview

Develop high-level financial management skills and advance your career in the private or public sector with the Master of Finance from Victoria University.

This professional qualification will help you become a high performer in the financial-services field. It is an effective path towards a senior role in business, or in shaping public policy.

The Master of Finance prepares you for a financial specialisation with general business units such as Accounting for Management, Data Analysis for Business, and Business Economics.

You will continue with high-level finance study in the following:

  • Business Finance
  • Financial Analysis
  • Global Credit Analysis and Lending Management
  • Security Valuation and Portfolio Management
  • Financial Modelling and Technologies
  • Corporate Treasury Management.
  • Strategic Management and Business Policy.

You will gain valuable expertise in global financial markets and their operations. You will also benefit from hands-on practice using virtual trading systems and real-world databases to graduate job-ready for work in this competitive sector.

Take the next step to becoming a financial manager or analyst and enrol in our respected masters program.

Students in the Master of Finance will complete an Applied Business Project that seeks to add new knowledge and understanding and solve complex local and global problems.

The experience you will gain in the Applied Business Project will add real value to your CV – evaluating and synthesising information to develop real-world finance knowledge.

If you are currently working in finance, the masters course will help you take the next step in your career.

We make it possible for you to study while working. Many of the postgraduate students at the Victoria University Business School are working professionals.

Whether you have a background in business, or in another field, you will develop specialist knowledge to prepare you for a higher role.

Show your commitment to professional development and demonstrate readiness for a promotion or career change.

Victoria University Business School provides networks and guidance from the business community.

We have well-established industry connections. These contacts can help you find your way into a professional role.

We also have honorary staff who provide valuable links to the financial world. The finance guru Alan Kohler is one of our professional mentors. He is the founder of Eureka Report, Australia’s most successful investment newsletter, and Business Spectator.

The business college hosts expos, where students can network with business leaders and managers from the public sector.

Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, from 2021 we will start rolling out the Block Model to our postgraduate courses.

This course will be delivered in an eight-week mode from 2021, which means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

If you have an Australian bachelor degree in finance (or similar discipline), you may be eligible for an exemption of 48 credit points of study.

If you receive 48 credit points for previous study, you may be able to qualify with a masters in 1.5 years, enabling you to launch your professional career sooner.

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Careers in Finance

Graduates from the Master of Finance will be able to find work in fields like:

  • financial strategy planning
  • fund management
  • securities trading 
  • financial risk management
  • financial analysis
  • corporate treasury management.

Course structure

To attain the Master of Finance, students will be required to complete 192 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points college core units
  • 96 credit points professional core units
  • 12 credit points BMO5501 Business Ethics and Sustainability; and,
  • 12 credit points BMO7006 Applied Business Project (Capstone); and,
  • 24 credit points elective units. Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.

College Core Units

Professional Core Units

Core Units

24 credit points elective units

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

  1. Critically reflect upon theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective finance practice;  
  2. Justify and interpret theoretical propositions and related bodies of knowledge to critically evaluate the resolution of finance problems and make recommendations relevant to authentic/contemporary business settings;  
  3. Adapt cross disciplinary knowledge in decision making with creativity for evolving and emerging finance contexts;  
  4. Exhibit accountability in autonomous and collaborative judgements and innovative strategic thinking in response to contemporary and future business/ finance/ professional challenges;  
  5. Formulate, implement and evaluate industry-specific investigations to resolve complex financial problems and inform management decision making;  
  6. Articulate effectively to specialist and non- specialist audiences including multi-disciplinary teams, diverse cultural communities and business and other professional organisations;  
  7. Exemplify initiative and inspirational leadership in a dynamic 21st century work environment, acting consistently, ethically and socially responsibly; and,  
  8. Formulate and execute an evidence-based capstone project linked to financial management practices to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at abstract and practical levels.  

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.

Credits

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.

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
PLUS
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

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

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

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