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Duration: 
1.5 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications are not being taken at this time

Overview

Aim for an exciting, high-level role in financial analysis. The Master of Finance prepares you for a career as a finance expert, researching economic conditions and managing investments.

This course suits those with a finance-related academic background. We combine business theory with practical skills to build on your financial knowledge and technical expertise.

The masters has a targeted, specialised focus on finance. Hands-on market analysis and trading expertise are taught through virtual trading, using real-world stockmarket databases.

You’ll graduate job-ready, with high-level expertise in these study areas:

  • Business finance
  • Financial analysis
  • Credit and lending management
  • International portfolio management
  • Treasury risk management.

You’ll develop the global perspective needed in today’s financial markets. Your study will be underpinned with critical thinking, problem solving and communication. These combine to create an in-demand skill set for a financially rewarding profession.

If you’re currently working in finance, the Master of Finance will help you take the next step in your career.

We make it possible to study while working. Many of the graduate students at the Victoria Graduate School of Business (VGSB) are working professionals.

If you have qualifications in finance, studying more advanced topics in financial analysis will prepare you for a higher role.

A Master of Finance gives you targeted, practical knowledge for a career in financial analysis and management.

We also give you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge by combining your study with our Master of Business Administration (MBA), which has a 5-star rating by the Good Universities Guide for its academic qualifications.

Victoria University’s business college 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 also hosts expos where you can network with business leaders and managers from the public sector.

VU gives you the opportunity to associate with peers from all around the world.

You can choose to study at partner universities including Sunway, Malaysia. Students who combine our masters with an MBA can study abroad at Neoma Business School, France as part of our exchange program.

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

Careers in business finance

The masters program prepares you for a career in business or the public sector. Over the next few years, these professions are expected to experience strong growth:

Salaries

The Australian national public website, Job Outlook, has these averaged salaries:

Course structure

To attain the Master of Finance, students will be required to complete 144 credit points (equivalent to 12 units) consisting of:

  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) core units:
  • 84 credit points (equivalent to 7 units) professional core units

Plus either / or
OPTION 1
12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) capstone unit; and,
24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) elective units. Students to select from any postgraduate units from across the University (subject to availability). Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.
OPTION 2
12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) research proposal unit; and,
24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) minor thesis unit.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Plus

OPTION 1

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective unit.

or

OPTION 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Plus

OPTION 1

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective unit.

or

OPTION 2

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. Critically apply cross disciplinary knowledge in decision making with creativity for evolving and emerging finance contexts.  
  4. Demonstrate accountability in autonomous and collaborative judgements and innovative strategic thinking in response to contemporary and future business/ finance/ professional challenges.  
  5. Work as a reflective practitioner to formulate, implement and evaluate industry-specific investigations to resolve complex financial problems and inform management decision making.  
  6. Communicate 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.  
  8. Plan and execute a substantial research based project or evidence-based capstone experience linked to contemporary sustainable, socially responsible and ethical 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.

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
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
OR
Applicants without an undergraduate qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate (in the same discipline) based on approved work experience. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate, graduates will be eligible for admission to this course with credit granted for completed units.

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

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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