Master of Finance
You’re considered an International student if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
With a Master of Finance you will be equipped to manage the challenges of the fast-developing global finance industry.
This degree has a strong focus on experience-based learning. You will use financial market simulation programs in the new Finance Trading Room and engage with the global derivatives trading industry. You can also choose to enhance your business consulting skills and experience through a professional business placement in Australia or overseas.
You will be graduate ready for senior roles in the financial services sector and be skilled in applying current theory to real-world issues.
In the 2017 QS subject rankings, UniSA was ranked in the top 150 institutions in the world for accounting and finance. As a graduate, you can rest assured that the Master of Finance is a globally competitive degree that is respected internationally for its quality and relevance to industry.
In your studies you’ll focus on advanced corporate finance, investment management and behavioural finance. You will develop expertise in critical and strategic thinking within a highly-regulated industry framework. Under the guidance of our highly-experienced research professionals, you will also strengthen your research and analytical skills. You can also choose to enhance your business consulting skills and professional experience through 150 hours of business placement in Australia or overseas.
Our teaching staff are industry experienced and maintain close working links with leading professional bodies such as Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute. This collaboration ensures the knowledge you take into your career will meet the dynamic needs of industry, and your qualification remains relevant and applicable.
While you study you can get valuable industry experience through industry placements in Australia, or an international study experience through more than 60 exchange partners across Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Our links to UniSA’s research facilities ensure your learning is connected to the latest technologies, theories and applications of finance knowledge.
Placements and internships bridge the gap between study and work. Our connections to industry create opportunities for you to grow. These experiences build confidence in the business world and give you a competitive edge.
Have you ever considered having a business mentor? As part of your studies, you can apply for our Executive Partner Programme.
This is a unique opportunity for our postgraduate students to engage with highly successful industry executives to enhance their studies and career. Our Executive Partners are either active, semi-retired or recently retired business professionals who have a wealth of knowledge and want to help you achieve your goals.
Graduates of this degree generally use their broad range of skills to pursue management roles, both locally and abroad, in areas such as:
The Master of Finance, Master of Finance (Banking) program is recognised as a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) Academic Partner by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of GARP's FRM Body of Knowledge. By providing students the opportunity to become well-qualified FRM candidates, the Business School joins GARP in its commitment to advance risk management through education. "GARP is pleased to welcome UniSA to the GARP Partnership for Risk Education. The Master of Finance program offered by UniSA's School of Commerce provides its students with an excellent opportunity to enhance their modeling and analytic skills. Students pursuing this degree should find themselves well prepared for the rigors of the FRM certification program and ready to embark on a career in the global risk management profession." Dr. Chris Donohue, Managing Director - Head of Research & Educational Programs, GARP
This program is recognised through the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program. Affiliated programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) for all three levels of the CFA Program exams, including ethics. This program positions students to undertake the Chartered Financial Analyst® exam, which has become one of the most respected and recognised investment credentials in the world. The CFA Institute University Affiliation Program signals to potential employers and the marketplace that the curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations. As an Affiliated University, the University of South Australia's Business School is eligible to grant a number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.
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The Master of Finance is made up of 16 courses in areas such as financial theory and markets, advanced investment management and the econometrics of financial markets. You will also study two electives as part of your studies. One of your elective options is a 150-hour industry placement either in Australia or overseas.
For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.
This degree combines theoretical and hands-on learning. You can expect your assessment tasks to differ widely, for example you may have:
International exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.
UniSA has links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests. Take a look at the global opportunities available.
Once you are a current student, you will be able to explore various study tours and exchanges and take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.
The UniSA Business School is recognised and respected for a comprehensive research program inspired by the contemporary challenges facing Australia and its region. Our focus is always on finding practical solutions and creating new knowledge. In the Master of Finance, our lecturers are leaders in their field. You could be working with people from any one of these globally recognised institutes:
Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, 97 per cent of our research was assessed as at or above world-class. We are one of only three business schools globally with an academic focus on SME business growth. Read more about our strengths in research.
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)|
|Statistics for Data Science||MATH 4044||4.5||Rule(s): 4|
|Accounting for Management M||ACCT 5011||4.5||Rule(s): 4|
|Economic Principles for Business||ECON 5020||4.5||Rule(s): 4|
|Commercial Law M||COML 5009||4.5||Rule(s): 4|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)|
|Corporate Finance||BUSS 5233||4.5||Rule(s): 6|
|Investment Management||BANK 5013||4.5||Rule(s): 6|
|International Finance||BANK 5028||4.5||Rule(s): 6|
|Financial Theory and Financial Markets||BANK 5014||4.5||Rule(s): 6|
|First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)|
|Managing Financial Risk||BANK 5016||4.5|
|Behavioural Finance||BANK 5018||4.5|
|Advanced Corporate Finance||BUSS 5228||4.5|
|Applied Research in Finance||BANK 5035||4.5|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)|
|The Econometrics of Financial Markets||BANK 5038||4.5|
|Advanced Investment Management||BANK 5030||4.5|
|Finance Elective||4.5||Rule(s): 5|
Lilian talks about the skills she's gained studying Accounting and Finance at UniSA Business School.
As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.
Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.
Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.
The Business School Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business School Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.
International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:
We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language.
When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.
This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:
Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.
Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.
How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.