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Start Date
February
July

Duration
2 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DMFC

SATAC Code
4CM164 (Internal)
4CM165 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Fees
$AU 27,900 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2018

Key features

  • Address global business challenges and further your career in financial markets, corporate financial analysis and investment management.
  • Use financial market simulation programs in the finance trading room, and engage with the global derivatives trading industry.
  • Undertake 150 hours of industry placement with a local or international organisation.
  • Complete courses in applied research and analysis.
  • Be mentored by a senior business leader through the Executive Partners Program.
  • Ranked in the top one per cent worldwide1, and the top two per cent most innovative universities in Asia2.
  • In the 2017 QS subject rankings, UniSA was ranked in the top 150 institutions in the world for Accounting and Finance.

1 One of just nine institutions in Australia and 163 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, July 2016.
2 Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities 2016

 

Snapshot

Snapshot

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.

Why Master of Finance

Why this Degree

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.

Real-world connections

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.

Executive Partner Programme

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.

Your career

Graduates of this degree generally use their broad range of skills to pursue management roles, both locally and abroad, in areas such as:

  • commercial and investment banking
  • corporate treasury
  • financial advisory or brokerage
  • foreign exchange funds management
  • loans
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • policy or research
  • superannuation

Professional accreditation

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 has been accepted into the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). These programs position 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 Recognition 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. Through participation in this program, the University of South Australia¿s Business School is eligible to grant a number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.

Industry facts

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Between now and 2020 employment for financial brokers and dealers and investment advisers in Australia is projected to increase by 17,500 (19 per cent)1.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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By 2020 employment for financial investment advisers and managers in Australia is projected to increase by 11,400 (21.9 per cent)1

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Australia’s financial services sector is the largest contributor to the national economy, contributing around $140 billion to GDP over the last year1

1 Australian Government, Backing Australian FinTech, 2016

What others are saying

The Master of Finance has enabled me to effectively research, be self-sufficient and understand and use specialist software/databases (SAS and STATA) that is critical, preparing me for work in the financial field. I have also appreciated that lecturers have always used case studies, practical exercises and real life examples, which has maximised the relevance of my learning.

Xiao Zheng

Master of Finance (Banking), Master of Finance

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Xiao Zheng

Master of Finance (Banking), Master of Finance

To me, teaching is more about inspiring my students to discover their purpose and potential rather than simply delivering knowledge in finance. Each student enters my classroom with a unique and valuable set of life experiences. I build upon these experiences and promote cooperation, multiple perspectives, real-world examples and critical thinking aligned with their professional aim.

Dr Reza Bradrania


Reza Bradrania

Dr Reza Bradrania


What you'll learn

What you Learn

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.

Study hours

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.

Assessment

Assessment

This degree combines theoretical and hands-on learning. You can expect your assessment tasks to differ widely, for example you may have:

  • case studies and reports
  • essays and assignments 
  • examinations 
  • an industry-relevant project 
  • an oral or online presentation 
  • a journal or a portfolio
  • a work placement

Global opportunities

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.

Global opportunities

Research

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.

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
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
SECOND YEAR
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
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 1

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Commerce with research interests in international macroeconomics and finance. I have a particular interest in Asian economies and emerging market economies. I am a deputy editor of the Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy, and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Emerging Markets Policy at the George Mason University in Virginia, USA.

Dr Tony Cavoli

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

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.

Student services

Student services

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.

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

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.

24/7 digital environment

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:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

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.

Student services

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code (see below) then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

You may be eligible for Advanced Standing. When applying through SATAC, please refer to the codes below. If you are uncertain about your eligibility, please include more than one SATAC code in your list of application preferences. 

  • 2 years - SATAC CODE 4CM164
  • 1.5 years - SATAC CODE 4CM165

What is Advanced Standing?

Advanced Standing for previous studies means you can complete the requirements of this qualification in less than 2 years. You can apply if you have successfully completed one of these (please see entry requirements for further details):

  • a bachelor degree in a business discipline
  • a bachelor degree which includes a major in business, commerce, marketing or management
  • a graduate certificate in a business discipline

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