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Start date
August

Duration
2 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DMFC

Fees
2020: AUD$ 35,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2021: AUD$ 37,700 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
0101603

Degree overview

  • Apply advanced concepts to global financial challenges and expand your career potential across international borders.
  • Examine developments in FinTech and Blockchain technologies and the implications for international financial markets and the global economy.
  • Tailor your studies to align with your interests or enrol in specialised electives such as Behavioural Finance, International Business: Strategy and Ethics or Applied Research in Finance.
  • Gain experience on the intricacies of international trade using state-of-the-art market simulation programs in our Iress Trading Room on campus – the same technology used by the world's leading banks and investment firms.
  • Explore global opportunities by completing 150 hours of industry placement with a local or international organisation.
  • Be mentored by a senior business leader through the Executive Partners Program.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Finance1
  • Qualify for Advanced Standing for previous qualifications and complete your degree in just 1.5 years.
  • The University of South Australia Business School is ranked in the top one per cent worldwide2 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2019.
  • Ranked in the Top 150 institutions in the World for Accounting and Finance3.
  • UniSA is No.1 in SA for postgraduate employment outcomes in Business and Management4.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  2UniSA Business School is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 187 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, October 2019.  32019 QS Subject Rankings.  4QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.

Snapshot

Our Master of Finance (Global Investment and Trade) will equip you with the skills to manage critical issues facing global trade and international business and finance.

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This degree will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the interconnections between institutions and global financial markets and the implications of changing regulation and policy.

Using state-of-the-art market simulation programs in our Iress Trading Room on campus, you will gain hands-on experience and further understand the intricacies behind international investment. You can also choose to enhance your business consulting skills and experience through a professional placement in Australia or overseas.

You will graduate with the skills to apply financial theory to the real-world challenges faced by senior investment professionals working in a global environment. 

What you'll learn

Yungondi_Space_5 copy.jpgThe Master of Finance (Global Investment and Trade) is made up of 16 courses including two electives and two specialisation electives. You will study core courses in business and global investment and trade and select from specialised electives such as Behavioural Finance, International Business: Strategy and Ethics or Applied Research in Finance. One of your elective options is also a 150-hour industry placement either in Australia or overseas.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Economic Principles for Business ECON 5020 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1
Accounting for Management M ACCT 5011 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Statistics for Data Science MATH 4044 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Commercial Law M COML 5009 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Financial Theory and Financial Markets BANK 5014 4.5 Note(s): 2
International Finance BANK 5028 4.5
Investment Management BANK 5013 4.5
Corporate Finance BUSS 5233 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Global Banking and Financial Management BANK 5031 4.5
Issues in International Trade BUSS 5348 4.5
Specialisation Elective 4.5
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Money, Banking and Global Financial Markets ECON 5024 4.5
International Perspectives in FinTech BANK 5054 4.5
Specialisation Elective 4.5
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 3

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 (independent study). 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

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  • 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

Yungondi_Space_12 copy.jpgInternational 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.

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 (Global Investment and Trade), our lecturers are leaders in their field. You could be learning from experts who are also researching areas such as sustainability, choice, applied finance and economics.

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, all of our assessed research was rated at or above world-class with strengths in business and management, and marketing. Read more about our strengths in research.

Why Master of Finance (Global Investment and Trade)

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The Master of Finance Global Investment and Trade specialisation focuses on advanced financial theory and its application to critical issues and policy challenges facing the world's institutions, global finance and international financial markets.

You will develop the skills and expertise to analyse critical financial data and make informed decisions in a global context. You will study courses in international finance and trade and graduate with the knowledge and practical skills required for employment in a modern globalised financial sector.

Under the guidance of our highly-experienced research professionals, you will 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.

You will also have the opportunity to learn in our state-of-the-art Iress Trading Room on campus, which includes a market data feed and financial analysis tools – the same technology used by the world's leading banks and investment firms.

An enriching student experience

Our extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities with industry, and leadership skill development. You can also explore accelerated learning pathways and seek program support from our Business Student Hub.

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 Partners Program

Have you ever considered having a business mentor? As part of your studies, you can apply for our Executive Partners Program.

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.

Career outcomes

Your career

The growth of financial careers in Australia is on the rise and is expected to grow strongly over the next five years1.

Graduates of this degree use their broad range of skills and specialist knowledge to pursue management roles, both locally and abroad. You could consider roles such as trade finance specialist, international financial trader or adviser, global fund manager or global policy analyst in areas such as:

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

1Job Outlook Australia.

Industry facts

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By 2023 employment for financial brokers in Australia is projected to increase by 7,200 (19.7 per cent)1

1Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018 Occupational Projections.

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The financial services sector is currently Australia’s largest industry contributing $161 billion to the economy every year1.

1Financial Services Council State of the Industry Report 2019.

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There are 202,372 businesses in financial services, representing the economy's fastest growing industry1.

1Australian Bureau of Statistics, Counts of Australian Businesses 2017-2018.

How to apply

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.

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

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. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. 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.

Student services

Student services

The Business Student 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 Student 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

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.

Student services

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.

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Your program director

I am an Associate Professor in 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.

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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.

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