Start Date
February
August

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 30,000 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2021

Degree overview

  • Address global business challenges and further your career in financial markets, investment banking, corporate financial analysis and investment management.
  • Engage with simulated financial markets in our state-of-the-art Iress Trading Room on campus, which includes a market data feed and trading tools – the same technology used by the world's leading banks and investment firms.
  • Complete 150 hours of industry placement with a local or international organisation.
  • Tailor your studies by choosing elective courses that align with your interests or professional development needs such as global banking and financial technologies.
  • 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.
  • UniSA Business is ranked in the top one percent worldwide2 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2020.
  • UniSA Business is accredited by both AACSB International and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies.
  • UniSA is in the Top 10 in South Australia for postgraduate teaching quality3.
  • Ranked No. 1 in SA and Top 10 in Australia for Business and Economics4.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2UniSA Business is one of just 11 institutions in Australia and 191 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2021. 3Ranked #9, ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20. Public universities only. 42021 THE Subject Rankings. 

Snapshot

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This degree has a strong focus on experience-based learning. You will use simulated financial markets in the Finance Trading Room to enhance your learning and engage in real world practical tasks in specialised fields in Finance. You can also choose to enhance your business consulting skills and experience through a professional business placement in Australia or overseas.

You will graduate ready for senior roles in the finance sector and be skilled in applying current theory to real-world issues.

What you'll learn

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The Master of Finance is made up of 16 courses in areas such as financial theory and markets, investment management, corporate finance as well as econometrics. 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.  The program will take 2 years full-time to be completed. If you are eligible for Advanced Standing*, it will take only 1.5 years.

*Footnote:  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 degrees. A bachelor degree in a business discipline or a bachelor degree which includes a major in business, commerce, marketing or management, or a graduate certificate in a business discipline.

Degree 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 Note(s): 1 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 Note(s): 2 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

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, as well as to 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

ICC_021115_003.jpgThis 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

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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.

Global opportunities

Research

UniSA 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 learning from experts who are also researching areas such as international finance, investment, corporate finance and governance, behavioural finance, energy markets, banking, financial economics and financial technology (Fintech). 

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 particular strengths in business and management and marketing. Read more about our strengths in research.

Why Master of Finance

0009_Michael Mullan Photography_31-05-16.jpgAs 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 corporate finance and governance, investment management, behavioural finance and international finance. You will develop expertise in critical and strategic thinking within a highly-regulated industry framework. Under the guidance of our 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'll also have the opportunity to learn in our state-of-the-art Iress Trading Room on campus, which includes a market data feed and trading tools – the same technology used by the world's leading banks and investment firms.

UniSA Business is the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business education and research at a global level. These dual accreditations demonstrate the high standards we hold across all areas such as teaching, student learning and research, as well as our commitment to continually improving the quality of our programs.

An enriching student experience

Our flexible delivery and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from a blend of online and on-campus study, part-time or full-time learning, 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.

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. This means that you can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on individual course pages.

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.

This could be you

You'll graduate from UniSA prepared for a range of careers - see where your studies could take you.

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Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates of this degree use their broad range of skills and specialist knowledge to pursue finance-related roles, both locally and abroad.

You could consider analyst or associate level roles in commercial banking, investment banking, equity research, trading desk, corporate finance consultant, private equity, corporate treasury, risk analyst, and credit analyst.

Professional accreditation and recognition

This 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, UniSA Business 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 program, offered by UniSA Business, 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, UniSA Business is eligible to grant a number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.

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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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.

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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.

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

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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 dedicated convenient, support service for business students, from first year right through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties, and can help 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.

You can also access a range of other student services including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers which you can work with face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies.

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 ID cards, fees 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am a Senior Lecturer in Finance, and my research is in the area of stock valuation and investment. Before academia, I worked in Finance and Management consulting for several years. I am an engineer by trade and hold an MBA, a MSc in Finance and Investment from Durham University and a PhD in Finance from the University of Sydney. Our programs are industry-informed and designed with the employability of our graduates in mind. Therefore, students will be engaged in industry-driven issues and apply theories to real world applications in the courses, while enhancing their soft skills. That’s why our graduates are sought after by top employers in Finance and Property industries.

Dr Reza Bradrania

Program Director

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What others are saying

"As an international student, studying a FASEA-approved program at UniSA was the first step to becoming a certified Financial Planner in Australia. UniSA gave me the opportunity to build my confidence and professional network through a range of organised networking events with key contacts in the financial industry. Studying at UniSA was also an invaluable experience with access to the Iress Trading Room where we had the opportunity to trade and learn with market data."

Karen Figueroa Vargas

Master of Finance (Financial Planning)

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Karen Figueroa Vargas

Master of Finance (Financial Planning)