Start date
February
August

Duration
2 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DMFC

Fees
2021: AUD$ 35,900 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
082591D

Degree overview

  • UniSA Business is ranked in the top one percent worldwide1 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 No.1 in South Australia for postgraduate teaching quality2.
  • Address global business challenges and further your career in financial markets, corporate financial analysis and investment management.
  • Engage with financial market simulation programs 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.
  • 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 Finance3.
  • Qualify for Advanced Standing for previous qualifications and complete your degree in just 1.5 years.

1UniSA Business is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 189 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2020. 2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2018-2019. Public SA-founded universities only. 32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

SNoonan_UniSA BusHub_231017_004.jpgWith 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 graduate ready for senior roles in the financial services sector and be skilled in applying current theory to real-world issues.

What you'll learn

BUS01.pngThe 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.

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 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

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 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 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 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 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 financial analysis 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 program delivery and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, 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.

Careers in Finance

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Career outcomes

Your career

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 commercial banker, finance manager, financial controller, global fund manager or auditor in areas such as:

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

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

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 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.

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:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services

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.

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.

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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