Postgraduate

Master of Applied Finance

The UWA Business School’s Master of Applied Finance is your path to a global finance career.
1.5 - 2
Years Full Time

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Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

Applied Finance graduates are in demand across a range of industries such as:

  • Consulting
  • Corporate finance
  • Financial planning
  • Financial risk management
  • Funds management
  • Insurance
  • Investment banking
Major employers include firms such as:
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Investment banks such UBS and Macquarie Group
  • Private equity firms
  • Superannuation fund managers
Graduate Careers Australia lists the financial services industry as the fourth largest sector of the Australian economy, accounting for more than eight per cent of GDP and employing nearly 400,000 people.

Applied Finance graduates are in demand across a range of industries such as:

  • Consulting
  • Corporate finance
  • Financial planning
  • Financial risk management
  • Funds management
  • Insurance
  • Investment banking
Major employers include firms such as:
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Investment banks such UBS and Macquarie Group
  • Private equity firms
  • Superannuation fund managers
Graduate Careers Australia lists the financial services industry as the fourth largest sector of the Australian economy, accounting for more than eight per cent of GDP and employing nearly 400,000 people.
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Further Study

After appropriate work experience, graduates may choose to enrol in the Master of Business Administration.
After appropriate work experience, graduates may choose to enrol in the Master of Business Administration.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
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Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
96
Total Course Fee - 2020
$81,400.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and either:
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;
or
(c) at least two years professional experience in a relevant occupation; or
(2) completed a Graduate Certificate in Finance or Graduate Certificate in Commerce at UWA.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

Covering a wide range of applied finance topics, this specialised master’s course leads to careers in corporate banking and finance, stock market trading, insurance, investment management and other areas of applied finance.

About the course

The Master of Applied Finance curriculum complements the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program, with topics including risk management, capital markets and international finance.

You’ll study under the guidance of experienced finance professionals, including professors who have served on the Commonwealth Government Superannuation Round-table, acted as expert witnesses in court cases, and developed an Equity Preference Index in partnership with Colonial First State.

Why study this course

  • The Master of Applied Finance is part of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program.
  • Finance graduates are in demand across a range of industries.
  • You will use real-world case studies and examples to apply your learning and problem solving skills. Lecturers apply theory to reality to give you a sound basis for entry into the working world where problem solving is the key to success.

Who should do this course?

The Master of Applied Finance is a practical course designed for graduates already working in the finance sector, as well as those with a non-finance background who wish to move into the finance area.

Master of Applied Finance

Quick details

Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • The estimated time commitment is 12 hours per unit which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 42560
CRICOS code
  • 083270B
Master of Applied Finance
Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • The estimated time commitment is 12 hours per unit which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 42560
CRICOS code
  • 083270B
Full time/part time duration
  • 1.5 - 2 years (1.5 years full-time if you have a cognate degree)
Degrees course is available in
  • Master of Applied Finance
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Accreditation

    

The UWA Business School is accredited through both EQUIS, the European Quality Improvement System, and AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. These are the leading business school accreditations in Europe and North America respectively, meaning that your business degree will be recognised by employers around the world.

Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

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Hands-on experience

  • Engage in a trading simulation where you buy and sell financial instruments such as stocks, bonds, commodities, and currencies. The Rosemarie Nathanson Financial Markets Trading Room provides industry-standard tools and re-creates some of the atmosphere of a real trading environment.
  • Analyse the fundamentals of a firm using our extensive databases (including Bloomberg and Reuters Eikon) to form an investment decision and create a report similar to those produced by equity analysts.
  • Price complex fixed income securities and derivatives using quantitative models, and investigate deviations from real-world prices (using Bloomberg and Reuters Eikon).
  • Prepare for CFA Program Exams – UWA is part of the CFA University affiliation program and the MAF covers 70%+ of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge.
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Graduate outcomes

Graduates of a Master of Applied Finance will:

  • have advanced theoretical and technical finance knowledge and skills to solve emerging and/or advanced finance problems.
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and skills to complex problems/issues in finance, and  communicate clearly and effectively in relation to complex problems/issues in finance to specialists and non- specialists.
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Flexibility

We understand that life is busy. That's why our postgraduate courses are designed so you can balance your work and studies. Our flexible postgraduate experience includes the opportunity to study part time, a range of units that are taught after hours, and the option to learn via intensive units. Ask our Student Central team for advice on choosing the right postgraduate route for you. Find out more here.

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Professional recognition

The Master of Applied Finance is part of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. This signifies that the course incorporates at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) across all 3 levels of the CFA Program and places emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. This affiliation signifies that the UWA Master of Applied Finance curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to study towards the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognised investment credential in the world. Through participation in this program, students in the Master of Finance are eligible for scholarships towards enrolment in the CFA Program, access to CFA Institute curriculums, journals, webcasts, and other educational resources.

 

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