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Applied Finance

Postgraduate Major


Applied Finance Major (MCom)


Advance your career through a deeper understanding of finance.

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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

This is a challenging course where you will learn the principles of finance, gain an overview of financial market operations and develop your global managerial competencies. The Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance is nested within this course.

This master degree builds on the graduate certificate by including specialised knowledge in the concepts of equity, corporate debt, foreign exchange markets, derivatives and interest rate determinants. 

You will also study current financial industry concepts, economic trends and the interpretation of financial statements.

Note: This major differs from the Master of Finance, which is tailored towards graduates with substantial experience in finance. If you have substantial experience, please apply for this course instead.

This major sits within the Master of Commerce degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Master of Commerce.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Use real-world case studies and examples to apply your learning and problem-solving skills. 
  • Our lecturers provide high-quality teaching and undertake applied research in areas such as behavioural finance, corporate finance, investments and uncertainty.

Professional recognition

The Master of Finance and the Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) have been accepted into the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute (CFA) University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70 per cent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provides you with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions you well to sit for the CFA exams. 

What you'll learn

  • apply finance principles, theory and practice to current issues and trends in relation to financial markets
  • think creatively and reflectively to generate innovative solutions to complex financial scenarios
  • access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from a range of sources appropriate in financial scenarios; make valid judgements based on sound evidence; analyse case study material and journal articles
  • communicate effectively to clients, staff, professionals, management and industry within the ethical and professional framework of financial institutions; prepare written academic reports and prepare and deliver oral presentations at a professional standard
  • expertly use new and established technologies as they apply in financial markets
  • continue to acquire new knowledge and expertise in the field of finance using a range of learning strategies
  • describe and evaluate the impacts of financial markets and instruments in a global system; apply international standards and practices with in a global context
  • show broad understanding of relevant professional and cross cultural communication theoretical concepts; work effectively in multicultural team environments and make positive contributions to class discussions
  • work professionally and ethically both independently and collaboratively, complying with appropriate legislation and protocols

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 60
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Please view the Master of Commerce degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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