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- Applied Finance Major (MCom)
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
Gain a deeper understanding of finance principles and financial market operations.
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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).
You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.
This challenging and rewarding master degree is designed for professionals aiming to advance their career through a deeper understanding of finance.
It provides a solid grounding in the principles of finance along with an overview of financial market operations.
The course provides 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.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
How to apply
This major sits within the Master of Commerce degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Master of Commerce. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.
Applying as a postgraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.
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- Our lecturers provide high quality teaching and undertake applied research in areas such as behavioural finance, corporate finance, investments and uncertainty.
- The latest teaching technologies are used for ease of communication between you and your lecturers.
- 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.
Our Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) was ranked the 4th best finance master degree in Oceania in the prestigious Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking in Corporate Finance 2016.
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
A bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a field of study other than Finance. Applicants must also meet Curtin's English language proficiency 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)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
- Pearson Test of English Academic: 60
- Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
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, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
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
Fees & charges
Please view the Master of Commerce degree for indicative fees.
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- Curtin course code: MJRP-APFNC
- Last updated on: October 3, 2019