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Finance Major (MCom)

Postgraduate Major


Finance Major (MCom)


An exciting major covering alternate investments, investment and fund management, fintech, behavioural finance as well as ethical and regulatory issues.

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Professional recognition

This course is aligned to the requirements of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute.

Broad career options

Switch to a new career in finance by studying this course.

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This major is a challenging and flexible program that develops global managerial competencies for professionals with financial responsibility. Its curriculum is aligned to the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute’s Candidate Body of Knowledge and can help you successfully pass the CFA’s examinations.

You’ll learn through in-class learning, guided independent research and team projects. You’ll focus on corporate finance, investments, international business, banking and financial modelling.

You’ll also have access to the Trading Room, a Curtin facility where you’ll have access to industry-standard software, international news services and live securities and commodity prices at your fingertips.

Note: This major sits within the Master of Commerce. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Master of Commerce. Alternatively, if you’re seeking a more advanced qualification, you should instead apply for the Master of Finance, which is tailored towards graduates with substantial knowledge and experience in finance related topic.

Why study

  • The course is aligned to the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute’s Candidate Body of Knowledge.
  • The course can help working professionals with no expertise in finance become a chartered financial analyst and gain professional competency in a variety of topics, including financial statement analysis, treasury risk management and financial modelling.

Professional recognition

This course has been designated a University Affiliation Program, with the CFA Institute, and may help prepare you for the CFA Program exams.

Career information


  • Chartered financial analyst
  • Bank manager
  • Consultant
  • Corporate finance analyst
  • Credit analyst
  • Economic analyst
  • Economist
  • Financial manager
  • Fund manager
  • Investment banker
  • Start-up owner / entrepreneur


  • Banking
  • Brokerage
  • Consultancy
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Investments
  • Private business
  • Resources

What you'll learn

  • apply finance principles, theory and practice to current issues and trends in relation to financial markets; and extend a knowledge base of finance principles through original research.
  • think creatively, critically and reflectively to generate innovative solutions to complex financial scenarios
  • 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 to a professional standard; and expertly use and evaluate appropriate new and established technologies as they apply in financial markets
  • describe and evaluate the impacts of financial markets and instruments in a global system with an understanding of multiple perspectives; apply international standards and practices within 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

Admission criteria

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

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, 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:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Master of Commerce degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRP-FINAN
  • Last updated on: June 29, 2022