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Launch or advance your career as a financial planner, and advise clients how to get the most out of their investments. Learn about portfolio management, investment, securities and retirement planning when you study financial planning at Deakin.
The Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning is a professionally-oriented course specifically designed to meet the education needs of the financial planning industry. The course is aimed at those aspiring to join the financial planning industry as well as those currently employed in the industry wishing to advance their knowledge.
On completion you may wish to articulate into Deakin’s Master of Financial Planning.Read More
To complete the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning, students must attain a total of 8 credit points consisting of 7 credit points of core units and 1 credit points of elective units chosen from a specified list. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point
~ Previously coded MAF708
# Previously coded MAF765
^ Previously coded MAF714
+ New unit consolidating MAA746 and MAA729
Plus 1 credit points of elective units from:
#MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit.
* Highly recommended in order to satisfy industry accreditation requirements.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Please note: core units not available in Trimester 3
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Minimum entry requirements
- Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
- Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR
- At least three years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)* OR
- Successful completion of Masters Qualifying Program (or Masters Qualifying Program Extended)
*Note: Relevant professional experience that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge in a financial planning environment
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold.
- If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
- If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.
In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
Completion of an eight-unit Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning has been proposed by the new financial planning standards body, the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA,) as satisfying the new education standards required to be able to provide financial advice in Australia. Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning will be eligible for entry into the certification programs of the professional financial planning associations - the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® (CFP®) Certification Program offered by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) and the Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner (FChFP) designation offered by the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA).
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
|Graduate Learning Outcome||Course Learning Outcome|
|Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities||Demonstrate an advanced understanding and application of core financial planning concepts and theories.|
|Communication||Apply appropriate communication skills within the context of providing advice on financial matters.|
|Digital literacy||Use appropriate digital technologies to identify and disseminate complex information, concepts and theories.|
|Critical thinking||Apply a systematic research process and develop a clearly articulated argument to support a view and use it to justify one or more conclusions.|
|Problem solving||Apply problem solving skills necessary to conceptualise and solve complex issues in financial planning.|
|Self-management||Demonstrate independent study and learning in the field of financial planning.|
|Teamwork||Identify challenges associated with organising and managing teams in professional contexts and the importance of providing an instructional framework to nurture teamwork.|
|Global citizenship||Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.|
How to apply
Apply direct to Deakin
Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
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Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.