Master of International Finance



Finance professionals will be especially interested in Deakin’s Master of International Finance as the coursework and research components have been designed to enhance professional practice in a range of financial domains.

The course will give you an understanding of the modern financial techniques underpinning investment, financing and risk management decisions of multinational corporations. You’ll cover international financial markets, international corporate governance, alternative investments, derivative securities and international portfolio management.

You’ll develop analytical skills for making key financial management decisions, including time-value-of money and risk-return analysis, plus you’ll learn how to apply basic mathematics to solve real-world financial decision problems. Through practice, you’ll become adept to various digital technologies used to process complex financial data, information and ideas.

This course aims to provide a high-level education in finance issues and research methodologies. Depending on your unit choice, you may be eligible for membership to Finance and Treasury Association, Financial Planning Association and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.


Key facts


2 years full-time or part-time equivalent


Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Trimester 3*

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Please note:

  • For commencing trimester 2 students, please check with the Faculty of Business and Law for the availability of specialisations.
  • The availability of units in Trimester 3 may be limited.

Key information

Award granted

Master of International Finance


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

$27,000 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

Not applicable

Deakin code





Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Entry requirements

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Minimum entry requirements

 - Bachelor degree in any discipline


 - Masters degree in any discipline


 - Graduate certificate in related discipline and 5 years relevant work experience


Professional Recognition

By selecting the appropriate combination of units within the Master of International Finance, students may gain membership of the Finance and Treasury Association (FTA), Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).

The Financial Planning specialisation may lead to credit for prior learning into the Financial Planner program as well as satisfy the requirements of the Australian Securities Investment Commission (ASIC) as an approved training course under RG146.

The completion of the core units, plus Enterprise Risk Management, will qualify students to apply for membership of the FTA.

Career outcomes

A wide range of career paths in Australia and internationally are open to finance graduates, ranging from those who depend on people skills (such as client account managers) to those who depend on technical skills (such as security analysts or dealers). Typically, finance graduates work in stockbroking firms, financial institutions, manufacturing businesses and in government, among others

Course learning outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Develop an advanced and integrated understanding of finance theory, financial models and demonstrate how this specialised knowledge can be applied in the field of international financial markets to optimise financial outcomes
Communication Convey complex financial information and recommendations in writing and orally for both financial specialists and non-financial audiences
Digital literacy Apply appropriate digital technologies to find, use, manage and disseminate complex financial data, information and ideas.
Critical thinking Conduct research to critically analyse a range of complex finance related information to make informed investing and financing decisions for corporates, the investing community and business at large.
Problem solving Apply a range of techniques, including research and analytical skills, from finance, accounting and business to create solutions to real-world and complex finance issues.
Self-management  Demonstrate the ability to work and learn independently and show personal responsibility.
Teamwork Foster a constructive environment through ongoing academic collaboration
Global citizenship Reflect on different  international, ethical and regulatory perspectives in addressing issues faced by finance professionals
  Approved by Faculty Board October 2014


Course Structure

To complete the Master of International Finance, students must attain a total of 16 credit points, consisting of 8 credit points of core units and 8 credit points of elective units (including 4 from a specified list) that may include a specialisation. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.


Core units


Elective units


Total units

Core units

  • Financial Markets MAF702
  • Investments and Portfolio Management MAF707
  • Analytical Methods MAF759
  • International Finance MAF760
  • Economics for Managers MPE781
  • Finance MPF753
  • Financial Interpretation MPA702
  • Global Trade and Markets MPE711
  • Elective units

    Plus 4 credit points of units from:

  • Applied Corporate Finance MAF703
  • Treasury and Risk Management MAF704
  • Modelling Techniques for Finance MAF711
  • Futures, Options and other Derivatives MAF713
  • Business and Financial Econometrics MAF723
  • Treasury Dealing MAF767
  • Business Practicum MWL702
  • Select 4 credit points of units from the remaining electives, or from the range of listed specialisations, or a combination of both.

    Students may study other postgraduate units offered by the Faculty of Business and Law, subject to approval by the Course Team Chair.


    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

    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 how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Course pathways

    Am I eligible to receive 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.

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    Tel 03 9244 6555


    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.

    Fee information

    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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Offered campuses


    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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