Postgraduate coursework

Master of International Finance

With emphasis on international trade and financial markets, studying a Master of International Finance enhances your global knowledge. Learn more.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Course information

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.

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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.

 

Students are introduced to research tools and techniques in core units of the course where they learn analytic skills and the practical application of those skills in professional contexts. They must also complete advanced level units and a capstone unit that require them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study and produce applied pieces of research with reference to prevailing literature.

8

Core units

8

Elective units

16

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 Director.

    Specialisations

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

    Key information

    Award granted

    Master of International Finance

    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    M750
    CRICOS code
    054577A
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    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:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2~ - July

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

    Trimester 3* - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    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.

     

    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.

    Workload

    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.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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 or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline OR
    • Successful completion of Masters Qualifying Program (or Masters Qualifying Program Extended) OR
    • Other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

     

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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

    Graduate outcomes

    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

    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 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
       

     

    Application information

    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.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    If you have a bachelor degree in the same discipline*, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) If you have a bachelor degree in any discipline and 5 years of relevant work experience^, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points)

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    * A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background. A 'same discipline' award for this course is a Bachelor degree in Finance, or a Bachelor degree in Commerce or Management or Business with a major sequence in Finance.
    ^ Relevant work experience is business experience either in a finance role or a managerial position with business oversight responsibilities in a finance related field, such as financial consulting, financial analysis, treasury management, corporate finance, fund management and banking.

    Alternative exits

    Credit for prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
    Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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