Master of International Finance

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Year2016 course information
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Master of International Finance


Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$33,000 AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code054577A
IELTS Requirement

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

Deakin course code M750
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

For commencing trimester 2 students, please check with the Faculty of Business and Law for the availability of specialisations.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of International Finance is a specialist course which develops a professional capability in finance, with a particular emphasis on international trade and associated financial markets.

Finance professionals will be especially interested in the 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 may also be attractive to others with an undergraduate degree, wanting to acquire a professional qualification in finance.

The course aims to provide a high level of education in finance issues and research methodologies appropriate to finance, and will improve professional practice in a range of finance domains.

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of International Finance* or the Graduate Diploma of International Finance allows articulation into the Master of International Finance.

* previously titled Graduate Certificate of Finance

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Career opportunities

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 rules

The Master of International Finance requires completion of 16 credit points comprising 8 credit points of core units, 4 credit points selected from a specified list and 4 credit points of elective units that can be selected to form a specialisation.


Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Advanced Finance

Finance Research Project

Financial Planning

Risk Management

Course structure

Core units

MAF702Financial Markets

MAF707Investments and Portfolio Management

MAF759Quantitative Methods for Finance

MFT760/MAF760International Finance #

MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers #

MPT753/MPF753Finance #

MPA702Financial Interpretation

MPE711Global Trade and Markets

Elective units

Plus 4 credit points of units from:

MAF703Applied Corporate Finance

MAF704Treasury and Risk Management

MAF711Modelling Techniques for Finance

MAF713Futures, Options and other Derivatives

MAF723Business and Financial Econometrics

MAF767Treasury Dealing

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.

# MPT and MFT code denotes study tour version of the unit

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

Entry requirements - general

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. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

Standard Admission:
- A 3 year bachelor's degree or AQF equivalent

Alternative Admission:
- A graduate certificate in a congnate area + 5 years minimum relevant work experience; or

- A master's degree; or

 - The Deakin Business and Law Postgraduate Qualifying Programs (PQP):

  • applicants must have successfully completed all four PQP units and achieved a minimum credit grade of 60 per cent for each discipline-based unit undertaken.

Applicants  may be eligible for Credit for Prior Learning for appropriate units of completed postgraduate study.

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.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact