Master of International Finance

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted

Master of International Finance

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code054577A
Deakin course codeM750

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Indicative student 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.

Fees and charges

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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 rules

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.
4 credit points of electives must be selected from the specified list of electives.
The remaining 4 credit points of electives may be selected from:-

  • a specialisation (and may form a specialisation), or
  • the remaining units in the specified list of electives, or
  • any Business and Law postgraduate units, subject to prior written approval of the Course Director, or
  • a combination of the above.


Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.


Course structure

Core units

MAF702Financial Markets

MAF707Investments and Portfolio Management

MAF759Analytical Methods

MAF760International Finance

MPE781Economics for Managers


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

MWL702Business Practicum

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.

Details of specialisations

Advanced Finance


Burwood (Melbourne)

Unit set code



MAF723Business and Financial Econometrics

MAF761Advanced Investments

MAF762Advanced Derivative Securities

MAF764Advanced Corporate Finance


Finance Research Project


Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Unit set code



Please note that all 4 credit points under the Finance Research Project specialisation must be undertaken together and cannot be studied separately.

MAR725Research Methods

MPP701Research Project 1A

MPP703Research Project 2 ^

^ 2 credit points


Financial Planning


Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Unit set code



MAA719Superannuation and Retirement Planning ~

MAA727Financial Planning Development #

MAA745Financial Planning Fundamentals ^

plus a 1 credit point unit not previously studied in the Master of International Finance

~ previously coded MAF708

# previously coded MAF709

^ previously coded MAF765


Risk Management


Burwood (Melbourne)

Unit set code



MAA754Enterprise Risk Management

MAF762Advanced Derivative Securities

MPE707International Banking and Finance

plus a 1 credit point unit not previously studied in the Master of International Finance