Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

Course summary for international students

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code M640

Please note: core units not available in Trimester 3

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Course rules

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning, students must attain a total of 8 credit points consisting of 6 credit points of core units and 2 credit points of elective units chosen from a specified list. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point

Course structure

Core units

MAF702Financial Markets

MAF707Investments and Portfolio Management

MAF708Superannuation and Retirement Planning

MAF765Financial Planning Fundamentals

MLC703Principles of Income Tax Law

MPS701Principles of Risk Management and Insurance

Elective units

Plus 2 credit points of elective units from:

MAF704Treasury and Risk Management

MAF711Modelling Techniques for Finance

MMH733Ethics for Managers

MMP742Investment Valuation


MPT732/MPK732Marketing Management #

MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers #


#MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit.

Course Learning Outcomes

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.
  Approved by Faculty Board October 2014

Further study

M740 Master of Financial Planning