Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning
Course summary for local students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
|Length||1 year full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
2016: November (Trimester 3)
2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017||Not applicable|
|Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017||$29,480 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place|
Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
|Level||Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)|
|Deakin course code||M640|
|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 8.|
Please note: Full time study is available in Trimester 1 and 2 only
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Further study
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.
Units required to satisfy the minimum training requirements of ASIC’s RG146 are detailed in the summary document entitled FPEC RG146 Summary provided by the Financial Planning Association.
Fees and charges
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.
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|
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
|MAA719||Superannuation and Retirement Planning ~|
|MAA745||Financial Planning Fundamentals #|
|MAF707||Investments and Portfolio Management|
|MLC703||Principles of Income Tax Law|
|MAA746||Principles of Risk Management and Insurance *|
~ Previously coded MAF708
# Previously coded MAF765
* Previously coded MPS701
Plus 2 credit points of elective units from:
|MAA727||Financial Planning Development *|
|MAF704||Treasury and Risk Management|
|MAF711||Modelling Techniques for Finance|
|MMH733||Ethics for Managers|
|MPT732/MPK732||Marketing Management #|
|MPE781||Economics for Managers|
#MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit.
* Highly recommended in order to satisfy industry accreditation requirements.
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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
Entry requirements - specific
Minimum entry requirements
- Bachelor degree in same discipline
- Masters degree in different discipline
- Graduate certificate in related discipline and 5 years relevant work experience
Credit for prior learning - general
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.
How to apply
Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.
For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
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.