Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

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

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$28,880 - Full-fee paying place
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555
Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au
Deakin Customer Service
Tel 1800 624 316

Deakin course code M640

*Full time study in Trimesters 1 and 2 only

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning is a professionally oriented course specifically designed to meet the education needs of the financial planning industry. The Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning is aimed at those aspiring to join the financial planning industry as well as those currently employed in the industry.

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 of study. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load for each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The indicative annual course fee shown has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2016, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP to assist in paying their tuition fees. For more information about HECS-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Full-fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

The annual course fee shown has been provided as a guide only. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course a student enrols in and the study load (EFTSL) of the units undertaken. The EFSTL value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

To calculate the cost of each unit you can multiply the course price by the EFTSL value of all units undertaken.

The course based fees may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on these course fees to calculate the future cost of their course.

Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP to assist in pay their tuition fees. For more information about FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Course rules

The Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning requires the completion of 8 credit points comprising 6 credit points of core units and 2 credit points of elective units chosen from a specified list.

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

MMP742Investment Valuation

MPA701Accounting

MPA711Corporate Governance and Ethics

MPT732/MPK732Marketing Management #

MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers #

#MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit.

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

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

Alternative Admission:

-A graduate certificate in a cognate area + 5 years minimum relevant work experience; or

- a master's degree

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

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.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

Further study

M740 Master of Financial Planning