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
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555
Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code M640

Please note: Full time study is available in Trimester 1 and 2 only

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.

Fees and charges

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) indicative course fee shown in the table above is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline 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.

Full-fee paying place

A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places 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 actual course fee charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load being undertaken. The annual fee above is based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Fee information for all domestic students

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 information is provided as 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 fee to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu.au for more information about 2016 fees.

Study load

Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year, which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL. The annual fee displayed for this course is based on eight credit points.

Fee payment assistance

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or full-fee paying place, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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

MPA701Accounting

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.

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

or

 - Masters degree in different discipline

or

 - 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.

How to apply

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Further study

M740 Master of Financial Planning