Financial planning

Deakin's financial planning courses are professionally oriented and aimed at those aspiring to a career in financial planning, as well as those currently employed in the industry.  

Our financial planning program is specifically designed to meet the education needs of the financial planning industry.

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Shehan Rauff
Master of Financial Planning 2014

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Financial planners have the necessary financial skills and knowledge to assist individuals and businesses in achieving their financial objectives. Financial planners are innovative and lateral in their thinking, they are up to date with the latest changes and are committed to providing sound, independent and ethical advice.

Financial planners specialise in key financial areas such as retirement, taxation, investment and estate planning. This major  examines both the theoretical framework of financial planning, plus the practical application of the theories and strategies.

Career opportunities

As a financial planning graduate, you may find employment in financial planning firms, accounting firms and corporate financial institutions.


Deakin's Master of Financial Planning is aimed at those aspiring to join the financial planning industry, as well as those currently employed in the industry.

The course provides financial planning skills with students required to collect, analyse and synthesize financial planning information to prepare financial planning solutions, and effectively communicate these solutions to the client. There is an emphasis on professional responsibilities of the financial planner both in an ethical and in a compliance sense.

A graduate certificate and graduate diploma offer pathways into the Master of Financial Planning.

Commerce at Deakin

Deakin's Bachelor of Commerce is a popular choice, with its solid foundation in business studies and flexibility to choose from more than 20 major sequences.  As a Bachelor of Commerce student, you will study a common first year of units, then choose your major sequences as you progress through your degree.  This flexible structure enables you to tailor your degree for maximum employability.  Valuable work integrated learning opportunities are available, giving you professional work experience in your area of specialisation and enhancing your career prospects.

Please note: Course lengths may vary in response to requirements under the Australian Qualifications Framework. Applicants should refer to the handbook for the latest information.

Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
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Postgraduate degrees
Master of Biotechnology (Advanced)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Why study at Deakin?

Professional recognition

The Master of Financial Planning is recognised for entry into the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) program which is offered by the Financial Planning Association of Australia. Successful completion of this course also provides avanced standing for three of the five CFP® segments, namely CFP® 2, 3 and 4.  (CFP® certification program FPA Approved List).

Scholarship opportunities

Generous scholarships are available to students studying in their second or third year of the Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Financial Planning.

The Platinum Asset Management Scholarships provide assistance during your study, and the opportunity to gain paid work experience in Sydney in association with the Neilson Foundation and Platinum Asset Management.

Platinum Asset Management is an Australian based fund manager which specialises in investing in international equities.

Leading Australia with international recognition 

Deakin's Bachelor of Commerce is internationally recognised and EPAS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EPAS is an international quality benchmark for business programs worldwide. Deakin is the only Australian university with EPAS accreditation for its Bachelor of Commerce.

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Study abroad

Gain a competitive edge with an international study experience, and earn credit towards your degree. The Faculty of Business and Law offers a number of unique study tours throughout the year to destinations such as India, China and Europe. Or consider one of the many study abroad opportunities offered by Deakin. Find out more.

Our courses are flexible

You can study when, where and how you like, and tailor your study around your work and lifestyle commitments. Deakin's trimester system offers three study periods each year, enabling you to commence your course at different times of the year. It also enables you to speed up or slow down your study while still completing your course within the normal time frames.

Gain experience while you study

Work experience can make all the difference when you graduate and are applying for jobs. You can gain work experience and credit towards your degree with Work Integrated Learning (WIL). The Faculty of Business and Law offers several flexible WIL programs suitable for most students in all disciplines and levels including those from other faculties and universities. These include business internships, community-based volunteering, work-based learning, team-based learning and industry-based learning. Read more.

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