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Graduate Certificate of Digital Finance

Postgraduate coursework

Be positioned for success in the fintech era by learning to work with the essential tools of digital finance, such as blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Key facts

Duration

0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2023 close 19 February 2023

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

As the finance industry undergoes a digital transformation, are you positioned for the career opportunities already emerging from new financial technologies? 

Artificial intelligence, blockchain, data analytics and cryptocurrency are just a few of the technologies transforming the finance industry. These innovations are allowing new players, products and business models to come to the fore, forcing established institutions to catch up, and changing the industry for good. 

Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Digital Finance will position you for success in the fintech era by equipping you to work with the essential tools and concepts of digital finance. You will develop fundamental knowledge of the digital transformation of financial markets, understand the technologies behind new financial products and services and gain critical insights into the ways data analytics empowers financial decision making. 

The learning from Graduate Certificate of Digital Finance is applicable to all kinds of finance roles and seniorities. But, early career candidates will find the course particularly valuable for analyst roles, including financial, credit, investment, digital banking, or regulatory technology and compliance (regtech).

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Digital Finance
Year

2023 course information

Deakin code
M535
Level
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Digital Finance , students must attain a total of 4 credit points of 3 core units and 1 elective unit chosen from a specified list, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, MAI010 Academic Integrity Module.

Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

2

Core units

2

Elective unit

4

Total units

Core units

  • Financial Markets and Digital Innovations
  • Fintech Foundations and Cryptocurrencies
  • Artificial Intelligence Strategies and Enterprise Applications
  • Compulsory 0-credit point module

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Course Electives

    Plus one elective chosen from:

  • Financial Data Analytics
  • Managing Digital Transformation
  • Ethics of Digital Transformation
  • Principles of Finance ^
  • ^Students who do not have prior finance background are recommended to take MPF753 in their first trimester of study.

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1* - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

      *Part-time study only in Trimester 1

    Trimester 2* - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

      *Full-time study only in Trimester 2

    This course is available for part-time study only in Trimester 1

    Full-time study is available to students commencing only in Trimester 2

    Additional course information

    Mandatory student checks
    Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer to the relevant unit guide.

    Course duration
    - additional information
    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Workload

    There is an expectation that the students will undertake at least 150 hours of learning and assessment activities per Deakin credit point.

    Work experience

    This course does not require students to undertake formal work integrated learning units.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Minimum admission requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree or higher, OR
    • two years of relevant work experience, OR
    • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. 

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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.

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    The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:

    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 10% Deakin alumni discount);
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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Entry pathways

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    Further study options

    This course acts as a pathway to any Deakin Business School Coursework Masters degree that has provision for a minimum of four credit points of electives or for a Faculty-wide specialisation to be taken as part of its structure.

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    Careers

    Career outcomes

    This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to succeed as a Digital Banking Business Analyst, Technology/Innovation Consultant, Financial/Credit/Investment Analyst, or Regulatory Technology/Risk/Compliance Analyst.  

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply specialised financial technology knowledge and digital skills in financial decision making.

    Communication Communicate financial information and data to support business decision making.
    Digital literacy

    Apply specialised digital technologies to find, manage and disseminate complex financial data and solutions.

    Critical thinking Critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise financial data to improve the quality of financial decision making.
    Problem solving

    Identify solutions to complex business problems through the use of financial technology and data analytics.

    Self-management Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award
    Teamwork Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award
    Global citizenship

    Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award