A career in finance can open doors to almost any industry. Learn about the structure and operations of financial markets and institutions, and how decision-making processes are administered where uncertainty's involved.

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Finance is all about decision-making. Do I buy or sell, invest or borrow? Finance specialists research and analyse the financial aspects of organisations and markets, and provide advice on investments and other areas of financial management such as the effects of interest rates and risks on the pricing of assets. With roles available in a range of industries, Deakin's real-world focus will give you the edge for a successful career in finance.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.


Other/non-award courses

Non-award courses are generally single units of study that don’t add up to a university qualification. They’re a great way to explore an area of study before committing to a full degree, and can often be used as credit towards a degree course. Short courses and stand-alone study abroad programs also fall under this category.

Career opportunities

The finance major equips you for entry into the finance and investment areas in business organisations, and firms involved in the finance industry or the government sector. Career opportunities include:

  • banker
  • financial broker
  • credit analyst
  • fund manager
  • insurance officer
  • investment analyst
  • risk assessor
  • securities analyst
  • treasurer.

Professional membership

Study finance and you can apply for membership to these professional organisations:

  • Finance and Treasury Association
  • Financial Planning Association
  • Financial Services Institute of Australia.

Experience the world

When you travel and experience other cultures, you don't just learn about the world – you learn about yourself. Go on a team business internship to Jakarta and work in leading financial organisations, all while earning credit towards your degree.

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Deakin has been awarded the following prestigious accreditations:

  • Deakin Business School (DBS) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only five per cent of business programs worldwide are AACSB accredited and DBS is one of only three business schools in Victoria to achieve this recognition.
  • DBS has been awarded EQUIS accreditation through the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This global best-practice recognition places Deakin Business School in the top 1 per cent of business schools worldwide.

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Being secretary of the Deakin Finance Association has allowed me to work with other clubs and to network outside of the University with top business firms.

Charlotte McFarlane

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