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Masters by Coursework


Master of Finance
1 year full-time
Bentley Campus


Gain advanced industry-focused skills in fund and investment management, and grow your capabilities working with cutting-edge assets and fintech.

Professional recognition

This course is aligned to the requirements of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021.

After studying your degree in finance, this course extends your learning into new realms, providing the know-how you need to progress your career.

You’ll examine a broad range of financial topics including financial technologies, corporate finance, traditional and alternative investments, international business, banking and financial modelling.

Your abilities in portfolio management will be extended, giving you specialist knowledge in advanced financial asset management strategies, risk management, financial analysis and performance metrics to help you address new challenges.

Simulated valuation exercises and scenario analyses broaden your experience, so you can meet your client’s ethical and investment objectives as well as increasing the value of their portfolios.

In the second semester, you’ll look at the economics behind asset pricing including martingales, stochastic discount factors and utility functions, as well as the microeconomic and macroeconomic issues in fintech investments.

You’ll be prepared for the jobs of the future, gaining knowledge of disruptive technologies such as blockchain, robo-advice and crowd funding, while examining the risks and returns of alternative assets such as real estate, commodities and cryptocurrencies.

Your learning experience will be individualised; class sizes are kept small, while teaching methods include innovative technology and interactive gaming for some of your assessments and lectures.

You’ll also have access to the Trading Room, a Curtin facility where you’ll have industry-standard software, international news services and live securities and commodity prices at your fingertips.

Note: This course is designed for graduates with a Finance degree. If you have a degree in a discipline other than Finance, consider applying for the Master of Commerce (Finance).

Why study

  • This course extends the knowledge acquired in your undergraduate finance, commerce or similar commerce or business degree.
  • You’ll gain advanced skills in investment and fund management, and the ability to manage alternate and new assets such as cryptocurrencies.
  • Class sizes are kept small, giving you an individualised learning experience.
  • You’ll have access to Curtin’s Trading Room throughout the course.

Career information


  • Chartered financial analyst
  • Bank manager
  • Consultant
  • Corporate finance analyst
  • Credit analyst
  • Economic analyst
  • Economist
  • Financial manager
  • Fund manager
  • Investment banker
  • Start-ups/Entrepreneur.


  • Banking
  • Brokerage
  • Consultancy
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Investments
  • Private business
  • Resources

What you'll learn

  • apply finance principles, theory and practice to current issues and trends in relation to financial markets; and extend a knowledge base of finance principles through original research
  • think creatively, critically and reflectively to generate innovative solutions to complex financial scenarios
  • communicate effectively to clients, staff, professionals, management and industry within the ethical and professional framework of financial institutions; prepare written academic reports and prepare and deliver oral presentations to a professional standard; and expertly use and evaluate appropriate new and established technologies as they apply in financial markets
  • describe and evaluate the impacts of financial markets and instruments in a global system with an understanding of multiple perspectives; apply international standards and practices within a global context
  • show broad understanding of relevant professional and cross cultural communication theoretical concepts; work effectively in multicultural team environments and make positive contributions to class discussions
  • work professionally and ethically both independently and collaboratively, complying with appropriate legislation and protocols

Admission criteria

Specifically, applicants require:

  • a recognised bachelor degree in Finance (or quantitative degree with heavy emphasis on Finance) with a course-weighted average of 65% OR
  • a bachelor degree in finance and 3-5 years’ relevant work experience OR
  • a Graduate Diploma in Finance with a course-weighted average of 65%, and a minimum of two years’ relevant employment experience.

Applicants must also meet Curtin English language proficiency requirements.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Webform: Submit here

Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2022

Student type Cost
Domestic $28,300*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-FINAN
  • CRICOS code: 103293C
  • Last updated on: 11/08/2022