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Master by coursework

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

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Master of Finance
  • Duration


    1 year full-time
  • Credit




  • Location


    Curtin Perth
Course outline

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Semester 1, 2023

15 August 2022

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Semester 2, 2023

10 April 2023

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Semester 1, 2024

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8 February 2024

Semester 2, 2024

8 April 2024

4 July 2024

Course outline



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).

What jobs can the Finance lead to?


  • 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

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

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.

English requirements

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

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

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2023 Fee year:




2024 Fee year:




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).

Looking for more detail on the course structure?

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For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MC-FINAN
  • CRICOS code: 103293C
  • Last updated on: 1 December 2023

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