Master of Applied Finance

The financial services industry is complex. You need to get the competitive edge with knowledge of deregulation, globalisation, new technologies and new products.

Get the skills to stand out in the industry with this recognised qualification and high-level professional knowledge that can be applied across the industry.

At a glance

At a glance
Qualification Postgraduate Degree

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards

Provider Kaplan Financial

Relevant academic and/or work experience

Study mode
  1. Online
  2. Distance
  1. Online (Study anywhere)
  2. Distance (Study anywhere)
Study load Trimester-based delivery. Maximum time for course completion: 5 years
Assessment Assignments + exams
Start date Trimester start dates. Contact us about enrolling.
Payment options
  1. Flexible payment options
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What you'll learn

Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

  • apply advanced quantitative analysis concepts and techniques to interpret and forecast financial information
  • apply appropriate financial calculation and analysis techniques necessary to inform financial decision-making and practice
  • discuss and apply the principles of strategic management to specific organisation contexts
  • demonstrate advanced technical knowledge of a range of situations through analysis, evaluation and application of relevant financial concepts, theories and techniques
  • demonstrate creative and flexible approaches to solving complex problems in professional contexts
  • discuss and apply risk management strategies to inform financial decision-making
  • demonstrate the application of relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice to a variety of scenarios

18% of finance jobs are part-time

Source: Australian Jobs 2012, Jobs Outlook DEEWR

Course structure

<p><strong>There are four core subjects and eight elective subjects to be completed in this applied finance course.</strong></p>

Total Units: 12 Core Units 4 Elective Units 8

Core Subjects

  • Financial Markets and Economic Principles
  • Law Regulation and Ethics
  • Techniques in Financial Analysis
  • Risk Management for Finance Sector Enterprises

To complete this course, you will need to take eight elective subjects (including two compulsory electives).

Compulsory Electives

  • Strategic Management
  • Quantitative Applications in Finance

The remaining electives are organised in the following streams of specialisations. To specialise in a particular stream, you will need to complete four elective subjects from that stream. Alternatively, if you do not wish to specialise in a particular area, you can pick any six of the subjects below.

Wealth Management

  • Industrial Equity Analysis
  • Funding Sources
  • Applied Valuation
  • Investment Management
  • Mining Investment Analysis
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Technical Analysis
  • Sales and Marketing for Financial Institutions

Financial Markets

  • Futures and Options Markets and Trading
  • Technical Analysis
  • Interest Rate Markets
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Sales and Marketing for Financial Institutions


  • Asset and Liability Management
  • Business Finance and Credit Analysis**
  • Sales and Marketing for Financial Institutions
  • Operational Risk Management**
  • Structuring and Packaging Financial Products

Investment Management

  • Industrial Equity Analysis
  • Applied Valuation**
  • Investment Management**
  • Mining Investment Analysis
  • Real Estate Analysis and Funding
  • Advanced Valuation
  • Advanced Investment Management
  • Interest Rate Markets

Financial Planning

  • Financial Planning Fundamentals
  • Investment Products
  • Superannuation and Retirement Planning
  • Insurance, Succession and Estate Planning

Corporate Finance / Advisory

  • Structuring and Packaging Financial Products
  • Funding Sources
  • Applied Valuation**
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Advanced Valuation
  • Project Finance
  • Sales and Marketing for Financial Institutions

** These are compulsory electives that you must complete to major in these streams.

Course features

  • Get the skills and competitive edge to excel in your financial career
  • Learn to apply advanced quantitative analysis concepts and techniques to interpret and forecast financial information
  • Analyse all levels of data and integrate your knowledge into a strategic management vision
  • Access to SEEK Learning Online Library


To qualify for this course, you must have one or more of the following:

  • A related undergraduate degree or graduate diploma
  • An unrelated undergraduate degree or graduate diploma plus two years of related industry experience
  • Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating the potential to undertake study at this level

Get started - we're ready when you are!

Send us an online enquiry and one of our expert consultants will get in touch.

We'll give you all the info you need about choosing the right course, payment options, enrolling and fitting study into your life.

Enquire online Free call 1800 673 913

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Exit Qualifications

You can exit this course with the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance qualification if you've completed the four core subjects, or the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance qualification if you've completed the four core subjects and four elective subjects.

Flexible Course Delivery

Kaplan Professional courses are designed to be flexible, so you can achieve your ideal work / study / life balance.

This applied finance course has trimester start dates.

Study by distance education and at your own pace to complete the Master of Applied Finance.

You'll receive:

  • all course materials online
  • online access to library resources, digital lectures, PowerPoint presentations and an online discussion forum where you can communicate with practitioners
  • telephone and email support