Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance

Choosing the right specialist skills can help you establish a successful career in the financial industry. Knowledge and experience are a good foundation, but having specialist skills and an industry-endorsed qualification will help broaden your career prospects.

Choose which area of interest you specialise in, then study at your own pace.

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Kaplan Professional – Financial Courses (RTO 90116)
Career Opportunities
  • Investment Analyst
  • Corporate Finance Manager
  • Investment Manager

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.


Relevant academic or work experience



Course length
Trimester-based delivery. Maximum time for course completion: 4 years
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Assignments & exams
Start date

6 starts dates per year.

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Kaplan Professional – Financial Courses (RTO 90116)
Payment options

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12-month interest free payment planTerms & conditions apply

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

  • an undergraduate degree or graduate certificate; OR
  • a related advanced diploma or diploma; OR
  • an unrelated advanced diploma or diploma plus two years of related industry experience; OR
  • academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating the potential to undertake study at this level

What you'll learn

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

  • Discuss and apply key financial theories and practices relevant to specific financial contexts
  • Analyse and anticipate financial positions using financial calculations and analysis tools
  • Identify, analyse and anticipate the impact of global influences on local financial conditions and circumstances
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge through the analysis, evaluation and application of relevant concepts, theories and techniques
  • Apply problem-solving and risk management techniques to a range of financial situations
  • Discuss and apply relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice to a variety of scenarios in the financial services industry

Course structure

8 units

Core units

  1. FIN101 - Financial markets & economic principles

  2. FIN102 - Regulation ethics & risk management

  3. FIN103 - Financial analysis & valuation

Elective units

  • Quantitative Applications in Finance
  • Fundamentals of Asset Valuation
  • Fundamentals of Equity Markets
  • Fundamentals of Risk
  • Business Valuation
  • Investment Management
  • Operational Risk Management
  • Technical Analysis
  • Strategic Management
  • Sales and Marketing for Financial Institutions
  • Interest Rate Markets
  • Financial Modelling
  • Business Valuation Application
  • Industrial Equity Analysis
  • Mining Investment Analysis
  • Real Estate Analysis Funding
  • Futures and Options Markets and Trading
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Project Finance
  • Foreign Exchange Markets
  • Applied Corporate Finance
  • Market Risk Management
  • Credit Risk Management

Support and delivery

Articulation & exit qualification

Upon completion of this course, you can proceed to the Master of Applied Finance course.

Alternatively, if you've completed the 4 core subjects, and do not wish to continue studying, you may exit this course with the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance qualification.

Payment options

There are 3 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – FEE-HELP

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

2. 12-month interest free payment plan

Pay for your course over time by making weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments.

This flexible payment plan requires no deposit, and you pay no interest for the first 12 months.

3. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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