Master of Applied Finance

The financial services industry is complex. You need to ensure you have the knowledge of deregulation, globalisation, new technologies and new products.

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

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Kaplan Professional – Financial Courses (RTO 90116)
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Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.

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


Course length
Trimester-based delivery. Maximum time for course completion: 5 years
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Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.


Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.


Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

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Start date

6 start dates per year.

Kaplan Professional – Financial Courses (RTO 90116)

Get the best possible start to a career in finance through Kaplan Professional, the preferred education partner of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA).

With flexible start dates and study methods, Kaplan allows you start your course at a time that suits you so you can study as little or as much as you like.

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The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.


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

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

Course structure

12 units

Core units

  1. FIN101 - Financial markets & economic principles

    This core subject provides students with an overview of Australian financial markets and an understanding of the influence of economic developments on these markets. It focuses on issues of current relevance and develops the ability to analyse current economic and market events.

    At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

    1. Explain the interrelationships of the major domestic and global market sectors. 
    2. Explain the role of intermediaries in financial markets. 
    3. Assess the changes and impact of key economic and financial indicators on the Australian financial markets. 
    4. Assess the changes and impact of government and monetary policy on the Australian financial markets. 
    5. Compare how the different asset classes are used and traded. 
    6. Explain financial products and the drivers in their development and packaging. 
    7. Analyse current issues driving domestic and global financial markets in a given scenario.
  2. FIN102 - Regulation ethics & risk management

    This subject has been designed to provide students with an understanding of the basis of law and regulation across the streams of banking, wealth management/financial planning and capital markets. The subject will introduce students to the key drivers of law and regulation in the financial services industry and enable them to appreciate the critical role that law, regulation and ethics play in the operation of an efficient marketplace.

    At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

    1. Explain how ethical values and principles influence participants in the financial services industry. 
    2. Explain the powers, functions and operations of the relevant financial markets and regulatory bodies. 
    3. Explain the obligations imposed on participants by the common law, legislation and financial market rules. 
    4. Explain the liabilities to which participants may be exposed under the common law, legislation and financial market rules. 
    5. Apply various common law rules, legislation and financial market rules to a given scenario. 
    6. Explain the concept of risk and the role of Basel II/III in risk management.
  3. FIN103 - Financial analysis & valuation

    This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of financial analysis and the various techniques to analyse company financial statements. The subject reviews the accounting and reporting regulatory framework, examines the components of financial reports and the information they can provide to investors, looks at how corporations are financed and explains dividend imputation. It examines the application of financial ratios and introduces students to fundamental valuation concepts and the process of undertaking a company valuation.

    There are no prescribed texts for this subject. Details of supporting texts/readings are provided in the subject notes. Retailers of educational books include Co-op Bookshop and Boffins Bookshop. Texts can also be borrowed from the Kaplan library or other libraries.

    At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

    1. Explain the financial reporting framework, key accounting concepts and the components of financial statements 
    2. Explain how corporations are financed, the needs of their shareholders and the calculation of dividend returns to various types of shareholders 
    3. Calculate a company’s working capital, profitability and market performance ratios using its annual report 
    4. Assess the company’s performance using the results of the financial ratios calculated to make an investment recommendation 
    5. Explain key valuation concepts and the valuation process.
  4. FIN201 - Quantitative applications in finance

    This subject explores the essential quantitative skills required in today’s financial markets. It covers key techniques and concepts applicable to the financial services industry, including data analysis, correlation, regression, risk and return factor analysis, portfolio construction and optimization, measurement and factor attribution. It compares and contrasts a number of techniques and models, evaluating their strengths and limitations.

    This subject is a compulsory subject for the Master of Applied Finance qualification.

    This is a compulsory subject in the investment management and financial analysis majors.

    On successful completion of this subject you should be able to:

    1. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of quantitative analysis techniques. 
    2. Evaluate claims of performance for financial products. 
    3. Explain the relationship and independence of factors influencing financial diversity, performance and volatility. 
    4. Analyse the risks associated with financial products using statistical techniques. 
    5. Analyse returns and financial performance, recognising the strengths and limitations of various techniques. 
    6. Optimise the construction of a portfolio.
  5. KAP001 - Research project

    In a business environment, research proposals are undertaken to examine problems and to find ways to address them.

    This subject provides students with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to design and undertake a research project. At the end of this subject students will have designed a research proposal on their chosen topic.

    The subject explores the research process and the key elements of a research proposal, including identifying the research problem, aims, undertaking a literature review, research methodologies and writing a research proposal.

    Students will have the opportunity to apply what they have learnt throughout their qualification and to explore a topic which is of personal interest to them, or of relevance to their work.

Students will also need to complete 7 elective units.

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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.

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