Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Course code3818
Managing facultyBusiness and Economics
Abbreviated titleMAppFin
CRICOS code084613J
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


Course coordinator

Dr John Watson


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course is designed for graduates seeking advanced knowledge and skills in finance. It aims to provide the skill set required to successfully operate as a professional in the financial services sector.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will:

(a.) be critical and creative scholars who:

  • produce innovative solutions to problems
  • apply research skills to business challenges
  • communicate effectively and perceptively

(b.) be responsible and effective global citizens who:

  • engage in an internationalised world
  • exhibit cross cultural competence
  • demonstrate ethical values

(c.) have a comprehensive understanding of their discipline and be able to provide discipline based solutions relevant to the business, professional and public policy communities we serve

(d.) demonstrate judgement, creativity and application of advanced quantitative finance theories and methods in an ethical manner in financial markets, related intermediaries and finance divisions of large corporations.

Credit for prior studies

Students may be eligible for up to 36 credit points for previous graduate level studies in finance or an honours degree in finance.

Maximum credit allowed

36 credit points

Professional recognition

Refer to the faculty's Professional recognition of coursesProfessional recognition of courses ( page in this Handbook.


This course consists of:

  • eight specialisation mastery units
  • four elective units.

A research pathway option is also available.


Students must complete:

(a.) eight specialisation mastery units (48 points):

  • ACF5130 Financial statement analysis and business valuation
  • BFF5040 Advanced security analysis
  • BFF5230 Global financial markets
  • BFF5250 Corporate treasury management
  • BFF5270 Funds management
  • BFF5300 Case studies in finance*
  • BFF5915 Options, future and risk management
  • ETF5930 Financial econometrics

* This capstone unit and other designated specialisation mastery units incorporate the application of research principles including research methods applicable to the finance professional's field of work.

(b.) one of the following options (24 points):

(i.) four electives from the following list):

  • BFF5050 Global banking institutions and issues
  • BFF5260 Money market dealing
  • BFF5280 Institutional asset and liability management
  • BFF5290 Advanced derivatives and quantitative finance
  • BFF5333 Project finance
  • BFF5380 Credit risk modelling
  • BFF5390 Advanced financial planning
  • BFF5580 Mergers and acquisitions
  • BFF5913 Financial planning
  • BFF5914 Bank lending
  • BFF5975 Property investment
  • ETC5351 Modelling in finance and insurance
  • ETF5231 Business forecasting
  • ETF5300 Applied financial econometrics
  • other related units as approved by the course coordinator

(ii.) the following research pathway* units:

plus one of the following units to be determined in consultation with the course coordinator and higher degrees research director:

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Master of Applied Finance early may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • 1679 Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 points of study
  • 3848 Graduate Diploma in Business after successful completion of 48 points of study.


Master of Applied Finance