This comprehensive master's degree will provide you with a thorough understanding of the banking and finance industry. Designed for people who have limited prior knowledge in finance and are looking to enter the industry, the course is ideal if you want to build strong skills in banking and finance, develop your knowledge of financial institutional issues and gain practical experience in applying your acquired knowledge.
Postgraduate - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Business and Economics.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Admission and fees
Course progression map
Master by coursework
2 years FT, 4 years PT
This course normally takes 2 years full-time to complete but if you have relevant entry qualifications you may receive credit and be able to complete the course in 1.5 years or 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent.
Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.
Mode and location
Master of Banking and Finance
Graduate Certificate in Business
Graduate Diploma in Business
Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.
These course outcomes are aligned 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 (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will:
- be critical and creative scholars who:
- produce innovative solutions to problems
- apply research skills to business challenges
- communicate effectively and perceptively
- be responsible and effective global citizens who:
- engage in an internationalised world
- exhibit cross-cultural competence
- demonstrate ethical values
- 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
- demonstrate a mastery of banking and finance and be able to apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in banks and business enterprises.
This degree is accreditated by relevant Australian professional bodies. Refer to the Monash Business School professional recognitionprofessional recognition (https://www.monash.edu/business/future-students/graduate-study-options/after-you-graduate/professional-recognition) page.
The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Advanced preparatory studies, Part B. Mastery knowledge and Part C. Application studies. All students complete Part B. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part C or a combination of the two.
Part A. Advanced preparatory
These studies will introduce you to core commerce disciplines and the impact they have within organisations. The units cover various disciplines and further your understanding of complex business environments.
Part B. Mastery knowledge
These units will provide you with a comprehensive study of banking and finance disciplines and the impact they have on decision-making in banks and institutions.
Part C. Application studies
The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You will be able to demonstrate your banking and finance knowledge and be able to apply these skills in banks and business enterprises.
The course comprises 96 points structured into three parts: Part A. Advanced preparatory studies (24 points), Part B. Mastery knowledge (48 points) and Part C. Application studies (24 points).
- Students admitted at Entry level 1 complete 96 points, comprising Part A, Part B and Part C.
- Students admitted at Entry level 2 complete 72 points, comprising Part B and Part C.
- Students admitted at Entry level 3 complete 48 points, comprising Part B.
Note: Students eligible for credit for prior studies may elect not to receive the credit and complete one of the higher credit-point options.
The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/maps/map-b6004.pdf) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.
Part A: Advanced preparatory studies (24 points)
a. Three units (18 points):
- Accounting for business
- Business statistics
b. One unit from the following:
- Law and commercial decisions
- Business ethics in a global environment
- Foundations in human resource management
- Marketing and the international consumer
Part B: Mastery knowledge (48 points)
- Case studies and research in banking and finance
- Treasury and financial markets or Bank lending
- Institutional asset and liability management
- Options, futures and risk management
- International banking
- Financial management theory
- Financial institutions and markets
- Portfolio management and theory
Part C: Application studies (24 points)
Students complete four units (24 points) at either level 4 or 5. Elective units may be chosen from the Faculty of Business and Economics or across the University so long as you have the pre-requisite and there are no restrictions on admission to the units.
Students are recommended to complete electives from the following list:
- Financial statement analysis and business valuation
- Introductory accounting
- Management accounting
- Climate change and carbon management strategies
- Case studies in risk management
- Global banking institutions and issues
- Treasury and financial markets
- Funds management
- Credit risk modelling
- Advanced financial planning
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Introduction to risk principles
- Financial planning
- Risk financing and treasury management
- International study program in banking and finance
Electives can also be identified using the browse unitsbrowse units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/search) tool and indexes of unitsindexes of units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/) in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code. You may need permission from the owning faculty to enrol in some units taught by other faculties.
Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award during their enrolment in the master's course:
- Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 credit points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above.
- Graduate Diploma in Business after successful completion of 48 credit points of study with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.