This course offers advanced expertise in quantitative and qualitative finance across a broad range of industry relevant and specific areas of finance. The course is designed for recent finance graduates and professionals within the finance industry. The aim of this qualification is for the student to develop applied competence in the mastering, interpretation, reflecting on and application of principles in the broader field of finance. For those who pursue the research pathway through the minor dissertation, a qualifying student shows evidence of scientific research, application of scientific research methodologies and an ability to reflect thereon in the holistic context of finance.
Postgraduate - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of 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 year full-time, or part-time equivalent.
You 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 Advanced Finance
Graduate Certificate of Business
Graduate Diploma of Business
Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:
- 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
- show 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 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.
This course 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 two parts: Part A. Mastery knowledge and Part B. Application studies. All students complete Part A. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part B.
Part A. Mastery knowledge
These units will develop your understanding of the finance discipline and will enable you to provide discipline-based solutions within a business, professional or public context.
Part B. Application studies
You may select to undertake an expert or research pathway.
The expert pathway will introduce current thinking and knowledge of new structures in the financial markets such as environmental finance, financial technology, behavioural finance and big data. It will provide the opportunity to undertake units which will prepare you for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams.
The research pathway will develop your skills and research methodology knowledge needed to carry out independent research in finance, and provides a pathway to higher degrees in research.
Note: If you are wishing to undertake the research pathway you must maintain at least a 80% WAM and be accepted for entry by the Course Coordinator and the Higher Degrees Research Director.
The course comprises 96 points structured in two parts: Part A. Mastery knowledge (48 points) and Part B. Application studies (48 points).
- If you are admitted at entry level 1 you complete 96 points, comprising Part A and Part B.
- If you are admitted at entry level 2 you complete 48 points, comprising Part A.
Note: If you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit and complete the higher credit-point option.
TThe course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/maps/map-b6003.pdf) provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.
Part A. Mastery knowledge (48 points)
You must complete:
- Applied investments
- Global financial markets
- Corporate treasury management
- Modelling in finance
- Funds management
- Case studies in finance*
- Options, futures and risk management
- Financial econometrics
* This capstone unit incorporates the application of research principles including research methods applicable to the finance professional's field of work.
Part B. Application studies (48 points)
You must complete either a. or b. below:
a. Eight elective units (48 points) at either level 4 or 5 from the Faculty of Business and Economics or across the University as long as you have the pre-requisites and there are no restrictions on admission to the units.
To align with professional practice and facilitate sitting for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams, it is recommended that you complete electives from the following list:
- Institutional asset and liability management
- Credit risk modelling
- BFC5913 Financial planning
- Bank lending
- Treasury and financial markets
- Project finance
- Financial markets and technology
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Special topics in finance
- Modelling in finance and insurance
- Business forecasting
- Applied financial econometrics
Units can 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.
b. You must complete (30 points): **
- Research methods
- Research dissertation (24 points)
And three units (18 points) from the following:
- Advanced modelling in finance
- Issues in corporate finance
- Issues in banking
- Issues in investments
** If you wish to undertake the research pathway you must maintain at least a 80% WAM within Part A. Mastery knowledge. In addition to meeting the academic pre-requisities, selection into the research pathway is based on the outcome of a formal interview with a panel constituted by the Course Director.
You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided you have satisfied the requirements for that award during your enrolment in this master's course:
- Graduate Certificate of Business after successful completion of 24 credit points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above
- Graduate Diploma of Business after successful completion of 48 credit points of study with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.
Progression to further studies
Successful completion of this course may provide a pathway to a higher degree by research if you are admitted at entry level 1 completing the research pathway (48 points). If you are admitted at entry level 2 you will normally already have an honours degree, however, if you are in this group and wish to complete a research dissertation you should discuss the option with the course coordinator.