Overview

Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance

Pursuing a career in Finance can be a challenging yet rewarding career. A Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance from the University of Newcastle will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to become a leader in the global business environment. This program will provide graduates with superior financial knowledge opening up a range of career opportunities.

A Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance through the University of Newcastle is for people without a qualification in finance who are looking for fundamental knowledge in finance. The program is focused on developing high-level analytical skills that are transferrable across the finance sector and can also be used to inform decision making across other areas of business.

The University of Newcastle provides flexible study options. Courses are run in trimesters and students are provided with an opportunity to study at a pace which suits their personal and professional lives.

Explore this page and find out if the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Are you looking to establish or further your career in finance? In the competitive and fast paced world of finance, employers are looking for highly qualified candidates. Achieving a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance will demonstrate your ability and dedication, and increase your employability for financial management positions.

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance focuses on developing a fundamental understanding of the knowledge and skills relating to the operation of financial markets, financial risk management and corporate treasury strategies. You will gain an understanding of accounting standards, develop analytical skills for the evaluation of investment opportunities, and acquire knowledge of key institutions within the finance industry.This postgraduate qualification can be the key to your future career success.

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance has been strategically developed to build a conceptual understanding of key issues in finance, while providing students with the opportunity to develop practical skills by applying their knowledge to real-world problems. This program will improve your career potential, while providing you with the flexibility to study at a pace that suits the demands of your life.

Upon graduation you will have an understanding and ability to understand financial markets and how financial instruments operate in the world of finance - a key to business success in both the public and private sectors.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'study' tab.

Career Pathways

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance is a qualification that provides graduates with the fundamental understanding and practical skills to operate in the financial services sector. With your enhanced knowledge and capabilities, you will be able to produce high quality financial analysis; a commodity in demand in the current business environment.

The program equips students with essential analytical skills and financial management expertise to pursue a career in financial planning, securities analysis, stock brokering, funds management, banking and foreign exchange management just to name a few. This knowledge and skills underpin roles including:

  • Business Analyst
  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Investment Banker
  • Management Consultant
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Stockbroker

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance, visit the ‘details’ tab.

Specialisations

Modern businesses require that their employees are flexible and have the ability to adapt to organisational and technological change. To meet these demands, employees need to demonstrate a strong understanding of the business environment and well-developed problem solving skills. A Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance through the University of Newcastle offers a strategically developed program that will develop your theoretical understanding and of key concepts in finance.

Students will undertake studies in the following areas:

  • managing in uncertainty
  • business analysis
  • accounting and financial management
  • corporate finance

You will develop a fundamental understanding and application of finance, financial markets. You will learn to understand and apply well-established theoretical financial management frameworks and practical business skills which are transferable to all areas of business.

To find out more about where the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance can lead you, visit the 'careers' tab.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance program is available to applicants who can demonstrate between 1-5 years relevant experience, coupled with previous non-university studies.

The table below outlines the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience
3 Year Diploma (in a non-related field of study) One
2 year Diploma (in a related field of study) Two
2 Year Diploma (in a non-related field of study) Three
No previous educational qualifications Five
Bachelor Degree Zero

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

Applicants should also provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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