Overview

Pursuing a career in Finance can be a challenging yet rewarding career. A Master of 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.

The Master of Applied Finance program offered by the University of Newcastle is suitable for professionals looking to add a finance specialisation to their qualifications or employment experience. The program of study is focused on developing high-level analytical skills that are relevant across the finance sector, and can also be used to inform decision making across other areas of business. Master of Applied Finance students are armed with the technical knowledge and practical skills required to succeed in finance.

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.

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 Master of Applied Finance will demonstrate your ability and dedication, and increase your employability for financial management positions.

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

The Master of 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 a comprehensive understanding and ability to analyse financial data and operate in the world of finance - a key to business success in both the public and private sectors.

Career Pathways

The Master of Applied Finance is a thorough 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 theory and financial management skills you have acquired through the Master of Applied Finance will equip you with the ability to handle complex situations. This knowledge can increase your value as an employee and see you fast-track to senior positions, increase your salary potential and advance your career.

The Master of Applied Finance is accredited by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and prepares graduates for a challenging but highly rewarding career in financial services and managerial finance. 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

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 Master of Applied Finance program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination or education and/or work experience. 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 Bachelors (in a related field of study) Zero
3 Year Bachelors (in a non-related field of study) One
No previous educational qualifications Seven (including 2 in a management position)

 

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”.

On Your Terms

Do you have qualifications or experience beyond the minimum entry requirements for a Masters Degree? If so, you may be able to complete your degree in reduced time and at reduced cost.

The Newcastle Business School will consider your relevant professional experience and you could reduce your study by up to a third! Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may result in credit granted for up to four courses.

RPL may be granted to you when you demonstrate competencies aligned to the learning outcomes of selected courses. You can do this as part of your application by providing a statement and supporting documentation outlining relevant business or organisational experience.

Please refer to the learning outcomes for each course below and additional instructions on how to apply to have your professional experience assessed for credit.

Managing Under Uncertainty

Learning Outcomes - GSBS6001 Managing Under Uncertainty

  • Explain how human behavioral and social factors influence decision-making in organisations
  • Use relevant sources to construct and support a written academic argument
  • Critically evaluate the limitations of rational decision-making process models applied in organisations
  • Demonstrate ability to reflect on own decision-making in an organisational setting, as well as the decision-making of others.

Foundations of Business Analysis

Learning Outcomes - GSBS6002 Foundations of Business Analysis

  • Communicate the importance of evidence-based decision-making in a business or organisational setting
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify important issues or problems within a business or organisation, and design an appropriate research project to investigate
  • Develop skills in collecting and analysing data, using a range of techniques
  • Explain how the outcomes of research can be used to solve complex business or organisational problems
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate research findings in writing.

Corporate Finance

Learning Outcomes - GSBS6130 Corporate Finance

  • Appreciate the importance of finance and risk in personal/business decisions
  • Communicate with clarity the investment, financing and dividend decision processes of the firm
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role cash flow estimates and analysis have in these decision processes
  • Utilise financial mathematical models to solve investment problems
  • Display an understanding of capital asset pricing model
  • Identify the basic instruments of corporate funding and have an elementary understanding of the issues underlying capital structure theory and practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of risk management and its importance to management.

Accounting and Financial Management

Learning Outcomes - GSBS6200 Accounting and Financial Management

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main principles behind the preparation and interpretation of financial statements
  • Analyse the cash flow, financial performance and financial position of a business using published financial statements
  • Explain the ways in which accounting contributes to financial management and apply this knowledge
  • Apply cost-volume-profit analysis
  • Apply cost accounting concepts in management decision making
  • Construct and analyse budgets
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the application of capital budgeting methods and describe the sources of financing.

Applying for Professional Credit

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved these learning outcomes (for one or more of the courses listed above), through education and/or experience ABOVE the minimum requirements for direct admission to the Master of Applied Finance.

A completed RPL application form and supporting documentation should be submitted along with your application for admission:

OPTION 1 – For students applying directly online at www.gradschool.edu.au/apply.

OPTION 2 – International students wishing to study on campus at the University of Newcastle.

  • RPL application and supporting documentation should be emailed with your application for admission to ia@newcastle.edu.au

NOTE: If you have previous completed postgraduate educational qualifications (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters), you should apply for direct credit.

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