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The Graduate Certificate in Finance is a stand-alone award that offers a pathway for further learning leading to the Master of Finance or can be an early exit point for those enrolled in the Master of Finance. The course aims to broaden knowledge and skills for students entering with a qualification in an unrelated discipline, while students from a related discipline will deepen their existing knowledge and skills.
The course will provide you with the practical and theoretical foundations to become a literate analytical practitioner and researcher in finance. This course integrates work and learning, and aims to develop specific knowledge and skills in finance, and more generic capabilities in research, analysis and problem-solving, to meet the current and future expectations of finance and related industries.
Over the duration of the course you will experience a variety learning experiences which are designed to assist developing skills as finance professional and as an independent and lifelong learner. Teaching and learning approaches for this course include: lectures and tutorials, problem-based learning, assignments, projects, the use of assessment and feedback tools, activities using the Financial Markets Training Simulator as well as the completion of a major research project. The types of assessment used in the program may take the form of formal examinations, assignments, case studies, projects, and in-class tests.
The range of occupations available for graduates of this course is varied, but includes banking, stockbroking, funds management, insurance and superannuation industries or in other private sector or government organisations which have a requirement for high level, technical expertise in finance.
The course is designed to develop graduate outcomes, which aim to enhance general (analytical, problem solving, communication) and specific knowledge required to meet the current and future needs and expectations of society and the workplace. At the successful completion of this course you will have developed the knowledge and skills to be able to work as finance industry professionals.
On successful completion of this course you will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad, critical and practical understanding of contemporary issues and practices in business.
- Apply concepts, principles, theories and methods in the area of finance, risk management, legal practice and corporate governance to contribute to the implementation of the financial goals of an organisation.
- Critically analyse and evaluate financial models to resolve problems using various solutions drawn from theories.
- Pursue continuous personal development and knowledge and skills relating to a business career.
- Engage with business activities in a socially responsible and ethical manner.
- Communicate ideas, intentions and outcomes clearly, and negotiate issues and resolve conflicts in bilateral and team settings using appropriate communication modes for specialists and non-specialist audiences.
- Collaborate with others effectively, including in teams, in the workplace, and in culturally or linguistically diverse contexts.
- Apply research principles and methods to design innovative options and solutions for, and make reasoned judgements about, problems and issues in contemporary business practice.
- Apply and integrate professional theory with practice in authentic Work Integrated Learning (WIL) contexts, professional contexts and industry settings.
This program is not accredited by professional bodies. However, some professional bodies may offer qualification recognition on a case by case basis. Students and/or graduates should contact the professional body of interest directly to seek advice on recognition of their qualification.
The information below lists the professional bodies who may offer membership to students and/or graduates as a career enabler which could include opportunities for networking and access to discipline specific resources. Application for membership is the student/graduate's responsibility.
Financial Services Institute of Australia [FINSIA]
- Students eligible for membership category: Student
- Graduates eligible for membership category: Affiliate
- Graduates eligible for membership category: Associate (require 3+ years experience)
- Graduates eligible for membership category: Senior Associate (require 5+ years experience)
Finance and Treasury Association [FTA]
Graduates eligible for membership category: Certified Finance and Treasury Professional
Academic Entrance requirements
Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline.
No prior academic qualifications but a minimum of 5 years work experience is required.
English Language Requirements:
All non-Australian residents and overseas full-fee paying students are required to meet RMIT English language requirements. For more information on these requirements and acceptable English language tests please see www.rmit.edu.au/international/englich-equivalent
The Graduate Certificate in Finance is comprised of four (4) core units. These are the first 4 units (Stage A) in the Master of Finance:
- MFIN1070 Financial Statement Analysis
- MFIN1113 Principles of Finance
- MFIN1095 Quantitative Methods in Finance
- MPAC60 Economic Analysis for Business
To qualify for the RMIT Graduate Certificate in Finance students must complete 4 compulsory units.
The Master of Finance has two early exit points.
To meet academic requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Finance, students must successfully complete stage A (4 units).
To meet academic requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Finance, students must successfully complete stages A and B (8 units).
Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Finance will articulate to the Master of Finance with advanced standing, and will be required to complete seven (7) units in order to qualify for the degree.
Credits and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT University’s Credit Policy.
As long as you meet the eligibility requirements for application to this degree, you can apply online now:
Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.
Who can access it?
- Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
- Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
- Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study
- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
The Master of Finance/Graduate Certificate in Finance has undergone a major change in 2017. Please refer to the information below for Transition Arrangements.
- Students that have completed Stage A in the old program structure (the 4 Business Enabling Courses) should enrol directly in the new stage B.
- If you have completed Stage A in the old program structure, plus MFIN1059 Corporate Finance and MFIN1065 Money Markets and Fixed Income Securities, you must complete MFIN1070 Financial Statement Analysis, MFIN1113 Principles of Finance, MFIN1095 Quantitative Methods in Finance and MPAC60 Economic, Analysis for Business before completing the remaining courses in the new program structure.
- If you have completed Stages A and B in the old program structure, you must complete MFIN1113 Principles of Finance, MPAC60 Economic Analysis for Business, MFIN2077 Investment Analysis and MFIN2081 Options, Futures and Risk Management before completing the remaining courses in the new program structure.
- If you have completed Stages A and B in the old program structure, plus MFIN1075 International Finance and MFIN2081 Risk Management and Financial Engineering, you are required to complete MFIN1113 Principles of Finance and MPAC60 Economic Analysis for Business in your next semester. You will also need to complete MFIN2077 Investment Analysis, BUSM4449 Business Research Design, MFIN3180 Alternative Securities and MFIN3178 Portfolio Management.
- If you have completed Stages A, B and C in the old program structure, You are not required to complete MFIN1113 Principles of Economics and MPAC60 Economic Analysis for Business. You are now required to complete MFIN2077 Investment Analysis, BUSM4449 Business Research Design, MFIN3180 Alternative Securities and MFIN3178 Portfolio Management.
- If you have not yet completed BAFI3222 Research Project in Finance, you are no longer required to and should complete MFIN3180 Alternative Securities AND MFIN3178 Portfolio Management instead.
- For students who have completed one or more optional courses in in the old program structure that are now core courses in the new structure, individual transition plans will be developed.
- For students who are not progressing in the normal sequence, individual transition plans will be developed.
For further information about this change, students can contact Business Central via email to email@example.com.
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