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Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education

Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline that includes quantitative studies.

Work and Life

No prior academic qualifications but a minimum of 5 years full-time (FTE) work experience is required.

Applicants will be required to submit a CV.

English Proficiency 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/english-equivalent

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 degree 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 degree will provide you with the practical and theoretical foundations to become a literate analytical practitioner and researcher in finance. This degree 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 degree 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 degree 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 degree 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.

On successful completion of this degree you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad, critical and practical understanding of contemporary issues and practices in business
  2. 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
  3. Critically analyse and evaluate financial models to resolve problems using various solutions drawn from theories
  4. Pursue continuous personal development and knowledge and skills relating to a business career
  5. Engage with business activities in a socially responsible and ethical manner
  6. 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
  7. Collaborate with others effectively, including in teams, in the workplace, and in culturally or linguistically diverse contexts
  8. Apply research principles and methods to design innovative options and solutions for, and make reasoned judgements about, problems and issues in contemporary business practice
  9. Apply and integrate professional theory with practice in authentic Work Integrated Learning (WIL) contexts, professional contexts and industry settings.

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) subjects in order to qualify for the degree.

Credits and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT University’s Credit Policy.

The Master of Finance/Graduate Certificate in Finance has undergone a major change in 2017. Please refer to the information below for Transition Arrangements.

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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 business-student@rmit.edu.au.

Recommended Study Pattern

The Graduate Certificate in Finance is comprised of four (4) core discipline subjects. These are the first 4 subjects (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

Award Requirements

To meet the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Finance award, students must satisfactorily complete four (4) compulsory subjects.

Exit Points

Students who successfully complete the RMIT Graduate Certificate in Finance may articulate into the Master of Finance Management and will be exempted from completing the four (4) Business Enabling subjects and the four (4) discipline subjects completed in the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management, and will be required to complete a further eight (8) subjects (96 credit points) in order to qualify for the Masters degree.

The Graduate Certificate in Finance is also an early exit point for the Master in Human Resource Management.

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