Business School

Master of Applied Finance

The UWA Business School’s Master of Applied Finance is your path to a global finance career.

Covering a wide range of applied finance topics, this specialised master’s course leads to careers in corporate banking and finance, stock market trading, insurance, investment management and other areas of applied finance.

You will study under the guidance of experienced Finance professionals, including professors who have served on the Commonwealth Government Superannuation Roundtable, acted as expert witnesses in court cases, and developed an Equity Preference Index in partnership with Colonial First State.

The Master of Applied Finance is a practical course designed both for graduates already working in the finance sector, as well as those with a non-finance background who wish to move into the finance area.


Course information

Course structure

As a Master of Applied Finance student, you will complete between 12 and 16 units, depending on your prior studies.


Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Commerce or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 4 units from this group, as advised by the Faculty:

ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
ECON5541 Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
MGMT5504 Data Analysis and Decision Making
MGMT5610 Applied Professional Business Communications

For students who have not completed a major in finance or equivalent, take all ten units below:

Group A

ECON5506 The Economics of Financial Markets
FINA5432 Introduction to Finance
FINA5520 Risk Management and Financial Instruments
FINA5521 Quantitative Methods in Finance
FINA5523 Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation
FINA5524 Trading and Markets
FINA5525 Capital Markets
FINA5631 International Financial Analysis
FINA5632 Investments
FINA5635 Corporate Finance

For students who have not completed a major in finance or equivalent, choose two additional units:

Group B

FINA5526 Funds Management
FINA5527 Private Wealth Management and Venture Capital
FINA5528 Treasury Management
FINA5529 Topics in Finance
LAWS5176 Australian Financial Transactions Law and Regulation

For students who have completed a major in finance or equivalent, take all five units:

Group C

ECON5506 The Economics of Financial Markets
FINA5525 Capital Markets
FINA5526 Funds Management
FINA5527 Private Wealth Management and Venture Capital
LAWS5176 Australian Financial Transactions Law and Regulation

For students who have completed a major in finance or equivalent, take seven units as approved by the Faculty.

Group D

ACCT5637 Principles of Taxation
ECON5502 International Finance and Markets
FINA4401 Microstructure of Financial Markets
FINA4463 Advanced Derivatives
FINA4481 Advanced Investments
FINA4482 Advanced Corporate Finance
FINA4491 Capital Markets Research
FINA5520 Risk Management and Financial Instruments
FINA5521 Quantitative Methods in Finance
FINA5523 Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation
FINA5524 Trading and Markets
FINA5631 International Financial Analysis
FINA5632 Investments
FINA5635 Corporate Finance
LAWS5508 Commercial and Company Law

Career options

Applied Finance graduates are in demand across a range of industries such as consulting, corporate finance, financial planning, financial risk management, funds management, insurance, and investment banking.

Graduate Careers Australia lists the financial services industry as the fourth largest sector of the Australian economy, accounting for more than eight per cent of GDP and employing nearly 400,000 people.

Major employers include firms such as Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, investment banks such UBS and Macquarie Group, private equity firms, and superannuation fund managers.

Related careers

Further study opportunities

After appropriate work experience, graduates may choose to enrol in the MBA Full Time Intensive.

UWA Business School

At UWA, you’ll be in great company.

With outstanding teaching and research activities, UWA is recognised as a World Top 100 university. The Good Universities Guide 2015 – the foremost non-government ranking of Australian universities – awarded UWA five star (maximum) rankings in student demand, graduate starting salaries, research intensivity, and research grants.

The UWA Business School is the only business school in the State to hold international accreditation through both the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Our strong industry networks ensure you receive the best education, with a focus on practical skills. The UWA Business School’s corporate partners include Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), BDO, BHP Billiton, EY, Macquarie Group, Resource Capital Funds, UBS, Wesfarmers and Woodside. These firms provide guest lectures and case studies, host student boardroom lunches, sponsor scholarships and prizes, and undertake graduate recruitment activities, ensuring you graduate with the networks you need to build a successful long-term career.

Course at a glance

Location offered Crawley (Perth, Western Australia)
Attendance types Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode Internal (on campus)
Starting dates Semester 1 (February), Semester 2 (July)
Weekly time commitment The estimated time commitment is 12 hours per unit which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Standard full-time completion 1.5 - 2 years (depending on if advanced standing is granted for prior learning). For details, contact the Business School Student Centre.
Maximum time to complete 5 years
Course fees See our Course Calculator
Scholarships See our Business School Scholarships and UWA Scholarships
Course code 42560
CRICOS Code 083270B

Admission requirements

All students must meet UWA’s English language competency requirements.
To be eligible for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

Pathway One
  • A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent as recognised by UWA; and
  • Any one of the following:
    • The equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent; or
    • A valid Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of at least 550; or
    • At least five years of relevant documented professional experience considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course.
Pathway Two
Pathway Three
  • A Graduate Certificate in Business, or
  • An equivalent accredited post-experience qualification, as recognised by UWA; with the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent.
International students from selected countries may be eligible for UWA’s International Masters Scholarships. More information is available here.

Contact us

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