Master of Financial Services

Course Description

The Master of Financial Services program has been carefully designed to provide a comprehensive study and analysis of the knowledge and skills applicable to a career in the financial services industry,with a focus on financial planning. The course will give students the skills to understand and apply wealth creation principles to assist clients in achieving individual or family financial objectives through the financial planning process. The course is intended to equip students with the expertise, awareness and knowledge required to operate in an increasingly competitive environment.

Students will have the opportunity to systematically study a multifaceted and comprehensive selection of themes including financial planning, managing wealth, estate planning, risk management, the stock market, investment and portfolio management, modern portfolio theory, financial analysis, taxation, superannuation, mutual funds, applied economics, social benefits, insurance, selling and sales techniques, and relevant private and corporate law.

This course has been approved by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and is listed on the ASIC Training Register.

The course has also been approved by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) as an "approved degree". In addition, the FPA grants advanced standing for units towards the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) Certification Program, on successful completion of the Masters degree or Graduate Diploma in Financial Services (which is an exit point).

Program of Study

AFM565         Financial Planning and Wealth Management

AFM466         Risk Management and Insurance

AFM467         Superannuation and Retirement

AFM468         Investment Management in Financial Planning

AFM569         Developing the Financial Plan

AFM432         Financial Instruments and Markets

AFM504         Financial Statement Analysis

LSSU592        Taxation Law

Four units from the following list:

MM467 Professional Ethics
AFM531 Managerial Finance
LSSU450 Commercial Law 1: Principles of Australian Law
LSSU591 Principles of Corporation Law
LSSU593 Advanced Tax Law
AFM522 Small Business Finance
AFM540 Fraud Prevention and Investigation
AFM524 Entrepreneurship
AFM532 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
PROF500 Communication for Professionals
ECON406 Economics for Management

Who is it for?

Professionals seeking to develop their leadership skills.

Why study with us?

Better earning power, better career prospects

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Develop valuable skills for immediate real-world application

  • Apply what you learned last night at work today!

High quality online learning tools and resources

  • Be connected anytime, anywhere.

Benefit from UNE's 50 years of excellence in distance education

  • With personal assistance from unit coordinators and the administrative staff, you will always feel supported.

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When can I start?

We offer a Trimester year with intakes in each Trimester for this course.

How our teaching works

With more than 12,500 of its 17,000 students studying via the Internet, UNE is at the forefront of online learning. Our students access their materials via our Student Portal myUNE. Teaching material including topic notes, readings, podcasts, discussion spaces and links to online resources are located on our Learning Management System, Moodle. Your lecturer will interact with you via Moodle and is also available by email or phone. Textbooks are supplied through our bookshop.


Fee information

How do I apply?

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Degree rules

Note: Degree rules for yearly entry points can be found by going to the Courses and Units Catalogue and selecting the appropriate year (top right of screen). Course details for next year may not be fully available until October of this year.