About the Master of Finance at UNSW  

With the UNSW Master of Finance, you’ll develop specialist finance industry skills for problem-solving complex business situations in corporate finance, financial planning, financial markets or fintech. Upon graduation, you’ll have advanced technical and analytical skills, real-world work experiences and workplace connections. 

UNSW Business School is a leading business school in the Asia-Pacific. We rank in the top 20 worldwide for Accounting and Finance. We are rated “well above world standard” for Banking and Finance by the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) government assessment.  

The Master of Finance at UNSW is ideal for finance graduates looking for an advanced degree or finance professionals who want to increase their knowledge with an advanced finance degree.  

Your Specialisation 

Specialise your qualification to your career goals. You’ll study four advanced core topics that cover financial theory and policy, risk management for financial institutions, and empirical studies, techniques and applications. Then choose a specialisation from the following:  

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Our Master of Finance degree is closely tied to professional practice and can prepare you for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. UNSW Business School is in the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program, and our degree embeds a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, including the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. If you’ve already completed all three levels of the CFA exam, you can receive credit for the degree in recognition of prior learning. 

Graduates are also eligible to apply for Senior Associate membership with the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) after five years of work experience in financial services. 

During this postgraduate degree, you’ll have access to a suite of professional development opportunities offered by Career Accelerator, which are exclusive to UNSW’s Business School students. Career Accelerator helps build industry connections through networking, mentoring, internships and global business practicum opportunities. 

The skills and insights you’ll gain from the Master of Finance can have an immediate positive effect on your career. You’ll acquire further professional recognition and obtain international experience to solidify your expertise further. 

Our postgraduate graduates have exceptional employability rates, performing well above the national average. In the 2018 QILT survey, 93% of our postgraduate students were employed full-time within four months of graduating and were earning a median wage of $120k. 

UNSW supports startups, with more founders than any other Australian university and 300+ student clubs to find co-founders (and friends). We’re one of Asia-Pacific’s best business schools, with more than 90,000 alumni worldwide who could be connections to your future career.    


Relevant Roles 

Master of Finance graduates develop rewarding careers across a wide range of sectors in roles including: 

  • Banking Professional 
  • Corporate Treasurer 
  • Financial Advisor 
  • Financial Broker 
  • Fund Manager 
  • International Financier 
  • Investment Banker 
  • Financial Analyst 
  • Financial Controller 
  • Chief Financial Officer 

What Our Academics Say 

“In finance, there’s become an increasingly large emphasis on evaluating trends in data. The degree gives students that chance. They may take apart stock data and look at trends or factors that could influence stock returns”. 

- Mark Humphery-Jenner, Associate Professor and Master of Finance lecturer 

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