Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance

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  • Awarded by

    UNSW Online

  • Qualification

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    FEE-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Accelerated; complete in as little as 16 months

  • Start Date

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  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Chief Financial Officer (CFO) | Financial Analyst | Financial Planner | Finance Manager | View all

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  • In a Nutshell

    The online Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance at UNSW is designed for professionals who want to build on fundamental financial knowledge to tailor their learning through relevant courses and real-world applications.

    This course will enable you to apply, manage and lead financial functions with confidence. These skills can be applied at all business levels, and make you stand out in today's world of finance.

    Whether you're looking to upskill and advance your career, make a change by entering the finance industry, or build a strong foundation to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, you can accrue a wealth of financial knowledge and real-world applications through this postgraduate course from one of Australia's most respected universities.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    To do this course, you'll need:

    • A recognised bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline; OR
    • 3 years of relevant work experience in a commercial or public service organisation related to business, banking, or finance; AND
    • To be proficient in the English language.
  • Subject Breakdown

    The Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance comprises eight online subjects. Tailor your studies to align with your professional ambitions and unlock your career goals. Learn to confidently apply financial practices to overcome market challenges and enhance your professional performance, giving you the competitive edge to thrive in the modern financial world.

    Students can choose to study either:

    • Any 6 Core Subjects (from List A and B), plus 2 available Elective Subjects; OR
    • Any 7 Core Subjects (from List A and B), plus 1 available Elective Subjects; OR
    • All 8 Core Subjects (from List A and B).

    Core subjects – List A:

    • Investments*
    • International Finance*
    • Corporate Finance*

    Core subjects – List B:

    • Private Equity and Venture Capital*#
    • Equity Valuation*
    • Fixed Income*
    • Derivatives*
    • Ethics and Professional Standards*

    Elective subjects: 

    • Financial Management*
    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    • Business Economics*
    • Law Regulation and Ethics
    • Technical Tools for FinTech
    • FinTech Ecosystems and Industry Insights
    • Decentralised Finance
    • Tech Disruption in Payments and Transfers
    • Tech Disruption in Funding and Lending
    • Data Management for FinTech^
    • Robo Advisory and Portfolio Optimisation^
    • Principles of Programming
    • Introductory Data Analysis*


    Available elective subjects will vary per program and study period. *Subject designed in line with the CFA examination curriculum. The CFA-aligned Master of Applied Finance pathway provides students with a strong grounding to pursue the CFA designation. ^Prerequisite: Technical Tools for Fintech.


  • Why UNSW Online?

    Study 100% Online with UNSW. A World Leader.  

    UNSW is a globally recognised leader in education, with a focus on industry applicable programs. When you study online with UNSW, you can expect to learn from world-class academics and collaborate with ambitious, like-minded individuals. 

    Study at Australia’s Global University. Anywhere, anytime. 

    Studying online at UNSW means that you have the flexibility to shape your studies to fit your life and career goals. The programs have been designed with busy working professionals in mind so you can study one course at a time, 100% online & accelerated, whilst working full-time. 

    Designed by Industry for Industry. 

    The UNSW online programs have been developed in close consultation with industry experts equipping you with applicable and career-related skills. UNSW is ranked in the top 3 universities in Australia for graduate employability, and is 27th in the world (QS University World Rankings by Graduate Employability, 2020) with each program offering advanced disciplinary depth, giving you access to the latest thinking and current research.

    Student Admissions Advisors:

    Investing in the right program for you is important to us and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Our Student Enrolment Advisors are available to assist you with all your program and enrolment queries.

    Student Success Advisors:

    Studying online does not mean studying alone. We are here to help you make your difference. Throughout your study journey, you will be able to turn to your Student Success Advisor (SSA), who is committed to assisting you at every stage, from enrolment through to graduation. Your SSA is on hand to help with all non-academic queries by phone or email.

  • Where will this course take you?

    The online Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance at UNSW has been designed to ensure you can confidently apply, manage, and lead financial functions in all business levels and be an asset to forward-thinking financial organisations and industry. This program is suitable for students who are looking to upskill or switch to a role in finance.

  • Career Outcomes

    Wondering where a career in Finance could take you? Potential job outcomes may include: Financial Advisor, Financial Planner, Mortgage Broker, Credit and Lending Officer, Financial Analyst.

  • Let's talk price

    The 2022 Indicative Domestic Tuition Fee is $37,200. 

    The total indicative cost of completing your course depends on the elective subjects you choose to complete and any recognition of prior learning before the commencement of your studies. Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees.

    Eligible students may be able to apply for a government loan scheme, FEE-HELP.


    You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

    This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

    Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $48,361 (2022-23 income year). 

    Find out more about government study loans here.

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To do this course, you'll need:

  • A recognised bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline; OR
  • 3 years of relevant work experience in a commercial or public service organisation related to business, banking, or finance; AND
  • To be proficient in the English language.


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