Finance - FINSCS8404

Stream Summary

Faculty: COMM - UNSW Business School

School: School of Banking and Finance

Contact:  UNSW Business School Student Centre

Program: 8404 - Commerce


Master of Commerce (Specialisation)

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Stream Outline

Would you like to delve deeper into the complexities of modern financial institutions, and learn the technical tools need to make decisions in financial and capital markets? This Master of Commerce specialisation focuses on how investment financing decisions are made, and how risk-hedging strategies can minimise the damaging effects of adverse movements in variables such as share prices, interest rates, and exchange rates.

Stream Structure

Compulsory Core course:

One Data Analysis core course:

One Compulsory Gateway Courses:
Two Gateway Elective courses from the following (for MCom Extension students choice may be determined by the second Specialisation chosen):

Two Required Specialisation courses:

Three Elective Specialisation courses from the following:
One General Elective (From the MCom program only) You may choose from the above elective specialisation list or broaden your learning by choosing another MCom course. If students are interested in a pathway to the Master of Finance, they will need to choose a Finance elective, to give a total of seven Finance courses

One Capstone course

High performing students will have the opportunity to apply for participate in a MCom Practicum. This would replace the Capstone course. How to apply COMM5030.

Note: Students may find the following suggestions helpful in choosing electives:

Recommended Elective courses for a career in investment banking:
Recommended Elective courses for a career in funds management:
Recommended Elective courses for a career in personal financial advice:
CREDIT TRANSFERS (including the Data Analysis course) may be awarded for courses (maximum 24 UOC) based on your previous studies. These credits will be assessed upon application and you will be notified (in the offer letter) of the credit/s awarded.

It is recommended students contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre for guidance on options available to increase depth of learning.

Professional Accreditation

MCom (Finance) students who have completed FINS5512, FINS5513, FINS5510 and FINS5537 can claim Tier 1 compliance towards the Australian Securities and Investment Commission Regulatory Guideline 146 in which the education standards of a financial product advisor are specified.

Business graduates may be eligible for associate membership with The Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA)

The Master of Commerce (Finance) was accepted into the University Recognition of the CFA Institute. The Master of Commerce (Finance ) curricula is closely tied to professional practice and can help students prepare for the CFA exams.

Further Information

Please note that these requirements may be subject to change.
Students are advised to follow requirements according to the year they commenced. Please refer to previous editions of the Online Handbook for your program requirements.

Contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre for advice.
tel: + 61 2 9385 3189
location: Level 1, room 1028, Quadrangle Building
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