Master of Financial Planning

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  • Objectives
    This course provides you with a range of specialist finance topics. You’ll study the principles of finance and explore the financial system, studying financial institutions and markets, the banking sector and non-bank financial institutions. You’ll study the Income Tax Assessment Act and its associated acts and regulations in detail. Topics in personal finance, estate planning, portfolio management, insurance, superannuation and retirement planning are also covered in depth
  • Entry requirements
    A bachelor degree in a field other than financial planning. Applicants with a non-business background may be required to complete up to four additional foundation units.
  • Academic title
    Master of Financial Planning
  • Course description
    Master of Financial Planning


    Course CRICOS Code: 032986K
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1.5 Years


    This program is designed to provide a sound understanding of the process of financial planning, together with the fundamental skills and knowledge required in professional practice. The course provides a good foundation for those wanting to gain employment in the finance industry, and also enables professionals currently employed in these areas to further develop their skills.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    A bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary institution in a field other than financial planning. Applicants with a non-business background may be required to complete up to four additional foundation units.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

    Duration and Availability

    This fee-paying course is three semesters full-time or equivalent part-time study. Some units are available externally. Depending on their previous field of study, students may be required to complete up to four additional foundation units before commencing the first stage. The fulltime intake for this course is in semester 2 of each year, although part-time students can commence in semester 1 or 2.

    Professional Recognition

    This course is accredited by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) as an approved postgraduate qualification leading to the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification assessment. This bypasses the CFP education program required of those with undergraduate qualifications in financial planning. The course is on the financial services training register as meeting the knowledge and skill requirements of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Regulatory Guide (RG) 146.

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                         Hrs/Wk     Credit
    Year 1

    11945       v.5           Taxation 531                                                         3.0     25.0
    13200       v.3           Finance (Instruments and Markets) 559               3.0     25.0
    301341     v.3           Finance (Personal) 520                                         3.0     25.0
    305813     v.3           Finance (Principles) 515                                        3.0     25.0
    Year 2
    301337     v.3           Finance (Analysis) 506                                         3.0     25.0
    301339     v.3           Finance (Risk and Insurance) 509                        3.0     25.0
    301342     v.3           Estate Planning 526                                             3.0     25.0
    6879         v.4           Income Property Analysis 550                              3.0     25.0

    Year 3

    12751       v.3           Finance (Portfolio Management) 571                     3.0     25.0
    12752       v.3           Finance (Corporate) 572                                        3.0     25.0
    12754       v.3           Finance (Derivative Securities) 574                        3.0     25.0
    13315       v.2           Superannuation and Retirement Planning 621      3.0     25.0
    301340     v.3           Finance (Plan Construction) 519                            3.0     25.0


    Year      Location                 Period             All*    
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1     Y                       
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 2     Y                       

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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