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Graduate Certificate of Finance


Faculty of Business and Economics
Graduate Certificate of Finance (GradCertFin)
Admission Requirement:
Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
External, Off-Shore
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 0.5 years
External — Term 1 (January)
External — Term 2 (March)
External — Term 3 (June)
External — Term 4 (September)
Off-Shore — Term 1 (January)
Off-Shore — Term 2 (March)
Off-Shore — Term 3 (June)
Off-Shore — Term 4 (September)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 0.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points 16
Minimum number of credit points at 600 level 8
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 8
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

600 level

Case Studies in Applied Finance (4)
Financial Statement Analysis and Modelling (4)

800 level

Finance Principles (4)
Quantitative and Economic Analysis (4)


AQF Level Level 8 Graduate Certificate
CRICOS Code Distance
Overview and Aims of the Program Macquarie's Graduate Certificate of Finance (GradCertFin) is a comprehensive Gateway program in graduate finance.
This award offers a pathway for non-finance-related degree holders to the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance (GradDipAppFin) and the Master of Applied Finance (MAppFin); providing work experience admission requirements of the higher degree are met. It will also appeal to those students who want postgraduate level learning in finance as a stand-alone award.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
1. demonstrate specialised knowledge of the key theories, concepts, models and recent
developments in finance (K);
2. demonstrate specialised technical skills in finance (K);
3. evaluate established knowledge and analyse issues in finance (T);
4. apply solutions to problems in finance using professional judgment (P, J);
5. effectively communicate to diverse audiences (C);
6. identify contemporary industry challenges and ethical issues in a global financial context (E, J).
Learning and Teaching Methods Macquarie's GradCertFin is a comprehensive Gateway program in graduate finance.

This award is completed fully on-line. It allows you to study at a pace, location and time of your own choice, provided you meet the assessment schedules.

You will be encouraged throughout this program to acquire relevant subject knowledge and skills, methodology and understanding through a variety of independent and collaborative activities. Case studies of actual events will be used to provide a sense of the application of finance to the real world. The program is structured to promote and encourage independent learning.

This program is taught fully on-line. You will receive briefings from lecturers and be provided with a set of tasks with which you are expected to engage. These tasks will include: engaging with reading materials; watching of, responding to and reflecting on discussion points from on-line videos; developing analytical and problem solving skills through participating in on-line quizzes, problem sets and assignments, and active participation in on-line discussion forums.
Assessment Assessment for this program is based on a student’s individual performance.

As the program is completed fully on-line, the focus is on assessing your technical, cognitive and integrative capabilities. Assessment tasks may include:
• written assignments within traditional academic forma and / or pertinent to simulation of relevant industry application
• completion of problem sets and on-line quizzes
• participation in on-line discussion and forums
• written examinations.

Clear standards and criteria for what is assessed and how it is assessed, are contained in each unit guide. Students are given formative feedback following each assessment task.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Further support, unique to the fully on-line GradCertFin, includes:
• academic on-line support
• opportunities for membership of FINSIA (Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a professional association)
• extended learning opportunities offered through regular, free Finance
• Professionals industry seminars held in Sydney, Melbourne and Beijing campuses
Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Program Standards and Quality applicable to the GradCertFin are identical to those applicable to the MAppFin program.
The MAppFin program is also accredited by the following organisations, which periodically re-accredit the program following a review of the content of the program, the quality of its teaching staff and graduates, and the balance of teaching, learning and assessment methods:
• CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute (CFA); and
• Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA)
In addition, at Macquarie Applied Finance Centre, we believe that active industry partnerships are crucial to the ongoing strength and relevance of our program. We regularly engage and consult with industry bodies and finance professionals to ensure that our services remain at the forefront of financial education in both Australia and throughout the Asia Pacific region. This means that we continue to create the best possible career outcomes for our graduates, as well as enhancing the reputation of the MAppFin qualification.
Graduate Destinations and Employability There is a wide variety of career opportunities for successful candidates, especially those wishing to transfer to the Finance sector, both in Australia and overseas.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

For more information see

2018 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148