Griffith University will arm the financial leaders of tomorrow with an arsenal of global industry knowledge through its innovative suite of new postgraduate degrees to be unveiled in 2015.

The Master of Finance and Master of Finance and Investments are designed to instil a greater working knowledge of the Australian economy, while educating on how international influences can affect markets at home.

An industry-led AMP Horizons Master of Financial Planning program will welcome its first intake of students in semester 3, 2014.

The existing Master of Commerce in Financial Planning degree will be phased out and replaced by a new Master of Financial Planning.

This particular program will provide a thesis project or advanced investment elective opportunities as major components, and complemented by Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma options.

“The Master of Finance and Investments is a ‘signature’ program, in which the curriculum is built around CFA Level 2 and 3 professional exams for students with a background in finance studies,” confirmed Discipline Head of Finance and Financial Planning, Assoc. Prof. Mark Brimble.

“The Master of Finance will enhance knowledge of students from a non-financial background.

“Reinforcing the quality of all the postgraduate financial programs is acknowledgement of curriculum protocol for admission to the prestigious CFA Institute University Recognition Program in 2015.”

Last year, Griffith’s Bachelor of Commerce degree (majoring in Finance) became the first program in Australia to gain CFA Institute compliance, which provides the perfect pathway to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation; the most respected and recognised investment credential in the world.

“Our new suite of Masters programs will officially grow Griffith University’s affiliation with this highly regarded, global association of investment professionals,” added Assoc. Prof Brimble.

Within Australia’s financial planning sector, Griffith University boasts the largest teaching population, complemented by the recently introduced Griffith Centre for Personal Finance and Superannuation research facility in Brisbane.

Finance students at Griffith University have access  to the Bloomberg Professional Service.

Finance students at Griffith University have access to the Bloomberg Professional Service.

Key Outcomes

Key outcomes from successfully undertaking these degrees provide potential employment in mutual funds, superannuation funds, banks, insurance companies, treasury and stockbroking.

For individuals with a penchant towards more specialised opportunities, they’ll be equipped to wrestle with market trends as foreign exchange dealers, futures and options traders, portfolio managers, risk analysts and financial advisers, or even progressing to higher degree studies or pursuing a research career.

These degrees are clearly intended to take students on a path of financial discovery, looking at the myriad of intricacies that can impact upon the international financial sector.

Students enrolling in the postgraduate financial degrees will also gain access to world-class educational and research tools with the Bloomberg Professional service to be made available through the Nathan campus.

Phase one of the rollout has already seen a financial trading room environment, featuring state-of-the-art desktops equipped with the Bloomberg Professional service as a showpiece within Griffith Business School’s new $38 million building on the Gold Coast.

The new suite of finance programs being offered comes on the back of Griffith Business School being rated in the top 2% globally, within the business and economics research areas, in the prestigious 2014 Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU).