Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance

  • Course overview

    Set the direction of your financial career with the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance (GradDipAppFin). You can choose to specialise in a particular area of professional practices, or follow a generalist pathway and study the subjects that interest you.

    You will be given the opportunity to become a technical specialist in a particular area of financial practice. You can choose to major in:


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  • Who should enrol in this qualification?

    • Professionals working in finance who want to take the next step in career development and move to senior positions.
    • Those interested in furthering their careers in treasury, investment analysis, corporate finance or investment management.
    • Candidates with CA, CPA, CFP, GAA, or other accreditations now looking to build on that base and develop further capacity to work in broader and more specific finance related positions (automatic subject exemptions may apply).

     

  • Important dates

    2014

    2014 principal study period dates
    Trimester 3
    Study Period 4 *
    Study Period 5*
    Enrolments open30 June1 July
    2 July
    Trimester commences22 September20 October
    15 December
    Enrolments close (new students)3 October31 October26 December
    Census date8 October6 November7 January 2015
    Enrolments close (continuing students)17 October14 November9 January 2015
    Mid-term assessments week commencing27 - 28 October24 November26 January 2015
    Trimester ends5 December16 January 201513 March 2015
    Final assessments week commencing8 - 10 December12 January 20159 March 2015
    Release of results27 January 201527 January 201523 February 2015

     2015

    2015 principal study period dates
    SP1
    SP2
    SP3
    SP4
    SP5
    SP6
    Enrolments open27-Oct-148-Dec-1423-Feb-1520-Apr-1515-Jun-1510-Aug-15
    Learning Space opens19-Jan-1523-Feb-1511-May-156-Jul-1531-Aug-1526-Oct-15
    Study period commences2-Feb-159-Mar-1525-May-1520-Jul-1514-Sep-159-Nov-15
    New students enrolments close13-Feb-1520-Mar-155-Jun-1531-Jul-1525-Sep-1520-Nov-15
    Continuing students enrolments close27-Feb-153-Apr-1519-Jun-1514-Aug-159-Oct-154-Dec-15
    Census 18-Feb-1525-Mar-1510-Jun-155-Aug-1530-Sep-1525-Nov-15
    Independent supervisor forms due (mid)16-Feb-1523-Mar-158-Jun-153-Aug-1528-Sep-1523-Nov-15
    Independent supervisor forms due (end)30-Mar-154-May-1520-Jul-1514-Sep-159-Nov-154-Jan-15
    Mid term assessmentw/c 9-Mar-15w/c 13-Apr-15w/c 29-Jun-15w/c 24-Aug-15w/c 19-Oct-1514-Dec-15
    Final assessmentw/c 20-Apr-15w/c 25-May-15w/c 10-Aug-15w/c 5-Oct-15w/c 30-Nov-1525-Jan-16
    Study period ends24-Apr-1529-May-15Friday 14-Aug-159-Oct-154-Dec-1529-Jan-16

     

    Download a PDF of the 2015 timetable.

  • Subjects

    Three (3) core subjects:


    Elective subjects (choose any five (5) subjects):

     

    Click here for full subject availability. 

     

  • Entry requirements

    Below are the minimum education requirements for entry into our postgraduate courses.

    Alternative entry pathways may be available to you if you do not meet the minimum education requirements. In addition, other entry requirements, such as English language proficiency, may apply to you depending on your academic background.

    The qualifications listed as minimum education requirements must be from a recognised Higher Education provider (including the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition).

    Course
    Minimum education requirement for entry
    Master of Applied Finance- A related* Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Diploma, or
    - An unrelated Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Diploma plus 2 years related industry experience
    Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance- An Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Certificate, or
    - A related* Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or
    - An unrelated Advanced Diploma or Diploma plus 2 years' related industry experience, or
    - Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level
    Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance- An Undergraduate Degree, or
    - A related* Advanced Diploma or Diploma
    - An unrelated Advanced Diploma or Diploma plus 2 years' related industry experience, or
    - Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level
    Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance- An Undergraduate Degree, or
    - A related Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or
    - An unrelated Advanced Diploma or Diploma plus 2 years related industry experience, or
    - Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level.
    Graduate Certificate in Mining Finance- An Undergraduate Degree, or
    - A related Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or
    - An unrelated Advanced Diploma or Diploma plus 2 years related industry experience, or
    - Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level.
  • Exit qualifications

    Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance 

  • Fees

    When you study at Kaplan, you pay as you go. So, you only need to pay for the subjects you intend to study each trimester.

    The fees listed below apply to all Higher Education subjects:

     

    2014 Subject Fees

    Enrolment Fees
    2014 Fee
    Subject feeAUD $2,150

     

    2015 Subject Fees

    Enrolment fees
    2015 fee
    Retail$2,225
    Upgrade subject$1,545

    Click here to for a full list of fees and allowances.

  • Studying at Kaplan

  • Student testimonials

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    Erin Shields – Dixon Advisory

    Erin ShieldsWhy did you choose Kaplan over other providers?

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    What did you think of Kaplan’s course structure?

    I loved that I was able to select subjects that were relevant and interesting to my career and interests. I appreciated the flexibility to pace myself through my studies, but was also grateful for the expectation that a topic should be completed within a respectable time period.

    How has the course helped you in the workplace while studying?

    Absolutely! The practical nature of the courses has greatly assisted me in devising strategies for my own clients. Kaplan’s courses appeal to a broad range of students, with courses providing the most basic introduction to a topic and compounding this knowledge into more complex theories and strategies; all of which are relevant and useful when providing advice.

    Where are you now in your career and has this course helped you get there?

    I am currently working as a Financial Advisor with Dixon Advisory, providing strategic advice to Australians to assist them to understand their goals and realise their financial objectives in a tax-effective and risk-appropriate way.
     

    Jai Manzo – Senior Business Banking Manager at NAB

    Jai ManzoWhy did you choose Kaplan over other providers?

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    What did you think about Kaplan’s course structure?

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    How has the course helped you in the workplace while studying?

    The real life industry case studies provided practical, relevant and up-to-date knowledge which I could apply immediately in my workplace. The delivery of these industry case studies by current industry practitioners and experts ensured a focus on knowledge for the workplace underpinned all subjects.

    Where are you now in your career and has this course helped you to get there?

    The course has played an integral role in progressing my career at NAB. The practical nature of subject content was tailored specifically to help me excel in the workplace and keep me up to date with industry requirements and issues.

     

    Find out what more of our students had to say about studying with Kaplan.

  • Practitioner testimonials

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    The key involvement of practitioners brings to life the vicissitudes of the economy and market such as the 1987 sharemarket crash, 1990′s recession, internet bubble and GFC, against a robust theoretical background. My experience is that this combination is unparalleled in the postgraduate financial services education marketplace and so cannot recommend it any more highly.”

    Michael Heffernan
    Kaplan Practitioner

     

    “Kaplan offers a distinct advantage over many postgraduate education providers.

    Kaplan subjects are prepared in conjunction with and delivered by senior industry professionals with an intimate knowledge of both theory and practice. This will give any student an edge in a very competitive marketplace. If you want to know both the theory and how things really work, then Kaplan is where you need to come.”

    Angela Ashton
    Consultant at Fundhost
    Kaplan practitioner

     

    “Kaplan courses equip students with the up-to-date knowledge and skills they need to reach their full potential. By learning directly from industry practitioners, students can immediately and practically apply the knowledge to their professional career.”

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    Senior Financial Planner
    Centric Wealth Advisers
    Kaplan practitioner

     

    “The courses combine theory with practical examples and references to relevant situations in the market, so students can apply their learning on the spot. The insight into the finance sector provided by practitioners who earn their living in the industry is invaluable.”

    Hamish Blair
    Director
    Leadenhall Corporate Finance
    Kaplan practitioner

     

    “The fact that the practitioner faculty are employed in the industry ensures that the knowledge they impart is current, practical and relevant. Most of the students are also working in the industry and so the interaction between students and faculty generally provides informed debate on current industry affairs.”

    John-Paul Monck
    Senior Analyst – Diversified Institutions Division
    Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)
    Kaplan practitioner

     

    “Kaplan’s postgraduate courses offer a unique mix of theory and real-life practical examples that provide students with an excellent base from which to develop and enhance their careers. Students have the ability to learn from a wide range of professionals who offer their own expertise and experience, which allows students the opportunity to build a competitive edge in today’s marketplace.”

    Anthony Lazzoppina
    Director Investment Banking, M&A Advisory
    Barclays Capital
    Kaplan practitioner

     

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