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Master of Commerce in Finance

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree

Duration

12 months

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

University of Canterbury

Summary

A Master of Commerce degree will allow you to learn more about your chosen subject area, critically view the world and carry out an independent piece of research. These knowledge, skills and competencies mean MCom graduates are well-prepared for professional roles and business consulting.

If you have been following the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand programme, study in the MCom counts as one year of professional experience.

Students who have qualified for a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours or equivalent may be admitted to the MCom by thesis only in that major (one year, worth 120 points).

As an MCom graduate you will be able to:

  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of contemporary thought and developments within your specific research area
  • evaluate the implications of your own research findings for the wider body of relevant academic literature
  • synthesise academic literature and communicate research findings, both orally and in written form, consistent with academics working in your chosen discipline.

Qualification structure

The Master of Commerce degree consists of 180 points of which between 90-120 points is coursework (between six and nine courses), and a 90-point thesis or a 60-point dissertation.

Finance is a rapidly growing discipline that examines the acquisition and allocation of financial resources. Where financial accounting measures past performance, Finance as a discipline is forward-focused. It is largely about future planning for firms or investors.

Finance consists of three interrelated subject areas:

  • corporate finance studies how firms raise and efficiently utilise funds obtained from lenders and shareholders
  • financial markets and institutions explores how the financial system facilitates the transfer of funds from savers and lenders to borrowers
  • investment analysis studies how investors choose securities and asset classes for their investment portfolios.

All of these areas assess the trade-off between risk and reward and the valuation of both financial and capital assets.

Career opportunities

Today it would be rare for a person to rise to the position of chief financial officer (CFO) without a strong grounding in both Accounting and Finance. There are also many other career opportunities for Finance graduates, with typical jobs including: financial analyst, money market and foreign exchange dealer, loan analyst, equity analyst, risk analyst/manager, portfolio manager, financial planner, investment banker and small-business manager.

Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor

Entry criteria

Students must have completed one of the following:

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics, Finance, or Computer Science
  • any bachelor's degree, and a relevant graduate diploma in your major subject.

Prerequisites vary between majors, but normally good grades in 300-level courses in the subject concerned are required.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Recommended start date: February. Coursework + Dissertation: February (all subjects) or July (subject to course availability). Thesis only: Anytime start (the first day of any month), subject to supervisor approval.

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