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Master of Applied Finance and Economics

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


12 months

Next start date

Expected Jan 2023


University of Canterbury


The Master of Applied Finance and Economics is a joint master's degree in Finance and Economics that can be completed full-time in 12 - 14 months. Students take advanced coursework in both Finance and Economics, followed by a capstone course with four project-based modules including cost-benefit analysis, financial decision-making, forecasting, and portfolio management.

The MAFE offers students:

  • a coursework-based master’s degree with practical training in Finance and Economics, for students who have majored in Finance or Economics
  • preparation for high-level professional roles in finance, banking, and the public sector
  • intensive, hands-on application of tools and techniques
  • many opportunities to use the UC Business School Trading Room, powered by Bloomberg terminals
  • preparation to sit the Chartered Financial Analyst exams
  • a proven track record for graduate placements.

Why study a Master of Applied Finance and Economics at UC?

A Master of Applied Finance and Economics graduate:

  • can demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of current theoretical concepts and frameworks within finance and economics
  • is able to think logically, analytically, and critically with respect to the academic literature in finance and economics and explain how this literature applies to real-world problems
  • is able to synthesise academic or professional literature and effectively communicate the results of their independent study orally and in written form
  • is able to apply their in-depth knowledge of finance and economics to real problems.

How do I plan my degree?

To qualify for the award of Master of Applied Finance and Economics a student must satisfactorily pass:

  • FIEC 675 Advanced Applications in Finance and Economics

and 135 additional points selected from:

  • 60 points from ECON 601–669, including at least 30 points from ECON 620–669
  • 60 points from FINC 601–669, including at least 30 points from FINC 620–669
  • FIEC 601 or, at the discretion of the Head of Department of Economics and Finance, an additional 15 points from ECON 601–669 or FINC 601–669

The degree may be completed in a minimum of 12 - 14 months of full-time study. Students can start in January.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, possible into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

UC Master of Applied Finance and Economics alumni include:

  • Corporate Finance Analyst at BDO
  • Corporate Finance Analyst at Deloitte
  • Valuation and Business Modelling Consultant at EY
  • Corporate Finance Analyst at PwC
  • Investment Banking Analyst at Murray & Co
  • Commercial Senior Associate at BNZ
  • Investment Analyst at Consilium NZ
  • Relationship Consultant, Commercial at ANZ
  • Risk Assurance Associate at PwC New Zealand
  • Actuarial Analyst at Suncorp NZ
  • Relationship Associate at ANZ
  • Assurance Associate at PwC
  • Analyst at Goldman Sachs
  • Analyst at Reserve Bank of New Zealand
  • Registered Financial Advisor at Equity Investment Advisors.

Entry criteria

Students must have completed a bachelor's degree that includes intermediate microeconomics, introductory business finance, a calculus-based mathematics course, and an introductory statistics course, and be approved for entry by the Dean of Business.

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.
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum B+ grade

Opportunities to meet the entry requirements prior to enrolling in the MAFE:

English language pathway option at Christchurch College of English Language (CCEL)

Students who are at IELTS level 6.0 are welcome to enrol for CCEL English for Academic Purposes 2 (EAP2) online to enhance their English language proficiency. A grade of B+ or higher in this course satisfies UC English language requirements for postgraduate study.

CCEL offers online English course (EAP2) Starts October 12th

For more information, please contact.

Missing the Intermediate microeconomic theory or business finance entry requirement?

Students who do not have the entry requirement of intermediate level microeconomic theory or business finance are welcome to enrol online in either ECON 207 Intermediate Microeconomics – Households and Government or FINC 201 Business Finance.

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