The Master of Actuarial Practice at Bond University is a five-semester degree that provides those with an undergraduate degree in an alternative field the opportunity to complete all actuarial Part I and Part II subjects. In addition, you will have the opportunity to undertake a specialisation. The recommended specialisation is Big Data, however students also have the option to choose any other Bond Business School specialisation. This 92-week program contains a 20-week thesis component in the final semester designed to support learning, personal development and professional practice. Bond Actuarial graduates are thus very well placed in the job market and the skills are highly transferable between countries. Any completed relatable undergraduate program will also gain you up to 40 credit points towards the Master of Accounting program.
Bond is the only university in Queensland to offer the fully accredited program by the Actuaries Institute.
Provisionally accredited by the Actuaries Institute, the Master of Actuarial Practice is an innovative and immersive program that combines advanced mathematics, statistics, data analytics, actuarial risk theory, finance, economics and accounting with large-scale, real-life commercial data analysis to develop techniques for the management of risk and business decision making. An integral part of this degree is the development of research skills and actuarial judgement through the Actuarial Control Cycle subjects and the Actuarial Research Thesis subject.
The Master of Actuarial Practice will deliver smaller classes for personalised attention and unparalleled access to Bond University's Macquarie Trading Room and Bloomberg data-sourcing terminals. The program will develop skills in the challenge of handling ‘big data’ to create practical solutions for real world problems.
The Master of of Actuarial Practice will prepare students for rewarding careers in a range of disciplines, including:
Master of Actuarial Practice students must complete the following eleven subjects:
Plus the following four professional subjects:
Plus five approved elective subjects.
One of the postgraduate specialisations plus one elective subject.
Students may also choose one of the following opportunities to use your elective subject to have an international experience or an Internship opportunity provided you meet the requirements. Please discuss with the Enrolment and Student Engagement Officer in the Student Business Centre.
Complete four subjects from one of the following specialisations:
If you are interested in management, strategy and leadership and looking to acquire expertise in finance and investments, then a double degree in Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Finance at Bond University is a step in the right direction.
Ranked #1 in Australia by students*, the Bond MBA is a generalist management program designed to blend industry-relevant research with practical applications. Bond MBA students represent 20 different nationalities providing you with cross-cultural experiences while you study, and a rich global network post-graduation. You will also have the opportunity to go on a study tour to China or Silicon Valley as part of the program to experience a different culture, history and identify opportunities or connect with the world of innovation.
According to the Financial Times, a Master of Finance is the “must-have degree” for those seeking professional careers in specialist finance roles, and in combination to the MBA will give you a strong understanding of financial principles and their application to corporate financial policy, international financial markets, derivative assets and their associated markets.
*2015 Australian Financial Review Boss MBA Rankings - Student Satisfaction.
The Bond MBA is a generalist management program. Designed to blend industry-relevant research with practical applications and challenges, the intended learning outcomes are centred on the three pillars of leadership, global business and entrepreneurship, developing graduates who can think critically and strategically in this context. The program is designed to provide graduates with the core underlying technical skills that inform effective decision making, framed around the development of the interpersonal, cross cultural and communication skills that are required to lead in the implementation of these decisions. The Master of Finance course is a quantitatively rigorous program which integrates innovative subjects that highlight the Bond Business School's excellence in experiential and case-based teaching. The classes combine theoretical knowledge in Finance with practical insights delivered through case studies and guest lectures. Team building is encouraged through group projects and communication skills are enhanced through class presentations. The small class sizes in the Master of Finance course allow for personalised attention and unparalleled access to Bloomberg terminals at our two trading rooms. The program equips students to think critically, communicate professionally, work collaboratively, make ethical and responsible business decisions, and work effectively in a global business context characterised by change and uncertainty.
Master of Finance/Master of Business Administration students must complete the following seventeen subjects:
Plus two subjects from the following options:
This Master enables you to:
Experienced professionals and university graduates who wish to develop their careers in finance companies, banks, etc.., In order to assume positions of high corporate responsibility.
Get the most benefit for the company, learning to obtain maximum efficiency in financial and accounting management of the company, through accounting and record data for later analysis.
You will also learn to:
MFI offers a flexible methodology adapted to your needs, whatever your geographical location or time availability. This master can be studied under:
All contents are fully updated and have great technical, easily understandable and with a clear practical vocation rigor.
Whatever the method you choose, MFI offers you:
Continuous assessment as advances in the study of the Master.
Each module will be assessed by combining online review and development of practical cases. Obtaining Masters titles IMF and Masters from the University Camilo Jose Cela, be subject to the passing of each module and the realization of a final dissertation.
At the end of our Master you will be ready to serve as:
MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering is a highly quantitative programme tailored to high calibre and technically-minded graduates wanting a deeper, more analytical study of risk management and financial engineering than is found in general finance programmes.
The programme is accredited by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) and the School offers students on this programme the opportunity to attend PRMIA events, have access to its resources and receive considerable discounts on PRMIA exams.
In September you will study five foundation modules to introduce the tools of modern finance and enhance your career development skills. These include:
• Markets and Securities
• Financial Modelling
• Application of Matlab to Finance
• Data Structures and Algorithms using Python
• The Finance Industry
You’ll take eight core modules which are the backbone of our programme, providing you with a solid knowledge base in each subject area. Each module builds on previous experience while introducing new and challenging disciplines. These include:
• Empirical Finance: Methods and Applications
• Financial Engineering
• Financial Statistics
• Investments and Portfolio Management
• Risk Management and Valuation
• Stochastic Calculus
You will also receive training in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), choose from a variety of electives and undertake a final project. The selection of electives include:
• Advanced Options Theory
• Credit Risk
• Advanced Financial Statistics
• Enterprise Risk Management
• Fixed Income Securities
• International Elective: Macro and Finance for Practitioners
• International Finance
• Structured Credit and Equity Products
• Private Equity and Venture Capital
• Wealth Management and Alternative Investments
• Topics in FinTech Innovation
This degree programme prepares students for entry into the fast growing and exciting investment industry. It provides a practical knowledge of portfolio management and quantitative finance, together with an applied set of courses looking at industry structure and trends. Students benefit from professional guest speakers drawn from the heart of the global investment industry in the City of London, only a short distance away.
During the course you will develop expertise in a range of specialised areas such as trading strategies, portfolio and fund management, alternative and responsible investments, ethics in investment management and risk management, among others. You will also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge in practice through the use of simulations, case studies and take part in the portfolio management challenge designed for MSc Investment Management students.
Integral to the academic course is the parallel study of the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA® ) programme, level 1. The two programmes support and reinforce the other, ensuring that graduates acquire both the academic and professional knowledge and qualifications required to succeed in the investment management industry.
The tuition for this programme includes the candidate’s registration in the June CFA Level I exam that is written just after the end of the academic year. The tuition also includes substantial CFA teaching outside of the academic teaching.
The ICMA Centre is a CFA University Affiliate; this is in recognition that this degree covers at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, the CFA Institute Ethical and Professional Standards, and other requirements.
October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term
January: Part 1 Exams
January-April: Part 2 Spring Term
May – June: Part 2 Exams
June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3
August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines
Part 1 compulsory modules
Part 2 compulsory modules
Part 2 optional modules
Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 50 (30) credits from the following modules:
Part 3 optional modules
Students on the 12-months programme should take 20 credits from the following:
Full-time: 9 months Full-time: 12 months
Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.
The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.
After completion, our graduates are qualified to work in a variety of investment functions, including as portfolio managers, hedge fund managers and traders, within a diverse range of organisations such as investment banks, regulators, fund management firms and consultants.
The wide recognition of the programme contributes to the majority of our graduates securing employment offers within 6 months of graduation.
CFA Level 1
Studied alongside the degree.
The ICMA Centre is a Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI)
Centre of Excellence. Centres of Excellence are a select group of UK universities, recognised by the CISI as offering leadership in academic education on financial markets. Students who are on a financially-related masters course recognised by the CISI are eligible for exemptions and membership.
ICMA Centre students who register and successfully complete two CISI Diploma in Capital Markets modules (Securities and Bonds & Fixed Interest Markets) are eligible for an exemption from the third module (Financial Markets).
ICMA Fixed Income Certificate
To obtain the requisite knowledge to pass the rigorous FIC exam, students are required to take the ICMA Centre Fixed Income Cash and Derivatives Markets module at Part 2. In order to receive the FIC certificate, students will need to register and pass the FIC exam through ICMA.