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Master of Finance (MFinc)

Course Description

The Master of Finance (MFinc) will equip students to be either professional practitioners or academic researchers in the field of Finance.

The Master of Finance can be completed in one year of full-time study which consists of a selection of papers plus either an applied or research project. The programme allows for the development of individual skills and applied or theoretical research and investigation. Starting with a sound background of coursework, students will have the opportunity to contribute to existing or new fields of research (applied or theoretical).

Graduates who follow the option of completing an Applied Project (BSNS 501) will have a wide range of career opportunities in commercial and investment banks, brokerage and investment firms, insurance companies, treasury departments of non-financial corporations, regulatory agencies, consulting and accounting firms. Graduates completing the Master of Finance with a Research Project (BSNS 580) will in addition have the ability to design and pursue a large project of independent research suitable to the PhD.

Programme Requirements

Seven of:
ACFI 459 Advanced Research Methods (20 Points)
BSNS 401 The Environment of Business and Economics (20 Points)
FINC 402 Advanced Corporate Finance (20 Points)
FINC 403 Studies in Capital Markets (20 Points)
FINC 405 Mathematical Finance (20 Points)
FINC 406 Advanced Empirical Finance (20 Points)
FINC 410 Advanced International Financial Management (20 Points)
FINC 411 Financial Risk Management (20 Points)
FINC 420 Energy and Carbon Finance (20 Points)
FINC 460 Advanced Fixed Income Securities (20 Points)
Plus one of the following project papers:
BSNS 501 Applied Project (40 Points)
BSNS 580 Research Project (40 Points)

Structure of the Programme

-A candidate may be exempted from some of the required papers described on the basis of previous study. Alternative papers will be required at an equivalent level of study.
-A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the project, secure the approval of the Head of the Department concerned for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.
-A candidate may not present a project which has previously been accepted for another degree.
-A candidate must pass both the papers and the project components.

Visit the Master of Finance (MFinc) page on the University of Otago website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Commerce). Every applicant must either: Be a graduate with a mathematically-oriented degree and normally have achieved an average grade of B+ in the papers satisfying the final year major subject requirements for that degree, or: have equivalent alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Commerce). In considering an applicant’s qualifications, regard will be had to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant’s performance in the programme.

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