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CL66 - Master of Financial Planning


Course Overview

In this course you will develop the capacity to identify, analyse and resolve problems relating to professional practice in Financial Planning. You will take specific studies in the Financial Planning field in addition to a broad postgraduate business education. Upon graduation you will have the educational requirements necessary for certification as a Financial Planner and you will be able to seek employment in a range of occupations related to Financial Planning practice. The course provides for a wider range of study beyond the minimum necessary for professional practice, and is suitable for those who are seeking a more comprehensive education in business and finance.

Career Information

Graduates will be able to take a number of career directions including financial and estate planning in either self employed capacity or employed by large financial services institutions.

Course Details
Duration 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 72
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) MFinPlan
AQF Level Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2020


Term 1 - 2020


Term 2 - 2019

Please note that this is only available for part-time study.

Term 1 - 2019

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International Availability

Term 2 - 2020


Term 1 - 2020


Term 2 - 2019

Please note that this is only available for part-time study.

Term 1 - 2019

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What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must demonstrate one of the following:

1. A completed Australian Bachelor degree, or equivalent qualification, in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution OR

2. A completed Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning, or equivalent, OR

3. A completed Diploma of Financial Planning, or equivalent, current registration as a certified practicing financial planner, and 5 years relevant work experience.

Advanced standing may be awarded to prospective students who have additional relevant experience in financial planning industry and who may have completed formal and informal training. Advanced standing will be considered in accordance with Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) guidelines and CQUniversity policies.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

Previous studies in Accounting, Business, Commerce, Finance, Financial Planning, Property would be useful.

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CL67 - Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning CL65 - Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning
Exit Awards CL67 - Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning CL65 - Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning
Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Financial Planning Association of Australia as fulfilling the educational requirements for professional practice.

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 8
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Articulate the theory and advanced practice of financial planning within the broader context of business and society
  • 2. Critically apply advanced financial planning theory within a complex environment
  • 3. Identify and respond to ethical issues in business and professional financial planning practice
  • 4. Effectively communicate in a range of academic, non-specialist and professional contexts
  • 5. Undertake research, evaluate information and synthesise relevant issues in financial planning and related fields
  • 6. Learn and work independently and collaboratively as a basis for self-managed lifelong learning.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
Number of units: 12 Total credit points: 72

The core compulsory component consists of the 8 units from the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
FINC20025 Financial Planning Practice
FINC20026 Superannuation and Wealth Planning
FINC20027 Retirement and Estate Planning
LAWS20058 Australian Commercial Law
FINC20028 Risk Management and Insurance
FINC20019 Money and Capital Market Analysis
LAWS20060 Taxation Law of Australia
FINC20024 Professional Advice Project

Students must take 4 units from the following list, or elsewhere from the postgraduate units available within the School of Business and Law at the AQF9 level.

Available units
Students must complete 4 from the following units:
FINC20029 Financial Advice and Corporations Law
FINC20030 Behavioural Finance
FINC20031 Ethical Financial Planning Practice
BUSN20019 Professional Project
FINC20023 International Financial Management
More Details
There is no additional information for this course.