Beijing program

Macquarie University’s Master of Applied Finance is one of the largest and most respected in the world. It’s an exceptional program for exceptional people, founded on a vision of applied finance education for and by practitioners. Our students learn knowledge and skills that are directly relevant, immediately and throughout their career.

The Beijing Master of Applied Finance program is offered in partnership with Tsinghua University (School of Continuing Education). This program, delivered in Mandarin (either directly or translated) can be completed in 2 years of part-time study. Class material is provided in both English and Mandarin, with all assessments conducted in Mandarin.

Who should apply?

The Master of Applied Finance is for experienced professionals, whether currently in the finance industry or in other professions wanting to transition to the finance sector (such as engineers, lawyers, or IT specialists). Applicants without a prior degree in a finance area will complete a 3 month foundation program with Tsinghua University prior to commencing the Master of Applied Finance.

Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the program:

  • Two years' relevant professional work experience* AND
  • A bachelor degree** from an accredited university (or recognised equivalent) in:
    • a finance related field; OR
    • any discipline and completion of the Tsinghua University Gateway Program (or recognised equivalent)

Proficiency in Mandarin is required:

  • Graduates from high schools and/or bachelor degree programs in universities in Mainland China are deemed proficient in Mandarin
  • Graduates from bachelor degree programs from universities outside of Mainland China will be required to provide proof of proficiency, which may include an interview in Mandarin conducted by an interview panel.

* Applicants with between 1.5 to 2 years of relevant work experience are encouraged to apply and the application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

** Diploma holders with substantial senior-level experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Professional Work Experience

“Professional Work Experience” includes roles requiring either technical or specialist skills or involve decision making responsibility. “Relevant” means the role must be either in the finance sector or in the industry of your prior degree. For example, if your first degree is in engineering and you have worked as an engineer for a minimum of two years then you satisfy the work experience requirement. Other examples include accountants or auditors with a degree in that discipline.

Finance/business fields include, for example, work in accounting, securities regulation, commercial banking, security analysis, fund management, trusts, corporate finance, equity and fixed income sales, securities trading, foreign exchange, brokerage, treasury management, etc.

Program of study

You have a prior degree in a finance discipline
Your prior degree is in a non-finance discipline

Direct entry to the Master of Applied Finance

Entry to the Master of Applied Finance via the Gateway Program


You’ll complete a gateway program covering:

  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Finance Principles
  • Economic Analysis
  • Financial Modelling
  • Statistics

You’ll complete these advanced units of study:

  • Portfolio Management and Valuation
  • Financial Instruments
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Six elective units
  • Professional Practice

Followed by these advanced units of study:

  • Portfolio Management and Valuation
  • Financial Instruments
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Six elective units
  • Professional Practice

Duration: 2 years’ part-time

Duration: 2.5 years’ part-time

Commencing: TBA

Commencing: TBA

Elective units

Ten elective units will be offered across three specialisations. Alternatively, students may study a wide variety of electives for a generalist foundation to support future career goals.


Corporate Finance/ Investment Banking

  • Corporate Treasury Management
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity Investments

Funds/Wealth Management

  • Economics of Financial Markets
  • Investment and Credit Analysis
  • Private Wealth Management
  • Specialist Topics

Banking and Risk Management

  • Credit and Lending Decisions
  • Investment and Credit Analysis
  • Debt Capital Markets


All units are delivered in intensive mode over 3-4 days per month. See the timetable for specific dates.

2018 fees

  • Total program fee for enrolment in the Beijing Centre: ¥268,000 (excluding Gateway/Foundation Program fee)
  • Core units: ¥33,500 per unit
  • Elective units of study:  ¥16,750 per unit

A Materials Fee of ¥3,000 will be charged by Tsinghua University to cover the provision of class notes.

An application fee of RMB 1,000 is payable to Tsinghua University School of Continuing Education. Fees are non refundable other than in exceptional circumstances as set out in the Program Rules and Procedures.

Application deadline

Prior degree in a business/finance discipline and 2 years of finance-related work experience
Application deadline: 19 August 2018

Prior degree in a non-finance discipline and 2 years of work experience
Application deadline:  10 June 2018

Our faculty

Peter VannPeter Vann
BSc MSc PhD(UQ) F Fin
Associate Professor (Financial Instruments, Portfolio Management and Valuation)
Program Director (Funds and Wealth Management)

Peter has 27 years’ experience in the investment and risk management industry. Formerly, he has held roles such as Head of Investment Research at Constellation Capital Management, Head of Structured Investments Group at County, and at Westpac and DBSM where he was responsible for managing equities, fixed interest and protection mandates. Peter has undertaken financial forecasting and balance sheet modelling assignments for a wide range of insurers and finance-related entities to determine P&L, capital adequacy, risk assessment and management.

Peter founded the Q Group Australia and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Panels of two industry journals.

Cecilia HuaCecilia Hua
BEng (Hons) MSc (LSE) CFA
Honorary Fellow (Corporate Finance)

Cecilia has 15 years’ experience in the investment banking and commercial banking industry across Asia and Europe. She has a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions and is also experienced in privatization, leveraged buy-out, IPOs and strategic options.

She is currently a Director of Corporate Finance at ING Bank. She advises both Chinese and international firms on strategy formation, execution, valuation, and negotiation of M&A deals. Her clients include state-owned enterprises, private companies, listed companies, MNCs and private equity firms.

Our graduates

Graduate opportunities

Students who have completed the MAppFin program have gone on to occupy senior positions within banking, corporate finance, stockbroking, investment management, venture capital, project finance and risk management firms in Australia and overseas. The program is internationally recognised as one of the most rigorous and professional graduate courses available.

Tian Jiong

“The Master’s Program with Macquarie University allowed me to grasp comprehensive knowledge in the financial sector. It triggered my strong interest in investment analysis and convinced me of my future career in corporate finance. The case studies within each unit of study improved my capability of handling practical projects, provided calculative approaches to analyse various business models and deepened my knowledge of capital markets and investment. 

In summary, the course was extremely useful for my career in corporate finance.”

Tian Jiong MAppFin, Alumnus 2007
GM of Corporate Finance Department, Powerlong Property Holdings Limited

Helen Huang

“I really benefited a lot from this program as it offered me the opportunity to learn theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills. The extensive selection of course options and the quality of faculty also impressed me!

I made a wise choice taking this course which offers me more possibilities in my professional life.”

Helen Huang MAppFin, Alumna 2009
Head of HR China, UBS

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