Position: Head of Exposure Management and Dealing, BT Investment Management
“The reputation of the program and the strength of the teaching staff is what sets the Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University apart from other qualifications.”
Position: Global Head of Loan Management, Institutional Portfolio Management, ANZ
“From studying my Masters of Applied Finance with Macquarie I was able to acquire knowledge and insights that I didn’t have previously which have proven very helpful in what I do. Also whenever the topic of education comes up in conversations, there is an instant recognition of Macquarie University which helps with networking.”
Position: Senior Manager, Macquarie Bank
Brooke is a part-time student studying at our Melbourne centre and working full-time at Macquarie Bank and as a Senior Manager. Hear how Brooke manages to make his MAppFin studies fit around his work and family commitments.
Study Load: Part-time
Position: Executive Manager Group Learning, Suncorp
Julie finished the Master of Applied Finance in 2007 while working in a finance role, she has since moved into a senior HR role at Suncorp as the Executive Manager of Group Learning. She believes this makes her unique – as the only HR professional with a MAppFin in Australia. Hear how the Master of Applied Finance has help shape Julie's career and how she finds it incredibly useful in a non-finance role.
“I chose to undertake my Masters of Applied Finance with Macquarie University because it is unique as it gives a very good perspective of fund management, corporate finance, derivatives and so on therefore giving middle level managers a better appreciation of the synergies that can be built cross asset classes and disciplines.”
MAppFin Alumna, 2014
- Winner, KPMG Prizes in Risk Management
- Winner, Best Performance in Legal Risk in Finance
- Mentee, NAB/MAFC Women's Mentoring Program 2014
- Senior Consultant, Financial Services, EY
Daniela studied as a full-time student at Macquarie University's North Ryde Campus. Originally from Germany, she came Australia to study the MAppFin. Hear about Daniela’s background, how she found the program and what she enjoyed most about her studies and her classmates.
"I really liked the practical approach and that all students had professional work experience. I enjoyed Financial Risk Management and Financial Instruments as they were what I had worked in before, and they helped me to better understand why certain products are sold or not sold and why the banking industry introduces certain policies and measures. I understand a lot more of what is going on 'behind the scenes' and why products are being traded, sold or used. I enjoyed being in a group full-time students from all over the world, and in one of my favourite cities!"
Position: Associate Director, Australian Bankers Association
Brendon is a part-time student studying at our Sydney centre while working full-time as an Associate Director at the Australian Bankers Association. Find out how Brendon finds the structure and content of the program, as well as the insights he has gained so far.
MAppFin Alumnus, 2014
- Winner, Finsia Prize for Best Performance by a full-time student completing first year of the MAppFin
- Winner, Best Performance in Investments
- Senior Accountant, William Buck Chartered Accountants and Advisers
"I wanted to focus my studies in corporate finance and the MAppFin Program was a great complement to the valuation and financial modelling skills many of us had begun developing in our previous work experience."
"The electives helped me fully understand corporate finance from the viewpoint of various industry players, such as corporates, investment banks, and private equity funds. I also learned more about the range of activities that take place in the financial sector. My classmates came from many different backgrounds and geographies, and working with them through each of the assignments gave us the opportunity to share our knowledge and perspectives."
Position: Chief Financial Officer of HSBC Singapore
“The portability of the course was a major attraction to me. I recalled I could finish an elective in Singapore and take the examination in one of the other locations. Portability and flexibility is particularly important for executives who have high mobility across different countries.”
Position: Managing Director, Head of Financial and Official Institutions Group, BNP Paribas
John finished his MAppFin in 1995 and now holds a senior position at BNP Paribas. Click through to hear about John's experience of the program, how it has helped him in his career to date, as well as further insights he has to share.
"The MAppFin provided me with practical and extensive learning experiences. It provided the means to understand business quickly, which is really beneficial to managing business and setting strategy."
“The Master of Applied Finance is a premier finance course and was an obvious choice. With the knowledge and networking it served it added great value to perform my role and also my capacity for bigger responsibility... and it has certainly looked good on my business cards! People do give me the respect knowing that I had completed the course. It has certainly helped to raise my competency and qualification, not to mention my resume.”
Position: Team Leader, Dow Jones & Company
"I chose Macquarie’s MAF program as it is well-known in the Asia Pacific region and the only finance postgraduate program in China that is taught by experts with substantial industry experience as well as extensive academic qualifications. This program has substantially improved my understanding of the financial markets and has helped me do a better job."
Position: Chief Investment Officer (CIO), Avant Mutual Group Limited
"I would strongly recommend the Masters of Applied Finance program to anyone looking to gain an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how financial markets operate in the real world. The core and elective subjects covered all of the relevant knowledge that a professional in finance would need to know, including the latest fundamental, technical and economic research. Additionally, we were given the opportunity to participate in many group assignments and group discussions hosted by leading industry professionals that helped develop understanding and broaden peer networks across the industry. The knowledge and experiences gained while completing the course are very valuable to existing and potential employers, I found the qualification to be very highly regarded and well recognised. The Masters of Applied Finance program gave me a great foundation for my career and has consistently helped me differentiate myself from my peers."
Position: Head of Offshore Banking Unit, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Ultan completed his Master of Applied Finance in 2002 and now holds a senior position within the Commonwealth Bank. Click through to hear how the MAppFin qualification has helped his career, as well as his advice to those thinking about undertaking the program.
"The Master of Applied Finance demystified many of the assumed complexities surrounding the world of finance. It helped me to think more strategically and that was instrumental in my career progression."
Virginia graduated with the MAppFin in 1989, making her one of our earliest graduates. Hear how the MAppFin has help Virginia during her successful career so far.
Non-Executive roles at:
- Perpetual Super,
- Clean Energy Regulator and
- Nature Conservation Trust
Position: Head of Corporate Cash, Westpac Institutional Bank, Sydney
“Many people have developed hard skills in a particular stream of finance e.g. corporate finance or financial markets and have not broadened or built upon their skill set. With the current pace of change we find ourselves having to reinvent and up-skill. The Master of Applied Finance is an enabler to that reinvention process, allowing people to take a vertical dive into new areas of technical expertise.”