The MFinc is a coursework masters degree consisting of taught papers and either an applied or research project, which will equip you to be either:
The study options within the degree are designed to offer a number of pathways for you depending on your academic background and career aspirations. The primary pathway is for strong graduates of mathematically-oriented degrees such as mathematics and statistics, physics and economics to study for a MFinc that will equip them to follow careers in the finance industry and as financial specialists in non-finance corporations.
As a graduate of the MFinc if you complete the Applied Project (BSNS 501) option you 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. If on the other hand you complete the Research Project (BSNS 580) you will in addition have the ability to design and pursue a large project of independent research.
The University of Otago coursework masters programmes were initiated to provide you with an opportunity to specialise in advanced study with a focus on either applied practical or academic research.
Graduates of the Master of Finance will:
The programme of study shall consist of seven 20 point taught papers together with a 40 point applied project or research project. Papers are either taught in semester one, semester two or are full-year papers.
You must complete:
Plus one of the following project papers
BSNS 501 - Applied Project
BSNS 580 - Research Project
Teaching Style and Methods
Papers within the MFinc will be taught using a mixture of lectures, lab classes, and tutorials, as specified below. In all papers, teaching and learning is done not just through contact time, but also through non-contact time, including a range of assessments.
Applicants normally require a B+ average (at 300 level) in an appropriate mathematically oriented degreeIn considering an applicants undergraduate qualification, regard will be given to the course of study followed to gain that qualification, as well as the applicants performanceApplicants with relevant practical experience may also be considered if the B+ average is not met
University of Otago Coursework Master's Scholarship
The University of Otago Coursework Master's Scholarship provides funding to support course work-based Master's students studying at the University of Otago.
Applicants must be:
- obtaining their first Otago Coursework Master's qualification
- domestic students or international students
- undertaking a papers based thesis*
* Coursework Masters Scholarships are not available for the papers year of a two-year research Masters degree.
Selection is based predominantly on academic merit and the applicants potential for research.