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Specialise in Financial Advice for your Diploma in Business Studies at Massey
The Massey University Diploma in Business Studies (Financial Advice) is delivered in conjunction with Kaplan Professional, Australia’s leading and largest provider of financial services education. It combines introductory specialist knowledge with financial advice skills to prepare you for entry into the financial advice industry.
You will have completed the Certificate in Financial Advice and be ready to staircase into this diploma.
In addition to the core subject, Introduction to Financial Advice, you will have completed a course in a specific area of interest or in an area aligned with your career aspirations. The diploma will extend your knowledge into other aspects of the Financial Advice sector:
- Client Engagement Skills
- Ethics in financial advice
- Life, disability, and health insurance
- General insurance
- Residential property lending
You will credit your two Certificate in Financial Advice courses to the diploma and then complete a further 60 credits in order to successfully meet the requirements of this qualification.
Soft skill electives
Client Engagement Skills (30 credits)
This course focuses on behavioural finance concepts to understand different types of behavioural biases that may impact an individual’s financial decision-making. It examines portfolio and prospect theories and the application of behavioural finance to the outcomes of client engagements. It explains how emotional intelligence and critical thinking can assist a financial adviser to understand their client’s perspectives.
Ethics in Financial Advice (30 credits)
This course focuses on the ethical and professional obligations of financial advisers through the broad lens of philosophical approaches to ethics; conduct expected in the Financial Advice Code and the Financial Markets Authority. Students will examine the ethically complex situations encountered by financial advisers when engaging clients in the advice process.
If you study full-time you’ll take 60 credits per semester, making a total of 120 credits. The first 60 credits will be studied within the Certificate in Financial Advice.
If you wish to study part-time, you should take 30 credits per semester over two years.
Start dates for 2023 / 2024
|Intake code||Intake semester||Start date||Closing date for enrolment|
|SSB1||Summer School (early)||9 October||1 October|
|SSB2||Summer School (late)||11 December||3 December|
|S1B1||Semester One (early)||29 January||21 January|
|S1B2||Semester One (late)||1 April||24 March|
|S2B1||Semester Two (early)||3 June||26 May|
|S2B2||Semester Two (late)||5 August||28 July|
|SSB1||Summer School (early||7 October||29 September|
|SSB2||Summer School (late)||9 December||1 December|
To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.
You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.
Courses you can enrol in
Course planning key
- Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
- Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
- Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.
Course code: 125179 Introduction to Financial Advice credits 30
Providing knowledge of the financial advice industry, including regulatory requirements, and the application of professional practice.View full course details
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Course code: 125115 Client Engagement Skills credits 30
This course focuses on behavioural finance concepts to understand different types of behavioural biases that may impact an individual's financial decision-making. It explains how emotional intelligence and critical thinking can assist a financial advisor to understand their client's decisions.View full course details
Course code: 125116 Ethics in Financial Advice credits 30
This course focuses on the ethical and professional obligations of financial advisors through the broad lens of philosophical approaches to ethics; conduct expected in the Financial Advice Code and the Financial Markets Authority.View full course details
Course code: 125143 Essentials of Investment Advice credits 30
Providing essential knowledge of the principles and practice of the provision of investment adviceView full course details
Course code: 125155 Essentials of Insurance Advice - Life, Disability, and Health credits 30
Providing essential knowledge of the principles and practice of the provision of insurance (life, disability and health) adviceView full course details
Course code: 125156 Essentials of Insurance Advice - General credits 30
Providing essential knowledge of the principles and practice of the provision of insurance (general) adviceView full course details
Course code: 125163 Essentials of Residential Property Lending Advice credits 30
Providing essential knowledge of the principles and practice of the provision of residential property lending adviceView full course details
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
For entry to the Diploma in Business Studies (Financial Advice) you will have been awarded or qualified for the Certificate in Financial Advice.
English language requirements
To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
English language skills
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
Can't meet the entry requirements?
If you need to do a course before you start your qualification, there may be options for you in Summer School.
Fees and scholarships
The Diploma in Business Studies (Financial Advice) is not eligible for Fees Free study, nor is it eligible for StudyLink. Visit the StudyLink website to check availability and find out more.
The total fee for the diploma is $3,600 but please note that this includes $1,800 for the Certificate in Financial Advice. This includes a one-year tailored subscription to Ontrack and the short courses within the platform.
You will pay $1,800 for the Certificate in Financial Advice and a further $1,800 for the Diploma in Business Studies (Financial Advice).
In addition, there will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees/levies for some courses, and there may be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.