Financial Analytics and Research – Master of Finance

Massey’s Master of Finance (Financial Analytics and Research) combines the study of advanced finance theory and research to complete the qualification.

Where you can study

Auckland campus
Distance and online
Manawatū campus (Palmerston North)

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand

Specialise in Financial Analytics and Research for your Master of Finance at Massey

As a graduate of the Master of Finance (Financial Analytics and Research) specialisation, you’ll:

  • develop an international perspective within the discipline of finance
  • further develop your knowledge and skills in financial analytics
  • understand and be able to apply research philosophy to the business environment
  • practised in clearly and concisely communicating research findings

The specialisation requires completion and presentation of either a comprehensive research report on an independent research topic in finance.

A Master of Finance in Financial Analytics and Research is a good fit if you:

  • hold an undergraduate degree in finance
  • hold an undergraduate degree and wish to pursue careers in finance
  • wish to move up the hierarchy in finance-specific careers.

Planning information

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

If you have passed 125330 Advanced Business Finance or an equivalent course in your undergraduate degree, you should not choose 125700 Managerial Finance. You should take the other Part 1 Subject courses. You will be required to take 125785 Research and Analytics in Economics and Finance in your first semester of study.

For progression from Part One to Part Two, you must achieve a minimum B grade average in the first 60 credits of study, including a B grade for the course 125785.

If you have a Bachelor of Business Studies with Honours, or the equivalent degree of another recognised university, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification.

If you wish to complete a more in-depth master’s research project you may extend your degree out to 240 credits.

Official regulations

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 Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Returning students

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 be 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.

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Courses you can enrol in

Course planning key

Prerequisites
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.
Corequisites
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Restrictions
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.

Part One

Compulsory courses

Choose 30 credits from
Course code: 125785 Research and Analytics in Economics and Finance 30 credits

This course provides foundations for econometrics and data analytics from which students can understand and perform quality empirical research in economics and financial contexts.

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Subject courses

Choose 90 credits from
Course code: 125700 Managerial Finance 30 credits

A study of the theory of finance with an emphasis on managerial decision making.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required Restrictions: 125330

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Course code: 125732 Advanced Corporate Finance 30 credits

Advanced Corporate Finance is a course with a quantitative base. It builds a theoretical foundation from which students can consider finance issues. Consideration of corporate financial management, capital markets and long-term financial strategy is undertaken with the objective of making corporate decisions more efficiently.

Prerequisites: 125700 or 125330 or Appraisal Required

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Course code: 125740 Advanced Investment Analysis 30 credits

This course provides a comprehensive coverage of advanced theory and practice regarding investments and portfolio management.

Prerequisites: 125700 or 125330 or Appraisal Required

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Course code: 125781 Advanced Financial Risk Management 30 credits

This course considers the roles of financial risk management in reducing risk and/or increasing returns in an organisation. Students will be exposed to advanced financial risk management from both theoretical and empirical perspectives.

Prerequisites: 125700 or 125330 or Appraisal Required Corequisites: 125700

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Part Two

Choose 60 credits from
Course code: 125850 Research Report Part 1 30 credits

Candidates are required to conduct a piece of independent research under supervision and to produce a report of the research for examination.

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Course code: 125851 Research Report Part 2 30 credits

Candidates are required to conduct a piece of independent research under supervision and to produce a report of the research for examination.

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Course code: 125892 Research Report 60 credits

Candidates are required to conduct a piece of independent research under supervision and to produce a report of the research for examination.

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Master of Finance you will have been awarded or qualified for a relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification, with a minimum C+ grade average in the highest level courses.

If you have a Bachelor of Business Studies with Honours, or the equivalent degree of another recognised university, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.

You will provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

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.

Fees and scholarships

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Fees disclaimer

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.

Careers and job opportunities

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

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