The Master of Financial Management and Law is an interdisciplinary postgraduate degree highly suited to those working or seeking to work in financial and advisory firms, policy and regulatory bodies, and the legal profession.
Market behaviours significantly shape our society and the financial sector is always a central concern of policymaking. This degree is designed to equip graduates with a sophisticated level of understanding of finance and financial systems, alongside knowledge of the legal and regulatory context and frameworks that shape financial sector activity and decision-making.
Jointly taught by the ANU College of Law and ANU College of Business and Economics, this degree draws on course content from different disciplinary areas, combining rigorous courses on essential elements of finance with compulsory and elective law courses.
The degree is available for both law and non-law graduates and has a flexible structure across its two years.
Key learning outcomes
Evaluate complex problems, concepts and theories drawn from the fields of finance and financial management as well as private and commercial law and devise solutions appropriate to the specific context.
Undertake research, writing and resolution of complex problems with a financial and/or legal or regulatory dimension across a range of current issues and topics of a national or international character.
Research and write on the practice or theory of both private and commercial law, and finance/the financial sector.
Incorporate social, policy-related, comparative and/or interdisciplinary approaches into an analysis of both finance and financial systems, and law and legal systems.
Communicate theoretical and practical perspectives of legal and financial issues effectively to a range of audiences, both orally and in writing.
You will graduate from ANU, a world-class university, positioning you firmly in the centre of a global network of leading financial and legal scholars and policy-makers.
Mode of delivery
Courses are delivered in a range of modes including full-time, part-time, on-campus, online, evening or intensive, offering the ability to fit your studies around your professional and personal commitments.
Whichever option you choose, you’ll be able to take advantage of a teaching approach that combines academic rigour with practical expertise.
Taught in the nation’s heart of diplomacy and law, our innovative program prepares you for exciting career paths including:
Banking (central and investment);
Federal and state departments (e.g. Departments of Treasury, Finance, etc.);
In-house counsel; and
Policy and regulatory bodies.
This degree equips graduates with fluency in legal concepts and frameworks and their policy dimensions important for students of finance and vice versa.
You will be taught by internationally recognised scholars from both The Australian National University (ANU) College of Law and the College of Business and Economics (CBE), with an emphasis on research-based or research-led course content.
ANU is ranked #1 in Australia and globally #17 for Law and #40 for Accounting and Finance (QS World Rankings by Subject 2020).
At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.
Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.
In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.
Academic achievement & English language proficiency
The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.
However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes.
If required, the ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:
a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or
demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.
Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.
As Australia’s national university, ANU is the global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, a competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.
Assessment of qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.
Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program.
ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements.
Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.
All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee).
The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.
ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.
Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.