Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance

Develop an understanding of key finance principles  in as little as eight months with the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance is designed for  students with a bachelor’s degree in any field who want to prepare themselves for a professional role in the financial services sector. In as little as eight months, students will develop the advanced knowledge and skills required for financial decision making and financial analysis.

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Minimum entry requirements

  • Must have completed a bachelor’s degree (in any discipline)

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in each band.

English language requirements

IELTS may be waived (at the discretion of the Programme Director)

  • For a student who has completed a qualification, the language of instruction for which was English, and which was awarded within the last 3 years
  • For a student who has lived and/or worked in an English speaking environment for 3 years

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance is taught over two 10-week trimesters. Each trimester includes 10 weeks of teaching, with exams scheduled in weeks 11 and 12.

You must successfully complete 120 points from the Master of Applied Finance. All courses are 15 points.

You can choose how many courses you take to fit around work demands and personal commitments. You can continue working full-time while completing your Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance part-time.

To transition from the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance to the Master of Applied Finance, you are required to maintain a B- grade average.

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Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

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Pathway to a PhD

High-achieving postgraduate diploma students with at least an A- grade average over the 120 points in level 8 professional master’s degree courses qualify to apply to the Doctor of Philosophy by completing the Master of Business with a B+ grade average or higher. You'll receive 60 points of credit towards the Master of Business, and will need to complete another 120 points.

Quick facts
Programme code:
8 months to 1 year full-time / part-time available
City Campus
4 Nov 2024
3 Mar 2025
3 Nov 2025

Key semester dates
$21,452 (for 120 points)
($20,306 tuition fees + $1146 student services levy)
$36, 546 (for 120 points)
(35,400 tuition fees + $1146 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.


The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.