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PGCert - Finance as a subject

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas provide the opportunity for continuing professional development in the same area as an original degree. A postgraduate diploma can often lead to a master's degree.

Finance is all about achieving the best return relative to risk, and helping organisations add value for their shareholders. Studying Finance at Waikato University will prepare you for highly paid positions in the financial and business sectors anywhere in the world.

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Key information

Years: 0.5
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Commercial and investment banker
  • Corporate banker
  • Corporate finance specialist
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Financial planner
  • Merchant banker
  • Merger and acquisition specialist
  • Sharebroker
  • Stockbroker
  • Treasury specialist

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Prescriptions for the BBus(Hons), PGCert(Fin), PGDip(Fin) and MMS

The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the BBus(Hons), PGCert(Fin), PGDip(Fin) and MMS. There are no specified subject papers that must be included for the BBus(Hons), and PGCert(Fin) programmes.

PGDip(Fin) students must complete FINAN511 and FINAN512.

MMS students must complete FINAN511, FINAN512, either MNMGT581 or MNMGT582, and one of FINAN590, FINAN591, FINAN592, FINAN593, or FINAN594. Students taking the 120 point MMS are required to complete at least 60 points from the papers listed for the subject. Students taking the 180 point MMS are required to complete at least 120 points from the papers listed for the subject.

MMS students taking the Applied Economics and Finance interdisciplinary programme must complete MNMGT582, FINAN510, FINAN517, and one of ECONS590, ECONS591, ECONS592, ECONS593, ECONS594, FINAN590, FINAN591, FINAN592, FINAN593 or FINAN594; one of ECONS501 or ECONS508; and one of ECONS528, ECONS529 or ECONS543.

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Subject requirements

Please refer to the Waikato Management School Student Handbook to see the specific requirements for taking Finance as a specialist subject (eg. Major or Minor subject) for any qualification.


Management Student Centre (MSC)

Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Phone: +64 838 4303

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Finance subject convenors

Dr Greg Hou
Undergraduate Convenor


Dr Geeta Duppati
Graduate Convenor