This professionally-oriented course is specifically designed to meet the education needs of the financial planning industry. Over the past two decades, superannuation has become an industry of great economic significance to Australia, with its size now greater than the nation’s annual Gross Domestic Product, the market capitalisation of the ASX and total cash deposits held by Australian banks. The Master of Financial Planning is ideal for both those aspiring to join the financial planning industry and those currently employed in the industry. This degree seeks to build your financial planning abilities, skills and knowledge. You will collect, analyse and synthesise financial planning information and use your skills to prepare financial planning solutions for clients. The course emphasises the professional responsibilities of the financial planner both in an ethical and in a compliance sense. The course will give you an overall understanding of investment management in relation to different asset classes, plus the skills to construct, manage and evaluate portfolios using the key principles of modern portfolio theory. You’ll learn how to apply, analyse and relate the key principles of modern portfolio theory and asset pricing models using different portfolios of financial assets. You’ll get an introduction to superannuation and retirement planning with a focus on the major trends and features of the industry and the framework in which the industry operates. The course will look at issues relating to superannuation contributions, different types of superannuation funds, the rules relating to the taxation and accessing of benefits, a consideration of alternative retirement income stream products and strategies designed to enhance superannuation and retirement income benefits. The Master of Financial Planning has been assessed as an approved degree by the Financial Planning Education Council. Graduates are eligible for entry into the Certified Financial Planner Certification Program which is offered by the Financial Planning Association of Australia.