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Postgraduate Degree


To work in business today graduates often require advanced analytical and leadership skills. The Master of Business offers students from a range of disciplines the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills needed to work in a business environment. Through this course students will gain a firm understanding of finance, accounting, decision making, strategic management, organisational behaviour, marketing and international business. Strong emphasis is also placed on the analytical and practical skills needed to utilise this knowledge, as well as on developing group work skills to ensure graduates are prepared to work within professional teams on completion of the degree. Graduates will be well prepared to apply business skills and knowledge in a working environment and through the addition of key analytical knowledge will be able to incorporate and apply previous studies to business situations.

Those seeking to apply will require a recognised Bachelor degree or Postgraduate Diploma. A recognised Diploma, other prior studies or training and additional workplace experience may also be considered as part of an application.

The Master of Business can be completed over 2 trimesters full time, or a part time equivalent.

View our Master of Business in the Program Handbook and the online prospectus What Can I Study?.

Why postgraduate study?

There is a variety of reasons that students undertake postgraduate study in Applied Finance, including:

  • Career change – adding a new area of specialisation to an existing qualification or employment background
  • Career mobility – promotion opportunities within existing or new employment situations
  • Professional development – “top up†qualifications and knowledge for experienced practitioners

Sample Jobs

Getting the Edge

Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.

  1. Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
  2. Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
  3. Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
  4. Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
  5. Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
  6. Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
  7. Consider volunteering.

Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.


Sample Employers

Recruitment Timing

Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.

Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .

Societies and Associations

Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.

Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.

Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.

Job Search Sites

Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:

Australian and International

  • CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.


  • CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
  • MyCareer: Australian and international listings
  • Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
  • The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs


Graduate Attributes and Employability

Graduate attributes for the Master of Business are the skills, abilities and knowledge that are highly sought after by a broad range of employers. Below is the complete list of attributes that graduates will have demonstrated upon the completion of the degree.

Graduate Attributes

Upon completion of the degree, graduates can expect to have:

  1. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  2. Work effectively independently and  in teams.
  3. Engage in critical thinking and analytical problem-solving.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of theory, models and concepts relevant to Business and be proficient in their application
  5. Display proficiency in the utilization of information and technology in business.