Overall it is a good course, with a combination of accounting and finance perspectives. It mainly suits people who have accounting or finance background, and would like to pursue further depth into it. The course content is at advanced level, but if you had a good understanding in accounting and finance before, it is not hard as you thought. But some of my classmates do find it hard if they forgot what they learned in Bachelor study.
However, the course is not as sufficient as Master of Finance, so I guess it was like a transition between accounting and finance.
I studied this Master of Financial Analysis straight after Bachelor of Accounting, which I feel was a waste of time, since it does not help a graduate for an entry level job. I should have gone to a better uni for a Bachelor degree, and focused on communication, social relationship and internship, and working experience.
My advice to future students is: Step out of your comfort zone.
For this course, you need to study, and really understand the logic. Otherwise, you could get trapped in the exam.
Positive, it was fun.
Negative I didn't learn useful transferable skills for the workplace
My advice to future students is: Spend time learning useful skills outside of class because class had none
Positive: every now and again I had some great courses and lecturers. UNSW also has a great network/alumni community that you can tap into for jobs.
Negatives: Most subjects are absolute rubbish that no professional uses at all. Some finances courses are ridiculously outdated and have no practical application outside of completing exams. About a quarter of my lecturers/tutors didn't speak English well, which shouldn't be too much to ask in Sydney, Australia.
Overall: outdated curriculum, a few bright spots of great learning.
My advice to future students is: Study something useful i.e. STEM. If you are learning STEM subjects, then study on your own and don't get into debt, e.g. work at a startup, or read great books.
Positives - There are lots of practical internship opportunities.
Negatives - Too expensive
Well rounded course; challenging and intellectually stimulating; clinically relevant with early clinical exposure; research year
Course feedback slow to implement. Content can be dry and academic
My advice to future students is: Meet like minded and highly talented peers
Positive: I get a double degree and half of the degree is 'art making' so is mostly practical and the other half for education is 'written', then you overlap with most people doing the degree so I’ve had great opportunity to make great friendships,
Negatives: the art half and education half are on different campuses so you have to travel between the two if you have classes on the same day, you nominate which art majors you want to do after first year and don’t get a taster of all the different departments before you have to chose
My advice to future students is: Think carefully about which art majors you decide, go and ask for help from the student centre if you have any questions because they can be really helpful
Positive - it’s a very broad degree that covers a lot of major areas within commerce and the academic staff are very knowledgeable and experienced.
Negative - the facilities of the Business School are quite bad and there are a lot of people studying the course which means selecting optimal class times can be hard
My advice to future students is: To choose this degree if they desire a degree/career in finance
It is a very competitive course! So usually there are big classes but there is a lot of room for hands on work!
My advice to future students is: Make sure you are in good groups for your assignments (there's a lot of group work)
Positive: attendance to tutorials and lectures isn’t compulsory so I actually can make my own study timetable and study on my own instead of going to lectures.
Negative: It is considered as the most difficult engineering degree. 90% of the courses are core courses and they only open once a year. So if I failed it I need to wait a whole year to retake it.
My advice to future students is: Study hard first year
Accounting and Finance course is Australia’s top in terms of its content and fluency. Did a summer course at Usyd and they were doing content I’ve revised in my first year’s which they were doing in the second years
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