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The Fast-Track MBA

Designed for busy working professionals, this fully online MBA course is highly flexible and delivered with interactive, bite-sized content and personalised student support.

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Fast-Track MBA Subject

Subject Summary

Dive into the dynamic world of finance with Financial Markets and Institutions, a fascinating elective in AIB’s MBA program and specialist subject in the Finance MBA specialisation. This subject will enrich your understanding of the modern financial landscape and the sophisticated institutions that operate within it.

Studying Financial Markets and Institutions, you’ll explore the world of banking, payment systems and the role of financial regulators, as well as gain insights into the workings of money, capital markets, major financial securities and the fundamentals of fund management. You’ll also understand how public companies raise equity and the mechanisms behind setting influential cash rates. By understanding these components and their interplay, you’ll become better equipped to interpret financial information and make informed decisions working in the finance sector or for the management of your own portfolio.

Throughout the subject, you’ll engage with mini case studies and interactive activities designed to bring the concepts, models and techniques you’re learning to life. These practical elements ensure your learning has real-world application and is meaningful to your career and personal financial planning.

AIB Subject Code9007FMI
QualificationsMBA (General)
MBA (Finance)
AQF LevelLevel 9
Delivery100% online
Subject Length8 weeks
Prerequisite SubjectsFinancial Management
Start Dates2024 MBA Timetable
2025 MBA Timetable

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Subject Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of contemporary financial markets and institutions theory, analytical frameworks and practice.
  • Critically analyse and effectively communicate improvements relating to financial markets and institutions issues.
  • Plan and present a substantial evidence-based financial markets and institutions report in an ethical manner.
Key Topics
  • The financial system
  • Deposit-taking institutions
  • Markets, funds management and insurance
  • The money market and the bond market
  • Shares, the share market and the foreign exchange market


In Financial Markets and Institutions, students undertake two assessments that develop a nuanced understanding of global financial systems. The first assessment is a critical review of a chosen country’s financial system. The second assessment expands the focus to the dynamics of the share and bond markets, either in Australia or a country of choice. Students critically evaluate the key drivers influencing these markets, assess the impacts of macroeconomic factors and analyse the implications of market performance for various stakeholders.

The subjects that I studied within my Finance MBA were highly practical to what I do in terms of managing and working with the central banks, the big corporate treasuries. They gave me a solid grounding to speak on an equal footing with clients in that space. 

How you will learn

100% Online MBA Learning

Our innovative Student Learning Portal is your ultimate digital resource for everything you’ll need to successfully complete this subject and your online MBA, with the flexibility to access your learning materials, videos, podcasts and other multimedia on any device. You’ll engage with fellow students and have key concepts explained by your Online Facilitators in webinars and forums.


In addition to the Student Learning Portal, the myAIB app allows you to download modules and full subjects to view offline to save your cellular data, receive notifications for assessments and webinars, listen to audio versions of modules through Soundcloud and enjoy many other useful features.

The myAIB learning portal app is available on Google play and on the Apple app store.

AIB supports your success

When you study with AIB, you’ll be supported by our skilful team of over 180 academic, student support and professional staff, who will be with you every step of your MBA journey.

Student Learning Portal

  • Our innovative Student Learning Portal provides all the resources and support you’ll need to successfully complete your MBA studies


  • Highly qualified and experienced academics
  • Practice-centric curricula, innovative learning resources and realistic assessment techniques

Study Tools

  • Access to tools you’ll need to successfully complete your degree and excel in your career including Office 365, LinkedIn Learning, Scite_, GrammarlyEDU and Endnote

Student Support

  • Dedicated student and enrolment teams
  • Supporting you with any issues big or small from orientation to graduation

Online Facilitators

  • Each class has a dedicated Facilitator (OLF) and a limit of just 50 students to ensure you’ll benefit from high levels of interaction, relationship building and learning

Wellbeing and career support

  • Access to a confidential support service providing personal counselling, wellbeing advice and career assistance

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What will I learn if I choose to study Financial Markets and Institutions?

Financial Markets and Institutions provides a deep understanding of how the financial system works and its role in the broader economy. You’ll gain practical knowledge of modern financial markets, the complex institutions like banks that operate in those markets, and major securities that form the basis of financial and monetary systems. You’ll explore various financial markets like money, capital, bond and foreign exchange as well as their impact on global financial systems.

By the end of this 8-week course, you’ll not only have a profound understanding of the financial system components and their interactions but also be equipped with the skills to make informed decisions in various financial contexts.

What sort of career opportunities are there for someone who studies Financial Markets and Institutions with AIB?

AIB’s Financial Markets and Institutions MBA subject helps individuals and professionals understand the financial underpinnings of the economy. It provides in-depth knowledge linked with various career opportunities in finance, banking, investment, and risk management.

How will studying Financial Markets and Institutions benefit those outside of the finance profession?

The knowledge gained from Financial Markets and Institutions can be applied to various aspects of personal and professional life, as well as in other fields. Understanding the concepts covered in this subject can help individuals make informed decisions about their personal finances and risk management but also provide strong understanding of how the economy works. Studying Financial Markets and Institutions goes beyond preparing individuals for a career in finance; it equips them with essential life skills and a broader understanding of how financial systems operate.

Will there be complex calculations and math to navigate when studying this subject?

Financial Markets and Institutions encompasses a wide range of topics, and not all of them require extensive quantitative skills. While there are some quantitative aspects to the subject, which you’ll be comprehensively supported in, it’s equally important to grasp the conceptual framework and principles. You can develop a solid understanding of financial markets and institutions by focusing on the “why” and “how” of financial concepts.

How is the subject structured and delivered?

Financial Markets and Institutions is delivered over eight weeks of structured learning where you’ll delve into a new topic each week relevant to how the financial system works and its role in the broader economy. Weekly online webinars are hosted with your online class and led by Online Learning Facilitators who facilitate interactive discussions on the topics, case studies and application of concepts within organisations. Contribution in live webinars enables you to learn not only from the learning material and facilitator, but from the experiences and viewpoints of fellow professionals studying alongside you. Don’t worry if you can’t make all the live webinars though – they’re recorded, so you can watch at any time. The subject includes two assessments – one due mid-way through the subject and the other at the end.

Can I specialise my MBA in Finance?

Yes, AIB offers an MBA specialisation in Finance which supports experienced and aspiring finance professionals to excel their careers in the sector. Covering more than just the numbers, this specialised MBA guides students through the universally used theoretical frameworks and data-driven techniques relevant to modern private sector companies, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations.  

Studying the specialised Finance MBA, students will take AIB’s core business subjects before undertaking the finance discipline units: Corporate Finance, Investment Management and Financial Markets and Institutions. Following completion of the final subject – Project – they will earn their MBA specialised in Finance. The specialised finance subjects can also be studied as electives by those undertaking the General (unspecialised) MBA.

Learn more about the MBA (Finance).

How do I apply to study Financial Markets and Institutions with AIB?

If you’re interested in studying Financial Markets and Institutions within the AIB MBA, get in touch with an AIB Advisor to discuss your application and timetabling. 

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