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The Discipline of Accounting

The Discipline of Accounting at the University of Sydney is an established leader in teaching and research in the field of accounting. It has an outstanding international reputation in research, learning and the development of educational resources. The Discipline works in close cooperation with industry, commerce and the accounting profession. As well as having active engagement with professional practice, the Discipline is home to two well known and highly rated international journals: Abacus and Australian Accounting Review.

Why study accounting in the first place?

Accounting is often described as the 'language of business', it involves analysing and using financial information to understand and evaluate the financial position of an organisation. It can involve anything from basic book-keeping to more complicated management of balance sheets and income statements.

A professional accounting qualification is not just for people who want to become accountants - it will equip you for a broad spectrum of successful careers in small and large business, financial services, not-for-profit and the government sector, all of which require an ability to understand and interpret financial information for use in decision making.

You can work in any role, from strategic planning to risk analysis. Wherever there's a need for someone with astute accounting knowledge and sharp business skills, you'll be in demand.

To practise as an accountant, graduates must also undertake study for professional accreditation through one of the professional bodies such as; The Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), CPA Australia or the National Institute of Accountants (NIA).

Like any profession, your salary in accounting will depend on your skills and experience. You will also need to consider market competition and the global economy.

Why study accounting at the University of Sydney?

At Sydney we give you an accounting education, not simply training in accounting. We take an analytical perspective of how accounting is practiced and how it should be practiced, so you develop a real understanding of the subject matter rather than just rote learning.

What does that mean for you as a student? It means that you will study in a contemporary environment under world leading researchers and lecturers who have their 'finger on the pulse' in terms of accounting issues. You will regularly see our staff being profiled in the national newspapers or interviewed on current affairs programs as they are seen as the leaders in their field of expertise.

Where do our graduates find employment?

Completing a degree from the University of Sydney Business School is one of the best ways to prepare for a wide variety of professions. Some of the leading organisations who have recently employed our graduates include:

ANZ, Boston Consulting Group, Citi Bank, Commonwealth Bank, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PwC, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Treasury, Reserve Bank of Australia, ATO, ACCC and many more…

We have a dedicated Careers and Employability Office (CEO) who provide advice & assistance in making the important transition from University to employment. They also provide important links between employers and students.

If you are considering undergraduate or postgraduate study in Accounting and the information provided on this web page does not answer all of your questions please contact us directly on:

t. +61 2 9036 5473 or +61 2 9351 8988