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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. Robert Half's Finance & Accounting Asia Pacific Salary Guide will give you a basis to work from.

Job Prospects according to the Australian Government 'Job Outlook' web page indicate a strong demand for accountants. Employment in this occupation has risen strongly in the past five years and the projections are for the demand for accountants to continue to 'grow very strongly' to at least 2014-15.

Accountants have an above average proportion of full-time jobs (83.1 per cent). For Accountants working full-time, average weekly hours are 41.3 (compared to 41.3 for all occupations) and earnings are high. For more detailed information please refer to: Job Outlook page

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.

We were recently awarded the highest possible ranking of 5 for our research output in the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia exercise. The University of Sydney was one of only three Australian universities to receive this ranking for its accounting research in the areas of accounting auditing and accountability. Read more.

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.

The Discipline of Accounting at the University of Sydney is also only one of two accounting educators in Australia to be accredited by AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) - the world's largest and longest-standing accounting accrediting agency.

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:

e. business.accounting@sydney.edu.au
t. +61 2 9036 5473 or +61 2 9351 8988