Accounting (Master of Commerce)


The Accounting specialisation equips students with an advanced level of understanding of the issues and practices related to an ever-changing global environment. The course offers a comprehensive introduction to the legal environment of business, with extensive attention paid to contract, corporations and property law. The course examines key issues surrounding mergers and acquisitions, as well as international bank management, and provides students with the necessary resources for interpretation, reporting, prediction, and assessment in the public and private financial sectors. With its emphasis on risk assessment and management, an accounting specialisation at the postgraduate level qualifies students in the development of modern financial theory and its application to financial decision-making.

Requirements for the specialisation

The following information is for students who commenced study or  transferred into the Master of Commerce from 2012 or students who commenced study in 2011 and wish to follow these requirements for a  specialisation. All other students should refer to the information set out  below under 'Information for pre-2012 continuing students'.

To be awarded a specialisation in Accounting students complete five units of study (30 credit points), comprising:

(i) one foundational unit of study (six credit points), as follows:

(ii) four elective units of study (24 credit points), selected from the following unit options:

* Not offered in 2014.

Note: Non-foundational (advanced) units of study can be used to count to one specialisation only. For example, ACCT6003 cannot be used to count towards both an Accounting and a Banking specialisation.

Information for pre-2012 continuing students

Students who commenced study in the Master of Commerce in 2011 may choose to complete their specialisation according to the information set out above or can choose to complete according to the information set out in the following downloadable PDF which lists the 2011 structure. Students should also refer to the handbook of the year they commenced study for exact details of their specialisation requirements.

Students who commenced their degree before 2011 (in FH014 Master of  Commerce), should follow the requirements for the 'Major in Accounting' as  set out in the handbook of the year they  commenced study.

Availability of this specialisation

This version of this specialisation is available under the following degrees:

Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Commerce or the Graduate Certificate in Commerce may choose units from this specialisation subject area as electives in their course.