Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
If you do not want to commit to a full Master of Professional Accounting program, you can gain a solid grounding through the Sydney Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.
The graduate diploma is based on the master’s program but requires fewer units of study. In most circumstances, you can choose to progress to the Master of Professional Accounting on satisfactory completion of the graduate diploma.
The Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting requires the completion of 48 credit points comprising: (1) five core unit of study (30 credit points) and (2) three elective units of study (18 credit points).
Core units of study
- ACCT5001 Accounting Principles,
- ACCT5002 Managerial Accounting and Decision Making,
- ACCT6001 Intermediate Financial Reporting,
- CLAW5001 Legal Environment of Business, and
- FINC5001 Capital Markets and Corporate Finance.
Elective units of study
Completion of three electives is also a requirement of the course selected from:
- ACCT6007 Contemporary Issues in Auditing,
- ACCT6010 Advanced Financial Reporting,
- BUSS5000 Critical Thinking in Business,
- BUSS5001 Firms, Markets and Business Management,
- CLAW6002 Corporate Structures in Practice,
- CLAW6026 Taxation Law and Practice,
- INFS5000 Accounting Information Systems, and
- QBUS5002 Quantitative Methods for Accounting.
For further details of available elective unit options, please refer to the Business School (Postgraduate) Handbook.
Further course information
Graduates from Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting look forward to employment in accounting practices; also to roles as financial controllers, company secretaries, financial analysts and planners, tax and estate advisers, financial and management accountants, auditors.
For entry into this course, students must have either met the entry requirements as for the Master's degree OR have completed a bachelor's degree, graduate diploma, graduate certificate or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution (at a standard acceptable to the Business School). For specific entry requirements see: sydney.edu.au/business/futurestudents/postgraduate_study/pg_coursework_studies
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Business School.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply:
- directly to the University, or
- through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.