The Accounting major provides capability and credibility across a broad spectrum of careers. It opens the door to many other markets and professions where the ability to understand and interpret financial information is the key capability. You will be provided with the opportunity to develop strong, technical, analytical and problem solving skills, while keeping abreast of contemporary issues in accounting practice. A feature of Sydney's program is that it takes an analytical perspective of how accounting is practised and how it should be practised. These and other questions are explored in an atmosphere that encourages a sense of enquiry.
For a major in Accounting, a candidate completes:
(i) two junior units of study:
- Accounting, Business and Society; and
- Accounting and Financial Management;
(ii) two compulsory senior units of study:
- Financial Accounting A; and
- Management Accounting A).
(iii) a minimum of 24 credit points in elective senior accounting units of study selected from the available elective options listed in the University of Sydney Business School handbook.
Students in the Bachelor of Commerce (including combined degrees) and the Bachelor of Economics programs must complete the following units of study to meet the core knowledge areas jointly required by the two major professional accounting bodies in Australia (CPA Australia and Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia):
- Accounting, Business and Society
- Accounting and Financial Management
- Auditing and Assurance
- Australian Taxation System (OR for combined Law degree students: Australian Income Tax and Australian Taxation Law)
- Corporate Finance 1
- Corporations Law (OR for combined Law degree students: Corporations Law)
- Economics for Business Decision Making OR (Introductory Microeconomics and Introductory Macroeconomics)
- Financial Accounting A
- Financial Accounting B
- Foundations of Business Law (OR for combined Law degree students: Foundations of Law and Contracts)
- IS for Performance Improvement
- Management Accounting A
- Management Accounting B
- Quantitative Business Analysis OR Business and Economic Statistics A
The Accounting profession today is high profile and stimulating. Almost every business, public sector unit or not-for-profit organisation requires the services of an accountant at some stage. Graduates can look forward to working within an accounting practice or other public, private or third sector organisation in a wide variety of roles such as chief financial officers, chief information officers, financial controllers, company secretaries, financial analysts and planners, tax and estate advisers, financial and management accountants, auditors, system designers, investment advisors and managers.
Further study for major
Eligible students may apply for admission to an honours year in Accounting; or apply for admission to postgraduate study in the Business School. We offer a wide range of specialist master's degrees for graduates who want to gain specialised knowledge and skills.
The Business School's active involvement in quality-assurance and accreditation activities has earned us the top international accreditations available to business schools worldwide and has enabled us to forge strategic alliances on a global scale.
By choosing to study one of our accredited degree programs, you can be certain that the education you receive will be of the highest academic quality and will be recognised by the business community in Australia and around the world. Whatever your aspirations, our cutting-edge programs will help you to take your career in any direction you choose.