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.

Our graduate diplomas provide you with core knowledge in your chosen study area. You will develop specialist skills and knowledge, enhancing your career and enabling you to progress to a masters qualification. Based on our Master of Professional Accounting, but requiring fewer units of study, you will start to develop the knowledge and expertise you need for a rewarding career in accounting.

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Course outline

OUTLINE OF COURSE STRUCTURE
The Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting requires the completion of 48 credit points comprising:

  • 30 credit points in core unit of study; and
  • 18 credit points in elective units of study.

Core units of study
Five core units:

  • 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 theĀ Business School (Postgraduate) Handbook.

PROGRESSION GUIDE

Semester 1 Semester 2
ACCT5001
Accounting Principles
ACCT5002
Managerial Accounting and Decision Making
FINC5001
Capital Markets and Corpoate Finance
ACCT6001
Intermediate Financial Reporting
CLAW5001
Legal Environment of Business
Elective unit of study
Elective unit of study Elective unit of study
24 credit points 24 credit points

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

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.

Admission

Admission requirements

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

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Business School.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

  1. directly to the University, or
  2. through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, 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 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.

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 students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, 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

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.

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