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 studyFive 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 studyCompletion 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

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: http://sydney.edu.au/business/study/courses/admission_requirements

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.

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).

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will 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 costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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