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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

Accounting is often described as the `language of business'. It seeks to provide managers and external users with the vital information necessary to understand and evaluate the financial position and performance of an organisation.

By studying accounting at the Business School, you will develop capability and credibility across a broad spectrum of careers, opening the door to many other markets and professions where the ability to understand and interpret financial information is key.

Our long tradition of excellence in accounting teaching and research is maintained through strong engagement with the profession, leading firms and industry.

In the 2021 QS World University Rankings our accounting and finance subject areas were ranked in the top 25 in the world.

You will learn how to combine practical and analytical skills to prepare and communicate financial accounts and reports in accordance with accounting principles and international accounting standards.

Besides the Accounting major, the Business School also offers the Professional Accounting Program which is accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and CPA Australia – for details please see the Business School handbook. Graduates of this program finish with a professional accounting qualification and a fast track to associate membership of professional bodies.

About this major

To meet the requirements for a major in Accounting, you must complete 48 credit points in units of study, as follows:

(1) two 1000-level core units of study  (12 credit points):

  • Accounting, Business and Society
  • Accounting and Financial Management.

(2) two 2000-level core units of study (12 credit points):

  • Financial Accounting A
  • Management Accounting

(3) two 3000-level core units of study (12 credit points):

  • Financial Accounting B
  • Accounting and Auditing in Practice

(4) two 3000-level selective units of study (12 credit points), selected from the following:

  • Advanced Issues in Management Accounting
  • Australian Taxation System
  • Data Analytics for Accounting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Industry and Community Project
  • Information Systems for Accountants
  • International Corporate Governance
  • Sustainability Accounting

Note. Not all selective units will be available each year. For unit availability please refer to the "Units of study in this major" section below.

Students also have the option of completing a minor in this subject area.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies wishing to meet joint accreditation requirements for CPA Australia and/or CAANZ  should select the Professional Accounting Program which includes the required accreditated units of study covering the foundational competency areas for these professional bodies.




Career Pathways

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 with an accounting practice or other public, private or third sector organisation in a wide variety of areas such as:

  • Financial accounting
  • Auditing and assurance
  • Internal audit and risk
  • Management accountant/business analyst
  • Financial analyst
Career pathways
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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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