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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. Our accounting programs are accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and CPA Australia.

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 2016 QS World University Rankings our accounting and finance subject areas were ranked in the top 20 in the world, and the Discipline of Accounting at the University of Sydney is only one of two accounting educators in Australia to be accredited by AACSB - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - the world's largest and longest-standing accounting accrediting agency.

You will learn how to record accounting transactions, prepare management accounts and prepare and audit financial statements to meet international accounting standards.

You will also develop analytical skills, allowing you to understand and evaluate the significance of this information, along with the skills to communicate effectively with management and key stakeholders.

Graduates finish with a degree on a fast track to associate membership of professional bodies and a professional accounting qualification.

Career outcomes

  • Financial accounting
  • Auditing and assurance
  • Internal audit and risk
  • Management accountant/business analyst
  • Financial analyst


About this minor

To meet the requirements for a minor in Accounting, you must complete 36 credit points in units of study, as follows: 

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

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

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

  • Financial Accounting A
  • Management Accounting

(iii) two 3000-level selective units of study (12 credit points): 

  • Consulting for Management Control Systems
  • Data Analytics for Accounting
  • Financial Accounting B
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • International Corporate Governance
  • Sustainability Accounting.

Note. Not all selective units will be available each year.

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 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.

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