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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 specialisation

The Accounting specialisation equips students with an in depth understanding of the current techniques and practices in accounting for use in an executive or managerial position.

Students examine key issues relating to financial accounting, management accounting, decision making, audit and assurance, financial statement analysis, accounting systems, corporate governance, sustainability reporting, management control systems and international accounting.

With its emphasis on understanding, analysing and interpreting financial and non-financial information for decision making, this specialisation develops critical skills in the evaluation of the financial position and performance of companies and their accounting systems, governance and management controls.

In addition to giving an important start to professional accreditation, this specialisation prepares students to work either locally or overseas, within an accounting practice or other public and private sector organisations. It also enables students to develop an integrated view of businesses from the procurement of resources to operations management and the evaluation of organizational performance.

The Accounting specialisation provides students with strong technical, analytical and problem solving skills, while keeping abreast of contemporary accounting practice.

About this specialisation

To meet requirements for the Accounting specialisation, you will complete 30 credit points, comprising:

(1) 6 credit points of foundational unit of study for this specialisation:

  • Foundation in Accounting

(2) 24 credit points of degree level selective units of study from the options listed for this specialisation, including:

  • Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • International Accounting
  • Fundamental Analysis for Equity Investment
  • Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • Contemporary Issues in Auditing
  • Managerial Accounting and Decision Making
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Designing Accounting Systems
  • Extended Performance Reporting

Graduate opportunities

A postgraduate specialisation in Accounting opens up a world of exciting possibilities for ambitious students in further research as well as the global financial sector. Graduates with an Accounting specialisation can pursue rewarding careers as:

  • Financial accountants
  • Management accountants
  • Business process managers
  • Business consultants/analysts
  • Supply chain analysts
  • Procurement analysts

From 2021, students who complete the Master of Commerce or Master of Commerce (Extension) with a specialisation in Accounting may be eligible to receive exam exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Please visit the ACCA exemptions calculator for further information.

Students seeking professional accounting accreditation with CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) should consider the Master of Professional Accounting which provides a direct accreditation pathway to associate membership.

Courses that offer this specialisation

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