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Accounting and Finance

Interested in Accounting and Finance?

Gain a foundation of business knowledge with the expertise to succeed in the fast-paced financial and accounting sectors. Working closely with industry and peak professional bodies, the internationally recognised Business School will prepare you for a successful career in the dynamic global business environment.

You will develop a unique set of skills recognised by employers, learning from experienced academics and industry professionals.  Accounting and finance students develop reporting and analytical skills, while learning how external and global markets can affect organisations. You will also gain experience using state-of-the-art technologies to identify, analyse and interpret financial information.

A double degree combining accounting and finance, will enable you to pursue multiple career paths, or roles that combine these complementary disciplines. You can graduate with two professionally accredited degrees in just four years and will also be eligible for membership with professional bodies, in both sectors.

Our professionally accredited Masters qualifications in accounting and finance will prepare you to advance your career. You will develop expertise in critical and strategic thinking, within a highly-regulated industry framework and strengthen your research skills under the guidance of experienced professionals.

Key features

  • Our Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide1.
  • In the 2017 QS subject rankings, UniSA was ranked in the top 150 institutions in the world for Accounting and Finance.
  • Awarded five stars in the category Teaching and Student Quality in the QS Stars Business School Rankings.
  • Prepare for a career in accounting and business advisory.
  • Gain a foundation of business knowledge combined with accounting, taxation, auditing, law and finance.
  • Learn about the economic, legal and political influences that affect global business.
  • Participate in an investigative study tour learning about the business practices in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan (undergraduate students).
  • Leverage opportunities to participate in industry placements and overseas exchanges – we have more than 2,500 industry partners and over 60 university partners worldwide.

1UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 169 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017.

Why UniSA?

  • UniSA is in the top 150 institutions in the world for Accounting and Finance1.
  • Our programs are accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. We work closely with industry and peak professional bodies to ensure that the curriculum is relevant to current industry-standards.
  • Our Master of Professional Accounting students can enrol in the CPA Australia Program as an elective course. This includes preparation for the CPA Australia exam.
  • Our Master of Finance is recognised by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) as a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) academic partner.
  • From late 2017, you will experience our new state-of-the-art finance trading lab. The lab will provide students with a range of financial analysis tools used by professionals at the world’s leading banks and investment firms and will receive live market data in real-time.

 12017 QS subject rankings

UniSA offers 10 Accounting and Finance degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Your career

Between now and 2020 the availability of accounting and finance-related roles in Australia is expected to increase by:

  • 17.1 per cent (accountants, auditors and company secretaries)
  • 16.6 per cent (accountants)
  • 22.3 per cent (auditors, company secretaries and corporate treasurers)
  • 19 per cent (financial broker and dealer, and investment advisers)
  • 21.9 per cent (financial investment advisers and managers)1

Careers to consider in accounting:

  • Practicing accountant: working for private sector, government or individuals; preparing tax returns; keeping accounting systems up-to-date; maintaining financial records; advising on business structures
  • Tax accountant: processing tax returns; completing Business Activity Statements (BAS) and company tax returns; providing tax planning advice and strategies
  • Forensic accounting: working in a corporate or regulatory environment to investigate fraud and similar crimes; researching, analysis and preparing forensic reports for court; presenting findings; working closely with clients and colleagues
  • Business advisor: working with new or established businesses; analysing business plans and financial statements; advising on investments, marketing, funding and financial trends; understanding consumer needs and how to improve profitability; problem solving with clients
  • Auditor: ensuring financial and operational integrity and compliance; evaluating and reporting on financial, operational and managerial processes and systems; working on business process reviews and risk assessments.

Careers to consider in finance:

  • Business advisor: working with new or established businesses; analysing business plans and financial statements; advising on investments, marketing, funding and financial trends; understanding consumer needs and how to improve profitability
  • Investment banker: raising capital for companies, governments and other entities; assisting with large, complicated financial transactions; providing advice in areas such as mergers and acquisitions, regulatory environments, and risk assessment
  • Financial planner or advisor: helping clients to meet short- and long-term financial goals; assisting with legal and financial documents, financial laws and legal restrictions; advising on investments and security planning, estate planning, tax planning, employee benefits planning and insurance planning
  • Investment fund manager: providing financial advice about investment matters such as buying and selling of trusts, shares and bonds; analysing data and available information to make decisions and recommendations about investments.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Our Business School works with more than 200 companies, governments and organisations, and many of these are long-standing relationships built on common goals and shared values.

In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, our research in accounting, auditing and accountability and tourism was assessed as world-class. We have strong links, individually and collectively, with leading and like-minded research institutions in North America, Europe and the UK and are building equally exciting new relationships in Asia.

Industry facts

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Employment for auditors, company secretaries and corporate treasurers in Australia is projected to increase by 4,400 (or 22.3 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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Between now and 2020 employment for accountants, auditors and company secretaries in Australia is projected to increase by 17.1 per cent1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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The accounting services industry in Australia has grown steadily to 2017 via steady economic growth and increasing demand for industry-specific advisory services1.

1IBISWorld’s Accounting Services in Australia 2017

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I was able to participate in the mentor program, Chartered Accountancy achiever program and networking events within the university and accounting organisations. It gave me an insight into the industry and the skills I need to have when I enter the workforce.

Damien Mcleod

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

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Damien Mcleod

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

I enjoy studying at UniSA because of the world-class facilities, collections of quality study materials, student support services and quality lecturers, who hold a PhD, CPA, CA and more.

Phallika Chum

Master of Professional Accounting

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Phallika Chum

Master of Professional Accounting

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017