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Start date
February
July

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
DBCD

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2019: AUD$ 31,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
041701J

Degree overview

  • Join a university ranked in the Top 150 institutions in the world for Accounting and Finance1.
  • Study at the No.1 Business School in South Australia for graduate careers2.
  • Graduate with an industry-accredited double degree and a competitive advantage with skills in both accounting and finance.
  • Develop strong reporting and analytical skills.
  • Participate in an overseas investigative study tour learning about business practices and political and cultural influences in other regions.
  • The University of South Australia Business School is in the top one per cent worldwideand has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2018.
  • Focus on how external and global markets can impact organisations.
  • Learn in our state-of-the-art IRESS Trading Room on campus, which includes a market data feed and financial analysis tools – the same technology used by the world's leading banks and investment firms.
  • Learn from researchers who are recognised as performing world standard in Accounting4.

12017 QS Subject Rankings.  2QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.  3UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 176 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,521 business schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017.  42015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

Snapshot

Build a diversified career as an accountant or in the finance industry, and a desired skill set, with a double degree. 

In just four years you can graduate with two professionally accredited degrees, and be eligible for recognition and membership from leading industry bodies in both the accounting and the finance sectors.

You’ll develop strong reporting and analytical skills, while you learn how external and global markets can impact organisations. You will also learn to use state-of-the-art technologies to identify, analyse and interpret financial information as well as develop strong communication and teamwork skills.

We know that employers value graduates with industry experience so there are opportunities to embed an internship, mentoring or work-integrated learning into your degree. You could even work on a business project overseas.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The degree starts with core courses in business, accounting and economics, giving you a solid grounding in these important areas. You’ll then branch out into your specialisations, majoring in accounting and finance.

In your accounting major you will develop the latest knowledge and skills in:

  • financial and management accounting
  • taxation and company law
  • auditing
  • sustainability accounting
  • data management and business intelligence

In your finance major you will learn the latest in:

  • finance markets and institutions
  • international currency and banking markets
  • portfolio and fund management
  • macroeconomics
  • strategic risk and financial analysis

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects
  • practicals and team-based projects
  • participation in the workplace and in class

Global opportunities

International exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.

UniSA has links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests. Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Once you are a current student, you will be able to explore various study tours and exchanges and take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.

Global opportunities

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5
or International Study Tour 4.5 Note(s): 5
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5 Note(s): 2
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5 Note(s): 3
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5
Financial Accounting 1 ACCT 1006 4.5
Macroeconomics ECON 1007 4.5
Financial Markets and Institutions BANK 1005 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Financial Accounting 2 ACCT 2005 4.5
Management Accounting ACCT 2006 4.5
Business Finance BANK 2007 4.5
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Career Development for Professionals BUSS 1060 4.5
Financial Accounting 3 ACCT 3007 4.5
Companies and Partnership Law COML 2005 4.5
Cost Management and Control Systems ACCT 2013 4.5
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Introduction to Financial Planning BANK 2008 4.5 Note(s): 4
Taxation Law 1 ACCT 3002 4.5 Note(s): 4
Sustainability Accounting and Reporting ACCT 3010 4.5
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
International Currency and Banking Markets BANK 3011 4.5
Empirical Business Analysis ECON 2007 4.5
Auditing Theory and Practice ACCT 3005 4.5
Entrepreneurship for Social and Market Impact BUSS 2085 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Portfolio and Fund Management BANK 3004 4.5
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5
International Business Environments BUSS 3103 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Financial Risk Analysis BANK 3003 4.5
Strategic Financial Analysis BUSS 3083 4.5
Contemporary Issues in Accounting ACCT 3003 4.5
Corporate Valuation and Risk Management BANK 3009 4.5

Why Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Finance)

Why this Degree

Graduate with a professionally-accredited double degree and a competitive advantage in just four years.

The UniSA Business School is classed in the top one per cent worldwide1 and is one of the largest leading providers of accounting and finance education in Australia and Asia. You will benefit from our strong links with industry, as well as gain practical skills with computer simulation software.

You'll also learn in our state-of-the-art IRESS Trading Room on campus, which includes a market data feed and financial analysis tools – the same technology used by the world's leading banks and investment firms.

More ways to study

Our flexible delivery and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from online and on-campus study, part-time or full-time learning, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities with industry and accelerated learning pathways. Plus, you can make the most of professional development courses endorsed by industry, build leaderships skills employers value through UniSA+ and seek support at our on-campus Business Student Hub.

1UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 176 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,521 business schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017.

Real-world connections

In addition to learning from teachers with professional experience as part of your studies, we offer opportunities for you to connect with industry outside the classroom:

  • Complete an internship or industry project 
  • Become a global citizen with our overseas exchange program – we have more than 60 partner universities worldwide, and study options that range from two weeks to one year
  • Build your network and career by participating in our Business Career Mentor Program which pairs you with an experienced business professional

Our Centre for Sustainability Governance looks at the practicalities of sustainability from a business perspective, bringing together economists, accountants and finance specialists from a range of backgrounds. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

As the No.1 Business School in South Australia for graduate careers1, our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

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)
  • 11 per cent (insurance agent and sales representative)2

Careers to consider:

  • 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 and adviser: compiling company and other business tax returns, and individual tax returns; providing tax planning advice and strategies
  • Forensic accounting: working in a corporate or regulatory environment to investigate fraud and similar crimes; researching and preparing forensic reports for courts; providing expert evidence
  • Business adviser: 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/Risk consultant: 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
  • Insolvency and reconstruction: working with and achieving the best possible results for stakeholders in cases of personal and business financial distress; administrations and liquidations; restructuring under performing businesses and turnarounds
  • Management accountant: assisting senior management make critical business decisions; preparing forecasts, budgets and risk analysis; advising managers about the financial implications of business decisions
  • 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
  • Stockbroker: buying and selling securities on a stock exchange or behalf of clients; advising on trades including opening and closing prices; counselling whether to hold or sell securities
  • Financial analyst: researching macroeconomic and microeconomic conditions; gathering financial information to make business and industry recommendations; monitoring financial movements
  • Portfolio manager: making investment decisions and carrying out investment activities on behalf of clients or institutions; implementing investment strategies; managing day-to-day portfolio trading

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.  2Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015.

Professional accreditation and recognition

The program is accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and satisfies the educational requirements for entry into the Chartered Accountants Program.

The program is accredited by CPA Australia and satisfies the educational requirements for entry into the CPA Program.

Graduates of the program satisfy the educational requirements for membership of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) where they are working in the financial services industry.

This program is recognised for maximum exemptions toward the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants' (ACCA) professional programs of study.

This program is recognised for maximum exemptions toward the Association of International Accountants' (AIA) professional examinations.

This program is recognised through the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program. Affiliated programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) for all three levels of the CFA Program exams, including ethics. This program positions students to undertake the Chartered Financial Analyst® exam, which has become one of the most respected and recognised investment credentials in the world. The CFA Institute University Affiliation Program signals to potential employers and the marketplace that the curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations. As an Affiliated University, the University of South Australia's Business School is eligible to grant a number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.

Industry facts

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Between now and 2020 employment in Australia for financial brokers and dealers and investment advisers is projected to increase by 17,500 (19 per cent)1.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Australia’s financial services sector is the largest contributor to the national economy, contributing around $140 billion to GDP over the last year1.

1 Australian Government, Backing Australian FinTech, 2016

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

The Business Student Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business Student Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language.

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

Australian

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

International

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Deferment

This degree is not available for deferment.

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