Start Date
February
August

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
DBCF

SATAC Code
424861 (Packaged)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Entry Scores
2022 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 70.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): B,B,B
TAFE/RTO: DIP
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2021 Cut-Offs
TAFE/RTO: Cert IV
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Degree overview

  • Complete a business undergraduate and postgraduate accounting degree in just four years through our fast-tracked 3+1 Pathway to Masters program.
  • Graduate with a highly diverse skill-set and broader career opportunities.
  • Gain real-world experience through an industry internship, a mentorship opportunity or an overseas study tour.
  • Gain the knowledge and confidence to succeed in the fast-paced financial sector with South Australia's most established finance degree.
  • 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.
  • Receive a $1,000 grant towards a professional development opportunity plus a course substitution when you achieve a B+ or higher in SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics/Mathematical Methods in Year 12.
  • Focus on borrowing, lending and investing money.
  • One of only five Australian universities to offer professional CPA elective courses within an accounting degree.
  • Develop crucial analytical, business management, problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills.
  • Focus on key areas such as accounting, tax, law, auditing, financial management and public practice.
  • Provide advice under the supervision of qualified tax professionals to members of the community and small businesses in our student-run Tax Clinic.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Finance1
  • UniSA Business is in the top one per cent worldwide2 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2020.
  • UniSA Business is accredited by both AACSB International and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  2UniSA Business is one of just 11 institutions in Australia and 191 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2021.

Snapshot

Snapshot

This 3+1 Pathway to Masters program allows you to fast-track your career by completing an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in just four years. You will be able to diversify your skill set, increase your earning potential with a more advanced qualification, and expand your career opportunities across a range of fields.

Prepare to succeed in the fast-paced financial sector with South Australia’s most established finance degree.

With a focus on the borrowing, lending and investing of money, you will develop a dynamic understanding of the complex finance industry as part of your degree. You will gain knowledge in areas such as investment banking and fund management, and have the chance to learn in our state-of-the-art Iress Trading Room on campus.

We know that employers value graduates with industry experience so there are opportunities to embed an internship, mentoring, overseas exchange or work-integrated learning into your degree.

The Master of Professional Accounting will prepare you for practice as a professional accountant. You will develop analytical, general business management and critical problem-solving skills, and gain a comprehensive understanding of accounting practice.

Your studies will focus on financial and management accounting, finance, commercial law, taxation law and auditing. You’ll study contemporary research and real-life case studies and graduate well-equipped for a global career, knowledgeable in areas such as accounting, tax, financial management, and public practice.

You will be immersed in real-world challenges and have access to practical-based electives including industry internships, simulation projects and our entrepreneur-based course Startup Studio, which teaches you how to bring a business concept to life. You will also benefit from other experience-based learning opportunities, including overseas study and business mentoring. Our summer and winter schools also offer exciting study and learning opportunities.

Want to look at other options available to you? UniSA offer a wide range of other 3+1 Pathway to Masters programs.

Finance Career Grant

Year 12 students interested in accounting can receive a $1,000 grant towards a professional industry development or global study experience, plus a course substitution through our Finance Career Grant. To be eligible, you must achieve a B+ or higher in SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics or Mathematical Methods in Year 12.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will start with core courses in areas such as analytics, accounting and economic theory. These will give you a solid grasp of business fundamentals that you can apply to a range of careers.

In your specialisation you will focus on finance and financial markets. Specific areas include financial markets and institutions; international currency and banking markets; portfolio and fund management; macroeconomics; corporate valuation; and financial risk analysis and management.

In the Master of Professional Accounting you will study five core courses and nine accounting specialisation courses. You will gain a solid grounding in the latest accounting methods by studying areas in auditing, taxation, financial and management accounting and corporate finance. You will also study two electives as part of your studies.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5 Note(s): 3
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5 Note(s): 3
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5 Note(s): 3
OR
International Study Tour 4.5 Note(s): 6
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5 Note(s): 3
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)
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3
Introduction to Financial Planning BANK 2008 4.5
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5 Note(s): 3
Career Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5 Note(s): 3
International Currency and Banking Markets BANK 3011 4.5
Empirical Business Analysis ECON 2007 4.5
Entrepreneurship for Social and Market Impact BUSS 2085 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Portfolio and Fund Management BANK 3004 4.5
Commercial Law M COML 5009 4.5
International Business Environments BUSS 3103 4.5
OR
International Elective 4.5 Note(s): 7
International Finance BANK 5028 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Corporate Finance BUSS 5233 4.5
Corporate Valuation and Risk Management BANK 3009 4.5
Strategic Financial Analysis BUSS 3083 4.5
Financial Theory and Financial Markets BANK 5014 4.5

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, as well as to 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

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Business (Finance) (Pathway to Master of Professional Accounting)

Why this Degree

This 3+1 Pathway to Masters program enables you to commence a 3-year Bachelor of Business (Finance) and secure a place in a 1-year Master of Professional Accounting (typically 1.5 years) in just four years of study.

You will fast track your progression into the master’s qualification by substituting four selected courses or electives in your bachelor's degree to complete master’s-level courses.

As part of this degree, you will develop the analytical skills to interpret the economic factors driving global economy, trade and exchange, and financial markets. You will gain practical skills with our state-of-the-art Iress Trading Room, which includes a market data feed and financial analysis tools. 

This degree is dynamic and its program structure is informed by industry and the latest practical research in the field. Therefore, as a graduate you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required by industry.

As part of this degree, you will develop the analytical skills to interpret the economic factors driving global economy, trade and exchange, and financial markets.

UniSA Business is the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business education and research at a global level. These dual accreditations demonstrate the high standards we hold across all areas such as teaching, student learning and research, as well as our commitment to continually improving the quality of our programs.

An enriching student experience

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 leadership skills employers value through UniSA+ and seek support at our on-campus Business Student Hub.

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:

  • Undertake a business internship and apply the skills and knowledge gained from your studies in a real workplace setting.
  • 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 or Executive Partners Program which pairs you with an experienced business professional.
  • Meet one-to-one with a senior business executive and industry leader through our Executive in Residence program. This initiative enables you to seek expert guidance for your career development and support to advance your career.

We host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Our teaching staff are industry experienced and maintain close working links with leading professional bodies such as Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute. This collaboration ensures the knowledge you take into your career will meet the dynamic needs of industry, and your qualification remains relevant and applicable.

This could be you

At UniSA, you'll learn invaluable transferable employability skills to future-proof your career.

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Career outcomes

Your career

As the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in Business and Management1, our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

You could consider careers such as:

  • Trader: executing trades (stocks, bonds, derivatives) at a trading desk of an investment fund for their funds or institutional clients

  • Equity/research analyst: studying and analysing financial information and trends for clients; advising on share buying; reviews stocks, bonds and other financial instruments for reporting

  • Financial Analyst (corporate Finance): reviewing cash flow, revenue and overall finances and financial risks of an organization.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Portfolio manager: constructing and managing investment portfolios for clients based on their risk and risk preferences, return expectations on investment as well as market conditions.

  • Asset allocation consultant: helping the portfolio manager to allocate clients’ money in different asset classes (shares, bonds, cash, etc.) and monitor their performance.

  • Stockbroker: buying and selling securities on a stock exchange on behalf of retail clients

  • Commercial banker: providing financial advice to corporate clients; promoting banks' financial services; building relationships with banking customers to create more accounts; coordinating different bank departments to ensure smooth operations

  • Corporate loan manager: liaising between institutions and clients to find suitable corporate loan arrangements; soliciting loans; representing creditors to borrowers and vice versa

  • 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

  • Tax accountant/Corporate tax consultant: compiling company and other business tax returns, and individual tax returns; providing tax planning advice and strategies

  • Senior Accountant: preparing accurate, timely financial statements; analysing financial statements; coordinating and conducting company audits; managing regular ledger maintenance; developing reporting tools to interpret financial information for wider business decision-making.

1ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Industry facts

job-listings

Between now and 2024 employment in Australia for financial brokers and dealers, and investment advisers is projected to increase by 6,900 (6.9 per cent)1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

money-trees

The financial services sector is currently Australia’s largest industry contributing $161 billion to the economy every year1.

1Financial Services Council State of the Industry Report 2019

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 sports and fitness facilities, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest 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

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

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

24/7 digital environment

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

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"UniSA was the only university that offered the program I really wanted to study. I loved the idea that I could –study an undergraduate and postgraduate degree together in such a short time, excel at it, still partake in the culture and events, and meet amazing people! Since the start of my degree, I have seen positive impacts on my personality and confidence, as well as my interpersonal, presentation and leadership skills. My university experience has been a great opportunity to grow and develop by combining two of my interests – business and people."

Anet Varghese

Bachelor of Business, Master of Management (Marketing)

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Anet Varghese

Bachelor of Business, Master of Management (Marketing)