Start date
February
August

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
DBCD

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2022: AUD$ 32,600 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
See full entry requirements

CRICOS Code
041701J

Degree overview

  • UniSA Business is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2020.
  • Ranked No. 1 in SA and top 10 in Australia for Business and Economics2.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Accounting and Finance3.
  • UniSA Business is accredited by both AACSB International and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies.
  • Complete an industry-accredited double degree and expand your career opportunities with a competitive advantage in two fields.
  • Develop the knowledge for a successful career in accounting and finance with strong reporting and analytical skills.
  • Participate in an overseas study tour learning about business practices in other regions, complete an internship or undertake a mentorship opportunity.
  • Provide advice under the supervision of qualified tax professionals to members of the community and small businesses in our on-campus Tax Clinic.
  • 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.
  • Benefit from flexible study options to suit your needs.

1UniSA 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. 22021 THE Subject Rankings. 32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

P7240001-2_1.jpgBuild 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 problem solving, 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

Business_Hub_images-63 copy.jpgThe 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 analysis 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

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): 4
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
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 in Business 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
Taxation Law 1 ACCT 3002 4.5
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
OR
International Elective 4.5 Note(s): 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

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

Marketing_Clinic-3 copy.jpgYour 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
  • 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 Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Finance)

BusSch_PhuongNhuLAM_Image2 copy_1.JPGGraduate with a professionally-accredited double degree and a competitive advantage in just four years.

UniSA Business 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.

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.

More ways to study

Our program delivery and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from 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.

1UniSA Business is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 189 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2020.

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 industry project.
  • 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 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 also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

This could be you

You'll graduate from UniSA prepared for a range of careers - see where our accounting and finance degree could take you.

UniSA Video

Career outcomes

Your career

Our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career ready.

Careers to consider:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Financial analyst: researching macroeconomic and microeconomic conditions; gathering financial information to make business and industry recommendations; monitoring financial movements
  • Forensic accountant: working in a corporate or regulatory environment to investigate fraud and similar crimes; researching and preparing forensic reports for courts; providing expert evidence
  • 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
  • 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
  • Management accountant: assisting senior management make critical business decisions; preparing forecasts, budgets and risk analysis; advising managers about the financial implications of business decisions
  • 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
  • Practising accountant: working for private sector, government or individuals; preparing tax returns; keeping accounting systems up-to-date; maintaining financial records; advising on business structures
  • 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
  • Tax accountant and adviser: compiling company and other business tax returns, and individual tax returns; providing tax planning advice and strategies

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 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, UniSA Business is eligible to grant a number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.

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).

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

global-travel-delivery

By 2024 employment for accountants, auditors and company secretaries in Australia is projected to increase by 9.3 per cent.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

buildings-city

Australia’s financial services sector is the largest contributor to the nation's economic growth.

Financial Services Council. State of the Art 2019

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

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

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.

More scholarships

Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. 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 lots 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

The Business Student Hub is a dedicated convenient, support service for business students, from first year right through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties, and can help 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.

You can also access a range of other international student services including

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers which you can work with face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can 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 ID cards, fees and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

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 and materials
  • 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, all student visa holders are required to meet their visa condition to study no more than one-third of their program in an online mode and maintain enrolment in at least one internal (face-to-face) course per compulsory study period, unless it is their final course and not available internally. If you are currently residing in Adelaide, on-campus attendance (such as seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements would apply, as outlined on individual course pages. If you are currently overseas, online study may be available following your individual study plan.

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

Studying at UniSA provided me with diverse and rewarding professional opportunities I never dreamed possible. The skills afforded to UniSA’s future accounting and finance graduates are relevant to every business, in every industry in the world – so the opportunities for a successful career are vast and wide. But importantly, UniSA accounting and finance graduates are respected and trusted in practice and commerce, and their opinions matter in decision-making that affects our economy, community and environment.

AsPr Joanne Tingey-Holyoak

Program Director

Enquire
Portrait image for AsPr Joanne Tingey-Holyoak
Portrait image for AsPr Joanne Tingey-Holyoak

AsPr Joanne Tingey-Holyoak

Program Director

Enquire

Ask UniSA

anchor-arrow
More FAQs

What others are saying

"UniSA listens to what employers need then provides you with the tools and education to prepare you for your career. As a student, I attended industry events and participated in the Business Career Mentor Program, which allowed me to learn first-hand from industry professionals who had previously walked in my shoes. I was then fortunate enough to be offered a graduate position at a big four accounting firm before graduating."

Nicholas Abela

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Finance)
Employment: Client Engagement Officer, ATO

Nick Abela, Business Finance student

Nicholas Abela

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Finance)
<br />Employment: Client Engagement Officer, ATO

"When I joined UniSA’s Vietnamese student club, I got a lot of support from my peers and became involved in activities and events where I would communicate with people from many different countries. I also had work experience opportunities relating to my degree in finance and accounting. I took care of the reimbursements and general finances of the club which has built valuable networks with the finance staff."

Nu Lam Phuong

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

BusSch_PhuongNhuLAM_Image2 copy.JPG

Nu Lam Phuong

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

"UniSA's accounting degree has a strong emphasis on the importance of communication and teamwork. You need to be able to communicate technical concepts in terms that your clients can understand and action. Beyond the theoretical knowledge, I have found these skills to be useful when interacting and corresponding with clients and colleagues."

Lilian Te

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Finance)
Employment: Manager - Corporate Tax, BDO Australia

Lilian Te June2014 165.jpg

Lilian Te

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Finance)
<br />Employment: Manager - Corporate Tax, BDO Australia

"My journey at UniSA has been one of self-discovery. I have been able to focus on my personal and professional development by taking part in an internship, as well as the Business Career Mentor Program. The internship has helped me develop a better understanding of my field of study, with hands-on experience in a professional work environment, whilst my mentor has been supportive and encouraging, offering sound practical advice for my future career."

Zachary Chong

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Employment: Graduate Finance Manager Officer, Australian Communications and Media Authority

Zachary Chong.jpg

Zachary Chong

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
<br />Employment: Graduate Finance Manager Officer, Australian Communications and Media Authority