Start date
February
August

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
DBCA

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
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CRICOS Code
080917C

Degree overview

  • Complete a commerce undergraduate and postgraduate finance 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.
  • Develop strong problem solving, reporting, decision-making, communication and teamwork skills, and learn about the economic, legal and political influences that impact global business.
  • Develop the knowledge for a successful and rewarding career in accounting and business advisory with an industry-accredited degree.
  • Provide advice under the supervision of qualified tax professionals to members of the community and small businesses in our on-campus Tax Clinic.
  • Address global business challenges and further your career in financial markets, investment banking, corporate financial analysis and investment management.
  • Engage with simulated financial markets in our state-of-the-art Iress Trading Room on campus, which includes a market data feed and trading tools – the same technology used by the world's leading banks and investment firms.
  • Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in Business and Management1.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Accounting2.
  • UniSA Business is in the top one per cent worldwide3 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.

1ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 3UniSA 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.

Ranked in the top one per cent worldwide1, we are one of the largest leading providers of accounting and finance education in Australia and Asia.

Throughout your undergraduate degree, you will develop a strong foundation of knowledge in accounting combined with business, taxation, auditing, finance and sustainability. You will also learn about the current economic, legal and political influences affecting global business as well as develop critical problem solving, reporting, decision-making, communication and teamwork skills.

In your postgraduate degree, you will be equipped to manage the challenges of the fast-developing global finance industry. You will use simulated financial markets in the Finance Trading Room to enhance your practical-based learning and engage in real world practical tasks in specialised fields in Finance. You can also choose to enhance your business consulting skills and experience through a professional business placement in Australia or overseas.

You will also be immersed in other real-world challenges including industry internships 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.

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. 

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Your undergraduate degree will start with core courses in business. These will give you a solid grounding in important areas including accounting and quantitative methods for business, business law, finance, business intelligence, data analysis, economics and management.

You will then branch out into your accounting specialisation, learning cutting edge knowledge and skills in:

  • financial and management accounting
  • taxation and company law
  • auditing
  • sustainability accounting
  • global and contemporary accounting issues
  • strategic financial analysis

Your postgraduate degree will explore areas such as financial theory and markets, investment management, corporate finance as well as econometrics.

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)
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5 Note(s): 1
Career Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Financial Accounting 1 ACCT 1006 4.5
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5
OR
International Study Tour 4.5 Note(s): 3
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5
Business Law LAWS 1018 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
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Companies and Partnership Law COML 2005 4.5
Cost Management and Control Systems ACCT 2013 4.5
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
Auditing Theory and Practice ACCT 3005 4.5
Financial Accounting 3 ACCT 3007 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Financial Theory and Financial Markets BANK 5014 4.5
Taxation Law 1 ACCT 3002 4.5
Sustainability Accounting and Reporting ACCT 3010 4.5
Corporate Finance BUSS 5233 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
International Finance BANK 5028 4.5
Contemporary Issues in Accounting ACCT 3003 4.5
Strategic Financial Analysis BUSS 3083 4.5
Investment Management BANK 5013 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 Commerce (Accounting) (Pathway to Master of Finance)

Why this Degree

This 3+1 Pathway to Masters program enables you to commence a 3-year Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and secure a place in a 1-year Master of Finance (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 a student, you'll benefit from our strong links with the accounting profession and professional industry bodies, as well as gain practical skills with computer simulation software using state-of-the-art technologies. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in a study tour learning about business practices, as well as political and cultural influences in other regions.

In your studies you’ll focus on corporate finance and governance, investment management, behavioural finance and international finance. You will develop expertise in critical and strategic thinking within a highly-regulated industry framework. Under the guidance of our experienced research professionals, you will strengthen your research and analytical skills.

As a graduate, you can rest assured that the Master of Finance is a globally competitive degree that is respected internationally for its quality and relevance to industry.

As a graduate, you will also be eligible for membership with leading industry bodies such as CPA Australia, and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

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 a blend of online and on-campus study, part-time or full-time learning, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities with industry, and leadership skill development. You can also explore accelerated learning pathways and seek program support from our 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:

  • 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 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 experience enables you to build professional networks and benefit from the experience of an industry leader.

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.

While you study you can get valuable industry experience through industry placements in Australia, or an international study experience through more than 60 exchange partners across Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Our links to UniSA’s research facilities ensure your learning is connected to the latest technologies, theories and applications of finance knowledge. 

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

Career outcomes

Your career

As we are 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.

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
  • Credit analyst: managing commercial banking portfolios including the processing and evaluating credit/loan applications, analysing and interpreting financial information and undertaking risk analyses through the development of statistical models
  • 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 adviser: 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
  • 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
  • Tax accountant/Corporate tax consultant: compiling company and other business tax returns, and individual tax returns; providing tax planning advice and strategiesBig Data Analytics Specialist: analysing, interpreting and presenting large, complex data sets; interpreting data and communicating findings help inform wider business decision making

1ComparED(QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Industry facts

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Between now and 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.

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By 2023 employment for financial brokers in Australia is projected to increase by 7,200 (19.7 per cent).

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019.

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

Financial Services Council State of the Industry Report 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:

  • SAIBT Diploma of Business - if you complete this two year Diploma, you can apply to enter the 2nd year of this degree
  • see the full list of entry pathways that may apply

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

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

Our international 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:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • 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 face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. 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)