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Accounting degrees in Australia in 2024

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Bachelor of Accounting / Bachelor of Laws Bachelor Degree

Western Sydney University Australia

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Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) UG:Bachelor

Australian Catholic University (ACU) Australia

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Bachelor of Professional Accounting (FedUniv at IIBIT) Bachelor Degree

International Institute of Business & Information Technology (IIBIT) Australia

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Accounting (Honours) BBus (Hons)

Murdoch University Australia

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Accounting Diploma

Melbourne Polytechnic Australia

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Diploma of Accounting Diploma

Swinburne University of Technology Australia

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Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) - University of the Sunshine Coast Bachelor Degree

Australian Technical And Management College (ATMC) Australia

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Bachelor of Professional Accounting Bachelor Degree

Federation University Australia Australia

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Bachelor of Accounting Bachelor Degree

Charles Sturt University Australia

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Accounting Degrees in Australia

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Accounting is the process of preparation, presentation and interpretation of financial information. An accountant is responsible for collecting, sorting, summarising and presenting financial data, as well as helping organisations and individuals to make decisions about how their finances are utilised. Businesses will normally work with an accountant when reporting their income, and paying their taxes. You will learn the basics of accounting, as well as how to use the newer technologies to optimise your work.

An undergraduate degree will give you a foundation knowledge of accounting. You will explore the roles of an accountant, and look at how they determine financial stability, wealth, profitability and liquidity. You will gain an understanding of working as a self-employed accountant, as well as working within a corporate organisation.

Your accounting degree will normally be taught mainly through lectures and seminars. You may be given opportunities to take part in group projects, which will give you an insight into how you may deal with a client or account in a work environment. Some universities may offer you the option of a work placement year, but this is not guaranteed.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can help you to explore which areas of accounting you prefer, and potentially influence your future career path. Common specialisations include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Taxation
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Fraud Examination

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation, this will give you an opportunity to further research an area of interest within accounting.

The accreditation gained from an accounting degree will depend on where you choose to study, and your specific course. Generally, you can expect to gain a Bachelor of Science, but your course might award a Bachelor of the Arts. This will be influenced by the content of your course. Different countries can also sometimes have different accreditation systems.

As well as gaining your degree, you will most likely also be required to gain some extra professional accounting qualifications before you can become a certified accountant. Some degrees include these certifications, but not all. Two examples of the bodies who accredit degrees and certify accountants are the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Typically, an undergraduate degree in accounting will take three to four years. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time.

Once you have completed your undergraduate degree, you can either seek employment in your chosen field or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters, an MBA, or a PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate. As well as this, you can go on to gain professional qualifications in accounting and finance.

Accounting graduates will be able to find work in either the private or public sectors, in a wide range of fields. Many graduates choose to work in roles related to business accounting, such as human resources, financial management and numerical clerkship. As well as these roles, you could take traineeships in accounting and auditing firms as part of your path to becoming an accountant.

Your transferable skills such as analytical thinking, financial competency and accuracy, coupled with your knowledge of business practices and structure mean that you will also be able to find work in other areas. Popular destinations outside of accounting include consultancy work, banker, purchasing manager, budget analyst and risk management.

The modules you study might include financial reporting, corporate finance, economics for business, econometrics, financial markets, and business law. Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These could include lectures and seminars, as well as group projects. Depending on your course, you may also have the opportunity to take part in a work placement.

Study in Australia

Famous for surfing, sunshine and beaches, Australia has so much to offer to international students. The country's rich culture and history makes it a incredibly diverse country, and one that is welcoming and warm towards the international community. Australia has long been seen as a global leader in higher education, and places emphasis on delivering world-class education to both domestic and international students. The Group of Eight Universities is a prestigious group of universities that focus on providing internationally renowned faculty and research facilities across Australian higher education.

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