Master of Professional Accounting

Why study the Master of Professional Accounting at UNE?

If you already have an undergraduate degree in another discipline, the Master of Professional Accounting is the best way to gain entry to the professional accounting bodies. The course is open to graduates but non graduates may enter following successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Accounting. The course covers introductory as well as advanced units in financial and management accounting, finance, tax and company law and auditing. On successful completion, graduates can apply for Associate Membership of the Professional Accounting Bodies. The course is accredited by the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and CPA Australia. It meets the entry requirements of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), CPA Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

This is an approved Student Income Support course. Eligible students may apply for Youth Allowance or Austudy.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete this award will be eligible for Associate membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), CPA Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). They can then pursue full professional status with the organisation of their choice.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1.5 or 2 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2018 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation MPA
Course Type Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 084073K
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • 1.5 or 2 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 96
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Intensive Schools

Optional weekend schools are available for some units.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification; or

(b) hold the UNE AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Accounting or equivalent; or

(c) for international students, hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of block advanced standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Academic Colours

Spectrum Orange (BCC 57)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Master of Professional Accounting in 2018.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification; or
(b) hold the UNE AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Accounting* or equivalent; or
(c) for international students, hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of block advanced standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based. Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rule (a), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one and a half years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rules (b) the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to four years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rules (c) the period of candidature shall be:
(a) two years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 96 credit points including at least 36 credit points at 500-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 24 cps
Core Units 72 cps
Total 96 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 24 cps
Specified Advanced Standing 24 cps
Core Units 48 cps
Total 96 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (c)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 72 cps
Listed Units
24 cps
Total 96 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Master of Professional Accounting.

Exit Pathways

Subject to Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted under Rules (a) or (c) may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Accounting on completion of AFM403, AFM406 and 12 credit points from AFM410, AFM505, AFM519, AFM531, AFM575, LSSU592, LSSU594 or QM461. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies must apply for readmission and will be subject to the current course requirements of the Master of Professional Accounting. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Subject to Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted under Rules (a), (b) or (c) may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Accounting on completion of AFM403, AFM406, ECON406, LSSU594 and 24 credit points from: AFM410, AFM501, AFM505, AFM519, AFM531, AFM575, LSSU592 or QM461. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies must apply for readmission and will be subject to the current course requirements of the Master of Professional Accounting. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Master of Professional Accounting aims to prepare students from non-accounting backgrounds to gain professional qualifications in accounting and to apply for Associate Membership with the Professional Accounting Organisations.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate mastery of knowledge within the accounting discipline, that includes understanding of recent developments and ability to reflect critically on theory and to undertake professional work in accounting;
  2. identify complex problems in accounting and finance, collect relevant data, evaluate and synthesise a range of solutions and recommend the best course of action;
  3. demonstrate a current knowledge and understanding of research principles and methods as they apply to accounting;
  4. communicate effectively with both accounting and non-accounting professionals on accounting and finance issues in a coherent and sustained manner;
  5. demonstrate a proficiency with the researching, presentation and dissemination of information within and outside accounting;
  6. demonstrate application of knowledge and skills acquired within the accounting discipline with high level of creativity, initiative and personal autonomy; and
  7. plan and execute a substantial research-based project or capstone experience and/or piece of research.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Demonstrate advanced knowledge within the accounting discipline suitable for professional practice and for progression to further study in the accounting discipline. Demonstrate an awareness of the global and international developments within the accounting discipline, including international regulatory frameworks.

Communication Skills

Communicate to a range of stakeholders using appropriate methods to present technical information and build rapport; justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions whilst recognising the particular importance of adequate disclosure of information and transparency in the accounting profession.

Problem Solving

Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to a range of problems; identify critical issues in the discipline or professional area; conceptualise problems and formulate a range of solutions that are appropriate to the national or cultural context of the problem; collect, collate and analyse relevant information to assist problem solving.

Information Literacy

Recognise the need for information and the nature and extent of information required; collect information effectively and efficiently; critically evaluate information; use appropriate technology, methods and techniques to collect and evaluate information; and present information in formats relevant to professional practice and scholarship in the accounting discipline.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and importance of the integrity and professional ethics in the accounting discipline, including an awareness of relevant professional codes of conduct, strategies to identify and deal with unethical behaviour and of their professional responsibility towards clients and the community as a whole.

Lifelong Learning

Reflect on limitations of, and have the capacity to evaluate their current knowledge; identify, evaluate and implement personal learning strategies for lifelong personal and professional development; practise critical thinking; learn both independently and cooperatively; learn new skills and apply learning to new and unexpected situations; recognise opportunities for further learning in both familiar and unfamiliar national or cultural settings.

Independence and Collaboration

Work independently, in a team or collaboratively within a multidisciplinary group to achieve common goals and to solve problems; contribute specialist knowledge as required; take responsibility and carry out agreed tasks; take initiative and lead others; operate in a range of supportive roles within teams; negotiate, assert their own values and respect the values and contributions of others; and evaluate team performance. Graduates also become aware of the multicultural environment, acting with dignity and showing respect to the fellow members of the group.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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