Master of Commerce (Public Accounting)

Why study the Master of Commerce (Public Accounting) at UNE?

The Master of Commerce (Public Accounting) represents the educational requirements needed to obtain full membership of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). It is designed for holders of the Graduate Certificate in Public Accounting.

It represents a flexible program aimed at providing pathways to maximise opportunities for IPA members to gain professional registration as tax agents and for RG146 ASIC compliance.

Career Opportunities

On completion of this course students may be eligible for full membership of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

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Degree Snapshot


1 Year Full-time
Up to 4 years Part-time


Full Fee


Trimester 1, Online

Official Abbreviation MComm(PubAcct)
Course Type Postgraduate
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Course Duration
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • Up to 4 years Part-time
Fees Full Fee
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Total Credit Points 72
Intensive Schools

Optional weekend schools are available for some units undertaken by online students.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall hold current Associate membership of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA); and hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Public Accounting or Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting from UNE.

Advanced Standing

Candidates shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Academic Colours

Peacock Blue (BCC 120)

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Course rules and plans for the Master of Commerce (Public Accounting), 2019, will be available between November and January. Course information relating to other years is available by selecting the year required from the list at the top right hand side of the page.
Course Aims

To enable members of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) with a Bachelor degree or those who start the program with the Graduate Certificate in Public Accounting to complete the Master of Commerce (Public Accounting) and gain full membership of the Institute of Public Accountants (MIPA).

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate mastery of knowledge within the accounting discipline that includes an understanding of recent developments, the ability to reflect critically on theory and the ability to undertake professional work in accounting;
  2. identify complex problems in business, collect relevant data, evaluate and synthesise solutions then recommend an appropriate course of action;
  3. integrate theoretical and technical knowledge to demonstrate the ability to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within business contexts;
  4. plan and execute a substantial research-based project as part of the capstone experience and demonstrate a current knowledge and understanding of research principles and methods as they relate to accounting;
  5. demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills acquired within the accounting discipline with a high level of professionalism, initiative and personal autonomy and communicate effectively with accountants, non-accounting professionals and clients with varied backgrounds; and
  6. appreciate the importance of making ethical decisions on issues relevant to accounting and demonstrate clear knowledge of the responsibilities and accountabilities for decisions and their implementation.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Demonstrate specialised 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, whilst recognising the particular importance of adequate disclosure of information and transparency in the accounting profession.

Problem Solving

Apply logical and critical 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 needed; 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 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 individually or collaboratively 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.

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