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Master of Professional Accounting

Course code L97

This coursework Masters provides an opportunity for graduates whose first degree is in a discipline other than accounting, to undertake major studies in accounting and law.

This course will lead to the acquisition of accounting skills and knowledge, and fulfilment of the entry requirements of the accounting professional bodies.

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Course overview

Choose student type

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

L97

Fees

Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $24,100

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online PT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

L97

CRICOS code

079124B

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $30,200

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to have an approved undergraduate degree in a discipline other than accounting from a recognised Australian institution. Alternatively applicants can have an approved undergraduate degree from a non-Australian institution recognised under NOOSR guidelines as equivalent to an Australian undergraduate degree.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree; or
    • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Bachelor degree from a country specified on the English Proficiency Bands page;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience; or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

Course Details

Choose student type

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ACC6010Accounting Concepts and Applications20
ECF6102Quantitative Skills for Business20
LAW6501Principles of Contract and Corporate Law in Business20
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ACC6015Corporate Accounting and Reporting20
ACC6020Accounting for Managerial Planning and Control20
ECF6110Business Finance20
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ECF6105Economic Analysis for Business20
ACC6025Accounting Theory, Research and Practice20
LAW6300Principles of Taxation Law20
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ACC6030Auditing and Assurance Services20
ACC6035Contemporary Issues in Sustainability Accounting20
ACC6040Integrated Accounting Projects20

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)

Accredited by: CPA Australia

Accredited by: Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)

Students completing this course can access Associate level membership of the Institute of Public Accountants.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $24,100 *

* Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $30,200 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of the course will be equipped to work in a range of industries in Australia and abroad including, business, government and not-for-profit organisations in accounting, financial services and management positions. Management roles and activities undertaken by graduates include developing financial plans, conducting audits, advising company directors, shareholders and clients.

Possible future job titles

Director of Finance, Financial Controller and Support Manager, Tax Advisor, Senior Consultant, Accountant, Strategic Analyst, Chief Ratings Analyst, Global Investment Banker

Courses you can consider if you are interested in progressing further in this area.

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Student stories

  • Gerald Chikwanda

    Gerald Chikwanda

    Master of Professional Accounting graduate

    "When I think of my experience studying at the School of Business and Law at ECU, 'exhilarating' is the first thing that comes to mind"

    I came to this country by myself - I had no family here at all. When I moved to Australia, I felt that the reception I received when I arrived would set the tone for the duration of my studies. I found ECU, and Perth in general to be incredibly welcoming and I felt very comfortable.

    The academic staff were just awesome. Throughout my studies I found that the lecturers were friendly, open and very helpful. Interacting with my peers and my lecturers helped to build my personal confidence when I started my course. Through working with different teams I became engaged and very active, not only academically but professionally and socially.

    Throughout my studies, I was a CPA ambassador, which was a great opportunity to network with people in the industry whilst I was still studying. I have also been lucky enough to secure an accounting position since graduating. However, I feel the biggest achievement of this journey, were the smiles on my parents faces when I graduated. They really sacrificed a fair bit to get me here and I feel like I've done them proud.

  • Ciara O'Halloran

    Ciara O'Halloran

    ECU Master of Professional Accounting graduate

    "My studies at ECU opened a range of opportunities, not just limited to becoming an accountant"

    The campus is modern and facilities like the 24-hour study lab make it easier to fit in study. The lecturers knew what they were talking about and tutorial notes were extensive. It is important that you get enough materials to guide you through your self-study and ECU provided that. I met some great people during my time at ECU, and am now the chairperson of the ECU Young Alumni Network, which has provided an invaluable opportunity to build my professional network.

    I always thought I would be an accountant, but upon graduating from the MPA, I was hired as a trainer at a college where I taught Business and Accounting. ECU greatly broadened my skillset, and I felt confident in the knowledge I had to pass on. Although this isn’t the career path I expected to take, I love my current role.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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