Why accounting?

Accounting is the backbone of business and your ticket to a vibrant career. You could work as a financial analyst, taxation officer or specialist, forensic accountant, manager, banker or entrepreneur. Where will an accounting qualification take you?

Six good reasons to choose accounting at the UNSW Australia Business School

1. First class teachers

We're internationally renowned for our innovative and high quality teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Our teachers have won national teaching awards, as well as Vice-Chancellor teaching awards. Classes involve students in an interactive and thought provoking learning environment. We also increasingly use the web as a learning tool.

2. Cutting edge courses

Our courses are constantly revised to meet new challenges in a globalised and digitised world. We expose our students to e-business, encourage them to understand the links between business strategy and processes, offer advanced courses in assurance and business risk, and help students appreciate global influences on financial reporting and management.

3. Smart students

Each year UNSW attracts some of the brightest Higher School Certificate students in New South Wales. The School of Accounting, UNSW Australia Business School has had two Rhodes Scholars in recent years, both were First Class Honours graduates who majored in accounting. Bright and smart students help create a fantastic learning environment.

4. Excellent student support and growth opportunities

The Peer Assistance Support Schemes enables advanced students to help groups of first year students succeed with their studies and adjust to life at university.

Classes are organised on a semester by semester basis which enables the use of more developmental feedback, with continuous assessment and end-of-session exams.

Students taking out a pass degree can enrol in the accounting and auditing courses at the Honours level.

There are also opportunities to complete part of a degree overseas through an exchange study program (eg, study equivalent courses at a US or Canadian university for 6 or 12 months).

5. Program range and flexibility

The breadth and depth of courses offered within the Business School is expansive and includes courses in information systems, marketing, finance, business law and taxation.

Course structures are also flexible and students can switch from part-time to full-time study, and vice versa. Students can also change their specialisations.

Most accounting students complete double majors. The most popular double majors are Accounting and Information Systems, Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Business Law and Taxation.

6. Masters level articulation

Students graduating with Honours from UNSW are exempt from one third of the Master of Philosophy course, which can then be completed in a year.

Accounting opens countless doors in the business world, as employers value graduates of this challenging and ever-evolving field. From running a small business or heading up a major corporation, accounting makes almost anything possible.

How does accounting make an impact?

In a broad sense, accounting makes sense of numbers. It involves:

  • Managing economic resources and activities. This is done by measuring and interpreting financial data and communicating the findings to those who need to know.
  • Developing innovative information systems.
  • Keeping on top of an organisation’s finances to ensure it achieves its goals.

Accounting helps businesses better manage their people, products or services, brand and customers.

Just ask our researchers Dr Maria Balatbat, Associate Professor Mandy Cheng, Associate Professor Wendy Green and Dr Yee Phua. Their research has shown that accounting can also help businesses be more sustainable and tackle climate change.

What do accounting courses cover?

When you join Australasia’s leading accounting research school, you’ll discover how business owners, managers, shareholders, creditors and governments use financial information to function and flourish.

You’ll learn about:

Financial accounting

  • Prepare legally required financial statements
  • Analyse and interpret financial statements
  • Carry out complex financial transactions
  • Learn about different reporting entities, including multinational enterprises and international reporting diversity

Managerial accounting

  • Design and run accounting information systems
  • Create budgets
  • Discover benchmarking
  • Set strategies
  • Evaluate financial performance

Auditing and assurance

  • Evaluate internal control systems
  • Add credibility to reported information
  • Assess an organisation’s risk
  • Improve a company’s corporate governance process

You’ll also be exposed to e-business and use accounting to address the changes and challenges of a globalised, digitised world.

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