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Katrina’s Master of Taxation provided a new depth of understanding

Master of Taxation

Specialise your Australian taxation law expertise in one of five key areas with the UNSW Master of Taxation.

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The Master of Taxation, UNSW Sydney, is a fast-track to tax law expertise. Within one year, gain proficiency in complex taxation issues in business decisions and transactions. Develop a critical understanding of the Australian taxation system, hone essential skills in research and analysis, and establish a solid comprehension of complex aspects of your chosen discipline.

Tailor the Master of Taxation (MTax) to meet career goals within five key specialisations (outlined below). Certified accountants and lawyers can receive professional recognition. There are also opportunities for international study experiences, work placements and industry connections.

MTax graduates draw upon enhanced research and analysis skills and a comprehensive understanding of complex frameworks to resolve challenging taxation matters.

Why choose this master’s degree?

With recognition of prior learning, you could graduate from the MTax in less than a year of full-time study. This program has a flexible delivery - courses are offered online and face to face to meet your work/life balance. Specialise your expertise in:

  • Taxation – advanced Australian knowledge base and professional skills
  • International Taxation – advanced international knowledge base and professional skills
  • Revenue Administration – prepare for work in the public service, or consultancies and agencies related to developing and transitional economies
  • Applied Taxation – taxation essentials for accounting, business management, and advisory work
  • Taxation and Financial Planning - specialised taxation, law and business education in financial planning and personal wealth accumulation.

See the program structure for detailed information.

Professional recognition is available for certified accountants and lawyers. Members of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), and qualified lawyers may earn recognition towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Continuing Professional Education (CPE) and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) membership requirements respectively.

Graduates receive accreditation with The Tax Institute, and graduates of The Tax Institute may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. See the Entry requirements for more information.

International opportunities for work and study are available within Career Accelerator, a portfolio of professional development opportunities exclusive to UNSW Business School students, that include:

After completing the Master of Taxation, I have the ability to determine what the Treasury, via the legislation and regulations, is trying to achieve. That's given me a whole new level of confidence. Now, if I get a curly question from a client, I know how to efficiently navigate through the legislation to determine the appropriate answer.

Frederick Mahar
Master of Taxation
Read more about Frederick’s experience of the Master of Taxation.
 

UNSW Business School degrees are shaped by industry leaders and world-class academics who recognise the future will present career opportunities that don’t exist today. The skills and insights gained from the MTax can have an immediate positive effect on your career.

Who is this degree for?

  • Specialists who practise exclusively in tax-advising work

Job and career prospects

  • Taxation specialist in the private or public sector
  • Manager with a revenue authority or tax agency
  • International taxation adviser
  • Financial planning expert or personal wealth adviser

Find out how we prepare our graduates for career success

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Why the Business School?

UNSW Business School is a leading business school in the Asia-Pacific, with our subjects consistently ranking within the top 50 worldwide. We are rated “Well above world standard” for Accounting and Auditing by the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) government assessment. Read more about our rankings and reputation.

Our students build professional networks among more than 90,000 Business School alumni worldwide and begin their new career before graduation. This postgraduate degree incorporates a suite of professional development opportunities offered by Career Accelerator, that are exclusive to UNSW’s Business School students. Career Accelerator helps you build industry connections through networking and mentoring, and you can undertake internships and global business practicums for credit towards your degree.


The Master of Taxation is a 1 year degree program consisting of 8 courses (48 UOC), with a choice of 4.5 specialisations:

Applied Tax: Tax Planning and Anti-avoidance Provisions plus seven courses from a prescribed list

TABL5538 Tax Planning and Anti Avoidance Provisions

This course is built around case studies illustrating tax planning strategies and the application of anti-avoidance provisions to tax avoidance schemes. Students are required to develop a tax planning strategy and to critique a tax planning strategy developed by another student. Students are then asked to adjust their tax planning strategy having regard to a critique of the strategy by another student and comments by the lecturer. The critique and the adjustment are required to have regard to the possible application of anti-avoidance provisions. Ethical and social considerations associated with tax planning strategies and tax avoidance schemes are taken into account.

International Taxation: Tax Policy plus a minimum of four courses from the international stream list with three electives from a prescribed list
TABL5575 Tax Policy

to be taken by students specialising in taxation

This course develops an intensive, 'hands on' approach to tax policy and gives you an insight into the tax issues which will be of concern in the new millennium. It offers systematic immersion in the techniques of practical, policy driven, tax problem solving. This course exposes participants to a bird's eye view of major policy questions like the balance between government and the market, the mix of the Australian tax structure and key tax design options. But the main emphasis is on enhancing your ability to actually use policy tools for systematic analysis. To this end, we will be re-visiting much of what you have already learnt in your economics related courses. However, now we will require you to take those tools and apply them specifically to a range of tax policy problems.

Revenue Administration: Tax Policy plus two additional specialisation courses with the remaining five elective courses from a prescribed list

TABL5531 Principles of Revenue Administration

This course will provide essential core material on the principles that underpin the administration of tax authorities around the world. The course is an integral part of a program intended to satisfy demand from students, employed or potentially to be employed, in revenue authorities world-wide (but particularly in developing and transitional economies), for an articulated series of postgraduate courses of direct relevance to their work.

TABL5538 Tax Planning and Anti Avoidance Provisions

This course is built around case studies illustrating tax planning strategies and the application of anti-avoidance provisions to tax avoidance schemes. Students are required to develop a tax planning strategy and to critique a tax planning strategy developed by another student. Students are then asked to adjust their tax planning strategy having regard to a critique of the strategy by another student and comments by the lecturer. The critique and the adjustment are required to have regard to the possible application of anti-avoidance provisions. Ethical and social considerations associated with tax planning strategies and tax avoidance schemes are taken into account.

TABL5575 Tax Policy

to be taken by students specialising in taxation

This course develops an intensive, 'hands on' approach to tax policy and gives you an insight into the tax issues which will be of concern in the new millennium. It offers systematic immersion in the techniques of practical, policy driven, tax problem solving. This course exposes participants to a bird's eye view of major policy questions like the balance between government and the market, the mix of the Australian tax structure and key tax design options. But the main emphasis is on enhancing your ability to actually use policy tools for systematic analysis. To this end, we will be re-visiting much of what you have already learnt in your economics related courses. However, now we will require you to take those tools and apply them specifically to a range of tax policy problems.

Taxation: Tax Policy plus seven elective courses from a prescribed list
TABL5575 Tax Policy

to be taken by students specialising in taxation

This course develops an intensive, 'hands on' approach to tax policy and gives you an insight into the tax issues which will be of concern in the new millennium. It offers systematic immersion in the techniques of practical, policy driven, tax problem solving. This course exposes participants to a bird's eye view of major policy questions like the balance between government and the market, the mix of the Australian tax structure and key tax design options. But the main emphasis is on enhancing your ability to actually use policy tools for systematic analysis. To this end, we will be re-visiting much of what you have already learnt in your economics related courses. However, now we will require you to take those tools and apply them specifically to a range of tax policy problems.

Taxation and Financial Planning:  four specialisation core courses plus four courses from a prescribed list

FINS5510 Personal Financial Planning and Management

Provides the knowledge necessary to effectively manage personal financial resources and needs in the context of globalised financial and stock markets. Considers the whole range of personal financial affairs and the planning required to optimise available opportunities to enhance individual wealth.

TABL5510 Taxation of Superannuation

This course provides a general introduction to the taxation of superannuation in Australia, in particular to the main types of superannuation funds and how their income is taxed, the treatment of contributions to those funds, and the taxation of benefits paid on retirement or termination of employment. The concessional tax treatment of income earned by superannuation funds and the benefits paid out are examined in detail. The course also explores areas such as the superannuation guarantee scheme, which is the Government's main tool for implementing its retirement incomes policy, and the superannuation contributions surcharge.
  

TABL5527 Taxation Strategies in Financial Planning

Taxation concessions for superannuation are a tool used by Government to encourage retirement funding and this course investigates those concessions and how they can be efficiently applied in financial planning. In doing so it assumes a basic understanding of taxation of contributions, funds and benefits. The course also investigates alternative taxation strategies that can be used in financial planning to fund retirement including negative gearing, use of the small business and the residential property tax concessions. It also covers taxation in the context of estate planning, and examines how taxation is critical to portfolio construction for superannuation funds and taxation strategies used for constructing portfolios.

TABL5540 Self Managed Superannuation Funds Law

The number of self managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) is growing at an exponential rate. This course looks at all the regulatory rules for establishing, administering and closing a SMSF.

To be eligible for the program, you need to have:
  • A recognised bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in taxation, law or commerce with a credit average (65% or higher) as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Calculator; and
  • Relevant professional work experience in professional services firms or government departments

The UNSW English Language requirements also apply to this program.

Note: No other requirement (such as GMAT, GRE, personal statement, academic referee) is considered unless otherwise specified.

Note: If you did not complete a university level course of study in taxation as part of your bachelor degree, you are required to complete a qualifying taxation course (TABL5901) prior to commencing the Master of Taxation. Also, the qualifying taxation course does not count towards the Master of Taxation.

Additional supporting documentation

Applicants need to provide a resume as evidence of relevant professional work experience in professional services firms or government departments.

Pathway option

If you don't meet the entry requirements, the Graduate Certificate in Taxation is a pathway to the Master of Taxation (for domestic students only).

Recognition of Prior Learning 

You may be eligible to be awarded credits based on your previous studies:

  • Where an applicant has the Chartered Tax Advisor qualification from The Tax Institute, 6 UoC RPL/Credit can be awarded
  • Where an applicant has the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law from The Tax Institute, 12 UoC/ Credit can be awarded
You will be notified of the credits in your official offer.


Students who are not graduates of Australian or NZ universities

For students who have studied at overseas universities, the normal minimum academic requirement is the equivalent of a credit average grade (65%) from an Australian university, as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Calculator. Details on assessment will be determined by your grading system so it is important that this is attached with your transcript when you apply.

Note: Applicants from non-211 universities in China wishing to study Postgraduate Coursework in the UNSW Business School, must achieve a minimum overall average of 88 in their current university’s grading system. This is equivalent to an 85% Australian scaled average using the calculator.

We will use the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR). They are the government body that provides official information on the comparability of overseas qualifications with Australian qualifications using the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as our benchmark.

In those countries where an equivalent grade has not been established, the following will be taken into consideration:

  • The standard and content of the undergraduate program completed, and
  • The standard of the institution from which the qualifications were obtained
  • Indian universities award different types of bachelor and master degrees, with different requirements in terms of length of study. At a minimum, applicants would be required to have a 3-year bachelor degree or professional bachelor degree and provide all individual marksheets.
  • Iranian universities award different types of bachelor degrees, with different requirements in terms of length of study. At a minimum, applicants would be required to have a 4-year bachelor degree.

Application checklist

Before you apply, ensure that you:

  1. Choose the right program that matches your interests and career aspirations
  2. Meet the entry requirements of the program
  3. Check if you are eligible to apply for credits or advanced standing based on recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this program
  4. Note: You can apply for credits during the online application process

  5. Have the various supporting documentation for your application. E.g.

   a. Official academic transcripts
   b. Proof of completion of qualification
   c. Proof of identity and citizenship
   d. Proof of relevant work experience (if required)

    You can upload the above documentation during the online application process

How to apply

You can apply for this program online:

There are three intakes per year:

  • Term 1 (February): 30 November
  • Term 2 (June)*: 31 March
  • Term 3 (September): 31 July

*Please note that not all programs have a Term 2 intake.

Late applications may be accepted after the closing dates subject to the availability of places.

Need help?

Still need help finding the right postgraduate business program for you? Contact us now.

UNSW Business School students are Australia’s best and brightest, with a reputation for drive and innovation. Our graduates have exceptional employability rates, performing well above the national average. In the 2018 QILT survey, 93% of our postgraduate students were employed full-time within four months of graduating and were earning a median wage of $120k.

Our degrees include up to two for-credit industry experiences, such as internships or global business practicums. The experiences are part of a suite of opportunities that is exclusive to UNSW’s Business School students and organised through Career Accelerator. The professional development opportunities complement your studies, build connections to industry and give you a clear advantage after graduation.

The opportunities are grouped within the Networking, Mentoring, Internships, and Global sections of Career Accelerator.

Networking

The people you meet during your time at university can play a profound role in positively shaping your career. Connect with like-minded and influential people through:

  • Industry Insights – workshop sessions delivered by industry partners
  • Industry Events – invitation-only events hosted by industry partners
  • Business Case Competitions – impress future employers with your problem-solving skills

Mentoring

Participating in a mentoring program will boost your confidence, help grow your professional network, develop your communication, teamwork and leadership skills as well as building upon your business acumen.

  • Career Mentoring Program – a 10-week program of career mentoring and coaching
  • Australian Business Essentials – mentoring for international students with no previous Australian work experience

Internships

UNSW Business School’s for-credit and not-for-credit opportunities such as traditional internships, consultancy projects, social entrepreneurship practicums, virtual internships and extra-curricular experiences.

  • Internships & Consulting Projects – for-credit projects available in person and online
  • Social Entrepreneurship Practicum – for-credit practicum to develop professional team skills in a real project
  • Business Experience – online and in-person projects for professional development

Global

The personal and professional benefits of living, studying or working in a different culture are immense and recognised by employers.

  • Global Business Practicum - work in small cross-disciplinary student consulting team on a genuine business issue, usually in Asia
  • Social Entrepreneurship Practicum - build entrepreneurial, workplace and leadership capabilities in Bali
  • Student Exchange – live and study overseas at one of our 200 partner universities

View the full suite of Career Accelerator opportunities.




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Quick facts for students

Program code
9250
Award
Masters Degree (Coursework)
Assumed Knowledge
Taxation, Law or Commerce
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48
Study Mode
Face to face
Online
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Commencing terms
Term 1 - February
Term 2 - June
Term 3 - September
Course fee*
$4,260
Program fee (total)*
$35,280
* Fees are indicative only

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