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Master of Taxation

Learn from leading tax academics about current taxation issues and practice applicable to the Australian tax system

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Why choose this master’s degree?

  • A specialist degree in taxation offered by Australia’s leading School of Taxation and Business Law
  • Develop advanced knowledge and professional skills in taxation, with the support of leading tax academics
  • Gain a solid grounding in taxation rules and policy to better support your clients when providing tax advice
  • Learn and apply concepts and practical applications of taxation law in Australia
  • Wide range of specialisations: Choose from five key specialisations to further your career and interests: applied tax, international taxation, revenue administration, taxation or taxation and financial planning
  • Flexible study mode: Ability to study online or face-to-face, so that you can balance study with your work and personal commitments
  • Wide range of electives: Ability to select courses and design a program that meets your professional needs
  • Recognition of prior learning: Up to 2 courses may be awarded based on your previous studies
  • Additional information: Enable you to prepare for the Advance Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT) with UK Chartered Institute of Taxation

Who is this degree for?

  • You’re a specialist who practises 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 advisor
  • Financial planner or personal wealth advisor
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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 

Up to 2 courses (12 UOC) may be awarded based on your previous studies. You will be notified of the credits in your official letter of 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: For applicants from non-211 China universities for UNSW Business School Postgraduate Coursework programs, 88 cut off 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 two intakes per year:

  • Semester 1 (March) intake, apply by November 30
  • Semester 2 (July) intake, apply by May 30

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.

We know you're busy balancing postgraduate study with your personal and other work commitments. So UNSW Business School's dynamic learning spaces, facilities and student support helps you make the most of every day on campus.

Expand your professional network

Your postgraduate cohort is more than a valuable future business network – you'll make lifelong friends in class and at a range of social events. Join a student club – there are more than 180 social, cultural, sports and professional clubs to choose from. The Graduate Student Association is a great place to start.  Find out more

All the support you need to achieve

If it has been a while since you last studied, you may need to brush up on your skills. We'll help with study skills workshops and Career Mentoring programs. Our Meet the Executive series offers unique behind the scenes business insights and the Business School's LEAD Business Leadership program, as well as many other orientation, leadership and mentor programs, can open the door to new opportunities. Find out more

Stay active on campus

Exercise boosts your mental wellbeing and can help you deal with exam or assignment pressures. It's easy to stay fit with state of the art sporting facilities on campus, including a 50m indoor pool, fitness centre, squash courts and a range of competitive sports teams.

Everything you need in one place

The UNSW Kensington campus is like a village hub, with cafes, bars, banks, a post office, medical and dental centres as well as retail outlets. It's a short bus trip to Sydney's CBD, many beautiful beaches, the SCG and Centennial Park, and movie theatres at Fox Studios.

Make the most of every opportunity

Your postgraduate degree is a unique chance to get a new perspective on life. So get involved – as well as student clubs and social activities there are internships, volunteer projects, competitions and international exchanges on offer. It's a great way to further develop your leadership, project management or specialist skills.

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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 semesters
Semester 1 - March
Semester 2 - July
Course fee*
$4,260
Program fee (total)*
$34,080
* Fees are indicative only

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