Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma) Degree

Graduate Diploma of Accounting and Law

Deakin's postgrad Graduate Diploma of Accounting and Law course is designed for graduates who need specialist legal knowledge in their roles.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Course information

Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Accounting and Law is designed for graduates who need specialist legal knowledge in their roles (regulatory, compliance or risk management positions), and who wish to combine this knowledge with an accounting qualification.

Graduates will have gained a solid grounding in accounting and commercial law, through undertaking a selection of specialised accounting and law elective units. You may then be eligible to articulate into the Master of Accounting and Law.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Accounting and Law, students must complete the three day Law Orientation Program and attain a total of 8 credit points.  The 8 credit points consists of 2 credit points of core units, 3 credit points of Accounting elective units and 3 credit points of Law elective units chosen from a list.  Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

2

Core units

6

Elective units

8

Total units

Core units

Three day Orientation Program (Australian Legal System and Methods) #

Plus

  • Commercial and Corporations Law MLC707 1,2
  • Accounting MPA701 1,2
  • # Orientation program is compulsory for all students. The program will be recorded for Cloud students only. Campus-based students must attend.

    Notes:
    1 Required by CPA Australia for Associate (foundation level) Membership.
    2 Required by the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand for entry to the CA Program.

    Elective units

    Select 3 credit points of units from the Accounting elective list:

    Accounting electives:

  • Accounting for Management MAA703 1,2,4
  • Corporate Auditing MAA705 2,3,4
  • Financial Accounting MAA716 1,2
  • Advanced Accounting Principles and Practice MAA725 1,2
  • Economics for Managers MPE781 1,2
  • Finance MPF753 1,2,4
  • MPM701/MPM701ABusiness Process Management *
  • *MPM701A is a Start Anytime unit

    Plus 3 credit points of units from the Law elective list:

    Law electives:

  • Principles of Income Tax Law MLC703
  • Business Taxation Law and Policy MLC709
  • Financial Services Regulation MLM717
  • Venture Law Clinic MLM718
  • Superannuation Law and Policy MLM727
  • Notes:
    1 Required by CPA Australia for Associate (foundation level) Membership.
    2 Required by the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand for entry to the CA Program.
    3 For candidates who have completed an accredited degree in Australia, this unit may be taken as part of the CPA program. Other students must complete the unit before becoming an Associate Member of CPA Australia.
    4 For candidates who would like to obtain exemptions to the ACCA program.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Accounting and Law
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    M649
    CRICOS code
    092025G
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Looking to start studying in 2017? View our Graduate Diploma Of Accounting And Law and apply to start this year.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • Bachelor Degree, major or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline OR
    • Successful completion of Masters Qualifying Program (or MQP Extended) PLUS three years relevant work experience.*

    *note: check with course director for the accounting or legal relevant work experience requirement.

     

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.

     

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    Graduates of this course would typically seek employment in areas of accounting such as financial accounting, auditing, taxation, management accounting, public sector accounting, forensic accounting or commercial law. However accountants can choose to work in a range of different environments depending on their own skills and preferences. They can choose to work in large firms, small public practices, industry, government, law firms, management consultancies, banking and financial services, not-for-profit organisations (NPOs) or educational organisations. Many also set up their own businesses.

    Given the fundamental shift of accountants towards a wide-ranging advisory role, career opportunities are also becoming available in other vocations including working as financial planners, investment advisers, market analysts, tax consultants, advisers in mergers and acquisitions, in corporate recovery and insolvency, treasury banking, e-commerce or information technology.

    Professional recognition

    Completion of the appropriate selection of units within the Master of Professional Accounting grants eligibility for entry as an associate member of CPA Australia, and meets the educational requirements for entry into the CA program of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA), the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), Professional Accounting Program (PEP). Upon completion of appropriate program units, it is also possible to receive exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) towards the ACCA qualification.

    Students should carefully note the trimesters when units are offered to ensure that all required units can be completed in the appropriate time frame.

    Students who wish to enter the CA, CPA programs or exemptions to the ACCA program are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that they take the appropriate units required for entry.

    Students who have completed prior undergraduate or graduate units in accounting or other core knowledge areas are advised to have their qualifications assessed by their preferred professional organisation to ensure they complete the correct units.

    Please note: The eligibility of students for membership of any of the accounting accrediting bodies is subject to meeting the requirements of that body and that Deakin makes no representations that individuals will meet those requirements.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate conceptual knowledge of accounting and legal issues and applications to complex real-world problems
    Communication Draft and present user-friendly reports that clarify the merits and weaknesses of alternate solutions and makes defensible recommendations
    Digital literacy Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award
    Critical thinking Identify potential alternative solutions and evaluate both financial and legal aspects to such solutions
    Problem solving Determine ways to resolve practical constraints through appropriate match with the potential accounting and legal remedies
    Self-management Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award
    Teamwork Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award
    Global citizenship Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award
       

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Credit for prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
    Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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