Master of International Accounting - ACCA

Postgraduate coursework

A Master of International Accounting provides graduates the opportunity to gain membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Key facts

Duration

Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, the Master of International Accounting is typically 1, 1.5 or 2 years duration.

  • 1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points
  • 1.5 years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit points
  • 2 years full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points

Deakin courses can also be studied part time over a longer period.

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2019 close 3 November 2019
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2020 close 23 February 2020

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

This flexible course lets you take your accounting career in a wide range of directions.

Deakin's Master of International Accounting - ACCA (MIA-ACCA) provides graduates of any discipline with the opportunity to undertake studies towards gaining membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). An ACCA accounting qualification is highly regarded by employers in many countries.

As part of the MIA- ACCA course, you will study subjects such as introductory accounting, financial reporting, management accounting, commercial and taxation law, corporate auditing, accounting theory, information systems for business, governance, finance, and business economics.

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Course structure

The Master of International Accounting- ACCA is typically 8, 12 or 16 credit points. The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) - your professional experience and previous qualifications - which can save you time and money.
For students undertaking 16 credit points, you study 14 credit points of core units and 2 credit points of elective units, plus completion of MAI010 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit). 

Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

Students are introduced to research tools and techniques in core units of the course where they learn analytic skills and the practical application of those skills in professional contexts. They must also complete advanced level units and a capstone unit that require them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study and produce applied pieces of research with reference to prevailing literature.

14

Credit points core units

2

Credit points elective units

16

Total credit points

Core units

  • Academic Integrity MAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Accounting for Management MAA703 1, 2, 4
  • Corporate Auditing MAA705 2, 3, 4
  • Introductory Accounting MAA717 1, 2, 4
  • Financial Accounting I MAA718 1, 2, 4
  • Financial Accounting II MAA720 1, 2, 4
  • Strategic Business Reporting MAA726 5
  • Strategic Management Accounting MAA744
  • Professional Research and Analysis MAA753
  • Strategic Business Leader MAA795 1, 2, 5
  • Principles of Income Tax Law MLC703 2, 3, 4
  • Business Law MLC707 1, 2, 4
  • MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers 1, 2*
  • Finance MPF753 1, 2, 4
  • MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit

    Notes: 

    1 Required by CPA Australia for Associate (foundation level) Membership.

    2 Required by Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) 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 Required for exemptions to the ACCA fundamentals level program.

    Unit covering required content to prepare students for the equivalent ACCA Professional level program exam.

    Students who wish to obtain membership of CPA Australia, CA ANZ, IPA or ACCA, or obtain any applicable exemptions, are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that they take the appropriate units required.

    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.

    Elective units

    Plus 2 credit points from:

  • Advanced Performance Management MAA764 5
  • Advanced Audit and Assurance MAA765 5
  • Advanced Financial Management MAF755 5
  • MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit

    Notes: 

    1 Required by CPA Australia for Associate (foundation level) Membership.

    2 Required by Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) 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 Required for exemptions to the ACCA fundamentals level program.

    Unit covering required content to prepare students for the equivalent ACCA Professional level program exam.

    Students who wish to obtain membership of CPA Australia, CA ANZ, IPA or ACCA, or obtain any applicable exemptions, are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that they take the appropriate units required.

    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.

    Key information

    Award granted

    Master of International Accounting - ACCA

    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    M780
    CRICOS code?
    0100882
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    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)

       

    Trimester 3 - November

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

       

    To enable students to complete units in the required sequence, Trimester 3 is a compulsory study period for this course. Please refer to the course maps page for an example or contact a business and law student adviser.  See also the 2020 Trimester Academic Calendar for important dates.

    Additional course information


    Course duration - additional information
    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Students are required to complete units in Trimester 3.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    This course provides students the opportunity to complete one or more elective work integrated learning units.

    More information: WIL Programs

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

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

    Entry information
    Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications.

    1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points
    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline, and a minimum WAM of 65, and two years relevant work experience, or
    • Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline and a minimum WAM of 65, plus two years relevant work experience

    1.5 years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit points
    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor degree in a related discipline and a minimum WAM of 65, and two years relevant work experience

    2 years full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points
    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in a related discipline and a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65%

     

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $28,800 for 1 yr full-time* - Full-fee paying place
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    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. 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 your course.

    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.

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    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
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    Entry pathways

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    * A shorter duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background.  A ‘same discipline’ award for this course is a Bachelor degree in Accounting, or a Bachelor degree in Commerce or Business with a major sequence in Accounting.
    ** A shorter duration is available to students entering from a related discipline background.  A ‘related discipline’ award for this course is a Bachelor degree in Finance, or a Bachelor degree in Commerce or Business with a major sequence Finance.
    ^ Relevant work experience is business experience either in an accounting and/or finance role or in a managerial position with business oversight responsibilities in an accounting and/or finance related field, such as financial accounting, management accounting and controllership, tax advisory, financial consulting and financial analysis.

    Alternative exits

    • Graduate Certificate of International Accounting (M580)
    • Graduate Diploma of International Accounting (M680)

    Contact information

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    Tel 03 9244 6555
    Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

    Frequently asked questions

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    Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

    Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Graduates of the Master of International Accounting course would typically seek employment in areas of accounting such as financial accounting, auditing, taxation, management accounting, public sector accounting, forensic accounting, or business advisory services. The course will provide graduates with the opportunity to work in a wide range of different environments, depending on their own skills and preferences. Accountants can choose to work in large, medium or small public practice firms, industry and commerce, government and public sector organisations, 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

    On successful completion of the MIA course, you will not only gain exemption from all nine ‘fundamental’ level ACCA papers, but also have the necessary knowledge to undertake the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) six ‘professional’ level examinations.  It is important to note that each MIA unit that is aligned with ACCA’s professional examinations (MAA726, MAA795,  MAF755, MAA764, MAA765), will be delivered in six-hour segments each teaching week, totalling 66 contact hours over the trimester.  At the end of Trimesters 2 and 3, those who wish to sit the ACCA exam will be required to attend intensive master classes over one week for each of the six units.  These master classes are valuable and designed to help you succeed in your ACCA examinations.

    In addition to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification, completion of the appropriate selection of units within the MIA also grants eligibility for entry into alternate professional bodies including an associate member of CPA Australia, and meets the educational requirements for entry into the CA program of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and  the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

    Completion of this qualification will allow students to enter the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) study program.

    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 an advanced and integrated understanding of current and emerging accounting concepts and practices within the broad context of contemporary business environment.
    Communication Demonstrate advanced skills to justify and communicate complex financial and non-financial information to diverse stakeholders within and outside corporate bodies.
    Digital literacy Apply relevant and state-of-art digital technologies to analyse financial and non-financial information.
    Critical thinking Apply in-depth analytical skills to evaluate financial and non-financial information expected of accounting professionals in the contemporary business environment.
    Problem solving Develop solutions to real world problems faced by accounting and other professionals in business environment.
    Self-management Use acquired skills to organise own learning including the conduct of independent research.
    Teamwork Contribute and learn by collaborating in teams in order to interpret and communicate accounting and related information
    Global citizenship Engage ethically and professionally in accounting and business context in light of dynamic global perspectives.
       

     


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