Master of Professional Accounting and Law

Postgraduate coursework

A Master of Professional Accounting and Law at Deakin will provide you with the multidisciplinary skills to apply to a range of business and law career options.

Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, the Master of Professional Accounting and Law 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.

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

The accounting profession has recently seen a fundamental shift from a role that was seen as providing financial information and number crunching towards a multi-disciplinary advisory role. Similarly, many law firms increasingly favour graduates who display accounting and financial acumen.

Deakin's Master of Professional Accounting and Law (MPAL) course provides an advanced, integrated, and coherent set of multidisciplinary studies in a range of business and law disciplines, encompassing areas such as accounting, finance, commercial law and business taxation. Graduates will possess a skill-set covering accounting and related business law subjects, including superannuation, business taxation and financial services regulation.

The course offers graduates a pathway to gain entry to professional accounting bodies such as the CPA Australia, the Institute of Public Accountants, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Graduates with a Master of Professional Accounting and Law will have multi-disciplinary skills with the ability to solve complex business issues in multiple markets.

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Course structure

The Master of Professional Accounting and Law 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 13 credit points of core units and 3 credit points of elective units. 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.

13

Core units

3

Elective units

16

Total units

Core units

  • Academic Induction for Professional Accounting and Law MLM070 #
  • Academic Integrity MAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Plus

  • Accounting MPA701 1,2
  • 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
  • MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers 1,2
  • Finance MPF753 1,2,4
  • Accounting Systems and Analytics MAA789
  • Principles of Income Tax Law MLC703
  • Business Law MLC707 1, 2, 4
  • Corporations Law MLM731
  • Corporate Governance MLM706
  • Research Methodology MLM705
  • * MPM701A is a Start Anytime unit

    #Online Induction is compulsory for all students. The Induction is available at Cloud Course Site. All students must complete the online induction on foundations of law within the first trimester of their enrolment. Upon successful completion of the induction, student services are automatically notified and students receive an acknowledgement of their competition of induction.

    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.

    Elective units

    Select 1 credit point from the Accounting elective list and select 2 credit points of units from the Law elective list:

    Accounting electives:

  • Strategic Management Accounting MAA744
  • Governance and Fraud MAA763
  • Integrated Reporting and Value Creation MAA767
  • Law electives:

  • Corporate Insolvency Law and Policy MLC713
  • Superannuation Law and Policy MLM727
  • Business Taxation Law and Policy MLC709
  • Financial Services Regulation MLM717
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Professional Accounting and Law
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    M749
    CRICOS code?
    099101K
    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)
      • 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

    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.

    Clinical unit (MLM718) requires compulsory attendance.

    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 does not require students to complete compulsory work integrated learning units.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    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, with a minimum WAM of 60, and two years relevant work experience, or
    • Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline , with a minimum WAM of 60, and 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, with a minimum WAM of 60, and two years relevant work experience

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

    • Bachelor Degree, major or other qualification at a higher AQF level in a related discipline, with a minimum WAM of 60, or
    • Bachelor Degree in any discipline with a minimum WAM of 60, and two years relevant work experience, or
    • Successful completion of Masters Qualifying Program (MQP) (with a minimum overall average of 60 in the discipline units)

    *Note: accounting or legal relevant work experience.

    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. (more details)

     

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning.
    Your Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    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 Recognition of 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 might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship 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.


    Frequently asked questions

    Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?

    Find out more about our key dates

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Find our more about scholarships at Deakin

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

    Find out more about RPL

    Where can I study with Deakin?

    Find out more about campus locations

    Why choose Deakin

    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 Master of Professional Accounting and Law grants eligibility for entry as an associate member of CPA Australia, and meets the educational requirements for entry into the CA program of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). 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. Completion of this qualification will allow students to enter the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) study program.

    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. Deakin makes no representations that individuals will meet those requirements.

    Students should consult with a course adviser to identify any additional requirements for membership for each professional body, and also consult with the professional body.

    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 integrated understanding of current and emerging accounting and related legal concepts and practices
    Communication Demonstrate skills to justify and analyse complex accounting and legal problems and present to both accountants and lawyers
    Digital literacy Apply appropriate software and internet technologies to analyse financial and regulatory information
    Critical thinking Apply in-depth analytical skills to evaluate financial and regulatory information expected of business professionals within a legal framework
    Problem solving Develop solutions to real world problems faced by accounting and legal professionals in business environment
    Self-management Use acquired skills to organise own learning including the conduct of independent research and justification of decision choices
    Teamwork Collaborate and communicate in groups to interpret decision-relevant information and develop suitable business recommendations
    Global citizenship Engage ethically, professionally and productively in a professional accounting and business context in light of changing global perspectives.
       

     


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