Complex global markets and reporting requirements mean that never before has accounting been a more dynamic and exciting profession. Businesses and individuals rely on accountants to assess their financial situation and give advice on financial dealings.

Career opportunities

Yes, accountancy is about doing other peoples’ tax. But now, the role of an accountant has undergone a shift towards wide-ranging advisory roles including working as the following:

  • adviser in mergers and acquisitions
  • financial planner
  • investment adviser
  • market analyst
  • treasury banker
  • tax consultant.

*2018 Student Experience Survey


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.


Other/non-award courses

Non-award courses are generally single units of study that don’t add up to a university qualification. They’re a great way to explore an area of study before committing to a full degree, and can often be used as credit towards a degree course. Short courses and stand-alone study abroad programs also fall under this category.

It’s a very fulfilling journey, assignment writing, despite the hard work – especially when all your reading and research gradually falls into place.



Graduate as an accredited accountant

We'll prepare you to become a professionally qualified accountant before you graduate. Get a head-start with our accredited Bachelor of Commerce – an internationally recognised and accredited business degree.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Commerce


  • CA Program of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
  • Associate Membership for the CPA Program CPA Australia
  • IPA Program of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)
  • Exemptions may apply for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Financial Planning Association (FPA)
  • Australian Computer Society
Research with us

Develop independent research skills that'll enable you to pursue your own theories and ideas at a high conceptual level. Research in accounting and  you can cover topics from corporate social responsibility and ethics, through to financial planning and assessment.

Learn more about researching with us

Deakin Commerce Alumni

The Deakin Commerce Alumni is an active chapter that offers meaningful ways for our business graduates to stay connected and involved with Deakin. Core activities include networking, social and professional development events.

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