Master of Professional Accounting (coursework)

This course provides an opportunity for graduates to obtain a qualification that is recognised by the professional accounting bodies and wider business community.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Professional Accounting (coursework)
Award abbreviation
MPAcc
Course code
40610
Course type
master's degree by coursework only
Status
current / 2019
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
063104D

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Professional accreditation
Master of Professional Accounting (coursework) is accredited by: Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA Australia); Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA); Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Phil Hancock
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2019;
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2020 or 2021.

Students who have not completed the Bachelor of Commerce, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the Faculty:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2ACCT5432Introductory Financial Accounting
Incompatibility:
ACCT1101 Financial Accounting, ACCT5602 Accounting
S1, S2BUSN5100Applied Professional Business Communications
Incompatibility:
WACE/TEE English or equivalent or BUSN4003 Applied Business Communication or MGMT5610 Applied Professional Business Communications
S1ECON5541Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
Incompatibility:
ECON5503 Economic Management and Strategy
S1, S2MGMT5504Data Analysis and Decision Making
Incompatibility:
MGMT5513 Data Driven Decision Making

Take all units (54 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2ACCT5501Contemporary Issues in Accounting
Prerequisites:
for the honours Accounting specialisation: ACCT3321 Financial Accounting: Theory and Practice; for the Master of Professional Accounting: ACCT5531 Financial Accounting: Theory and Practice
S1, S2ACCT5511Intermediate Corporate Financial Accounting
Prerequisites:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
S1, S2ACCT5522Principles of Auditing
Prerequisites:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting and ACCT5511 Intermediate Corporate Financial Accounting
S1, S2ACCT5531Financial Accounting: Theory and Practice
Prerequisites:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting; and ACCT5511 Intermediate Corporate Financial Accounting
S1, S2ACCT5633Accounting for Planning and Control
Prerequisites:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
S1ACCT5637Principles of Taxation
Prerequisites:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
N/AFINA5432Introduction to Finance
Co-requisites:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
Incompatibility:
FINA5530 Managerial Finance
S2LAWS5508Commercial and Company Law
S1, S2MGMT5506Ethics and Sustainability Management
Incompatibility:
MGMT5526 Principles for Responsible Management

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:

Note: or as advised by the course coordinator.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2ACCT4440Management Accounting: Issues and Perspectives
Prerequisites:
for the honours Accounting specialisation:: ACCT2112 Management Accounting for the Master of Professional Accounting: ACCT5633 Accounting for Planning and Control
S1, S2ACCT5521Advanced Corporate Financial Accounting
Prerequisites:
ACCT5511 Intermediate Corporate Financial Accounting
S1, S2FINA5523Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation
Prerequisites:
for Master of Commerce and Master of Professional Accounting students: FINA5432 Introduction to Finance (or equivalent); for Master of Applied Finance students: ECON5541 Economics for Business: Applications and Policy and MGMT5504 Data Analysis and Decision Making and ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting and MGMT5610 Applied Professional Business Communications Graduate Certificate in Finance students: none
NS, S1, S2, SSWILG5001Professional Development Practicum A
Prerequisites:
Master of Strategic Communications students: completion of 24 points of post graduate units and approval from the unit coordinator. All other postgraduate students:completion of 36 points of post graduate units and approval from the unit coordinator.
Example 1
Course Study Plan: PSP-40610-1
Example 2
Course Study Plan: PSP-40610-2

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Exceptions to the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework may be considered provided the applicant satisfies additional admission requirements as set out in Rule 4(d) or 4(e), where relevant.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA1; and

(i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent; or

(ii) a valid Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) of no more than 5 years old with a score of at least 550; or

(iii) at least five years of relevant, documented professional experience considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course;

or

(b) (i) a UWA graduate certificate which articulates with this course; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent;

or

(c) (i) a graduate certificate, or an equivalent qualification from an accredited course from another institution, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent;

or

(d) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 percent; and

(ii) successful completion of the UWA Pre-Master's Program in Business with a weighted average mark of at least 60 percent

(for applicants with an overall IELTS score of at least 6 with no band less than 5.5); or

(iii) successful completion of the UWA Pre-Master's Program in Business with a weighted average mark of at least 60

percent; and

(iv) successful completion of a ten week CELT course (with a grade of at least B+) (for applicants with an overall IELTS score of at least
.5 with no band less than 5.0);

or

(e) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(i) successful completion of the UWA Pre-Master's Program in Business with a weighted average mark of at least 60 percent; and

(ii) successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Commerce with a weighted average mark of at least 65 percent (for

applicants with an overall IELTS score of at least 6 with no band less than 5.5); or

(iii) successful completion of the UWA Pre-Master's Program in Business with a weighted average mark of at least 60

percent; and

(iv) successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Commerce with a weighted average mark of at least 65 percent; and

(v) successful completion of a ten week CELT course (with a grade of at least B+) (for applicants with an overall IELTS score of at least 5.5

with no band less than 5.0).

1 Applicants who have a bachelor's degree with a major in Accounting, or an equivalent qualification, are not eligible for admission.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 40610 Master of Professional Accounting (96 points)
  • 41280 Graduate Certificate in Commerce (24 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Professional Accounting course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a Bachelor of Commerce of this University or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who make satisfactory progress are assigned a progress status of 'Good Standing' by the Faculty and are permitted to re-enrol.

(2) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

(3) Students seeking to re-enrol in the course after being assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' must submit, after a period of at least 12 months, sufficient reason to the Faculty, in writing, demonstrating why an improvement in performance could reasonably be expected.

(4) Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' and are subsequently permitted by the Faculty to re-enrol are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' and must meet any conditions determined by the Faculty.

(5) Students who meet the conditions determined by the Faculty under (4), are assigned a progress status of 'Good Standing' by the Faculty.

(6) Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' and who fail to meet conditions determined by the Faculty are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent, which is calculated based on —

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Alternative exit award

13. A student who withdraws from the course before completing the course requirements but after completing units to the value of 48 points for the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the relevant qualification