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
Course code
Course type
master's degree by coursework only
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

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
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
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Phil Hancock
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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 2018;
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 2019 or 2020.

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
ACCT1101 Financial Accounting, ACCT5602 Accounting
S1, S2ECON5541Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
ECON5503 Economic Management and Strategy
S1, S2MGMT5504Data Analysis and Decision Making
MGMT5513 Data Driven Decision Making
S1, S2MGMT5610Applied Professional Business Communications
WACE/TEE English or equivalent or BUSN4003 Applied Business Communication

Take all units (54 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2ACCT5501Contemporary Issues in Accounting
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
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
S1, S2ACCT5522Principles of Auditing
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting and ACCT5511 Intermediate Corporate Financial Accounting
S1, S2ACCT5531Financial Accounting: Theory and Practice
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting; and ACCT5511 Intermediate Corporate Financial Accounting
S1, S2ACCT5633Accounting for Planning and Control
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
S1ACCT5637Principles of Taxation
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
N/AFINA5432Introduction to Finance
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
FINA5530 Managerial Finance
S2LAWS5508Commercial and Company Law
S1, S2MGMT5506Ethics and Sustainability Management
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
ACCT1112 Management Accounting or ACCT2112 Management Accounting or ACCT5633 Accounting for Planning and Control
S1, S2ACCT5521Advanced Corporate Financial Accounting
ACCT5511 Intermediate Corporate Financial Accounting
NS, S1, S2, SSBUSN5505Professional Development Practicum
for the Master of Commerce (41680): six units in the course, including at least two from a chosen specialisation; for Master of Business Information and Logistics Management (41670): six units in the course and approval from the unit coordinator.
S1, S2FINA5523Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation
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

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