Honours in Accounting

Honours in Accounting at the Business School is a rigorous program intended for high-performing students with an undergraduate Accounting major. Considered one of the flagship programs in the Business School, it will introduce you to research in accounting and will allow you to develop research skills and capabilities in the area. You will be required to complete four coursework units and a dissertation. The accounting dissertation is a highlight of the program, enabling you to demonstrate the research skills and knowledge you have acquired. Classes are small and you will have the opportunity to work with up to two research supervisors who are experts in the field. The majority of graduates look for careers in professional accounting firms and industry while a small number go on to enrol in a PhD program and become academics.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in accounting; (2) demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods; (3) apply advanced accounting knowledge to evaluate business performance and to solve complex problems; and (4) communicate effectively and succinctly the results of financial analysis.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 75 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Accounting major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year only

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take all units (30 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2ACCT4486Dissertation (Accounting) Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
or
completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
S1, S2ACCT4487Dissertation (Accounting) Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
or
completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
S1, S2ACCT4488Dissertation (Accounting) Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
or
completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
S1, S2ACCT4489Dissertation (Accounting) Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
or
completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
S1FINA4590Research Methods in Accounting and Finance
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
or
completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2ACCT4440Management Accounting: Issues and Perspectives
Prerequisites:
ACCT1112 Management Accounting
or
ACCT2112 Management Accounting
or
ACCT5633 Accounting for Planning and Control
N/AACCT4451Behavioural Accounting
Prerequisites:
ACCT3321 Financial Accounting: Theory and Practice;
or
ACCT3322 Auditing
N/AACCT4462Accounting, Organisations and Society
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
or
completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
S1ACCT4471Advanced Accounting Research
Prerequisites:
ACCT3321 Financial Accounting: Theory and Practice
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
S1FINA4491Capital Markets Research
Prerequisites:
FINA2207 Business Analysis and Valuation