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 / 2021
Administered by
UWA Business School
CRICOS code
083274J

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: CPA Australia; Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand(CA ANZ); Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
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; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

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 requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ACCT5432Introductory Financial Accounting
Incompatibility:
ACCT1101 Financial Accounting, ACCT5602 Accounting
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2BUSN5100Applied Professional Business Communications
Incompatibility:
WACE/TEE English or equivalent or BUSN4003 Applied Business Communication or MGMT5610 Applied Professional Business Communications
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2ECON5541Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
Incompatibility:
ECON5503 Economic Management and Strategy; ECON1000 ECON1101 or equivalent.
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2MGMT5504Data Analysis and Decision Making
Incompatibility:
MGMT5513 Data Driven Decision Making
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week

Take all units (54 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
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
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2ACCT5511Intermediate Corporate Financial Accounting
Prerequisites:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2ACCT5522Principles of Auditing
Prerequisites:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting and ACCT5511 Intermediate Corporate Financial Accounting
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2ACCT5531Financial Accounting: Theory and Practice
Prerequisites:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting; and ACCT5511 Intermediate Corporate Financial Accounting
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2ACCT5633Accounting for Planning and Control
Prerequisites:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1ACCT5637Principles of Taxation
Prerequisites:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting
for standard teaching period—lectures/seminars: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2FINA5533Finance Essentials
Prerequisites:
ACCT5432 Introductory Financial Accounting or equivalent For Graduate Certificate in Finance students: none
Incompatibility:
FINA5432 Introduction to Finance AND FINA5635 Corporate Finance
lectures: 3 hours per week (maximum students per class: 45)
S2LAWS5508Commercial and Company Law
lectures: 3 hours per week
S1, S2MGMT5506Ethics and Sustainability Management
Incompatibility:
MGMT5526 Principles for Responsible Management
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week

Take units to the value of 18 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ACCT4440Management 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
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2ACCT5521Advanced Corporate Financial Accounting
Prerequisites:
ACCT5511 Intermediate Corporate Financial Accounting
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2FINA5523Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation
Prerequisites:
for Master of Commerce and Master of Professional Accounting students: FINA5533 Finance Essentials (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
Co-requisites:
Master of Applied Finance Students: FINA5533 Finance Essentials (or equivalent)
Incompatibility:
FINA2207 Business Analysis & Valuation or ACCT3302 Financial Statement Analysis.
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
NS, S1, S2WILG5001Professional Development Practicum A
Prerequisites:
Completion of 24 points of post graduate units and approval from the unit coordinator.
150 hours for pre-placement, placement and post-placement activities
Example 1
Course Study Plan: PSP-40610-2
Example 2
Course Study Plan: PSP-40610-1

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

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

English Language competency requirements

3. 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.

Admission requirements

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

(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification*, as recognised by UWA; and either:

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;

or

(c) at least two years professional experience in a relevant occupation; or

(2) completed a Graduate Certificate in Commerce at UWA.

*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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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