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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton


The Postgraduate Diploma in Economics and Commerce offers a 4th year-level of study which is equivalent to an honours year.

The postgraduate diploma level program offered by The Department of Accounting and Finance provides students with an enhanced opportunity for careers in industry and/or academia, by providing advanced studies in accounting. It is an opportunity to challenge and extend students knowledge and is different from anything a student has previously experienced in any undergraduate studies. A postgraduate diploma provides you with analytical skills, problem-solving, strategic thinking, presentation and communication skills as well as benefits/opportunities such as:

Enhanced employment opportunities

While some employers require an honours degree or equivalent, others recognise the attributes a postgraduate diploma graduate brings to the workforce. Also an honours degree or equivalent is the first step towards a position at a university as well as higher degree (PhD) studies.


Postgraduate diploma classes are typically small and involve a high degree of staff and student interaction. Students in postgraduate diploma studies are exposed to the latest research and knowledge in the units chosen and develop research and presentation skills, as well as improving self-confidence and develop networking skills for the future.


To complete the Accounting major in the Postgraduate Diploma in Economics and Commerce, students must complete:

Semester one

(a.) Two compulsory units (12 points):

(b.) any two units (12 points) from the following:

  • AFX4040 Issues in accounting information systems
  • AFX4050 Issues in auditing and assurance
  • AFX4070 Issues in financial accounting
  • AFX4090 Issues in management accounting

or any one of the above four units and any one of the following three units:

Semester two

(a.) Research dissertation (18 points):

(b.) one elective unit (6 points) from any honours units offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Students must have their enrolment approved by the head, or nominee of the Department of Accounting and Finance.

Contact details

Graduate Student Office

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1400

Fax: + 61 3 9903 1357


Relevant Courses

+ 0171 Postgraduate Diploma in Economics and Commerce