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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics

Managing facultyBusiness and Economics
Abbreviated titleMProfAcc/MBusLaw
CRICOS code061235J
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Graduate Student Office

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1400

Fax: +61 3 9903 1357


Course coordinator

Mr Phillip Lipton, Business Law; Dr Michaela Rankin, Professional Accounting


The course is designed to provide both practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in accounting. It enables students who hold a previous qualification in a non-accounting discipline that is comparable to an Australian bachelor degree to satisfy the educational requirements of the accounting professional bodies in Australia. The course is also designed to provide rigorous theoretical and practical knowledge in business law and to develop an understanding of and an ability to analyse a wide range of legal problems arising in the practice of business law.


The Master of Professional Accounting and Master of Business Law course aims to produce graduates who will:

(a.) be critical and creative scholars who:

  • produce innovative solutions to problems
  • apply research skills to business challenges
  • communicate effectively and perceptively

(b.) be responsible and effective global citizens who:

  • engage in an internationalised world
  • exhibit cross cultural competence
  • demonstrate ethical values

(c.) have a comprehensive understanding of their discipline and be able to provide discipline based solutions relevant to the business, professional and public policy communities we serve

(d.) have knowledge to masters level in accounting and business law.

Credit for prior studies

Students may be eligible for credit to a maximum of 50 per cent of course requirements for previous graduate level studies. Credits or exemptions will not be granted for undergraduate qualifications.

Maximum credit allowed

48 credit points

Professional recognition

This degree is recognised by the following professional bodies for admission to:

  • Associate membership of CPA Australia
  • Associate membership of the National Institute of Accountants
  • Chartered Financial Analysts Institute
  • the Chartered Accountants Program of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Professional recognition may be dependent upon the correct choice of units.

Details of educational requirements for professional recognition can be found at


This course comprises nine compulsory units and seven electives.


Students must complete:

(a.) nine compulsory units (54 points):

  • AFX9500 Introductory accounting
  • AFX9530 Financial accounting
  • AFX9540 Business finance
  • AFX9550 Management accounting
  • AFX9560 Advanced financial accounting
  • BTX9500 Business and corporations law
  • BTX5140 Law and business decisions*
  • BTX5801 Final research project**
  • GSB9001 Personal development - critical thinking and communication

* This unit will normally be undertaken in the first semester of study.

** This unit will normally be undertaken in the last semester of study.

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

(c.) three units (18 points) from the units listed in the streams under 'Areas of study'.

(d.) a further two graduate-level units (12 points) offered by any department in the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Students are encouraged to select at least three units from one of the specified streams.


Enrolment in the research units listed below must first be approved by the Master of Business Law degree course director. In order to enrol in these research units, students must show evidence of prior research writing experience and capability to conduct legal research of a high standard. This specialisation provides a pathway to higher research degrees.

  • BTX5900 Research project (12 points)
  • plus two BTX units, or BTX5490 Minor thesis (24 points)

Areas of Study

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Master of Professional Accounting and Master of Business Law early may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided

they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 points of study
  • Graduate Diploma in Business or Graduate Diploma in Accounting after successful completion of 48 points of study
  • either of the single masters degrees subject to satisfying the requirements of the single degree


Master of Professional Accounting

Master of Business Law