Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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; Mr Dean Hanlon, Professional Accounting


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


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 course comprises eight compulsory units and eight electives.


Students must complete:

(a.) eight compulsory units (48 points):

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

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

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

(c.) four units (24 points) from the following list:

  • BTX9020 Business Law (only to be taken if no previous business law study)
  • BTX9651 Taxation law*
  • BTF5230 investment taxation
  • BTF5240 Workplace taxation
  • BTX5000 Corporate governance
  • BTX5020 Intellectual property laws
  • BTX5031 Insurance law
  • BTX5050 Comparative business law in Asia
  • BTX5070 Labour relations law
  • BTX5080 Workplace negotiations
  • BTX5090 Good governance and accountability in non-profit and social enterprises
  • BTX5100 Corporate environmental responsibility
  • BTX5130 International law and policy
  • BTX5150 Law of marketing
  • BTX5160 The globalisation of law and development in Asia
  • BTX5170 Chinese business law
  • BTX5180 Financial services regulation
  • BTX5190 International trade law
  • BTX5841 Human resources management law

* This unit is a prerequisite unit for taxation units

(d.) two further 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.

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