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 titleMBus(Acc)/MBusLaw
CRICOS code065001F
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

Dr Michael De Martinis


  • 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 extend graduates' knowledge and analytical skills in the areas of accounting and business law as well as to develop independence and life-long learning skills related to interpersonal behaviour, written and oral communication, capacity for inquiry and research, critical thought and analysis, problem solving, teamwork, literacy and numeracy, and effective use of technology.


The Master of Business (Accounting) and Master of Business Law 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 advanced knowledge to masters level in accounting and 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


This course comprises seven compulsory units and nine electives.


Students must complete:

(a.) seven compulsory units (42 points):

  • AFF5100 Advanced strategic management accounting
  • AFF5130 Financial statement analysis and business valuation
  • AFF5150 Financial reporting issues
  • AFX5120 Forensic accounting and fraud examination
  • AFX5330 Integrated systems for business enterprises
  • BTX5140 Law and business decisions*
  • BTX5801 Final research project**

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

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

(b.) one unit (6 points) from the following list:

  • GSB9001 Personal development - critical thinking and communication
  • GSB9002 Personal development - managing self and relationships

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

  • BTX9651 Taxation law (prerequisite for taxation units)
  • BTF5240 Workplace taxation
  • BTF5230 Investment 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 mangement law
  • BTX9020 Business law (only to be taken if no previous business law study)

(d.) a further four graduate-level units (24 points) offered by any department in the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Additional degree requirements:

  • students can study a maximum of two 9000-level units (12 points).

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Master of Business (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 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 Business (Accounting)
Master of Business Law