Monash University

Honours - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; 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 area of study.

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


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


The honours program offered by the Department of Accounting and Finance provides students with an enhanced opportunity for careers in industry or academia, by providing advanced studies in accounting, finance, a combination of both and finance or econometrics. It provides students with an opportunity to challenge and extend their knowledge, and is different from anything they will have previously experienced in their undergraduate studies. An honours degree provides graduates with analytical skills, problem-solving, strategic thinking, presentation and communication skills as well as personal development and career benefits.

Honours classes are typically small and involve a high level of staff and student interaction. Students in honours 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 networking skills for the future.

While some employers require an honours year, others recognise the attributes an honours graduate brings to the workforce. Honours is the first step towards a position at a university as well as higher degree studies.


To complete the accounting major in the Honours degree of Bachelor of Commerce, students must complete:

(a.) Semester one:

(i.) two compulsory units (12 points):

(ii.) 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:

(b.) semester two:

(i.) research dissertation (18 points):

(ii.) one elective unit (6 points) from any honours unit 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.

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Relevant courses

0181 Honours degree of Bachelor of Commerce