Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and 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

Caulfield Student Services

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1400

Fax: +61 3 9903 1357


Course coordinator

Mr Phillip Lipton, Business Law; Dr Stephen Smith, 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.


Refer to the outcomes for the single degrees 0790 Master of Professional Accounting and 3159 Master of 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

Refer to the Faculty of Business and Economics Professional recognition of coursesProfessional recognition of courses ( page in this Handbook.


This course consists of eight compulsory units and eight electives.


Students must complete:

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

  • ACF5950 Introductory accounting
  • ACF5953 Financial accounting
  • ACF5955 Management accounting
  • ACF5956 Advanced financial accounting
  • BFF5954 Business finance
  • BTF5801 Final research project*
  • BTF5950 Business and corporations law
  • MGX5991 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.) at least four units (24 points) from the following list:

* Only to be taken by students with no previous business law study.

** This unit or an equivalent unit (as approved by the Course Director) is a prerequisite unit for BTF5235 Workplace and investment taxation.

Note: Students can also choose up to four units (24 points) approved for the Master of Commercial Law offered by the Faculty of LawFaculty of Law ( provided the Course Director is satisfied that every unit chosen does not substantially duplicate a unit previously completed by the candidate or any other postgraduate unit offered by the Department of Business Law and Taxation.

(d.) Up to two units (12 points) may be selected from graduate-level units offered by other Departments in the Faculty of Business and Economics or, subject to approval by the Course Director, from other faculties of the university.

These units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; postgraduate units are those that commence with the number 5.

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:

  • 1679 Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 points of study
  • 3848 Graduate Diploma in Business or 0748 Graduate Diploma in Accounting after successful completion of 48 points of study
  • either of the single master's degrees (0790 Master of Professional Accounting or 3159 Master of Business Law) subject to satisfying the requirements of the single degree.


Master of Business Law
Master of Professional Accounting