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 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

Caulfield Student Services

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1400

Fax: +61 3 9903 1357


Course coordinator

Dr Janto Haman, Accounting; Mr Philip Lipton, Business Law


  • 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.


Refer to the outcomes for the single degrees 0503 Master of Business (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


This course consists of seven compulsory units and nine electives.


Students must complete:

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

  • ACF5100 Advanced strategic management accounting
  • ACF5120 Forensic accounting and fraud examination
  • ACF5130 Financial statement analysis and business valuation
  • ACF5150 Financial reporting issues
  • ACF5330 Integrated systems for business enterprises
  • BTF5903 Law and business decisions*
  • BTF5801 Final research project**

* 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.) one unit (6 points) from the following:

  • MGX5991 Personal development - critical thinking and communication
  • MGX5992 Personal development - managing self and relationships

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

*** 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 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 graduate-level 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 the 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 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:

  • 1679 Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 points of study
  • 3484 Graduate Diploma in Business after successful completion of 48 points of study
  • either of the single master's degrees (0503 Master of Business (Accounting) or 3159 Master of Business Law) subject to satisfying the requirements of the single degree.


Master of Business (Accounting)
Master of Business Law