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The University of Melbourne is ranked 1st in Australia and 12th globally for Accounting & Finance in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Accounting in today’s business world is extremely sophisticated. An accountant is a strategic adviser and business partner who must have an in-depth understanding of business issues and processes, as well as the skills necessary for sound decision-making. Accounting studies will equip you to understand the financial structure of an organisation, and produce and analyse financial information.

The Department of Accounting's Centre for Accounting and Industry Partnerships (CAIP) is committed to building partnerships and enhancing collaboration between the University and the business sector by offering an environment that fosters rigorous research across the entire spectrum of accounting for both scholars and practitioners.


The Department of Accounting hosts a variety of events throughout the year providing a platform for students, academics, industry professionals and accounting practitioners to engage in contemporary accounting issues.

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The accounting major is one of the most popular in the Bachelor of Commerce. It is ideal preparation for work as a professional accountant, and a great complement to other disciplines within the Bachelor of Commerce degree.


The Department of Accounting teaches into a number of specialist areas, to cater for the diverse interests of our students and researchers.


The Honours program provides a unique opportunity to undertake a challenging and rewarding year of additional study, to hone your applied analytical and problem solving skills, communication, presentation skills, and research skills.


Visit the Melbourne Business School website to browse postgraduate study options in accounting.

Graduate Research

The PhD in Accounting includes a strong coursework component and offers the opportunity to gain entry into an academic or research career.

Australian Accounting Hall of Fame

The Australian Accounting Hall of Fame seeks to identify and recognise individuals whose achievements, both alone and in combination with others, have been significant and whose impact on the discipline of Accounting has been profound.

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Our Research

The Faculty of Business and Economics is home to a wide range of specialist research centres.  Our academics are active collaborators in multi-partner centres which bring together researchers and practitioners from a range of disciplines and industries.


Bachelor of Commerce graduates who complete the accounting major are eligible to apply for associate membership of the three professional accounting bodies: CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand or the Institute of Public Accountants. When choosing a professional body students are encouraged to research prospective employers and compare their preference with the stated aims of the the professional bodies.

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