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Postgraduate Coursework

Master of Professional Accounting (Professional Practice)

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin (FF)
1CM557
873171
Online (FF)
1CM557
873171
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin
068547C
Course duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Part-time
4 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
Semester 1
Semester 2
International online
No

External/Online: this course is available online through distance education with some on-campus attendance requirements.

Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

SPAPP1

Award
Master of Professional Accounting (Professional Practice)
Faculty/College
Asia Pacific College of Business and Law
Sector
HE
Area of study
Accounting

The professional practice MPA provides you with a unique opportunity to work in an organisation and gain valuable professional experience while also gaining an MPA qualification.

The course will equip you with contemporary knowledge and skills required for professional practice as a certified practicing accountant (CPA) or chartered accountant (CA). The course will provide you the technical and conceptual skills required in a competent accountant, and will develop your ability to explore, analyse and synthesise various accounting and related principles, methods and techniques. You will undertake a piece of research in your capstone unit of study that incorporates accounting theory and contemporary issues.

You can choose to undertake a professional placement, applied research specialisation or to choose electives that support your career objectives. For your professional practice component CDU provides training specific to working effectively in an organisation. You are then provided with a placement opportunity to work in an organisation of approximately 300 hours over a period of eight to ten weeks. If you wish you may also organise your own placement with a suitable organisation. The placement occurs in the last semester of study and provides you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge you have gained during your MPA studies.

Professional recognition

This conversion course enables graduates with non-accounting, partial accounting, or accounting but not equivalent to Australian accounting backgrounds to meet the academic requirements for membership of CPA Australia and The Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Credit transfers and pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

Accreditation

This course has been re-accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Accounting Studies
OR
Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification in any discipline.

Applicants who have fully satisfied the entry requirements of the accounting professional bodies in their first degree are not eligible for entry.

International Pathway

Applicants who have completed the CDU International Masters Qualifying Program (ZMQP01) or the Accelerated International Masters Qualifying Program (ZAMQP1) are eligible for entry.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

Course structure

The professional practice MPA provides you with a unique opportunity to work in an organisation and gain valuable professional experience while also gaining an MPA qualification.

The course will equip you with contemporary knowledge and skills required for professional practice as a public or chartered accountant. The course will provide you the technical and conceptual skills required in a competent accountant, and will develop your ability to explore, analyse and synthesise various accounting and related principles, methods and techniques.

For your professional practise component CDU provides training specific to working effectively in an organisation. You are then provided with a placement opportunity to work in an organisation of approximately 300 hours over a period of eight to ten weeks. If you wish you may also organise your own placement company to work at. The placement occurs in the last semester of study and provides you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge you have gained during your MPA studies.

Where students have prior CPA/CAANZ assessed exemptions and require electives to complete the total of 160 credit points, electives may be selected from the MBA, on approval of the Course Coordinator.

 


  • 2022 HE unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core Units
(12 units)

120 cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 120 credit points as detailed below.

ACT501 Accounting Principles
ACT502 Management Accounting
ACT503 Corporate Accounting
ACT504 Auditing
ACT505 Accounting Theory
ACT506 Accounting Information Systems
ECO504 Business Economics (no longer available from 2022) (replaced by ECO505 Economics of Sustainability)
FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance
LAW511 Australian Tax Law
LAW513 Corporate Law
LAW514 Commercial Law
STA510 Business Statistics

Specialist Elective
(3-4 units)

40

Students select 40 credit points of specialist elective units from one (1) of the specialisations below.

Professional Placement Specialisation
Minimum academic performance required
WIB601 Preparation for Professional Practice
WIB602 Professional Practice 1
WIB603 Professional Practice 2 (20cp)

Advanced Business Research Specialisation
Minimum academic performance required
BUS901 Business Research Project 1: Literature Review and Research Design
BUS902 Business Research Project 2: Applied Qualitative Business Research
BUS903 Business Research Project 3: Applied Quantitative Business Research
BUS904 Business Research Thesis Proposal

Open Specialisation: Students Select 40cp from the list below.
BUS504 Sustainable Enterprise
BUS505 Design Thinking for Sustainable Innovation
BUS506 Global Megatrends
BUS507 Global Market and Sustainability Strategy
ENT501 Sustainable Entrepreneurship
FIN503 Finance, Investment and Sustainability
MAN514 Management for the Executive
MAN516 Resilience Management and Leadership

Professional Research Project Option (no longer available from 2022)
WIB608 Professional Business Market Research Project (no longer available from 2022)
WIB609 Professional Business Market Research Project (20cp) (no longer available from 2022)

Professional Practice Research Option (no longer available from Semester 2 2017)
WIB601 Preparation for Professional Practice (new title 2018) (previously PRB001)
WIB604 Professional Business Project #10 (no longer avail from S2 2017) (previously PRB006)
WIB605 Professional Business Project #20 (no longer avail from S2 2017) (previously PRB007)

 

160

Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

COURSE CHANGES from 2022
ECO504 Business Economics will no longer be available
WIB608 Professional Business Market Research Project will no longer be available
WIB609 Professional Business Market Research Project will no longer be available
ECO505 Economics of Sustainability has been introduced as a core unit
Students must now complete 40cp of specialist elective units selected from 1 of the specialisations
Professional Research and Professional Practice Option units have been moved to specialist electives

COURSE TRANSFER Arrangements 2016
Students who have completed PRBA031, PRBE003, PRBL004 or PRBM022 should NOT transfer to this new course.

Unit Code and Course Requirements from 2016
Following is a summary of unit code changes. ALL students should enrol in the latest unit code from 2016.

Pre-2016 Unit Code (MACPP requirements) 2016 Unit Code (SPAPP1 requirements)
PRBA001 Accounting Principles ACT501 Accounting Principles
PRBA002 Cost and Management Accounting ACT502 Management Accounting
PRBA003 Corporate Accounting ACT503 Corporate Accounting
PRBA004 Auditing Corporate Entities ACT504 Auditing
PRBA005 Accounting Theory ACT505 Accounting Theory
PRBA006 Computer-based Accounting Systems ACT506 Accounting Information Systems
PRBA031 Business Communications Does not count towards the SPACC1 #see note below
PRBE003 Economics Statistics Does not count towards the SPACC1 #see note below
  ECO504 Business Economics (new unit)
  STA510 Business Statistics (new unit)
PRBF010 Aspects of Corporate Finance FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance
PRBL004 Commercial and Corporate Law for Managers Does not count towards the SPACC1 #see note below
  LAW514 Commercial Law (new unit)
  LAW513 Corporate Law (new unit)
PRBL003 Australian Tax Law LAW511 Australian Tax Law
PRBM022 Organisational Behaviour Does not count towards the SPACC1 #see note below
PRB001 Professional Practice Experience #10 WIB601 Professional Practice Experience #10
PRB002 Professional Practice Experience #10 WIB602 Professional Practice Experience #10
PRB003 Professional Practice Experience #20 WIB603 Professional Practice Experience #20
PRB006 Professional Practice Research #10 WIB604 Professional Business Project #10 (no longer avail from S2 2017)
PRB007 Professional Practice Research #20 WIB605 Professional Business Project #20 (no longer avail from S2 2017)

Additional Information

  • Students who have completed #PRBA031 Business Communications, #PRBE003 Economics Statistics, #PRBL004 Commercial and Corporate Law for Managers and/or #PRBM022 Organisational Behaviour should NOT transfer to this new course (SPAPP1) as these units are not transferrable.
  • COM510 Advanced Business Communication (previously PRBA031), ECO503 Economic Statistics (previously PRBE003), LAW512 Commercial and Corporate Law (previously PRBL004) and MAN506 Organisational Behaviour (previously PRBM022) DO NOT count towards this award and should not be completed by students enrolled in this course.

 

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Professional Placement Specialisation
Students Commencing in Semester 1

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
ACT501 Accounting Principles (previously PRBA001) CO ACT502 Management Accounting (previously PRBA002) CO
ECO505 Economics of Sustainability (previously ECO504) CO ACT503 Corporate Accounting (previously PRBA003) CO
STA510 Business Statistics CO ACT504 Auditing (previously PRBA004) CO
LAW514 Commercial Law CO LAW513 Corporate Law CO
Year 2
FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance (previously PRBF010) CO ACT505 Accounting Theory (previously PRBA005) CO
LAW511 Australian Tax Law (previously PRBL003) CO WIB602 Professional Practice Experience 1 (previously PRB002) SE
ACT506 Accounting Information Systems (previously PRBA006) CO WIB603 Professional Practice Experience 2 (20cp) (previously PRB003) SE
WIB601 Preparation for Professional Practice(previously PRB001) SE    

Students Commencing in Semester 2

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    ACT501 Accounting Principles (previously PRBA001) CO
    ECO505 Economics of Sustainability (previously ECO504) CO
    STA510 Business Statistics CO
    LAW514 Commercial Law CO
Year 2
ACT502 Management Accounting (previously PRBA002) CO FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance (previously PRBF010) CO
ACT503 Corporate Accounting (previously PRBA003) CO LAW513 Corporate Law CO
ACT504 Auditing (previously PRBA004) CO ACT506 Accounting Information Systems (previously PRBA006) CO
LAW511 Australian Tax Law (previously PRBL003)  CO WIB601 Preparation for Professional Practice (previously PRB001) SE
Year 3
ACT505 Accounting Theory (previously PRBA005) CO    
WIB602 Professional Practice Experience 1 (previously PRB002) SE    
WIB603 Professional Practice Experience 2 (20cp) (previously PRB003) SE    

 

Advanced Business Research Specialisation
Students Commencing in Semester 1

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
ACT501 Accounting Principles (previously PRBA001) CO ACT502 Management Accounting (previously PRBA002) CO
ECO505 Economics of Sustainability (previously ECO504) CO ACT503 Corporate Accounting (previously PRBA003) CO
STA510 Business Statistics CO ACT504 Auditing (previously PRBA004) CO
LAW514 Commercial Law CO LAW513 Corporate Law CO
Year 2
FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance (previously PRBF010) CO BUS901 Business Research Project 1: Literature Review and Research Design SE
LAW511 Australian Tax Law (previously PRBL003) CO BUS902 Business Research Project 2: Applied Qualitative Business Research SE
ACT505 Accounting Theory (previously PRBA005) CO BUS903 Business Research Project 3: Applied Quantitative Business Research SE
ACT506 Accounting Information Systems (previously PRBA006) CO BUS904 Business Research Thesis Proposal SE

Students Commencing in Semester 2

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    ACT501 Accounting Principles (previously PRBA001) CO
    ECO505 Economics of Sustainability (previously ECO504) CO
    STA510 Business Statistics CO
    LAW514 Commercial Law CO
Year 2
ACT502 Management Accounting (previously PRBA002) CO FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance (previously PRBF010) CO
ACT503 Corporate Accounting (previously PRBA003) CO LAW513 Corporate Law CO
ACT504 Auditing (previously PRBA004) CO ACT505 Accounting Theory (previously PRBA005) CO
LAW511 Australian Tax Law (previously PRBL003)  CO ACT506 Accounting Information Systems (previously PRBA006) CO
Year 3
BUS901 Business Research Project 1: Literature Review and Research Design SE    
BUS902 Business Research Project 2: Applied Qualitative Business Research SE    
BUS903 Business Research Project 3: Applied Quantitative Business Research SE    
BUS904 Business Research Thesis Proposal SE    

Open Specialisation
Students Commencing in Semester 1

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
ACT501 Accounting Principles (previously PRBA001) CO ACT502 Management Accounting (previously PRBA002) CO
ECO505 Economics of Sustainability (previously ECO504) CO ACT503 Corporate Accounting (previously PRBA003) CO
STA510 Business Statistics CO ACT504 Auditing (previously PRBA004) CO
LAW514 Commercial Law CO LAW513 Corporate Law CO
Year 2
FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance (previously PRBF010) CO ACT505 Accounting Theory (previously PRBA005) CO
LAW511 Australian Tax Law (previously PRBL003) CO ACT506 Accounting Information Systems (previously PRBA006) CO
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE

Students Commencing in Semester 2

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    ACT501 Accounting Principles (previously PRBA001) CO
    ECO505 Economics of Sustainability (previously ECO504) CO
    STA510 Business Statistics CO
    LAW514 Commercial Law CO
Year 2
ACT502 Management Accounting (previously PRBA002) CO FIN510 Aspects of Corporate Finance (previously PRBF010) CO
ACT503 Corporate Accounting (previously PRBA003) CO LAW513 Corporate Law CO
ACT504 Auditing (previously PRBA004) CO Specialist Elective SE
LAW511 Australian Tax Law (previously PRBL003)  CO Specialist Elective SE
Year 3
ACT505 Accounting Theory (previously PRBA005) CO    
ACT506 Accounting Information Systems (previously PRBA006) CO    
Specialist Elective SE    
Specialist Elective SE    

Course fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

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