Bachelor of Applied Finance with the degree of Bachelor of Commerce – Professional Accounting

Macquarie University

Finance professionals skilled in navigating the complex world of markets, banks and laws provide optimal advice about growing wealth. Accountants specialist number crunchers speak the language of business and are therefore key contributors to a business' success. The skills you'll gain in this double degree will prepare you to interpret and communicate complex financial information so you can help businesses make informed decisions within financial and capital markets. KEY FEATURES You'll gain essential accounting and reporting knowledge, as well as a range of business-related skills in assurance and audit, commercial law, economics, financial management, information systems and statistics. The professional accounting sequence meets the tertiary education requirements of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). You'll learn to apply current theory and analytical techniques to real-world finance industry situations. You can complete two degrees with only one additional year of study. ACCREDITATION The Bachelor of Applied Finance, and associated double degrees, have been approved by ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission - authorised assessors) as meeting ASIC training requirements in relation to RG 146 compliance for generic knowledge, skills, securities, derivatives, managed investments, deposit products and non cash payment facilities, and foreign exchange, subject to the completion of certain units. The Bachelor of Commerce- Professional Accounting provides an excellent foundation for a range of accounting-based careers. The professional accounting program is accredited by Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). SUITABLE FOR If you love business and numbers and are interested in a dynamic and practical financial sector or accounting career. Career Opportunities A Macquarie course can set your dream career in motion. PROFESSIONS Business journalist Financial analyst Investment analyst Management consultant Market analyst Planning/policy analyst Public administration Researcher Statistician Stockbroker Teacher EMPLOYERS Accounting and consultancy firms (such as Accenture, PricewaterhouseCoopers) Commercial banks (such as Commonwealth Bank of Australia, AMP) Government (such as Treasury, Reserve Bank of Australia, Productivity Commission) International organisations (such as IMF, World Bank, OECD) Investment banks (such as Macquarie Bank, Goldman Sachs) NGOs (such as Greenpeace, World Health Organisation) Research organisations (such as NERA, Access Economics) Universities (such as Macquarie) Business analyst firms Financial institutions Forensic accounting firms SALARY GUIDE The Graduate Careers Australia Graduate Salaries Report 2015 indicates that the median starting salary for bachelor degree graduates aged less than 25 and in their first full-time employment was $54,000. Visit for more information about specific degrees.

At a Glance

Course level Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 067845A
Institution Name Macquarie University
Campus Location North Ryde
Institution Type University
Course Duration 4 years
Course University Macquarie University

About Macquarie University

Established in 1964, Macquarie University began as a bold experiment in higher education. Built to break from traditions: to be distinctive, progressive, and to be transformational. Today our pioneering history continues to be a source of inspiration as we celebrate our place among the best and brightest minds.


Recognised internationally, Macquarie University is consistently ranked in the top two per cent of universities in the world* and within the top 10 in Australia.Our research is leading the way in ground-breaking discoveries. Our academics are at the forefront of innovation and, as accomplished researchers, we are embracing the opportunity to tackle the big issues of our time.


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