Deakin's Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting and Law is designed for graduates who need specialist legal knowledge in their roles (regulatory, compliance or risk management positions), and who wish to combine this knowledge with an accounting qualification.
Graduates will have gained knowledge of accounting and commercial law, which may be built on through undertaking a graduate diploma or Master of Professional Accounting and Law.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Minimum admission criteria:
Graduates of this course would typically seek employment in areas of accounting such as financial accounting, auditing, taxation, management accounting, public sector accounting, forensic accounting or commercial law. However accountants can choose to work in a range of different environments depending on their own skills and preferences. They can choose to work in large firms, small public practices, industry, government, law firms, management consultancies, banking and financial services, not-for-profit organisations (NPOs) or educational organisations. Many also set up their own businesses.
Given the fundamental shift of accountants towards a wide-ranging advisory role, career opportunities are also becoming available in other vocations including working as financial planners, investment advisers, market analysts, tax consultants, advisers in mergers and acquisitions, in corporate recovery and insolvency, treasury banking, e-commerce or information technology.
To complete the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting and Law, students must complete the compulsory 0-credit point units, an online induction on foundations of law (MLM070 Academic Induction for Professional Accounting and Law) and MAI010 Academic Integrity within their first trimester, and attain a total of 4 credit points consisting of 2 credit points of core units and 2 credit point of elective units chosen from a list. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin. You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.