• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Accounting
  • Specialisation code ACCT-HSPC

Students who achieve excellent academic performance in their accounting studies will be eligible to apply for the Honours year.

The program extends undergraduate studies in financial accounting, management accounting, auditing and taxation. Students undertake advanced coursework and a research thesis. Classes are conducted in a seminar setting. Students will have the opportunity to interact with research active academic staff, engage in the analysis of advanced accounting issues, and develop critical thinking skills.

Students aspiring to the Honours program should consult the Honours Convenor in the Research School of Accounting for advice. Students from other universities can also apply for entry.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate theoretical and technical accounting knowledge in a business context, including issues in accounting research.

  2. Exercise judgement under supervision to provide possible solutions to emerging and advanced accounting problems in contemporary contexts using where appropriate social, ethical, economic, regulatory, sustainability, governance and/or global perspectives.

  3. Critically apply theoretical and technical accounting knowledge and skills to analyse and provide possible solutions to emerging accounting problems and to conduct a research-based project.

  4. Justify and communicate accounting ideas and research issues to both specialists and non-specialists.

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Admission Requirements

  1. An accounting major or equivalent with a weighted average mark equivalent to at least an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL) of courses with the highest final marks, excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses), from courses eligible for inclusion in an ANU accounting major or equivalent, and
  2. Confirmation of an Honours Supervisor, and
  3. Interview with the Honours Convener.

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to ANU is on a competitive basis as the number of places available in a program is limited. Admission to Honours is also subject to supervisory capacity and approval from the relevant Delegated Authority within the Academic College.

Cognate Disciplines

Not applicable


The Accounting Honours specialisation requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

BUSN4013 Seminar in Research Method in Commerce

BUSN4007 Analysis of Financial Reporting

BUSN4111 Seminal Research in Accounting


6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSN4101 Special Topics in Commerce

BUSN4045 Corporate Governance (Honours)

EMET4007 Econometrics 1: Econometric Methods

STAT4038 Regression Modelling


24 units from completion of a research thesis:

BUSN4500 Accounting Honours Thesis

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