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MPhil in Accounting

Please note: No Accounting MPhil applications will be accepted for 2020.

The ANU Research School of Accounting (RSA) offers suitably qualified candidates the opportunity to undertake a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Accounting within RSA's vibrant research community.

The Higher Research Degree (HDR) programs draw upon the supervision expertise of researchers that are located within the Research School of Accounting, and HDR candidates become active participants in the various research activities in the school.

CRICOS #: 048350D

Duration: 1 to 2 years full time (2 to 4 years part time)

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

The minimum qualification requirement for admission to the program for a Master of Philosophy in Accounting is:

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  1. A degree of bachelor with an overall grade of distinction or higher in actuarial studies (or a closely related discipline) from an Australian university; or
  2. Another qualification that the Delegated Authority is satisfied is equivalent or superior to a degree mentioned in point (a); or
  3. A combination of qualifications and professional experience that the Delegated Authority is satisfied is equivalent or superior to a degree mentioned in point (a).

Please note that there are other admission criteria that students must also satisfy. Admission is competitive and only a limited number of students are admitted to the MPhil program each year.

In addition to the standard information required in the online application, please note the following:

  • Applicants are required to prepare a one-page statement of purpose, and
  • short-listed applicants may be required to sit an interview.

Commencement is possible at any time subject to coursework and supervision requirements. 

Program Structure

Program Structure

The specific coursework requirements for the Accounting MPhil will depend on each candidate’s background, and will be determined through discussion with the HDR Convenor prior to the candidate commencing.

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It is expected that four courses will be taken, with a maximum of five courses. Courses can be selected from a range of advanced RSA courses (including auditing, corporate governance, electronic commerce, financial accounting, management accounting, public sector accounting, and taxation) or advanced courses from other disciplines deemed of appropriate level (e.g., econometrics, finance, management, psychology, statistics or sociology). Electives are determined in consultation with the candidate's supervisory panel. 

Research seminar program

The RSA research seminar program consists of weekly seminars presented by national and international researchers. PhD students are expected to attend and participate in the seminars throughout their candidature.

Thesis proposal and defence

In addition to the coursework component, each candidate must develop and defend a detailed thesis proposal in consultation with their supervisory panel. To proceed with the thesis, the candidate must successfully defend the proposal. The proposal defence is presented to the School after 9 to 12 months of commencement (on a full time candidature basis), at which time it is formally assessed by a review panel.


Candidates proceed to the thesis component following completion of the coursework at the required standard and successful defence of their proposals. Students are expected to consult widely with their supervisory panel, which can assist, advise and provide support for a timely and successful completion. Students are also required to present their research generally three months prior to the submission of their thesis for examination.

Annual progress review

In each year of their candidature, MPhil students are required to submit an annual plan and progress report as a basis for periodic progress review. The annual plan details the coursework and research intended to be undertaken in the following twelve months. The annual progress report provides a report on work completed by the students, current progress and any problems that may impact on their research.

Please see Research Student Milestones for further details.

Research integrity training

MPhil candidates are also required to undertake Research Integrity Training (RIT). This training program has been developed by the ANU Office of Research Integrity and needs to be completed whenever it is on offer in the first year following commencement.

Thesis submission and examination

Information on the process of thesis submission and examination can be found here: Submitting a thesis.



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