Accounting at UC
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Accounting is synonymous with being a professional accountant, playing a big part in running all sorts of organisations from airlines to farms, manufacturers and motion picture studios to wineries and zoos, here in New Zealand or overseas – there are even accounting jobs at Scott Base on Antarctica!
The three main qualifications in UC’s Accounting Programme all lead to becoming a Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand, a Certified Practicing Accountant Australia or a member of the equivalent professional accounting body in other countries (see the institute list).
The three qualifications consist of accounting, auditing and taxation, with vital support components in law, economics, management, mathematics and statistics, communications and information systems. Two are at bachelors degree level, so you can study them straight from secondary school; and the third is at master degree level, if you’ve already gained a bachelors degree in another discipline. The qualifications are:
- Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting
- Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Taxation and Accounting
- Master of Professional Accounting.
Higher Level Qualifications
UC’s Accounting Programme also comprises higher level qualifications at masters and doctorate level. These involve study and research into the wider area accounting. Higher level qualifications are open to graduates with a bachelors degree in accounting who want to add an additional year of study, and those who want to return to study full-time or part-time, including chartered accountants and certified practising accountants. The qualifications are:
- Bachelor of Commerce with Honours - Accounting
- Bachelor of Commerce with Honours - Taxation and Accounting
- Master of Commerce in Accounting
- Master of Commerce in Taxation
- Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting
- Doctor of Philosophy in Taxation
Accounting is a vital part of organisations and societies worldwide. Accountants need to be able to understand, utilise and analyse information for organisational purposes, whether they are working with small businesses and community organisations, a national or multinational company, a city council or major charity, the Government or the International Monetary Fund.
Accounting knowledge and skills don’t just run to financial statements, spreadsheets and accounting software. They can be about raising investment capital, deploying it wisely, being a steward and exercising professional expertise and judgement.
On our accounting programme, you’ll not only learn these skills, but you’ll learn how to maintain and enhance them, as technology, economies, societies and the composition of accountant work changes in the decades ahead .
As a basis for being work-ready when you emerge from UC’s Accounting Programme, you will do some in-depth and engaged learning on wide ranging topics, including:
- Accounting and finance in governments, public bodies and public services
- Accounting firm practices, including audit, tax and business consulting
- Accounting, sustainability and corporate social responsibility
- Accounting for social and environmental organisations
- Business sector management accounting, at operational and strategic levels
- International corporate, governmental and non-governmental financial reporting.
Courses in Accounting and Taxation
Our Accounting Programme courses are provided by research-active academics based in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems. The courses are in two groups: those associated specifically with the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA); and those making up the bachelor, other masters and doctoral qualifications. To find out more details of each course:
- Go to a list of courses in accounting and taxation at bachelor, master and doctoral levels
- Go to a list of courses in accounting and taxation associated with the MPA
As a chartered or certified accountant you will be able to generalise or specialise in more areas than we can possibly list here, but here are some possible career pathways:
|Chief Executive||Cost Accountant||Cruise Ship's Accountant|
|Accounting Educator||Financial Accountant||Financial Consultant|
|Financial Controller||Management Accountant||Management Consultant|
|Project Accountant||Accounting Researcher||Senior Manager|
|Tax Collector||Tax Consultant||University Professor|
For further information about careers in IS, visit the UC Careers website at www.canterbury.ac.nz/careers
And if you want to check out job openings right now, here’s another UC Careers link to job vacancy websites
Want to know more about Accounting and Taxation?
The student advisors in the UC Business School can assist you in a variety of ways from planning your degree to helping with special applications regarding your course of study. Find out more online at http://www.bsec.canterbury.ac.nz/course_advice/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org