Accounting at AUT University: department overview

Why study accounting?

Accounting is a central function in every business. It involves analysing and using financial information to understand and to evaluate the financial position of an organisation. It can involve anything from basic book-keeping to more complicated management of balance sheets and income statements.

A professional accounting qualification is not just for people who want to become accountants. It equips individuals for a broad spectrum of successful careers in small and large businesses, financial services, not-for-profit organizations and the government sector, all of which require an ability to understand and interpret financial information for use in decision making.

You can work in any role, from strategic planning to risk analysis. Wherever there is a need for someone with astute accounting knowledge, sharp business skills and ability to communicate, you will be in demand.

To practise as an accountant, graduates must also undertake study for professional accreditation through one of the professional bodies such as the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA Australia) or Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Why study accounting at the Auckland University of Technology?

At AUT we give you an accounting education, not simply training in accounting. We take an analytical perspective of how accounting is practised and how it should be practised, so you develop a real understanding of the subject matter rather than just rote learning.

Our Accounting Department at AUT is recognized by the following professional accounting bodies:    

ACCA logo Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand logo CIMA logo CPA Logo

Where do our graduates find employment?

Completing a business degree with AUT in an accounting major is an excellent way to prepare for a business career. Accounting knowledge and learned skills help to entry into a wide variety of business. Every field of business relates in some way to accounting.

Our study programmes focus on practical applications and provide students with a degree that helps prepare students for a dynamic and changing workplace.

An integral part of our accounting major is workplace integrated learning: Co-operative Education. This involves a placement in the workplace for students to gain workplace experience at the end of their study where students get an opportunity to apply their theory and skills learnt on the degree in the workplace. This promotes the development of professional skills, to reflect critically on the relationship between theory and practice, apply relevant theories in the workplace, identify gaps in learning and plan future learning and career development.

We have established close connections with a range of organisations in both the public and private sectors. Getting into contact with potential employers provides our students a great entry into a professional career.

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Accounting degrees and qualifications



The accounting department offers postgraduate degrees with focus in the areas of:

  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Accounting information systems

Degrees and qualifications

News, events and conferences

Contact the accounting department

Leslee Burtton
Department Co-ordinator
Phone: +064 9 921 9999 ext 6991

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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.