Accounting - Bachelor of Business

Study accounting in the Bachelor of Business degree. Accounting is a dynamic career, delivering multifaceted business analysis, and contributing to the strategic development of business, public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Accountants must be excellent communicators and strongly analytical, as well as having the required technical skills specific to the vocation. They must relate to people from all walks of life, as they’re frequently called upon to explain concepts and strategies to those outside the financial sphere. The changing nature of accounting software packages means that accountants need to have well-developed technical skills. These broad-based skills mean that accounting graduates can start successful careers in a huge variety of roles.


Accounting department


This is part of the Bachelor of Business.

Part 1

You complete five core papers - refer to the Bachelor of Business overview.

Bachelor of Business

Complete the following paper

And choose one of the following papers

You also choose one elective paper from the list below, or from elsewhere at AUT:

Part 2

You gain an understanding of international regulations and practices, and how accounting supports management decision-making.

Papers may include

Part 3

Workplace experience is the final part of your degree and takes place in your final semester. You can choose to work in an organisation of your choice or complete an applied project, bringing together your learning and gaining valuable experience.

Recent co-operative education placements included:

  • ANZ Bank
  • Auckland Council
  • Audit New Zealand
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • Vodafone NZ
  • Westpac Bank

Workplace experience in the Bachelor of Business

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of this major are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

  • Chartered accountant
  • Chief financial officer
  • Corporate accountant
  • Auditor
  • Management accountant
  • Taxation consultant

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Accounting Careers

AUT accounting programmes are accredited by the following professional bodies. Visit the organisations' websites for membership information and opportunities.

CA ANZ and CPA Australia hold regular information sessions and networking events at AUT.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Graduates are eligible to register for ACCA membership. Bachelor of Business graduates may be exempt from up to 9 of the 14 ACCA examinations.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) website

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)

To become a chartered accountant and gain admission into CA ANZ you need to complete a three-year programme of academic study.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) website

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Graduates majoring in accounting are exempt from 12 CIMA exams for the CIMA Professional Qualification and the global professional designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) website

CPA Australia

Graduates are eligible to apply for CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountants) membership, provided core curriculum subjects are completed to meet academic requirements.

CPA Australia website

Key features
  • World-leading accounting department, ranked in the top 150 in the world in QS rankings
  • Accredited by CA ANZ, CIMA, CPA Australia and ACCA
  • Includes valuable workplace experience in your final year
See yourself as
  • A strategic and financial planner
  • Enjoying maths, statistics and accounting
  • Interested in researching, analysing and interpreting information
Matthew Delmonte
Hana Velio
Jeremiah Chia

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