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Bachelor of Business – Accounting and Finance

Gain invaluable skills to help people and organisations reach their financial goals sustainably.

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3 years full-time

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The flexibility to study at my own pace and my own time was perfect and allowed me to finish my degree in around 3 years, using every [teaching period] I could.

Jacob, Swinburne Online graduate

9.2% ▴

As an Accountant, you’ll never go out of business. There’s an expected increase of 9.2% for accounting jobs over the next 5 years.


We’re in the QS ‘Top 50 Under 50’ rankings for 2021.

The flexibility to study at my own pace and my own time was perfect and allowed me to finish my degree in around 3 years, using every [teaching period] I could.

Jacob, Swinburne Online graduate

9.2% ▴

As an Accountant, you’ll never go out of business. There’s an expected increase of 9.2% for accounting jobs over the next 5 years.

We’re in the QS ‘Top 50 Under 50’ rankings for 2021.


Start your journey to becoming a financial expert.

Gain expertise in managing risks and advocating for your clients by developing knowledge of emerging financial trends, including cryptocurrency and blockchain analysis.

The major in Accounting and Finance will see you team up with your peers to work on a real-life, consulting project, using cutting-edge financial programming software, such as Python, Tableau and Xero. Set yourself up to make meaningful decisions for future organisations and clients using industry-specific software.

Through an industry consulting project with a real-life client, such as Acrodyne, Build Pass, Epilepsy Foundation, Inception Point, Inclusion Melbourne and Lend For Good, you’ll gain the confidence to hit the ground running when you graduate. Build your career readiness by hearing from passionate industry speakers, from places like NAB, Genesis Group, Bollard and Associates, and World Vision and gain professional networking skills.

This course is professionally accredited by CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand) as well as CPA (Certified Practising Accountants) Australia.

The Finance major is recognised under the CFA Institute Affiliated University. The course covers at least 70% of Level 1 of the CFA program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice. This recognition signals to students, employers and the marketplace that that Swinburne’s curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well suited to preparing you for employment in the finance and investment industry, and for sitting the CFA examination. Students of the Finance major may be eligible for CFA Program Student Scholarships.

Swinburne is also part of the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Affiliation Program. Scholarships may be available. Check out the Woman in Financial Planning Scholarship currently available.

What will you learn?

  • Financial Management: Examine the fundamentals of corporate finance and the role finance plays within corporate management.
  • Management Accounting: Learn technical skills required to analyse information that supports decisions which enhance both customer and shareholder values.
  • Analysis for Competitive Advantage: Examine the role of management accounting in solving real world business problems.
  • Finance Law: Understand the laws of financial regulations and how they impact the provision of financial services to retail and wholesale clients in Australia.
  • Ethics and International Finance: Learn to navigate the technology-driven environment of international finance, as well as ethical values and principles.
  • Management of Investment Portfolios: Apply investment knowledge in allocating assets to a portfolio.

The Swinburne Online-SEEK connection

The suite of Swinburne Online Business degrees provides students with the opportunity to forge connections with industry. Students hear from industry leaders and work with real-life clients with demonstrated experience within their respective fields, such as SEEK.

Learn more about our industry connections. Download a course guide.

Flexible study

What does flexible study mean for me?

Studying at Swinburne Online gives you the freedom to study when, where and how you want to. Keeping your lifestyle in mind, we tailor your study journey to your own needs. Get a world-class degree without giving up what’s important to you.

Flexible study at Swinburne Online

Set your own study pace! Swinburne Online offers part-time and full time study options to suit your busy lifestyle. Through our part-time studies, you can increase your unit load as you progress through your chosen course.

Interested in fast-tracking your studies? You also have the opportunity to complete up to 12 units per year.

You don’t have to put your life on hold to study. Prioritise what matters to you and fit study around family, work and personal commitments through a course that is flexibly designed for online learners.

Start your study journey when it suits you. Swinburne Online offers multiple intake dates and flexible unit availability. Choose when you begin your studies and when to take a break, if needed.

Flexible study requires flexible support. As a Swinburne Online student, you’ll have support for extended hours, 7 days a week, with Student Advisors available to help with anything from tech support to research advice and dedicated online tutors in each of your units.


Your course structure

Whether you’re looking to fast-track your studies or prefer a part-time study option, Swinburne Online degrees flexibly fit around your study needs.

Here is an example of a study journey of a full-time student:

Undergraduate timeline

The Bachelor of Business – Accounting and Finance consists of 24 units, including 7 business fundamental units, 3 core business practice units (of which students need to choose 1) and 16 accounting and finance major units.

In the business practice units you combine the skills you’ll learn throughout your degree and apply them to practical scenarios to solidify your knowledge. You’ll collaborate with your peers and solve real business problems, giving you the confidence to step into the workforce with practical experience.

Why study a degree in Accounting and Finance with Swinburne Online?

Our courses are at the forefront of industry and provide you with the practical skills to succeed come graduation. Get a taste through the course highlight below, or view all units in this bachelor’s degree.

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How you'll learn

Online learning designed for you

Swinburne Online offers a unique, digital study environment that includes a dynamic virtual classroom environment and peer interaction on a custom-built social platform. You’ll also receive support at the times you need it most from Online Learning Advisors (OLA) who understand the complexities of studying online.

Your online study journey

With the guidance of Online Learning Advisors (OLA) that have real world experience in your field of study, you’ll complete each of our units in Canvas – your online classroom.

Canvas is where you’ll access classes, assignments and discussion boards with your peers.

The Student Hub is your online campus, where you’ll access the support and resources to assist you throughout your study journey. From managing your course to technical support and library resources, you’ll find it all in one easy location.

Swinburne Online will be there for you each step of the way. From enrolment through to graduation, we offer extended, flexible support in each of your units. Our OLAs are waiting to assist with anything from technical support to referencing and assignment tips.

Meet the team

Dr Richard Busulwa

Lecturer and Researcher from SUT

'At Swinburne, we see that rather than replacing accountants, technology can augment their accounting skills and supercharge their ability to create business value. Being a technology university, we draw on our technology research to equip future accountants with the technology knowledge and skills necessary for them play critical roles in their organisation’s digital transformation and digital business agendas.'

Entry requirements

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

Read our Applying and Enrolling FAQs.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

2022 Guaranteed Entry ATAR: 60

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in English (EAL).

Read our Applying and Enrolling FAQs.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Speak to a Course Consultant about applying for credit.

Applicants who have completed a Diploma in a related discipline may be eligible for credit of up to 8 units; the equivalent of a third of the course. Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit of up to 16 units.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Speak to a Course Consultant about applying for RPL.

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and provides advanced standing to the second.

Credit available may vary depending on the major selected within any given degree but in most instances you may receive up to 8 unit credits.

Our Course Consultants will step you through the process of entry and credit using previous study.


The estimated annual fee for this course is $16,323*. This is based on completing eight 12.5 credit point units in one calendar year.

Commonwealth provided loans are available to assist eligible students to pay their course fees and there are a range of university, government and privately funded scholarships and prizes.

Discover more information about HELP loans.

Course fees will be affected by a student’s unit selection and any credit awarded in recognition of previous academic experience.

This course is offered to domestic and offshore international students. Depending on your citizenship, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place.

Domestic students also contribute to student services and amenities via an annual fee.

Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. You may be eligible for Swinburne Scholarships.

Career Outcomes

Your pathway to industry

The Bachelor of Business – Accounting and Finance prioritises your readiness to succeed come graduation through industry connections embedded in your degree:

  • Projects: Work on an industry consulting project, solidifying your knowledge and giving you highly employable skills.
  • Software: You’ll get to use industry standard software, such as Python and Xero.
  • Teaching: Your OLAs work in the industry themselves, helping you to stay connected to your career goals.
  • Guest Speakers: You’ll hear from a range of industry experts, giving you the opportunity to collaborate with professionals in your field.

Help clients manage their finances and give expert advice on financial reporting, forecasting and analysis.

Be the trusted connection between your clients and the stock market. Working with organisations or individuals, you’ll buy and sell stocks, build relationships with clients and share expert financial advice.

Develop strategies for large companies and clients all over the world. You’ll use outstanding problem-solving skills to create solutions to problems your clients might not have even anticipated.

Connect your company to its investors. Not only will you compile information from potential investors, but you’ll analyse internal and external data to create reports. You’ll be a key part of ensuring your company keeps up with the rapidly changing business world.

With a solid understanding of business practices, you’ll have the tools you need to set up your own business. Bring your fresh ideas to the market and put your knowledge into practice as you assess your growth and innovation.

Take the reins and run the accounting and financial activities of an organisation. Ensure reporting requirements are met and provide timely and accurate information to the management team.

Play a crucial role in supporting organisations to make informed financial decisions. You’ll be able to find ways to improve profitability, a key aspect of financial leadership.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International

Swinburne business degrees are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, and are a part of the five per cent of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB. The alumni of AACSB accredited business schools are among the world’s most influential leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs impacting business, government, and non-profit sectors.

Learn more about our professional accreditations. Download a Course Guide.


‘Learning with Swinburne Online has been great as the technology they use is so fantastic and easy to navigate. You’re not just listening to someone showing a PowerPoint slide. There’s constant interaction between students and staff members. A key thing for me was being able to ask for help so that I could learn in the way that suited me.’


Swinburne Online graduate

What are other students asking?
Yes, you are only required to attend exams at the end of each teaching period. There are no formal mid-semester exams.
You can undertake our courses from anywhere with an internet connection, including the comfort of your own home during social isolation. Swinburne Online takes domestic students for both degrees and TAFE diplomas from anywhere in Australia. International students are also accepted for our degrees, although some differences to their payment processes will apply. You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you. There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.
For most undergraduate students, we recommend you allow eight hours of study a week per unit. For postgraduate education students (domestic only), we recommend 10 hours a week per unit and for postgraduate business students and undergraduate design students we recommend allowing 12 hours a week of study per unit.

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