Accounting

Why research Accounting?

Over the last 10 years the department has performed strongly in research by way of publishing in highly ranked academic journals and obtaining external and other grants.

Accounting at La Trobe was rated as world standard in the excellence in research for Australia "ERA" rankings released in January 2011 and was ranked one of the top three accounting groups among Victorian universities.

The research strengths of the accounting staff are in three broad clusters:

  • Corporate governance, financial reporting and taxation in the Asia-Pacific Region;
  • Critical, social, ethical and environmental perspectives on accounting; and,
  • Management and public sector accounting including the role of accounting in organisational change.

The department has a very congenial research environment and encourages and supports joint research with academics within the department, college and other universities. The department encourages research on topical and contemporary issues that lead to publications in internationally recognised journals and the professors and other senior staff are highly skilled to support such research.

Strong College success in ERA rankings

La Trobe ranked joint third in Victoria through its research in Accounting (Cluster 4, field  15).

Courses

Local students

NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.

2017

Doctor of Philosophy (Law and Management)
Duration :
3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
City
Year
2017
About this course
The Doctor of Philosophy is taken by thesis but additional coursework or seminars may be necessary. The program enables you to engage in independent research that makes an original contribution to knowledge. Research may be undertaken in any of the disciplines with the Faculty including: accounting, business, economics, finance, fraud investigation, global business law, law, public interest law, event management, human resource management, management, management information systems, marketing, sport management, tourism and hospitality management.
Prerequisite
Master's or Honours degree of at least H2A standard, with dissertation demonstrating ability to undertake research at doctoral level, or equivalent demonstrated skills, experience, research or publications.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Master of Arts (Business, Economics and Law)
Duration :
2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
Shepparton
Year
2017
About this course
You will submit a thesis of up to 50 000 words and research can be undertaken in any discipline within the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law.
Prerequisite
Bachelor's degree with at least second-class Honours in appropriate discipline, or equivalent.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Master of Business (Research)
Duration :
2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
Shepparton
Year
2017
About this course
This program requires the submission of a thesis of up to 50 000 words. You can undertake research in human resource management, management, management information systems, marketing, organisational behaviour, sport and leisure management, or tourism.
Prerequisite
Bachelor's degree with at least second-class Honours in an appropriate discipline, or qualifications considered by the Higher Degrees Committee to provide equivalent preparation for postgraduate research.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Master of Commerce (Research)
Duration :
2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
Shepparton
Year
2017
About this course
This program requires the submission of a thesis of up to 50 000 words. Candidates can pursue research in corporate reporting, governance and accounting policy, public sector accounting, asset pricing and financial markets, corporate finance, or accounting.
Prerequisite
Bachelor's degree with at least second-class Honours in an appropriate discipline, or equivalent.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Accounting application information

Preliminary inquiries about admission should initially be made to:

  • Professor Kamran Ahmed
  • Higher Degrees by Research Coordinator
  • Department of Accounting and Business Analytics
  • La Trobe University, Melbourne
  • T: (+61 3) 9479 1125
  • E: k.ahmed@latrobe.edu.au

Please email the Higher Degrees by Research Coordinator before making a formal application for candidature. All local and international students should email (with electronic attachments) the following:

  1. A preliminary research proposal which provides us with an idea of your research topic, the motivation for conducting this research, some background to the research (literature review), research questions and/or hypotheses, and research methods to be used (approximately 3-5 pages).
  2. A detailed curriculum vitae (CV).
  3. Your GPA or average mark for your undergraduate degree(s) plus abstract of any research report/minor thesis and percentage of the course that is research.
  4. Your GPA or average mark for any postgraduate degree(s) plus a list of each subject completed and marks including abstract and table of contents relating to any research report/minor or major thesis and percentage of the course that is research. Please note that certified transcripts are not required.
  5. Details of any other research activity you have engaged in during your undergraduate or postgraduate degree or in a work environment including details of any refereed journal or other publications.
  6. Details of any Academic English language test results, where appropriate, for example IELTS or TOEFL.

This will enable us to make a preliminary assessment of your suitability for the program and the availability of appropriate supervision. Once this informal process is completed, the Higher Degrees by Research Coordinator will request that you formally apply for admission.

International students

2017

Doctor of Philosophy (Law and Management) (002106G)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
31 000
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
The Doctor of Philosophy is taken by thesis but additional coursework or seminars may be necessary. The program enables you to engage in independent research that makes an original contribution to knowledge. Research may be undertaken in any of the disciplines with the Faculty including: accounting, business, economics, finance, fraud investigation, global business law, law, public interest law, event management, human resource management, management, management information systems, marketing, sport management, tourism and hospitality management.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Australian Master's degree of Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent. You must also provide evidence of substantial prior research expertise.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Arts (Business, Economics and Law) (055083D)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
31 000
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne, Shepparton
Year
2017
About this course
You will submit a thesis of up to 50 000 words and research can be undertaken in any discipline within the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must have completed an Australian Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent. If you have Honours at H2B level, or equivalent, you may still be considered in some instances.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Business (Research) (055085B)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
31 000
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne, Shepparton
Year
2017
About this course
This program requires the submission of a thesis of up to 50 000 words. You can undertake research in human resource management, management, management information systems, marketing, organisational behaviour, sport and leisure management, or tourism.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must have completed an Australian Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent. If you have Honours at H2B level, or equivalent, you may still be considered in some instances.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Commerce (Research) (055086A)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
31 000
Campus
Melbourne, Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton
Year
2017
About this course
This program requires the submission of a thesis of up to 50 000 words. Candidates can pursue research in corporate reporting, governance and accounting policy, public sector accounting, asset pricing and financial markets, corporate finance, or accounting.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
A Bachelor's degree with at least upper second-class Honours in an appropriate discipline (or equivalent) is required. Admission to the program also depends on the availability of a supervisor who has expertise in the candidate's chosen area.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Accounting application information

Preliminary inquiries about admission should initially be made to:

  • Professor Kamran Ahmed
  • Higher Degrees by Research Coordinator
  • Department of Accounting and Business Analytics
  • La Trobe University, Melbourne
  • T: (+61 3) 9479 1125
  • E:k.ahmed@latrobe.edu.au

    Please email the Higher Degrees by Research Coordinator before making a formal application for candidature. All local and international students should email (with electronic attachments) the following:

    1. A preliminary research proposal which provides us with an idea of your research topic, the motivation for conducting this research, some background to the research (literature review), research questions and/or hypotheses, and research methods to be used (approximately 3-5 pages).
    2. A detailed curriculum vitae (CV).
    3. Your GPA or average mark for your undergraduate degree(s) plus abstract of any research report/minor thesis and percentage of the course that is research.
    4. Your GPA or average mark for any postgraduate degree(s) plus a list of each subject completed and marks including abstract and table of contents relating to any research report/minor or major thesis and percentage of the course that is research. Please note that certified transcripts are not required.
    5. Details of any other research activity you have engaged in during your undergraduate or postgraduate degree or in a work environment including details of any refereed journal or other publications.
    6. Details of any Academic English language test results, where appropriate, for example IELTS or TOEFL.

    This will enable us to make a preliminary assessment of your suitability for the program and the availability of appropriate supervision. Once this informal process is completed, the Higher Degrees by Research Coordinator will request that you formally apply for admission.

    International students who have been requested to apply must do so through La Trobe International.

    Your study experience

    Support for research students

    All full time research students are provided with office space, stationery, their own computer as well as the same access to department facilities, such as photocopiers, email and other network facilities, databases, as academic staff. Most part-time students are also members of staff and the facilities provided to any other part-time students are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

    Conference and related funding

    The department provides students with generous financial support in respect of conferences and other needs directly related to their research.

    Access to databases

    The University Library as well as the department subscribe to a wide range of state-of-the-art databases in order to facilitate staff and students' research. These include DATASTREAM (financial and economic modules), OSIRIS (global module), SIRCA (Asia-pacific Module), Aspect Financial, Company Analysis (financial statements of Australian firms), and other data bases from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

    Progress and milestones

    Full time higher degree by research students will report to their Research Progress Panel (RPP) at least twice a year. They will meet with their RPP at least once a year. Confirmation of continuation of scholarship and candidature depends on a higher research degree student's reporting to his/her Research Progress Panel (RPP) and demonstrating adequate quality of work and progress, particularly through completion of agreed milestones.

    Part-time students reporting may be reduced to once a year.

    Symposiums and workshops

    The department runs two symposiums each year and all PhD and MCom students are required to present their work in one of these symposiums at least once a year. This helps develop presentation skills, provides the presenter with a range of feedback and exposes the participants to a wide range of research paradigms and issues.

    Additional workshops are also held regularly during semester designed to develop generic research skills as well as providing forums for invited visiting academics.

    Additional coursework

    Depending on their background, candidates may be required to complete additional coursework, such as units in research methodology or econometrics, as prescribed by their supervisors and the Higher Degrees by Research Coordinator. The coursework element is intended to widen the candidate's knowledge, to place the specialised research project within a broader context and enhance the student's research skills. Such coursework units are to be completed for credit (ie complete all assessment including exams).

    Gordon Boyce, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

    Student and graduate profiles

    Find out about the experiences of one of our students undertaking research in Accounting.

    Pursuing my Phd is a progression from my undergrad and honours years of studies at La Trobe.

    Dr. Joane Jonathan, Business, Economics and Law