Accounting delivers information for decision-making. Almost every business and organisation needs accountants to measure performance and gather essential data.

Areas of study

There are two areas of study - financial accounting and management accounting. Financial accounting involves consideration of the presentation of financial statements and techniques for their analysis; management accounting explores the use of accounting data for managerial planning, decision-making and control. You can choose to complete a three year degree programme that satisfies the academic requirements for obtaining membership to two professional accounting bodies - the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) and Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA Australia).

You can study Accounting in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will learn how to present financial statements that can be used to assist business planning and decision-making. You will also learn financial analysis techniques.

Career opportunities

The study of Accounting can be regarded as either a specialist professional area in itself or as a basic tool which can be applied across the broad spectrum of business or non-profit organisations. If you study accounting at undergraduate level, you may decide to embark on one of these careers:

  • Accountant in a chartered accountancy practice, industry or the public sector (financial accounting)
  • Business consultant or financial manager in a manufacturing, service or consultancy organisation (management accounting)
  • An academic career specialising in accounting.

More information

For more information see the Business School website: Why study Accounting?