Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning)/Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)
DurationPart-time may be available, Full-time 4 years
Our double degree is the only one in Australia that combines financial planning and accounting to develop your abilities to provide business, finance and wealth advice to individuals and organisations.
The double degree is concerned with producing graduates with the knowledge and skills to have a successful career in professional services, specifically in the provision of business, financial and wealth advisory services.
Your specialised studies in accounting, financial planning and wealth management will introduce you to the regulatory and global influences relevant to the financial services industry, and develop your understanding of accounting, financial planning, financial products, risk management and investment strategies that are essential to providing financial and accounting services to clients. In addition, you will have the option to undertake a six month internship to apply your technical knowledge and analytical skills.
While developing specialist knowledge necessary to operate successfully in contemporary business and multidisciplinary environments, the program prepares students to provide holistic and integrated business, financial and wealth advice to the highest level of ethical and professional standards.
Classes will mostly be delivered in RMIT's Swanston Academic Building which features innovative learning spaces interspersed with retail and social spaces resulting in a stimulating environment for students.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, class presentations and student-led discussions, role plays, case study analysis and participating in managing a company in a computer-based business simulation.
Through RMIT University’s online learning portal, myRMIT, you will be able to view online resources and learning activities created by lecturers, access course materials via Blackboard, collaborate with lecturers and fellow students, and access your student email account. Educational software, the Learning Hub, resources and printers are accessible on campus via the RMIT wireless network using your own laptop, tablet or smart phone or via computer facilities on-campus. You will be able to access the same software from home using myDesktop.
Find out more about student computing at RMIT.
Assessment throughout the semester may include examinations, in-class tests, essays, reports, individual and group research projects.
In this program you will study specialist work-integrated learning courses to contextualise and bring theory to life and have the option to undertake a six month full-time internship.
The internship embeds you in industry and is designed to enhance your technical or theoretical knowledge by seeing its application in a work environment, and will develop your overall professional and soft skills to increase your overall employability.
If you elect not to undertake a six month internship (48 credit points), you may wish to consider enrolling in the Fastrack Innovation Program. In this elective course you will work in a student team with mentors to develop and present a solution to a real problem. This form of fast-prototyping is designed to tap into fresh thinking from RMIT students.
The work-integrated learning courses in this double degree include:
- Superannuation and Retirement. This course provides a comprehensive study of processes, regulatory frameworks and taxation issues and is listed on the ASIC Register of Compliant Training as meeting the requirements for superannuation specialist knowledge under Regulatory Guide 146. It is also worth 15 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for membership of professional bodies such as the Financial Planning Association.
- Financial Accounting Theory. This final year course requires you to apply accounting theories to a contemporary workplace situation. You will explore the role of financial accounting in decision making as well as issues relating to regulation of financial reporting and disclosure of financial information in the absence of complete regulation.
- Financial Advisory Practice. This final year course requires you to demonstrate your accumulated knowledge from the program by preparing, presenting, implementing and reviewing a personal financial plan for a client. You will also explore practical issues in relation to the financial planning industry in general, and practice management specifically.
Completing a global mobility program can help you to stand out in the job market.
In most cases you can gain credit points towards your studies while experiencing another culture and teaching style overseas.
Global mobility options available for this program include:
- Study tours
- First Year Study Tour
- Student exchange
- RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP)
- Global Entrepreneurship and Internship Program (GEIP).
Find out more about international opportunities in the College of Business.
The program consists of 32 courses (each 12 credit points, or equivalent) and includes:
- 8 compulsory common business core courses
- 8 accountancy major courses
- 8 financial planning major courses
- 4 specialist courses
- 4 electives.
When planning your studies, you are advised to check which electives are offered each year, as well as general information about professional practice requirements.
You are encouraged to complete a six month internship (48 credit points) as part of this program.
Other elective study options include:
- undertaking an internship with fewer industry contact hours
- studying general electives
- including a global mobility experience
- learning about starting up your own business by enrolling in BUSM4599 Business Skills for Start Ups.
Choose a program structure
|Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning)/ Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)||City Campus||
4 years full time or 8 years part time
4 years full time
Choose a program structure
Program code: BP313
The flexibility to blend classroom learning with courses that apply those learnings to a work context, plus practical experience in your chosen field will distinguish you in the employment market.
This competitive differentiation will set you up for a successful career as a professional financial planner or accountant, and for a wide range of roles in professional advisory services, financial and management accounting, auditing, assurance and taxation, for commercial and government organisations, including:
- family and personal wealth advisory services
- banking and financial services
- investment and portfolio management
- organisational governance and accountability
- auditing and assurance
- cost and management accounting
- business and financial management
- funds management
- risk management.
This double degree is accredited by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), the Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Association of International Accountants (AIA).
It is recognised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
Professional bodies may offer students and/or graduates membership, opportunities for entry into professional qualification programs and other career enhancing benefits.
For further details about accreditation and information about membership and opportunities for students and graduates, please visit our accreditation and membership page.
Current Year 12:
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent, with a minimum ATAR of 75, or equivalent.
Non Year 12:
- Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 / 60% Weighted Average Mark (WAM) in the highest level qualification available; or
- Successful completion of a Higher Education Diploma, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 / 60% Weighted Average Mark (WAM); or
- Successful completion of an Associate Degree.
3 year RMIT Bachelor of Business degree students:
- Successful completion of the equivalent of 1 semester of full-time study^ with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 / 60% Weighted Average Mark (WAM); and no double-fail in any required course of the receiving degree; or
- Successful completion of the equivalent of 4 semesters of full-time study^ with a cumulative GPA of 1.0 out of 4.0 / 50% WAM; and no double-fail in any required course of the receiving degree.
All other 3 year bachelor degree students:
Successful completion of the equivalent of 1 semester of full-time study^ with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 / 60% Weighted Average Mark (WAM); and no double-fail in any required course of the receiving degree.
4 year bachelor degree students:
Successful completion of the equivalent of 1 semester of full-time study^ and no double-fail in any required course of the receiving degree.
^ One semester of full-time study relates to a block of study: 4 out of 4 or 3 out of 3 courses within a semester.
RMIT is committed to admissions transparency. View the 2018 ATAR distribution information for our degrees and information about how admissions work at RMIT:
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum average of 75% (check calculator below).
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.
If you don't meet the entry requirements, there may be other RMIT programs you are eligible for that can lead you to your preferred program. Explore your pathway options.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 92 (with minimum of 20 in all sections)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available.
In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
As a CSP student, you may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows you to defer payment of up to 100% of your student contribution.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2018
|Student contribution band by course (subject)||Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2018|
|Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing||$6,444 per standard year
$805 per standard (12 credit point) course
|Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture||$9,185 per standard year
$1,148 per standard (12 credit point) course
Band 3: law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science
|$10,754 per standard year
$1,344 per standard (12 credit point) course
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to 100% of their student contribution.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.