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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.
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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.
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.
Professional recognition and accreditation
The Bachelor of Business Financial Planning)/Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) is accredited by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Students and graduates of the program are eligible to apply for membership of FPA.
Graduates may be eligible for associate membership and entry into the professional bodies' qualification programs, subject to completion of required courses.
Graduates are also eligible to apply for membership of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).
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.