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What will I learn?

Forensic accounting is one of the most in-demand professions in accounting, requiring a combination of business acumen, communications, accounting, auditing, law, data, analytical and investigative skills. Forensic accountants quantify losses, analyse financial information and explain complex issues across a wide range of areas, including business valuations, court matters, insurance claims, business disputes and others.

This forward-looking, industry-focused degree will provide you with a specialised skill set that will benefit a wide range of professional services businesses. It will equip you to play an essential role in the delivery of justice to the community and to provide specialised assistance to the regulation of the law and functioning of government.

Course Requirements

A course may be comprised of up to three zones: Foundation, Core, and Flexible.

Foundation zone: this zone provides the foundational knowledge needed to succeed in the course if you are coming from a different disciplinary background.

Core zone: this zone is compulsory and covers the specific disciplinary or professional requirements of the course.

Flexible zone: this zone provides breadth to the course and is comprised of elective units.

Career Opportunities


  • Banker
  • Border security and identity manager
  • Compliance manager
  • Dispute analyst
  • Forensic accountant
  • Forensic interviewer for the police and for family court matters
  • Forensic litigation adviser
  • Insurance and risk business solutions consultant
  • Law enforcement digital analyst
  • Risk consultant
  • Security governance manager


  • Accounting firms
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Consultancies, eg, PWC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG
  • Defence department and border control agencies
  • Government (all levels)
  • Insurance organisations
  • Law firms
  • Police (federal, state and military) courts, other tribunals
  • Telecommunication companies, eg, Optus, Telstra

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business and Economics



Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,000.00 (20,90,209) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022


Macquarie University

Balaclava Road,

North Ryde,


New South Wales,

2109, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

AQF level 8 bachelor honours or graduate diploma qualification in a related field or recognised equivalent, Meet two of the following three criteria: AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification in a related field or recognised equivalent; Minimum two years relevant approved work experience at senior management level, professional certification or other recognised prior learning; AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent with a WAM of 65; The required standard of English for this program is: Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.

For international students

With either of the following:

AQF 7 degree in related field

AQF 7 with approved informal / formal learning

Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Macquarie University

Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, students discover passions and pursue career goals at a global leader in tertiary education.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of world universities
  • Located in Sydney’s fastest-growing business region
  • More than 30,000 practical work placements available
  • One of Australia’s most generous scholarship programmes