If you’re thinking of joining the growing league of clever individuals who make up the $20 billion accounting industry in Australia, studying a business degree with an accounting focus will put you in a strong position to kick-start your career. Being good with numbers is only part of the equation; accountants also need to be able to interpret financial data to help inform business decisions and communicate their findings clearly and effectively.

Course overview

The ICMS Bachelor of Business Management (Accounting) degree provides an accounting specialisation within a broader business context. The degree combines business, management and accounting studies to help you emerge as a well-rounded accounting professional ready to provide real business value. 

This degree will equip you with a variety of specialist and more generic soft skills, to enable you to work and contribute effectively in a range of complex environments. The broader business skills taught as part of this degree, such as people management, business communication and leadership, will enable you to adapt in your future accounting career as the business environment continues to evolve. 

When you study accounting at ICMS, you will not only develop a thorough understanding of accounting principles and their application; you will learn directly from business experts and through real industry experience. You’ll get experience in preparing, evaluating and analysing financial data. As a graduate, you will able to effectively communicate the financial position of an organisation and confidently contribute to business strategy.

Key facts

CRICOS course code: 097375M
UAC course code: 530160
Degree length: 2.75 years (or part-time equivalent)
Industry training: 1,200 hours
FEE-HELP available? Yes
Study mode: On-campus (Manly, NSW)
Next intake: February 2019 – apply now

Industry training

We have an impressive network of industry partners in the accounting and finance industries. These leading companies provide our ICMS community with invaluable industry insight and experience. When it is time to embark on your industry training, we work closely with them to find a suitable placement that is the best fit for your skills, interests and professional goals.

Your industry training could take you to a major city or regional area in Australia. You could even take up a position in an international city. It is all part of finding the best placement for you. Not only is this an invaluable experience, it is also a chance to grow your professional network. For many of our graduates this experience introduces them to their future employers.


The Bachelor of Business Management (Accounting) degree has been approved for professional accreditation by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (Chartered Accountants ANZ). What the accreditation means for ICMS students is that they will enjoy automatic exemptions from CPA foundation programs - which saves the students the cost and time for six subjects – as well as eligibility to register as associate members of CPA upon graduation.  A further advantage for students is that industry training worked into the ICMS Bachelor of Business Management (Accounting) counts towards full accreditation with CPA, something that is unique to ICMS. 

Career options

Financial Accountant Tax Accountant Auditor
Business Analyst Financial Advisor Forensic Accountant
Investment Manager Finance Manager Management Accountant


Head of Course: 
Vivian Allen ICMS
Vivian Allen
Academic Board
Senior Academic Team
Associate Dean (Business)

Typical Study Pattern


  • Business Communication
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Human Resources
  • Accounting for Business
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Business Economics
  • Service Management and Innovation
  • Financial Accounting I
  • Principles of Responsible Leadership
  • Management Accounting I
  • Financial Accounting I
  • Business Statistics


  • Industry Training I
  • Industry Training II
  • Career Planning and Strategy
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • New Enterprise Creation
  • Management Accounting II
  • Applied Leadership


  • Research Methods
  • Elective Level 300
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Business Ethics
  • Strategic Management
  • Elective Level 300
  • Corporate Finance
  • Research Project