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Master of Commerce with a specialisation in Financial Crime and Governance

This information is for international students.
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Overview

The Financial Crime and Governance specialisation will teach you how to identify and assess financial crime risks and manage investigative processes. It includes such topics as:

  • fraud prevention and controls
  • internet and other financial scams
  • computer fraud
  • money laundering investigations
  • forensic accounting

You will learn skills such as:

  • collecting and evaluating evidence
  • writing legal reports
  • interviewing witnesses and perpetrators
  • developing audit procedures

Key features

  • provides an appreciation of the political, economic, environmental, cultural and social repercussions of financial crime on business and the community
  • develops the knowledge and skills to manage corporate compliance and action programs with legislative requirements
  • learn how to make fraud and corruption risk assessments that assist discovery, identification and reporting of corporate wrongdoing
  • graduates will know how to retrieve and secure documentary or other evidence to support fraud investigations
  • offers research skills and a research project and students will complete a capstone unit

The Faculty of Business & Economics offers masters students the opportunity to gain real-world work experience and receive academic credit while completing their studies at Macquarie University. Read more.

Degrees offering Financial Crime and Governance

CRICOS Code -  083782M

Location

North Ryde (Sydney)

Commencement

Session 1 (February), Session 2 (July)

Minimum course duration

2 years full-time

Suitable for

Do you aspire to become an expert in financial forensic matters and fraud investigation? The Master of Commerce with a specialisation in Financial Crime and Governance develops both the financial and investigative knowledge you’ll need.

Entry requirements

• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent
• GPA of 2.70 (out of 4.00)

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:

  • senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
  • one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

Work experience requirements

Notes:

Internships 
Earn credit towards the completion of your degree through a supervised workplace internship.  Students who have completed one semester of postgraduate study can apply to take a supervised workplace internship in their second semester of study for credit.  Internship numbers are limited and competitive! Partnerships are arranged on a best fit basis, where the needs of the organisation and the student are carefully matched and compared.

You will work under the guidance of a workplace mentor and are supported by an Internship Advisor from the University.

The unit, BUS880 Business Internship will help set your degree apart as you gain real-life work experience. This unit will require you to complete 150 workplace hours and a number of academic assessments.

What you will study

Degree requirements Credit Points
Minimum number of credit points 64
Minimum number of credit points at 600 level 16
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 48
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above designated as commerce 44
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

Specific minimum requirements:

The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this master.

600 level Credit Points
Required 16cp from ACCG611 Principles of Accounting
ACCG612 Intermediate Financial Accounting
ACCG613 Intermediate Managerial Accounting
ACCG614 Business and Corporation Law
ACST601 Stochastic Methods in Finance and Insurance
ACST602 Statistical Modelling in Finance and Insurance
ACST603 Principles of Finance
ACST604 Mathematical Modelling
BUS651 Work, Organisation and Management
ECON632 Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON633 Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON634 Econometrics and Business Statistics
MKTG696 Introduction to Marketing Management 16
800 level or above Credit Points
Required FOBE800 Contemporary Business Issues 4
Required either 1 specialisation and 24cp at 800 level or above
or 2 specialisations and 4cp at 800 level or above 44

Specialisation requirements

The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this specialisation

600 level Credit Points
Recommended ACCG611 Principles of Accounting 4
Recommended 12cp from ACCG612 Intermediate Financial Accounting
ACCG613 Intermediate Managerial Accounting
ACCG614 Business and Corporation Law
ACST601 Stochastic Methods in Finance and Insurance
ACST602 Statistical Modelling in Finance and Insurance
ACST603 Principles of Finance
ACST604 Mathematical Modelling
BUS651 Work, Organisation and Management
ECON632 Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON633 Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON634 Econometrics and Business Statistics
MKTG696 Introduction to Marketing Management 12
800 level or above Credit Points
Required ACCG848 Business and Professional Ethics 4
Required ACCG847 Forensic Accounting 4
Required ACCG877 Emerging Issues in Financial Crime 4
Required ACCG878 Fraud Detection, Investigative Techniques 4
Required ACCG927 Current Issues in Accounting and Corporate Governance 4

Notes

  • The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2015 ONLY.
    It is meant as a guide only, to plan your enrolment or study please see the official Handbook.
    For more information please read the courses disclaimer.

Careers

Career Opportunities

Careers for graduates with a specialisation in Financial Crime include:

  • Fraud Investigator
  • Financial crime analyst
  • Corporate Risk Assessor
  • Risk Manager

Profiles

Our Students

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Xiaopeng Wang

Master of Commerce in Financial Crime and Governance

The MCom in Fin Crime&Governance is well-structured and insightful. It offers valuable opportunity for students to form a mature and sophisticated thinking of the contemporary business environment. Topics are extremely interesting and lecturers are really passionate and professional in this area. For example, my previous understanding of financial crimes is more company-oriented, while this course broadens my horizon that anyone could be the victim of financial crimes (e.g. investment scam and cyber crime). Moreover, what's the most fascinating point of this course is the simulation of the real investigation procedures. The case study approach enables us to work like a real investigative team and develop the advanced teamwork and communication skills. Students become highly competitive in the job market with excellent analytical skills.

Our Graduates

Master of Commerce - Macquarie University

The Master of Commerce is a comprehensive postgraduate program incorporating core knowledge and skills (gateway units), discipline based specialisations and a wide range of leading edge elective options. It provides graduates with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in the world of business and prepares graduates for careers in their desired professions.

Our Expertise

Dr Verity Greenwood

Dr Verity Greenwood, Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University said “We are proud to offer our students this new specialisation in Financial Crime.”

 “Our degree is taught by both industry leaders, such as lawyers and accountants, and researchers who work in the areas of ethics, audit and assurance.”

Why choose Macquarie?

Why Choose Macquarie

Our reputation

Macquarie University has an international reputation for being Australia's best modern university.

Our campus

You can enjoy Sydney's natural beauty as well as cutting-edge technology and facilities.


Studying in Sydney

Ranked in the top 4 best student cities in the world, Sydney is an outstanding study destination.

Real-world learning

Our internationally-respected degrees are designed with graduate outcomes in mind, giving you an edge in the global job market.


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Master of Commerce with a specialisation in Financial Crime and Governance

CRICOS Code:
083782M

To apply for this course as an international student, use the Macquarie University Online Application Manager. Printed application forms are also available if you would like to post your application.

When applying for the Master of Commerce you must choose at least one of the following specialisations:

For more information see applying to Macquarie University as an international student.

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