Taxation and Accounting

Taxation and Accounting

Taxation is important to the functioning of any economy, usually bringing in the vast majority of the revenue a government will have available to utilise.

It typically involves a number of key skills, including legal interpretation and analysis, calculations and providing advice.

Through taking the Taxation and Accounting major, a student can demonstrate they have the knowledge and skills to work in the area of taxation as a significant area of practice within Accounting more broadly.

Completion of this major will ensure the academic requirements are met for the professional accounting bodies but with the addition of one further taxation course (ACCT 359), a student will be able to satisfy the Taxation and Accounting major requirements. It will also set them up for postgraduate studies that encompass aspects of Taxation.

The major shares a common core with Accounting but with the addition of one further taxation course (ACCT 359). You can study towards becoming a chartered accountant by following a specialised degree plan. Talk to a student advisor about your options. 

Students who choose this path will also be set up for postgraduate studies in Taxation.

After graduating from your undergraduate degree, you can choose to continue your study with a Master of Commerce (MCom) in Accounting. This qualification will give you the opportunity to specialise by delving deeper into your subject. To discuss your options, speak to a student advisor

If you intend on following the CA ANZ programme, study in the Master of Commerce counts as one year of professional experience.

For advanced postgraduate study, UC Business School offers a Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) in Accounting. Read more about the PhD.

Change direction to a career in accounting 

For students who would like to study Accounting, but completed an undergraduate degree in separate discipline, the UC Business School offers the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA). The MPA provides graduates with the skills, knowledge, and competencies to be a highly effective accountant in both domestic and international organisations. 

See our full list of postgraduate Accounting courses.

To discuss your options, reach out to our student advisors.  

Beverley Lord

Associate Professor
Honours/Masters coordinator, Accounting and Information Systems
Meremere 507

Keith Dixon

Senior Lecturer Above the Bar
Meremere 505
Internal Phone: 93844

UC works closely with accounting institutes to ensure you are well prepared and qualified for your career. Our Accounting qualifications are accredited by professional bodies Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), CPA Australia, and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Upon the completion of required Accounting courses, students qualify for provisional membership with professional bodies. This means you can become a certified, chartered accountant.

While the BCom has specific majors in Accounting and Accounting and Taxation, the accreditation pathway may not require a specific Accounting degree. Accounting institutions instead prescribe papers that need to be studied, whether within an Accounting or Accounting and Taxation major, or in any other study.

What will you gain from professional membership?

  • Higher employability - accountants who have a professional body membership can stand out in the job market. Many job opportunities will also require professional body membership.
  • Continuing education - professional body membership will help an accountant to keep up to date with changes in accounting regulations and laws as well as changes taking place in business so that they can give advice to their clients.
  • Work around the world - professional bodies have joint agreements which enable members to work in many different countries. 
  • Networking - professional body membership adds value to members at every stage of their careers by connecting them with other members and job opportunities.


Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) is the membership body of choice for over 110,000 accounting and business professionals, working around New Zealand and across the globe.


CPA is one of the world's largest accounting bodies and believes the work of professional accountants is fundamental to the stability, efficiency and sustainability of individual companies, financial markets and the economies of entire countries. A CPA is a highly qualified finance, accounting and business professional.

The CPA Program is a postgraduate accounting program that combines professional education with three years’ relevant practical experience, ensuring you gain both the technical and commercial skills required to stand out.

  • Use CPA's course search to see which programmes are prerequisites for entry into the programme.


The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the global body for professional accountants.

To become an ACCA member you will need to complete an ACCA Qualification. This involves completing 14 exams (nine of which you may be exempt from depending on previous qualifications), obtaining three years relevant supervised practical experience (PER) and completing a Professional Ethics module.

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