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  • Provides advanced theoretical, technical and practical knowledge and skills to investigate fraud and accounting related situations.
  • Enhance your accounting career through a formal additional qualification in a growing professional area.
  • The only postgraduate forensic accounting degree offered by a Queensland university.
  • On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Business (Forensic Accounting) students may be eligible for credit towards a Master of Business (Accounting).
  • Find out more at our upcoming MBA and Postgraduate Business Information Event.
QUT course code BS39
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 6 months full-time
1 year part-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • QUT Business School
Course contact QUT Business School
CRICOS code 031769E


If you are interested in working in a growing area of professional accountancy and enhancing your career prospects with a specialised qualification, then forensic accounting is the right course for you.

The Graduate Certificate in Business (Forensic Accounting) provides students with specialised forensic accounting knowledge, investigative abilities and technical expertise, skills which are anticipated to be in strong demand across a broad range of industries including government departments, law firms, accountancy firms and a range of industries within the banking and finance sectors. Forensic accounting will equip you to uncover individual fraud or financial corruption within organisations as well as the ability to mine, analyse and visualise large data sets and present business intelligence reports.

Specifically, the Graduate Certificate in Business (Forensic Accounting) focuses on forensic accounting evidence gathering, expert witness reporting, analytics, data mining, business intelligence, technological skills (including SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3, advanced MS Access and Excel) and oral and written communication – areas that have been identified as key areas of importance by forensic accounting professionals.

The course is suitable for recent accounting graduates and accounting professionals working in industry who seek to enhance their career prospects with a specialised qualification in forensic accounting.

Business advantage

The QUT Business School’s Business Advantage program is a free program offered to all business students. It can help you develop skills through interaction, discussion, cooperation and debate with other students, business, government, education and community leaders. The program includes: guest presentations from inspiring industry, community and university leaders; sessions focused on specific social and professional skills; challenging interaction aimed at developing skills through new experiences; and provides a certificate of completion for students to include in their resume or portfolio. Not only does this program offer you excellent networking opportunities, but also the opportunity to gain highly relevant experiences and skills that you can apply throughout your career.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Graduate Certificate in Business (Forensic Accounting)

Students are required to complete 4 units (48 credit points). The course can be undertaken either full-time (1 semester) or part-time (2 semesters).

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Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised bachelor degree in accounting.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: $13,700 per course (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: $13,100 per course (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Graduate Certificate in Business (Forensic Accounting)

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

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You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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