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Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting

Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting for 2019

Why study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting PGDip(Accounting) is a Chartered Accountancy pathway that is accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

This programme equips students with:

  • A focus on core competencies required to be a Chartered Accountant.
  • Development of critical thinking skills.
  • Professional Development (soft skills, people management, exposure to IT and the effects of Artificial Intelligence (AI), presentation and communication skills, project management).
  • Practical hands-on focus and incorporation of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
  • A lifelong learning approach with the eye on continued readiness for the workplace, which is very dynamic and ever-changing.
  • Creating an increased awareness of the larger community within which the Accountant functions with the eye on community involvement.

Career Opportunities

The PGDip(Accounting) has been accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and successful completion qualifies students to write the Initial Test of Competence (ITC), the first of SAICA’s so-called ‘board exams’.

This programme is also accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

The programme is designed to equip students with skills required to branch into the roles in

  • Chartered Accountancy
  • External Auditing
  • Consulting in Taxation, Management Accounting, IFRS, Auditing, etc.
  • Finance functions, such as Financial Manager (FM), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Academia (teaching and learning, research and community-based involvement).

Programme Outline

The PGDip(Accounting) comprises four compulsory full-year units and no elective units. Successful completion of the PGDip(Accounting) requires a pass mark of 50% or more for each unit. In order to qualify to write SAICA’s ITC, a pass mark for all four units must be achieved in the same year.

  • Financial Reporting (ZPG4016 – 30 credits)
    This unit focuses on the application of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) at an advanced level.
  • Tax (ZPG4017 – 30 credits)
    This unit focuses on the taxes and duties levied in terms of the Income Tax Act, the Estate Duty Act, and the Value-Added Tax Act.
  • Management Accounting & Finance (ZPG4018 – 30 credits)
    This unit aims to provide tools that support analytical reasoning that contributes to effective management and decision-making in the context of real world scenarios. The unit draws on a broad understanding of the economy, strategy and risk management.
  • Corporate Governance & Auditing (ZPG 4019 – 30 credits)
    This unit aims to provide a thorough knowledge and understanding of the external audit process, corporate governance and company-related legislation. The curriculum focuses on the audit process, computer auditing, the Code of Professional Conduct, the Auditing Professions Act, the Companies Act, corporate governance and sustainable businesses.

Programme information

Mode of Delivery

This programme makes use of blended learning, with online teaching resources (such as Moodle, Kahoot, etc.) as well as face-to-face lectures and tutorials, presentations and discussion sessions.

Assessments

Formal assessment by means of three year tests and a final examination will be conducted. Various group and individual assignments, presentations, projects, quizzes, homework as well as an extensive series of integrated continuous evaluation tests (CEVs) will be used for assessment purposes.

Site of Delivery

This Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting is offered at the Monash South Africa campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg.

Local Entry Requirements

First-time applicants for PGDip (Accounting)

  • Applicants who have successfully completed their SAICA-accredited undergraduate degree with 55% or more in all 4 major 3rd year subjects in the year immediately preceding the year in which they begin the MSA PGDip (Accounting) are automatically offered a place in the MSA PGDip (Accounting).
What is a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting

The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting is a SAICA-accredited qualification and successful completion qualifies students to write the Initial Test of Competence (ITC), the first of SAICA’s so-called ‘board exams’

What is the duration of study for the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting?

The programme’s duration is either 12 months, 18 months or 24 months. The course is presented on a part-time and full-time basis.

What are the subjects offered as Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting unit?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting comprises four compulsory full-year units and no elective units. Successful completion of the PGDip(Accounting) requires a pass mark of 50% or more for each unit. In order to qualify to write SAICA’s ITC, a pass mark for all four units must be achieved in the same year.

Intakes

January 2019

Application Closing Dates

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Attendances

On-campus at South Africa : full time and after hours

Course code

3662

Fees for 2019

R72,332 per year (full time and after hours)

* Note that fees are subject to an annual change.

Students are responsible for the payment and arrangement of their own transport and accommodation, as well as for text books and off-campus computers or other devices to be able to access and use the internet. On campus, students are able to use Monash South Africa IT equipment and internet facilities.

Banking Details

Beneficiary: Monash South Africa Limited
Bank: First National Bank (FNB)
Branch: Cresta (254905)
Account number: 62062732485
Reference: Student number_ Surname

Payment Methods

Tuition and accommodation fees are payable upfront, per semester via the following payment methods:

Direct deposit / Telegraphic transfer (please forward all direct deposit / Telegraphic transfer / swift message proof of payment to Student Fees at: musa-fees@monash.edu).

Credit / Debit card facilities are available at Monash South Africa, Student Services Centre

A bank draft made out to Monash South Africa (please write the student number at the back)

NO CASH is accepted at Monash South Africa

Find out more

Telephone: +27 11 950 4009
Email: inquiries@monash.ac.za

PGDip(Accounting) Course Coordinator - for course-related queries: 
Anton van Wyk M.Com CA (SA)

Telephone: +27 11 950 4091
Email: anton.vanwyk@monash.edu

PGDip(Accounting) Course Administrator - for administrative queries: 
Corne Howard

Telephone: +27 11 950 4043
Email: corne.howard@monash.edu

Contact us

011 950 4009 inquiries@monash.ac.za
From outside South Africa
+27 11 950 4009

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  • Applicants who have successfully completed a bridging course at a SAICA-accredited University with 55% or more in all 4 major bridging course subjects in the year immediately preceding the year in which they begin the MSA PGDip (Accounting) are automatically offered a place in the MSA PGDip (Accounting).
  • Applicants who do not satisfy the preceding requirements may also apply IF, in the year immediately preceding the year in which they begin the MSA PGDip (Accounting), they obtained a final mark of at least 55% for Financial Accounting and Management Accounting & Finance either in their 3rd year (i.e. in their SAICA-accredited undergraduate degree) or in a bridging course at a SAICA-accredited University. Such applications will be referred to the Course Coordinator for consideration.

Non-first time applicants for PGDip (Accounting)

From MSA

Students who attempted PGDip (Accounting) programme at MSA in 2017 and/or in 2018 and were either:

  • unsuccessful in gaining entry into their final examinations; or
  • gained entry into the final examinations but were unsuccessful in completing the PGDip (Accounting) programme at MSA,

shall be granted provisional entry into the PGDip (Accounting) programme subject to the approval of the Course Coordinator.

Note: Students who have unsuccessfully attempted their PGDip (Accounting) or equivalent CTA three times or more will not be admitted into the MSA PGDip (Accounting) programme.

From other Universities

Students who unsuccessfully attempted a SAICA-accredited CTA (or equivalent) at another university in 2017 and/or in 2018, will be granted provisional entry into the MSA PGDip (Accounting), subject to the approval by the Course Coordinator.

Note: Students who have unsuccessfully attempted their PGDip (Accounting) or equivalent CTA three times or more will not be admitted into the MSA PGDip (Accounting) programme.

International Entry Requirements

The PGDip (Accounting) is open to all students wishing to qualify as South African Chartered Accountants.

Minimum entrance requirements

In the event that you do not meet the PGDip(Accounting) minimum requirements, you can apply for The Professional Certificate in Accountancy, a bridging programme into the Monash South Africa (MSA) Chartered Accountancy pathway. Successful completion of the course will provide entry into the MSA Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, subject to entry requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting.

Award

The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting is awarded by Monash South Africa as a registered private higher education institution in South Africa. This qualification is on HEQSF level 8.

Apply

Applications are now open. Apply online via the Monash Online Admission system. You may also find the online application step by step guide (pdf, 2290Kb), which will guide you through the initial application process, useful. In order to avoid delays in processing applications, it is crucial to include academic transcripts from all the years of study, including those that were not successful. Having attempted CTA previously is generally an advantage, even if the attempt was unsuccessful, as there has been exposure to the syllabus.

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