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BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance

3 Years (6 Semesters)

APU, Malaysia

02 Dec 2020
23 Feb 2021

APU-DMU Dual Degree Programme

Students who are under Bachelor’s Degree Programme will have the option to opt-in for the APU-DMU Dual Degree Scheme. Under this Scheme, students will receive 2 Degree Certificates & Transcripts upon graduation: 1 from Asia Pacific University (APU), Malaysia and 1 from De Montfort University (DMU), UK.

To know more about APU-DMU Dual Scheme, please click HERE


Digital Transformation for IR4.0

Powered by FinTech - All Accounting & Finance and Banking & Finance Programme comprise modules in Financial Technology (FinTech).

This programme is specifically designed to provide students with:

  • The necessary skills, key competencies and required knowledge for today’s fast moving business world.
  • Maximum exemptions from the professional bodies.
  • Competency not only in preparing and analyzing financial reports but also to successfully guide and lead their organisations.

Admission Requirements:

General Requirements
STPM • 2 Passes in STPM with a minimum Grade C+ (GP 2.33) and a Credit in Mathematics at SPM Level or its equivalent. (MUET Band 2 is required for all Malaysian Students)
A-LEVEL• 2 Passes in A-Level in any 2 subjects, and a Credit in Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or its equivalent.
UEC• 5 Grade B’s in UEC including Mathematics. (MUET Band 2 is required for all Malaysian Students)
MATRICULATION/ FOUNDATION• Passed Foundation programme (minimum CGPA of 2.5) with a Credit in Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or equivalent.
DIPLOMA IN ACCOUNTING• Passed Diploma with minimum CGPA of 2.5 and a Credit in Mathematics at SPM / O-Level / IGCSE level.

Any qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.


Malaysian Students 

Band 2 in Malaysian Unified English Test (MUET) or IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 550 or equivalent is required for Malaysian Students. Applicants who do not possess the above will be required to sit for the APU English Placement Test, and based on the outcome of the test may be required to attend APU Intensive English Programme (IEP) prior to commencement of the Degree Programme.

International Students

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements

Accounting & Finance
Bachelor (Hons) Degree Programmes

• IELTS : 5.5
• TOEFL PBT : 550 
• TOEFL IBT : 46-59
• Pearson (PTE) : 42
• MUET : Band 4

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment.

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCSE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma etc) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents.

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

What You Will Study:


Students will learn fundamental skills required by every accounting and finance professional, and the basic understanding of the legal, business and social environment in which accounting operates. We will also expose them towards business & communication skills, mathematical skill and entrepreneurial skills.

Common Modules

  • Quantitative Skills
  • Introduction to Management
  • Business and Communication Skills
  • Financial Accounting 1
  • Accounting Information System
  • Business Economics
  • Financial Accounting 2
  • Business Law
  • Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
  • Essential of FinTech


A broader range of skills will be learnt, in which students will gain a better understanding of traditional areas of Accounting and Finance, such as Cost and Management Accounting, Corporate Reporting etc. They will gain further understanding of application of accounts in different types of organisations as well as the statutory requirements of corporate entities. They will also familiarise themselves with business processes through the SAP, the world-leading enterprise software. Students will have the hands-on training with the system. We will further nurture their independent learning to prepare them for the workplace and for further researches.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Taxation
  • Financial Management
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Integrated Business Processes with SAP ERP System
  • Corporate Reporting
  • Business Research Methods
  • Management Accounting Techniques
  • Company Law
  • Strategic and Sustainable Accounting
  • Advanced Auditing


Students will undertake an Internship/Industrial Training for a minimum period of 16 weeks to prepare them for a smooth transition from the classroom to the working environment.


Students will make use of their previous studies and industrial experience to learn about the strategic and international perspectives of accounting, with aims to groom them as a leader in accounting and finance. They will also expand their knowledge in the modern accounting and finance world. A final year project requires them to explore a topic individually – they will demonstrate their academic and practical aspects of their ability in the chosen area of study.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Ethics and Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Business Analysis
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Public Sector Accounting
  • Financial Modelling
  • Investigation in Accounting and Finance
  • Accounting & Finance Project
  • Islamic Finance

MQA Compulsory Subjects*

  • Ethnic Relations (M’sian Students)
  • Islamic & Asian Civilisation (M’sian Students)                                         
  • Malaysian Studies (Int’l Students)
  • Malay Communication Language (Int’l Students)
  • Workplace Professional Communication Skills
  • Employee & Employment Trends
  • Co-Curriculum

(*All students are required to successfully complete these modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency)

Career Options:

  • Cost Accountant
  • Management Accountant
  • Financial Accountant
  • Finance Executive
  • Accounting Administrator
  • Accounts Manager
  • Budget Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Financial Manager
  • RPA Manager

Professional Recognitions:

As part of our professional recognition and collaboration with the following bodies, students who opt for professional certifications will benefit from our fast-track professional certification schemes below:

*APU ACCA Accelerate Scheme
Currently, students who graduate from Accounting & Finance programmes are entitled to a 9-paper exemption from ACCA. Under this scheme, students have the option to complete the remaining 4 ACCA papers simultaneously with their degree programme.

**CPA Australia Fast Track Scheme
Currently, students who graduate from Accounting & Finance programmes are entitled to the full-6-paper exemptions from CPA Foundation Programme. Under this scheme, students have the option to complete the Ethics and Governance module at the Professional level simultaneously with their degree programme, and complete the remaining 5 CPA papers after completing their degree in Accounting & Finance.

APU has been leading the way for its graduates in Professional recognition and exemptions in the areas of Accounting, Banking, Finance and Actuarial Studies. These are valuable not only for moving your career as a full-time professional forward but also for expanding your skills and expertise to become a more well-rounded employee. These recognitions help you become a more desirable job candidate or employee, one who can command a higher salary.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Upon completion of our BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance programmes, students are entitled to a maximum 9-paper exemption at the Fundamental level, out of the total 13 papers in Professional Accountancy qualification. ACCA does not provide exemptions at the Professional Level. However, as part of the collaborative efforts between APU and ACCA, students may also opt to go for the APU ACCA Accelerate Scheme.


Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Australia

Upon completion of our BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance programmes, students are entitled to a 6-paper exemption out of the 12 papers from CPA Australia. Under the CPA Australia Fast Track Scheme**, students may have the option to attain the CPA professional qualification, as part of the collaborative efforts between APU and CPA.


The Institute of Certified Management Accountant

The ICMA (Australia) grant accreditation to the BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance Graduates as having satisfied the examination requirements of its 16-subject Graduate Programme. Such students will be automatically eligible to take out Graduate membership of the ICMA. and use the post-nominals GMA (Graduate Management Accountant).


The Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAISCA)

Upon completion of our BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance programmes, students are entitled to a 12-paper exemption out of 16 papers from MAISCA.


Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Upon completion of our BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance programmes, students are entitled to an 8-paper exemption out of 15 papers from ICAEW - Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.


Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia

Students who graduate from the BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance with a specialism in Taxation will be entitled to a 6-paper exemption out of 8 papers from CTIM. Students who are undergoing other specialisms of BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance are entitled to a 5-paper exemption out of 8 papers from CTIM.


Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Upon completion of our BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance programmes, students are entitled to a 6-paper exemption out of 16 papers from CIMA.

Malaysian Association of Company Secretaries (MACS)

Upon completion of our BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance programmes, students are entitled to a 12-paper exemption out of 16 papers from MACS - Malaysian Association of Company Secretaries.


Financial Planning Association of Malaysia

Student who have completed the BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance are entitled take module 1 CFP Certification Examination after attending 40 hours lectures instead of 60 hours of lectures.

Upon completion of B.A (Hons) in Accounting & Finance, students are eligible for exemptions in the below Professional Accounting Bodies. Students who articulate from the APU Diploma Programme will be granted exemptions based on the prevalent policy of the relevant professional bodies.

ACCA - 9 papers exemptions out of 13 papers

CIMA - 6 papers exemptions out of 16 papers

CPA - 6 papers exemptions out of 12 papers

ICAEW - 8 papers exemptions out of 15 papers

CTIM - 5-6 papers exemptions out of 8 papers

MAICSA - 12 papers exemptions out of 16 papers

Book Prize

As a reward for their excellence, ACCA, TraTax and CPA will be awarding the best students of Accounting and Finance programmes with a Book Prize. Click HERE for more details.

Course Fees:

Malaysian Students

International Students

Year 1: RM 28,200
Year 2: RM 29,000
Year 3: RM 29,800
Total: RM 87,000

Year 1: RM 28,600 (USD 7,150)
Year 2: RM 29,700 (USD 7,430)
Year 3: RM 29,900 (USD 7,480)
Total: RM 88,200 (USD 22,060)

* Fees stated above do not include Deposits and other Miscellaneous Fees. Please refer to Fee Guide for details.

MQA Accreditation:


All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.