Honours at the Research School of Accounting

Honours is an elite and challenging program for top students from the ANU or other universities. It requires a fourth year of additional study after the three-year Bachelor Degree (or combined degree equivalent), and can be taken either as Honours in Commerce (HCOMM) or Honours in Accounting (HACCT). The honours program may be undertaken full-time or part-time, and we welcome high-achieving students from other universities to apply for their honours year with the RSA.

Generally, the honours program includes a coursework component (4 courses to the value of 24 units) that are undertaken in first semester. The remainder of the honours program (24 units) consists of research which leads to the writing of a thesis under the supervision of one of our academic staff members.

Accounting Seminar: For undergraduate students

The seminar program is for accounting and commerce students who have demonstrated academic excellence and who enjoy intellectual exchange.

The program is designed to stimulate and challenge participants, and aims to enhance their knowledge and analytical skills. It offers students the opportunity to engage with their peers and senior academics to discuss important contemporary issues in accounting in a supporting environment.

For more information contact the RSA Honours convenor:

Dr Sonali Walpola

Information and Resources Honours

Support for Honours Students

The Research School of Accounting provides their honours students with financial support for thesis production costs and textbook acquisition up to a limit of $750, as well as access to computer stations and printing in share room facilites to encourage a communal, cooperative and productive environment for students during the challenging Honours year.

RSA Honours Scholarship

Newly commencing domestic and international Honours students are automcatically considered for one of the RSA Honours scholarships. The award of this scholarship is highly competitive and based on academic merit.

Thesis Binding

On completion of the thesis, students are required to submit the following copies of their thesis to the RSA School Office. Costs for these copies only are covered by RSA.

A. 3 Temporary bound copies (either spiral/comb, or heat bound, equipment supplied in school print room)

  • 2 of these copies are for the thesis examiners
  • 1 copy is kept by the RSA Honours convenor

B. 3 Hard bound copies (these will need to be professionally bound by one of the binding services in Canberra)

  • 1 copy for the student to keep
  • 1 copy for the student's supervisor
  • 1 copy for the RSA thesis library

Seminar Series

RSA honours students are encouraged to attend and particpate in the weekly seminar series and become active members of the research community within the school.

Casual Tutoring

RSA Honours students may have the opportunity to supplement their income through casual employment as casual tutors in entry-level RSA courses. Also, from time to time, some RSA academics may have research grants and may be looking for research assistants.

Current Students

These are the current Honours students in the RSA and their thesis topic

Lingyan Li

Supervisor: Greg Shailer and Penny Zhang

Thesis Topic: The relationship between Key Audit Matters Reported in the Audit Report and Auditor Changes

Vernon Mah

Supervisor: Marvin Wee and Tejshree Kala

Thesis Topic: The Role of Forward-looking Statements in the Face of Inconsistent Earnings Signals

Jia Yong Chong 

Supervisor: Sarah Adams

Thesis Topic: Whether stakeholder pressure by NGOs affects modern slavery reporting quality

Siya Ma

Supervisor: Colleen Hayes and Cameron Hooper

Thesis Topic: Determinants and Economic Consequences of Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosure Quality: Evidence from Corporate Reliance on Public Debt

Yutong Guo

Supervisor: Marvin Wee

Thesis Topic: Whether activist investors affect the quality of management discussion and analysis.

Daehyeon Seo

Supervisor: Neil Fargher

Thesis Topic: Whether Rule 3211 (disclosing audit engagement partners' names) in United States  improves audit quality

Past Honours Students

 Ka Yiu Kate Fung The effect of mandating corporate social responsibility contribution
Zhuoyi Cherry He The impact of Corporate Social Responsibility related executive compensation on Corporate Social Performance
Leipeng Li Voluntary risk disclosure and the cost of capital: the case of the adoption of ASX's third edition of the Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations
Wei Grace Li GHG reporting and assurance
Thien Tam Vo Social media and CSR performance
Matthew Bennett The Intra-Industry Consequences of Corporate Social Performance Disasters
Rui Summer Huang The Impact of Leahy-Smith America Invents Act on Firm's Information Environment
Junyoung Jeong  The Disclosure of non-GAAP Measures in IPO Prospectuses after the Relaxation of SEC Interpretive Guidance: Informative or Opportunistic Misreporting?
Wen Jing Yap  The Impact of Mandatory Partner Rotation on Audit Reporting Lag and Audit Fees: Evidence from Australia
Yulan Tessa Zhang  Australian Multinational Enterprises and International Acquisitions: An Investigation of Tax-Motivated Income Shifting
Matthew Bennett The Intra-Industry Consequences of Corporate Social Performance Disasters
Hedda Cui What Determines the Reputation of Bank CEOs?
Xin Yi Lydia Zhu                      
Financial Reporting Comparability and the Value of Cash Holdings
Chien Minh Dang The impact on audit quality of a mismatch in location between principal auditor engagement office and client business location
Chi Chin Leng Corporate Social Responsibility, Cost of Debt, and Ownership Structure: Evidence from China
Yuzhou Hu Earnings Management in Response to the Australian Mining Tax Reform
Ao Li The Reporting and Use of Key Performance Indicators in the Public Sector
Yi Ding Auditor Industry Specialization and Bank Information Asymmetry

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