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Master by coursework

Study Australia’s complex tax system, and global taxation principles.

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  • Qualification
    Master of Taxation
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Semester 1, 2023

15 August 2022

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Semester 2, 2023

Applications now open!

14 July 2023

Semester 1, 2024

Applications now open!

8 February 2024

Semester 2, 2024

8 April 2024

4 July 2024

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Why study Taxation at Curtin?

Work experience

Curtin’s on-campus tax clinic offers you unique hands-on and practical work experience providing tax advice to the public and businesses.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by the Tax Practitioners Board and the Tax Institute.




In this course you’ll analyse taxation principles in depth, and gain specialised knowledge in Australian and international taxation, superannuation and retirement planning. 

You’ll develop a solid understanding of capital gains tax, trusts, Goods and Services Tax and indirect taxes, estate planning, advanced taxation, international tax and other contemporary taxation topics.

You’ll benefit from the course’s strong industry links as you learn from tax professionals, practical assignments and case studies, and gain exposure to industry networking opportunities. 

Curtin’s on-campus tax clinic offers you unique hands-on and practical work experience providing tax advice to the public and businesses.

You’ll also get to participate in field trips and national and international study tours.

The Master of Taxation comprises two levels. You can choose to exit the degree early with a Graduate Certificate in Taxation Practice after completing four units (100 credits).

The Graduate Certificate in Taxation Practice nests in to the Master of Taxation. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for the Master of Taxation, you may like to consider the Graduate Certificate as a pathway.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

What jobs can the Master of Taxation lead to?


  • International taxation specialist 
  • Tax agent
  • Tax manager
  • Taxation accountant
  • Taxation lawyer
  • Taxation specialist
  • Treasurer


  • Accounting
  • Finance and investment
  • Government
  • Law
  • Resources and renewables

What you'll learn

  • apply principles of taxation law to practical situations and case studies at an applied, professional practice level; complete original research work to extend discipline knowledge.
  • read legislation, cases and related taxation materials and critically reflect upon them at an applied, professional practice level.
  • access and evaluate relevant taxation materials and critically analyse content at an applied, professional practice level.
  • Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to a trans disciplinary and varied audience, for a range of purposes and to a professional standard.
  • Use appropriate technologies, recognising their capabilities and limitations, for professional practice.
  • take responsibility for the development of ongoing professional, self-directed and reflective education relating to developments and changes in the taxation industry.
  • utilize a practical and evaluative approach to the impact of international taxation industry issues and apply a global perspective to the resolution of these issues.
  • recognise the importance of cultural diversity and how it impacts upon the taxation industry administratively and practically
  • exhibit an ethical approach to analysing taxation issues; solve problems independently or collaboratively; at a professional practice level.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by:

  • Tax Practitioners Board
  • Tax Institute.

Successful completion of this course may allow you to apply for membership with CPA Australia, the Tax Institute, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand CAANZ. It may assist in meeting the educational requirements for registration with the Tax Practitioners Board.

Volunteering at the Curtin Tax Clinic has been an amazing opportunity to serve the community and enhance my degree in taxation. The team feels like family and the industry experts are so open with their knowledge and guidance. As an international student from Singapore, it’s also given me the confidence to jump into an Australian work environment.

Nicholas Tang

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Applicants require a recognised bachelor degree (or equivalent) in the field of taxation or a related discipline, or a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in the field of taxation or a related discipline. In addition, applicants must meet Curtin's English language proficiency requirements.

Applicants without a related (cognate) Bachelor's degree will need to complete the Graduate Certificate in Taxation Practice to proceed to be considered for the Master of Taxation degree program.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

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Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

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For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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