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 Isabel Wang


Information and Resources Honours

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Why do Honours at RSA (PDF, 383KB)

Benefits of doing an Honours Year

This link will direct you to the College of Business and Economics Honours webpage




Honours Scholarships in the College of Business and Economics

This link will direct you to the College of Business and Economics Scholarship webpage




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 facilities to encourage a communal, cooperative and productive environment for students during the challenging Honours year.

Seminar Series

RSA honours students are encouraged to attend and participate 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


Past Honours Students


Thesis Topic
Xinrao Hai The impact of managers on corporate voluntary disclosure during the Covid-19 pandemic
Hagzhi Xiong Common institutional ownership and volutary financial disclosure
Shuwen Hua Impact of the 2014 amendment on thin capitalisation rules on Australian Multinational Enterprises


Thesis Topic
Jia Chong Whether stakeholder pressure by NGOs affects modern slavery reporting quality
Lingyan Li The relationship between Key Audit Matters Reported in the Audit Report and Auditor Changes
Vernon Mah The Role of Forward-looking Statements in the Face of Inconsistent Earnings Signals
Siya Ma Determinants and Economic Consequences of Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosure Quality: Evidence from Corporate Reliance on Public Debt
Daehyeon Seo Whether Rule 3211 (disclosing audit engagement partners' names) in United States improves audit quality


Thesis Topic

Xinlan Shi

Audit Risk and the Use of Cautious Wording: Evidence from Key Audit Matters for Goodwill
Ruiyin Zhang The Value-added Role of Acquirer's Due Diligence Advsisors in M&As
Fangting Lyu The Effect of Media Coverage on Managers' Propensity to Abandon Value-increasing Acquisitions
Jiaxin Shi The Effect of Adjusted Performance Metrics Used in CEO Remuneration on Non-GAAP Reporting: Evidence from Australia


Thesis Topic
Ruilin Gao Under what circumstances does premium paid at acquisition tend to reflect overpayment rather than synergies? Evidence from subsequent goodwill impairment.   
Yufei Wu The impact of enforcement actions on accounting conservatism: Evidence from China   
Yangfan Zhang Do Targets’ CSR Disclosures and Performances Impact Acquirers’ CSR Disclosures and Performances?
Weixiao Steven Wang Managers' equity-based compensation and verifiability/specificity of management cash flow forecasts   
Minghao Zhuge Board Reforms and Corporate Innovation: Worldwide Evidence
Haoyan Chen Does analysts’ recognition of key value driver in an industry affect the profitability of their recommendations?
Jik Ting Jeffrey Lee The Effect of Analyst Coverage on the Corporate Social Responsibility and Firm Value Relation: International Evidence
 Jiajing You Can the Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law (MAAL) Combat Tax Avoidance? Evidence from Australian Entities
2017  Thesis Topic
Zeliang Colin Fei Do audit firm mergers affect audit quality? 
Hui Sophia Guo The impact of financial advisors on M&A deal outcomes: evidence from Chinese acquiring firms

Yuqi James He

The impact of warranty accruals on analyst forecast?
Annisaa Kusuma Australian Firms’ Off-shore Subsidiaries: Exploring the Relationship between Commercial Operationality and Corporate Tax Avoidance
Yuan Helen Ping The geography of tax avoidance 

Yuzhen Teresa Wei

Benefits and Costs of the Enhanced Auditor’s Report: Early Evidence from Australia 

Sonia Cho

The Influence of Corporate Social Responsibility on Word of Mouth, Product Recall Events and Sales Growth: Evidence from Twitter 

Dingying Li

  Integrated reporting, Capital Disclosure and Firm 

Dongyue Wang 

Competing with superstar 

Chen Crystal Li

Corporate carbon disclosure: The impact of mandating greenhouse gas emissions disclosure in the annual report on carbon emission levels and the equity market
Fengxiao Crystal Miao Does the pay-performance sensitivity change when  product market declines: annual cash bonus in the oil and gas companies 
2016 Thesis Topic
 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
2015 Thesis Topic
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?
2014  Thesis Topic
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