Accounting, Master

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  • 12 months
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  • English (take IELTS)
This intensive course is aimed at top graduates with an educational background in business, accounting and finance and who are seeking a course that will develop in them the requisite technical, analytical and personal skills to succeed in the accounting profession
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


What will I learn?

The overall target of the course is to instil a broad knowledge base in the many aspects of accounting, coupled with the specific skills that successful graduates will require in order to progress through professional training and gain rapid access to senior management positions in their future career.

  • A functional and technical level of competence above that demanded by the Chartered Accountants' professional syllabus, in the areas of financial accounting, management accounting, finance, auditing and taxation.
  • Development of a theoretical and conceptual understanding of accounting, enabling graduates to apply the necessary accounting skills and concepts to comprehend and solve accounting problems.
  • The ability to use the required IT tools, decision-making and evaluation processes and communication skills when reporting financial information to businesses and assessing the impact of eventual decisions.
How will I benefit?
Successful completion of the course provides graduates with a significant head-start in the accounting profession, due to the high level of academic rigour within the curriculum and the excellent reputation of the course in the eyes of recruiters.
  • A significant IT dimension to the curriculum encourages a full command of the tools required for the profession and nurtures a hands-on approach to learning within the classroom.
  • The acquisition of knowledge and skills that meet the requirements of professional accounting bodies for entry into their final examinations. Our master of accounting graduates perform consistently strongly in the Chartered Accountants Ireland final examinations.
  • Access to a wide range of employment opportunities, namely within Accounting, Financial Services, Industry and Commerce, and Management Consultancy, and with employers such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Deloitte, and Ernst & Young. UCD master of accounting graduates such as Siobhán Talbot, Chief Executive of Glanbia, and Shaun Murphy, Managing Partner KPMG, occupy some of the top positions in the business and accounting professions.
Course features

A stepping stone in your accounting career – the course is widely recognised for the quality of its graduates and the accelerated career trajectory that they take, both within Ireland and internationally.

Diversified teaching from leading experts – via workshops, lectures, seminars and IT laboratories. Graduates will benefit from and apply cutting-edge knowledge delivered by expert lecturers and researchers, as well as accounting professionals and executives. Our lecturers include a former president of Chartered Accountants Ireland, as well as authors of accounting textbooks.

Programme Structure


You must complete ten compulsory modules in the following areas

and either a minor dissertation or two summer modules:

• Financial Reporting

• Advanced Financial Accounting

• Finance and Financial Instruments

• Auditing and Assurance 1 & 2

• Taxation 1 & 2

• Management Accounting

• Management Control Systems

• Contemporary Issues in Accounting (Case Study Based)

Summer Modules

Unless you are undertaking a minor dissertation, you must complete

two summer modules from the following list:

• Corporate Governance and Ethics

• Current Issues in Accounting Practice

• Taxation Summer School

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A first class or second class honours grade 1 Business degree. An overall final average grade of 63% or GPA of 3.20 (out of 4.2) will be required (or equivalent).

For students from the University of Limerick, a final QCA of 3.12 or higher is required. Exemption from the Chartered Accountants Proficiency I (CAP 1) examination is also required which is obtained from Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 17900 International
  • EUR 12850 EU/EEA


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