Master Accounting (1 Year Full-time)

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR14500 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR11900 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Dublin, Ireland
The Master of Accounting is intended for high ability business graduates who want to achieve long-term career success in the accountancy profession. Because the programme assumes a high level of accountancy knowledge only graduates who have completed an undergraduate programme with a substantial accountancy element are eligible.



The Master of Accounting is intended for high ability business graduates who want to achieve long-term career success in the accountancy profession. Because the programme assumes a high level of accountancy knowledge only graduates who have completed an undergraduate programme with a substantial accountancy element are eligible.

What is the course about?

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) programme at UCD Smurfit School is the leading accounting specialist Masters programme in Ireland. Over the last 30 years the programme has consistently attracted high calibre graduates, providing them with broad-based knowledge and in-depth accounting skills.

Course objectives

The goal of the Master of Accounting programme is to produce high-calibre graduates who will progress quickly through their professional training, and then advance rapidly to senior management positions either within professional practice or industry.

The programme is the result of close collaboration between Chartered Acountants Ireland and UCD Smurfit School. The programme objectives are:

  • To provide graduates with a level of functional and technical competence that surpasses the Chartered Accountants professional syllabus.
  • To develop the personal and business competencies of graduates, providing them with an excellent foundation for successful professional careers.
  • To ensure graduates understand how to leverage IT to enhance these functional, personal and business competencies.

What will I learn?

The programme prepares students for leadership in the accounting profession by equipping them with the necessary technical, analytical and personal skills. The programme also meets the requirements of professional accounting bodies for entry into their final examinations.

Every MAcc graduate should be able to:

  • Display advanced technical skills in the areas of financial accounting, management accounting, finance, auditing and taxation.
  • Critically appraise the theoretical and conceptual knowledge in the field of accounting.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how information technology can be used to provide better and timely financial information to organisations.
  • Display knowledge of the impact of international issues on the accounting profession.
  • Apply advanced accounting technical skills and conceptual understanding to problems in accounting.
  • Integrate knowledge from different areas of accounting to develop solutions to problems.
  • Exercise judgement in decision making.
  • Evaluate the impact of accounting decisions on different groups and on society as a whole.
  • Engage in effective communication (oral and written) on accounting matters.
  • Engage in self-directed learning and reflective learning to enhance their personal and professional development.

How will I benefit?

You will graduate with a Master of Accounting from a leading international business school, giving you a competitive advantage over other accounting professionals.

The programme is recognised and highly regarded by employers as the path to becoming a successful accounting professional. It will also accelerate your long-term career objectives as it enhances the marketability of your professional accounting qualification.

As a graduate of the Master of Accounting programme, you are exempt from all but the Final Admitting Examinations (FAE) of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Programme strengths

Particular strengths of the programme include:

  • A long history of producing high quality graduates who occupy leading positions in accountancy practice and in industry both in Ireland and internationally.
  • Outstanding lecturers and material.
  • Extensive use of IT in supporting the teaching environment of the programme.
  • Access to a variety of specialist database resources which support the preparation of your research thesis.

Your Master of Accounting from UCD Smurfit School gives you a competitive advantage that will benefit you throughout your career.

The Master of Accounting qualification from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School gives you the broad-based knowledge and in-depth accounting skills you need for the long-term development of your accountancy career.

Where can I go?

The Master of Accounting gives you access to a wide range of employment opportunities in:

  • Accountancy
  • Financial services
  • Industry and commerce
  • Management consultancy

Graduates of the programme are employed with the following organisations:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • KPMG
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

Starting in

  • There is no deadline for this start date.
Tuition fee
  • EUR14500 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR11900 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Master of Accounting programme from UCD Smurfit School offers students a systematic and rigorous knowledge of accounting and related disciplines.

Programme structure

This is a one year programme, broken down into three semesters. Assessment is based on examinations, which are held at the end of each semester and continuous assessment. You will choose to either complete a minor dissertation during the summer semester or two summer modules.


Modules are 36 hours long and lectures are 2 hours in duration. Lectures are generally scheduled 4 days per week, taking place from 9.00am-4.30pm. In addition there are workshops in accounting information systems, taxation and research methods.


The start of the programme will be preceded by a Pre-Masters Preparatory Course in Financial Accounting. This course is mandatory and will serve as a revision and refresher of Financial Accounting material that has been covered at undergraduate level. The syllabus is as follows:

  • Framework for financial statements.
  • Review of basic book-keeping and accounts.
  • Preparation of accounts from basic information.
  • Preparation of financial statements in accordance with statutory requirements.
  • Preparation of accounts from incomplete records.
  • Introduction to review and analysis of financial statements.

Thereafter, you will complete modules in the following areas and either a minor dissertation or two summer modules


Semester 1

  • 5 Core Modules

Semester 2

  • 5 Core Modules

Summer Term

Choose 1

  • Dissertation
  • 2 Option Modules

Core Modules

  • MAcc Management Accounting 1
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • MAcc Auditing and Assurance 1
  • MAcc Finance & Financial Instruments
  • Taxation 1
  • MAcc Financial Reporting
  • MAcc Auditing and Assurance 2
  • MAcc Management Control System
  • Taxation 2
  • Contemp Issues Accounting

Summer Term Options

  • Dissertation (MAcc)
  • Corp Governance & Ethics
  • Current Issues in Acc Practice
  • Current Issues in Mangt Accounting
  • Taxation Summer School


The entry requirements for the Masters of Accounting programme are as follows:

  • A first class or second class honours grade 1 Business degree. An overall final average grade of 62% or GPA of 3.15/4.2 is required (or equivalent). For students from University of Limerick a final QCA of 3.0 or higher is required.
  • To have achieved full exemptions from Chartered Accountants Ireland's (ICAI) CAP 1 Examinations. See for more details on these examinations. If you do not have full CAP 1 exemptions from your undergraduate degree you can complete your outstanding CAP 1 subjects as an external student with ICAI. See for more details. If you are unsure as to whether you will achieve full CAP 1 exemptions upon completion of your undergraduate degree then you should contact Chartered Accountants Ireland on
  • Students without full CAP 1 exemptions will not be admitted to the programme. All CAP 1 exemptions must be obtained before the start of term in September 2012.

Important Note: Students who have completed their undergraduate degree outside of Ireland should contact the ICAI directly regarding their eligibility for CAP 1 exemptions on

Please Note: Degree awards (levels, categories, classification) vary greatly across countries. International students are urged to contact the Admissions Office to get clarification on equivalent grades and the grades required for entry to this Masters programme. The UCD GPA system ranges from 4.2 downwards, unlike many other universities for which it is 4.0.

The Admissions Office can be contacted at

If English is not your first language an English language qualification is required for admission to all of our programmes. The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an English speaking country.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

More Information


UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is one of a small group of schools worldwide to hold the `triple crown´ of accreditation from the three centres of business and academic excellence. These accreditations benchmark us against the best in the world and position UCD Smurfit School on the global map. Attaining these accreditations requires us to continually evaluate and enhance our own courses and programmes.

  • AACSB: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International is the USA-based body, which awards accreditation following a review of the quality of Degree programmes delivered by each Management School.
  • EQUIS: This is the quality improvement system administered by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) throughout Europe. EQUIS is awarded on the basis of quality controls on the entire range of activities within an institution.
  • AMBA: The Association of MBAs is a British-based organisation which concentrates specifically on MBA programmes and accredits those which reach its standards.

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