MSc in Accounting

DC501 | Postgraduate Full Time

  • Points
  • Duration
    1 year full time
  • Fees
  • Start date
    September 2018
  • Application

    EU applicants by 31st July 2018, non-EU applicants by 10th July 2018

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The DCU MSc in Accounting is the leading graduate accounting programme of its kind in Ireland, an innovative partnership of learning which is informed and shaped by the needs of the accounting and taxation professionals of tomorrow.

This one-year full-time Masters programme encourages critical and creative thinking, teamwork and communication, and develops a diverse range of professional attributes which equip graduates to excel in the accounting profession and to adopt leadership positions in their professional lives.

The MSc in Accounting at DCU is designed to meet the needs of Honours graduates who have taken major accounting specialisms in their undergraduate studies. It allows such candidates to combine study for a Masters degree with study for professional examinations in an educationally effective way.

The programme offers exemptions from all subjects in the CAP2 Examination of Chartered accountants Ireland and Part 1 of the AITI Chartered Tax Advisor Programme.

The programme also provides the opportunity for further career progression to graduates of DCU's Professional Diploma in Accounting.

The MSc in Accounting affords recent graduates the opportunity to study for a Masters qualification and at the same time gain exemptions from professional examinations. It aims to foster the student's ability to provide professional solutions based on a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the various elements of accounting and the ethical underpinnings of the profession. This is increasingly important in the complex commercial environment, where proposed actions have a wide range of implications for business.


DCU is Ireland's University of Enterprise with an industry engagement strategy which benefits our students in many ways including:

  • Learning from academic experts with high level industry relevant experience ensuring you graduate with the most up-to-date knowledge of theory and practice.
  • Close ties with the accountancy and taxation professions ensuring and up-to-date and relevant programme
  • Lecturers who have worked in the accounting profession and have full appreciation of what students need to succeed in their careers
  • Leading conversion programme in accounting of its kind in Ireland
  • Interactive, supportive learning environment


Graduates of the MSc in Accounting are exempt from all subjects in the CAP2 Examination of Chartered Accountants Ireland. To qualify as chartered accountants, graduates of the programme will be required to pass the Institute's Final Admitting Examination and to serve a training contract of three years.

Graduates will also receive exemptions from Part 1 of the AITI Chartered Tax Advisor Programme.

Graduates are typically employed by the leading international accounting firms. Many firms of chartered accountants sponsor students whom they have recruited on the programme.

Frequent employers of our graduates include Accenture, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, JP Morgan, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Please also read the FAQ section relating to this programme.

The normal minimum Entry Requirements are:-

  • A Second Class Honours Grade 1 honours degree in Accounting (or with a significant specialism in Accounting), or international equivalent, together with full exemption from the CAP1 examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland;


  • A credit award in the DCU Professional Diploma in Accounting (DC500) or equivalent qualification, together with full exemption from the CAP1 examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

If you have achieved a Second Class Honours Grade 2 Honours degree in Accounting (or with a significant specialism in Accounting), or a Pass award in the DCU Professional Diploma in Accounting (or equivalent), you may still obtain a place. This will depend on availability of places and on obtaining high grades in core Accounting modules in your programme. core Accounting modules include Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Taxation and Finance.

If, as is normally the case, demand from qualified applicants exceeds available places, applicants will be ranked for admission purposes on the basis of prior academic performance.

Candidates who have not received their degree results by the application closing date will receive conditional offers.

NOTE : It is a condition of admission to this programme that applicants are fully exempt from CAP 1 examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland. All applicants must apply directly to Chartered Accountants Ireland for exemption and provide the University with a certificate of exemption from Chartered Accountants Ireland. The deadline for exemption applications to the Institute is normally the end of July (you should check this with the Institute to be sure). Failure to produce proof of CAP 1 exemptions on joining the programme may result in withdrawal of your place on the programme.






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