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MSc in AccountingDC501 | Postgraduate Full Time
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. 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 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’s MSc in Accounting provided me with the skills necessary to make a strong start in my career. The experience of the lecturers, the course content, and the facilities available in DCU, give students the opportunity to realise their potential. Completing the MSc has certainly helped me gain a more in-depth knowledge of accounting and tax.”
John Walsh, Tax Specialist, PwC
DCU Business School is ranked in the top 90 Business Schools in Europe in the 2020 Financial Times Ranking, one of only three Irish Business Schools to achieve this ranking. The Financial Times Ranking for Business Schools is one of the most highly acknowledged and widely cited authorities on quality and performance of institutions globally.
Why Do This Course?
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 an 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.
• Interactive, supportive learning environment.
*This programme will run subject to sufficient numbers of students enrolled
Why do this course?
Graduates gain generous professional exemptions such as CAP2 from Chartered Accountants Ireland, Part 1 of the AITI Chartered Tax Advisor Programme and F1 to F9 from ACCA. Graduates are equipped for success in the advanced professional examinations such as the Chartered Accountants Ireland final admitting examinations (FAE). Over the years, a number of graduates of the MSc in Accounting programme have achieved Top 10 places in FAE, for example, in the most recent FAE a Graduate of the programme achieved first place. This programme is designed and delivered in conjunction with both leading industry and academic experts and encompasses both professional and conceptual material as well as an analytics component.
DCU Business School, accredited by AACSB, has an established international reputation for high quality graduates. This programme has an excellent reputation within the accounting profession and other business recruiters.
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, who go on to great success in their professional examinations. Frequent employers of our graduates include PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton and Mazars.
TOP CURRENT EMPLOYERS
2019 graduates work in the following companies:
- Grant Thornton
The University has launched a new student application portal. Applications for entry to this course can be made here.
Please also read the FAQ section relating to this programme.
General Entry Requirements:
For admission to the M.Sc. in Accounting candidates must hold –
A 2.1 Honours degree in Accounting (or in a Business degree 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 a Professional Diploma in Accounting together with full exemption from the CAP1 examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Applicants who have achieved a 2.2 Honours degree in Accounting (or in a Business degree with a significant specialism in Accounting), or a Pass award in a Professional Diploma in Accounting (or equivalent), may still obtain a place. This will depend on availability of places and on obtaining high grades in core Accounting modules (Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Taxation and Finance) in their programme.
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. A list of Chartered Accountants Ireland accredited courses is available on the Chartered Accountants Ireland website. 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.
International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language. More information about English language requirements for DCU Business School can be found here.
All Applicants must submit
- Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation if applicable.
- A detailed Personal statement, details of professional qualification/s or significant work experience.
- Please include your CV and details of relevant experience.
- Where relevant, evidence of competence in the English language as per entry requirements for DCU Business School. Please see link http://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml.
- Please upload one academic reference and one professional reference.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until:
- Closing date for EU applicants is 15th August 2021.
- Closing date for non EU applicants is 16th July 2021.
Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.
Queries from EU applicants should be directed to email@example.com.
Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commencement of Programme
The programme commences in September 2021.
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