MSc in Accounting

DC501 | 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. 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 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

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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.
  • Interactive, supportive learning environment.


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 second 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.



Please also read the FAQ section relating to this programme.

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The normal minimum Entry Requirements are:

  • 2.1 honours degree (Note 1) (level 8) in Accounting (or Business with a significant specialism in Accounting), or international equivalent, together with full exemption from the CAP1 examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland.


  • A credit award (Note 1) in a specialist postgraduate accounting diploma, together with full exemption from the CAP1 examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Note 1: If an applicant achieves a 2.2 honours degree (level 8) in Accounting (or Business with a significant specialism in Accounting), or a pass award in a specialist postgraduate accounting diploma, he/she may still be eligible to be considered for a place on the programme. This will depend on the availability of places and on the achievement of high grades (typically 1st/2.1 honours) in core Accounting modules in his/her degree/postgraduate diploma. Core Accounting modules include those that relate to: 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.


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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