Students will be encouraged to develop critical and analytical skills and apply their knowledge to unstructured situations. Class sizes are small, facilitating meaningful class discussion and one to one contact where appropriate. We continually review and modify course content to ensure that the content and direction of all course modules also help prepare students for the final stages of the professional accounting examinations.

On completion of this programme students will have:

A knowledge and appreciation of the audit and assurance process in the context of the professional regulatory environment.

An understanding of advanced financial and management accounting skills with particular reference to medium/large corporate entities.

An ability to prepare financial statements for corporate entities and groups in accordance with IFRS and relevant legislation.

Developed knowledge and skills to deal with routine issues in Corporation Tax, Capital Acquisitions Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Income tax, Stamp duty and VAT.

Completed a 9000 word thesis entailing original research on a topic in Accounting or a related field

An understanding of key areas of the current financial environment in which accountants operate through exploring real life working scenarios.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have achieved a 2.1 result or better in the BA Accounting and Finance, BBS Business and Accounting or BCL Law and Accounting programmes at Maynooth University or an equivalent degree programme and full CAP 1 exemptions. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

Maynooth University TOEFL code is 8850

Application dates

Closing Date : 30 June 2023


One year or Two year option


In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Enrolment dates

Commences September

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While graduates are likely to be primarily focused on a professional accountancy qualification, our accounting programmes prepare students for a variety of careers both in the private and public sectors in every industry. Graduates are typically employed by the leading accounting firms. Career options include accountant in industry, finance director, managing director, management consultant, liquidator/receiver, financial analyst, stockbroker, tax consultant, treasury consultant and teacher.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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