This one-year full-time course offers a postgraduate route to a career in professional accounting. It offers you the chance to complete much of the study and examination requirements involved in qualifying as an accountant. Upon successful completion of all requirements of the course, you will gain full exemption from all but the Final Admitting Examination (FAE) of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI).
The course offers more than exemptions. As well as intensive tuition in the core technical materials assessed in the professional examinations, you will gain exposure to the emerging contemporary issues in accounting and finance that will shape your working environment and the future economy. Personal competencies and skills in commercial judgment are also developed to give you a competitive edge as you embark on your career in accounting. In addition M Acc graduates qualify for exemption from all papers in part 1 of the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification.
Students take a total of 90 credits. Part I consists of taught modules to the value of 60 credits. Part II consists of 30 credits devoted to the development of independent research skills relevant to the work of a modern professional accountant in practice, industry and financial services.
To apply for this course you must have:
at least 2.1 in a degree with a significant accounting specialisation AND expect to qualify for exemption from the CA Proficiency 1 examination of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
Applicants who do not meet the exemption requirement in full by the registration date may only be admitted in exceptional circumstances following approval by the Programme Board and the School of Business.
If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please visit https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/ to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Assessment for the taught modules is by a combination of end-of-year written exam and continuous assessment in the form of interim exams and projects. For a fuller description of these, please go to the Book of Modules.
AC6206 is project-based assessment only
AC6207 is assessed by an individual project and by a group financial statement research and analysis report
AC6208 is assessed by a group project
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2016 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules. See also General Regulations for the Degree of Master.
Students take 90 credits as follows:
AC6200 Financial Reporting 2
AC6206 Computer Applications for Accountants
AC6210 Management Accounting 1
AC6211 Management Accounting 2
AC6212 Corporate Finance 1
AC6213 Corporate Finance 2
AC6214 Auditing Principles and Methodologies
AC6215 Application of Auditing Principles
AC6216 Taxation 1
AC6217 Taxation 2
AC6218 Presentation of Financial Statements
AC6219 Application of IFRS Principles
AC6207 Accounting Research, Analysis and Communication
AC6208 Accounting Research Project
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting - NFQ Level 9, Major Award.
Students who successfully achieve the pass standard in Part I may opt not to proceed to Part II and may opt instead to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.
1 year full-time.
Lectures take place Monday-Thursday in Room 3.14, O'Rahilly Building, UCC. This dedicated room in the department is available to MAcc students for individual and group-work on Fridays and at weekends. Occasional seminars, site visits and other professional training activities also take place on some Fridays.
There is also a significant commitment in terms of assignments, case study preparation and individual study. The workload reflects the demands expected in the early stages of a professional career and students should plan their year on the basis that this is a full-time course.
Start Date: 7 September 2020
Post Course Info
The course prepares you for employment as a trainee accountant and it has been designed with significant contributions from partners, directors and training managers in major accounting firms.
Each of the "Big 4" firms (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC) has indicated a willingness to support students who wish to complete the MAcc at UCC prior to undertaking professional training.
Skills and Careers Information
• The accounting profession is the largest single employer of graduates in Ireland
• An accounting qualification is a primary entry route to senior roles in general management
• Opportunities in the financial services sector internationally have provided a demand for accountants qualifying in Ireland far in excess of the requirements of professional practice alone
• Irish-qualified accountants are in demand to fill varied roles worldwide.