Accounting - Advanced

Ulster University - Belfast

Accounting - Advanced

This popular vocational programme is designed to meet the needs of accounting graduates who wish to pursue a career as a chartered accountant. It is an academically challenging programme which attracts high-calibre accounting graduates, including those who have studied in the UK or ROI and wish to return to Northern Ireland.

The programme is accredited by Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) and is currently the only such recognised postgraduate programme in Northern Ireland, offering accounting graduates the opportunity to gain both a Masters degree and full CAP2 exemptions from CAI.

The goal of this programme is to produce high-calibre graduates who will progress quickly through their professional training and advance to senior management positions, either within professional practice or industry. As a result of the considerable exemptions from CAI examinations and sponsorship from employers, employment prospects are excellent.

For further course details please see "Course Web Page".

Subjects taught

Year one
• International Corporate Reporting
• Audit, Assurance and Professional Ethics
• Strategic Financial Management
• Advanced Tax Planning
• International Group Reporting
• Advanced Taxation
• Strategic Management Accounting
• Research Methods
• Cybercrime This module is optional
• Dissertation This module is optional
• Data Analytics for Business Decisions This module is optional

Entry requirements

To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.

Entry Requirements
Entrants will normally possess a good second class Honours degree (currently 2.1) in an accounting discipline and must also be exempt from all CAP 1 subjects of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Accounting (currently with commendation) and gained full CAP 1 exemptions are also invited to apply. English language competence: minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.

Prior to admission to this course, students must provide the University with a certificate of exemption from Chartered Accountants Ireland. Exemption Application Forms are available at

Application dates

Deadline for applications is 31st July

Your Application
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink").

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2024

Post Course Info

Career options
Employment prospects for students completing this programme are excellent, with most students securing training contracts with Chartered Accountancy firms. The programme is highly regarded by employers, with many of the large and medium sized chartered accountancy firms sponsoring students on the programme.

On successful completion of the programme, students not only gain a postgraduate qualification but also full CAP2 exemptions. With high pass rates, students only have to complete the final FAE examinations in order to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with Chartered Accountants Ireland.

The goal of the programme is to produce high-calibre graduates who will progress quickly through their professional training and advance to senior management positions within the accountancy profession.

Career opportunities for Chartered Accountants have never been better. Typically, two thirds of CAI members work in industry, business or finance. Many leading companies in Ireland have a Chartered Accountant as their Financial Director or Chief Executive. A third of members typically work in practice. International recognition brings global mobility for CAI members with over 3,500 members working outside Ireland (e.g. Australia, USA, Canada, Caribbean).

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7,Postgraduate Diploma at UK Level 7,Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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