International Accounting & Business

The DCU MSc in International Accounting and Business is the leading graduate programme of its kind in Ireland, an innovative partnership of accounting and business which is informed and shaped by the needs of the professionals of tomorrow.

The programme is designed for business graduates to combine study for a Master's degree while gaining further business knowledge and skills, and exemptions from professional accounting examinations at the same time.

The one-year full-time Masters programme encourages critical thinking, teamwork and communication, analytical and managerial competence, and develops a diverse range of professional attributes which equip graduates to excel and to adopt leadership positions in their professional lives.

Successful completion of this programme will achieve significant professional accounting exemptions including six exemptions at F Level with ACCA. Further exemptions from other other professional accounting bodies are currently in process.

The programme 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 business. This is increasingly important in today's complex commercial environment.


•The programme is designed in conjunction with both leading industry and academic experts.

•All students come from business backgrounds, which facilitates the acceleration of competence in accounting and the development of deeper business competence at Master's level.

•Subject matter incorporates both professional and applied business material as well as an analytics component.

•Lectures are delivered by experienced experts from academia, industry and practice, facilitating graduates with the most up-to-date theory and practice.

•Select between a dissertation and an applied research project, where students can gain applied knowledge through real work with assigned industry clients.

•Participate in an interactive, supportive, multicultural learning environment.

•Gain generous exemptions from globally recognised professional accounting bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Accountants Ireland.

•Graduates will be well positioned for success in advanced professional accounting examinations, or may utilise the knowledge and skills gained to develop a more general career in business.

Dublin City University is a comparatively young but ambitious institution that has forged a reputation as Ireland's University of Enterprise, through its strong, active links with academic, its research and its industry partnerships at home and overseas.

Our solid industry relationships have allowed us to instil an enterprising culture into our postgraduate courses which has resulted in DCU Business School's reputation as being Ireland's most innovative business school.

We provide a unique learning environment where students are encouraged to develop their creativity and skills as innovators.

The quality of our teaching, our small class sizes, our high levels of industry engagement make us stand out, and have been recognized by AACSB, the oldest and most prestigious global accrediting body for business schools.

DCU graduates are highly sought after in the job market, with many going on to pursue management roles in organisations both at home and abroad.

Entry requirements


General Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the programme are:

•A Second Class Honours Grade 1 Degree (H2.1) (NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent) in a business discipline.

•Students with the equivalent of a high Second Class Honours Grade 2 Honours Degree (H2.2) (NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent) in a business discipline, may be considered.

•Students with significant appropriate work experience and other relevant educational achievements who do not meet the normal entry criteria may also be considered for admission to the programme.

•International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.


1 year full-time

Enrolment dates

Commencement of Programme
The programme commences in September 2020

Post Course Info


DCU Business School has a long track record of producing high calibre graduates in accounting. Graduates of the MSc in International Accounting and Business will have a strong combination of technical accounting and general business skills. They will be attractive to leading international accounting firms as they can achieve generous exemptions from the globally recognised Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Accountants Ireland. They will also be attractive to national and international employers seeking to recruit graduates who can make significant contributions to discussions and decisions that have a financial dimension, even when these graduates are employed in roles other than accounting.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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