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International Accounting & Finance

Globalisation, the growth of multinational enterprises, the convergence of international accounting practices and the expansion of the European Union all contribute to the importance of an international focus in accounting and finance education. The increasing influence of International Financial Reporting Standards and the shortage of international accounting expertise have led to significant demand for relevant education. The speed and significance of recent reforms have led to a demand for Masters level education which reflects these developments and facilitates transition.

The MSc in International Accounting and Finance is designed to equip you with a high standard of knowledge in the principles, theoretical concepts and practice of accounting and finance. In today’s fast paced business world, competition is fiercer than ever, and well qualified graduates in accounting and finance are recognised as having the knowledge and skills necessary to deal innovatively with the many challenges occurring in industry, financial institutions and public services.

Key Features of the Programme:
The structure of the Dublin Business School’s MSc in International Accounting and Finance focuses on accounting and finance from a global perspective.

It is distinctive from other Accounting Masters programmes in that:
• International aspects of accounting and finance are at the core of the programme.

• The content reflects current developments in accounting and finance and thus students will gain a knowledge and skill base which is relevant to the needs of employers.

• The Department of Accounting and Finance provides a thriving internationally focused atmosphere – we have students from across the globe.

• Students are given training in information gathering and research in accounting and finance. These skills will be useful for a career in business and commerce.

The programme is structured in two sequential stages. Stage 1 is a wholly taught component, contributing 60 credits. Stage 2 is a supervised dissertation, contributing 30 credits. The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to critically review the literature in any part of the taught syllabus.

For full-time students, the taught component consists of 10 modules: Successful completion of the taught component stage allows you to move on to the dissertation stage.

For part-time students, delivery of the programme is structured over 4 taught semesters. During each semester, students are typically required to attend lectures on two evenings per week and occasional weekend workshops.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the MSc in International Accounting & Finance and associated stream are:

• A minimum Second Class Honours (2.2) in a level 8 Business degree from a recognised third level institution with accounting and/or finance as a main component, or

• An equivalent professional qualification such as ACCA or CIMA

• For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum english language requirement for entry to the programme is IELTS score 6.5 (or equivalent).

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:
• Academic Transcripts (Original & Official English Translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation.

• Proof of Identification (Birth Certificate, Drivers Licence or Passport)

• Detailed Curriculum Vitae

• Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

• Academic/ Business References - Ideally one Academic & one Business

Please see programme content for any course-specific additional application procedures. In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

• A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, Work permit (if applicable) & Passport

• The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation.

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:
• Academic documents
• Academic transcripts
• Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent)
• A Curriculum Vitae
• References from your employer/school/college
• A statement of purpose
• A copy of your passport

Please note that copies of all documentation must be submitted, and that it must be translated into English where issued in another language. Please do not send original documents as these will not be returned. Dublin Business School has a number of overseas offices and representatives worldwide. Please contact us if you wish to receive further details on your closest DBS representative.


Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Today’s career opportunities have moved well beyond the traditional spheres of accounting, taxation and auditing. They include such diverse possibilities as investment analysis, management consultancy, risk management, corporate governance, strategic financial management and public sector finance. The role that graduates of the programme would be expected to play are essentially strategic, analytical and planning with strong financial technical skills essential to the job.

Further enquiries

Postgraduate Admissions Office,
Dublin Business School,
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2,
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543

Subjects taught

The MSc in International Accounting & Finance programme has the following content at stages 1 & 2:
• Corporate Financial Management
• International Financial Reporting
• Quantitative Applications for Finance
• Personal Applications for Finance
• Personal and Professional Development
• Research Methods I
• Research Methods II
• Advanced International Financial Reporting
• Strategic Performance Management
• Treasury Risk Management
Electives - Choose 1
• Corporate Governance and Global Accounting Issues
• Operation and Governance of Financial Markets
• Dissertation


Awarding Body: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Masters Degree
NFQ Level: Level 9
Award Title: Master of Science in International Accounting & Finance
Award Type: Major

Assessment method

Continuous assessment is an integral part of all our taught modules. The weightings attaching to coursework and other forms of continuous assessment vary from module to module, from a minimum of 30% to a maximum of 100%. You will experience a variety of teaching and learning assessment methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, group and individual projects, examinations and report.

Enrolment and start dates

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2017. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times: Monday to Friday 8:45am to 5:15pm

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