Accounting - Conversion Course - Galway

One year conversion programme in accounting for non-accounting graduates.

The Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting (PDA), which has been running in GMIT since 2010, is designed to fast-track graduates who wish to pursue careers in Accountancy or Taxation.

It is a one year "conversion programme" aimed at non-accounting graduates from disciplines such as Arts, Computers, Education, Engineering, and Science. Business or Commerce graduates, who have not majored in Accountancy, may also find the programme beneficial.

The PDA is a dedicated post-graduate course. The small class size facilitates greater interaction for students with lecturers who are experts in their respective fields; this results in an excellent learning environment. Click here to see lecturer profiles.

Successful completion of the course will give graduates full CAP1 exemptions from Chartered Accountants Ireland, seven of the nine Fundamental ACCA papers and three of the four part 1 Irish Tax Institute papers.*

Upon successful completion of this course graduates may be entitled to exemption from the CAP 1 stage of the Chartered Accounting Ireland qualification and seven of the nine fundamental papers with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Guidance is provided in relation to the professional accounting bodies and their requirements.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

Have applied for the Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting by the closing date of 31st May 2019.

Be eligible to apply for that programme – you must already hold an Honours degree (Level 8) in any discipline with at least a 2:2 award.

Entry Requirements: Minimum entry requirement is a H2.2 in a non-accounting level 8 degree or an approved equivalent non-accounting qualification. Students who have an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) or equivalent in accounting, achieved outside Ireland are also eligible.


1 year full-time.

This programme is a full-time programme with approximately 25 class contact hours per week. It is also possible to study this programme on a part-time basis over a number of years, but please note that classes are scheduled during the day with the full-time students.

Careers or further progression

This course is primarily designed for those who wish to pursue a career in Accountancy, although some graduates may choose to utilise their accounting knowledge in conjunction with their primary degree. The course prepares students for employment in the accounting function of industry and with firms of professional accountants, as well as with other financial services employers. There are many different types of accounting roles, and Accountants today play a very strategic role within business.

Accountancy offers a defined career path, while offering a range of employment options. The main types of accountants are Professional Accountants (who work in private practice) or Management Aaccountants (who work in companies), but there are many specialist roles such as Auditors and Taxation Consultants. Accountancy professionals are consistently in demand in private and public organisations. Training as an Accountant offers increasingly varied roles within organisations at the heart of business development.

Graduates may progress to a Master of Accounting course, or to the examinations of the professional bodies

Further enquiries

Eamon Walsh
Head of Department of Accounting & Information Systems
Phone:+ 353 (0) 91 74 2559
E-mail: Eamon Walsh

Subjects taught

Students undertake an induction course commencing in the first week in September and a total of 8 modules, ranging from 5 credits to 15 credit modules. Lectures are held throughout the week, with total weekly contact hours ranging from 25-28 hours. Due to the intensive nature of the programme significant additional self-study is also required of students.

Students study:
Financial Accounting
Management Accounting
Financial Management
Business Ethics & Corporate Governance

This programme includes practical training in computerised accounting packages.

Application date

Full-time applicants: Apply HERE

Part-time applicants: Complete and return the direct application form (see application link below) and the ACCM form.

Closing date for applications is 31st May each year.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the online application form and submit a personal statement (no more than 600 words) outlining:

Why you are interested in a career in Accounting (Include information on any relevant experience and interests that have informed your desire to pursue the Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting).

How will you use what you learn in the course? (Please consider the impact to your future career intentions).

A character reference should also be submitted.

What is the selection process?
A judging panel will use the application form and personal statement to shortlist for interview.

Successful candidates will be called to interview.

Important dates
Submission date for applications: 5pm on Thurs, 31st May, 2019.
Interviews: Mid-June 2019

Course fee

Fees: €5,000 (EU Fee). Non-EU Fee - Enquiries to GMIT International Office -

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