This is a one year Full-time programme designed for honours Accounting graduates who have exemptions from CAP1 examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland, and who wish to pursue a professional accounting qualification. Successful graduates of the MA in Accounting will have exemption from the penultimate examination (CAP2) of Chartered Accountants Ireland and equivalent exemptions from other professional accounting bodies.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be expected to have achieved at least a strong 2.1 result at undergraduate level and full CAP 1 exemptions. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


1 year full-time

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director; Bridget McNally
Admissions Director; Hilary Qualter
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3681

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include financial reporting and analysis, management accounting and strategic finance, taxation, auditing and assurance, case studies and a minor thesis.


Economics, Finance and Accounting
The Department is strongly committed to the provision of high quality teaching programmes at postgraduate level. We place a high premium on quality teaching and personal contact with our students, ensuring that the students' experience at Maynooth University is both enjoyable and productive. Members of the Department publish in leading international journals and have strong links with industry and the business community, US multinationals, the Central Bank, hedge funds and fund management companies.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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