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The objective of the Master of Accounting programme is to further develop the academic and professional knowledge and skills of honours accounting graduates who aspire to accounting careers. The programme combines advanced study of accounting as a basis for a successful career with the development of the student's professional and intellectual capabilities. The programme places significant emphasis on group work and the development of oral and written communication skills. The content of the programme has been developed with reference to the syllabus of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI). Full exemption from CAI's CAP2 examinations is available to students who already have full CAP1 exemptions before taking the MAcc.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. Exemptions: graduates of the MAcc are granted full exemption from CAI's CAP2 examinations, provided they have full exemption from CAI's CAP1 examination before taking the MAcc.

2. Professional examinations success: our graduates consistently achieve very high places in the Final Admitting Examination of Chartered Accountants Ireland and in the final examination of the Irish Tax Institute.

3. Sponsorship and employment opportunities: the majority of students on the programme are sponsored by accounting firms who intend to employ them to train as chartered accountants upon graduation from the MAcc.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
The minimum entry requirement is a 2.1 honours degree in Business or Commerce, with a significant specialisation in Accounting. Students are normally required to have full exemptions from the CAI's CAP1 examinations before embarking on the MAcc programme.


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
This programme is specifically designed for graduates who aspire to careers in the accounting and tax consultancy professions. Most participants in the programme are sponsored (and subsequently employed) by major accounting firms, such as KPMG, PwC, Deloitte and Ernst & Young.

Further enquiries

John Currie
T: +353 91 493 884

Subjects taught

The programme includes the following modules: Advanced Financial Accounting; Management Accounting; Taxation; Auditing; Finance; Skills for Accounting Research and Practice; Decision Theory and Analysis; Strategic Management. Candidates also complete two summer schools in May/June including a KPMEG-led Analytics in Auditing and Accounting Summer School.

Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

Closing Date: Places will be offered on a rolling basis and candidates are advised to apply as early as possible. Applications will close when the programme is full.

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