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Overview
A fast-track conversion qualification for non-accounting graduates who want to pursue a career in accounting or finance.

Summary
Study Accounting at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting at Ulster University is designed to offer you a route to become a chartered accountant.

The course is suitable for students with little or no previous knowledge of accounting and finance who wish to study these subjects further, or who wish to undertake postgraduate studies in accounting and finance but lack the depth of knowledge necessary to study at master’s level.

Throughout this fast-track conversion programme, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of accounting, finance and business.

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting will also help you to enhance your personal skills, as well as the subject-specific and professional skills you will need to be successful as an accountant.

About

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting at Ulster University will take you a step closer towards a career as a chartered accountant.

The course includes both accounting and accounting-related modules which allows graduates from non-accounting degrees to obtain a general introduction to the subject, and then specialise in particular areas of accounting suited to their career aspirations.

We also work in close collaboration with employers to ensure that the course is relevant and up-to-date and that what you study meets industry needs.

Throughout the programme, you will develop a strong core knowledge and understanding of the principles, issues and applications of accounting and of the broader financial and economic environment.

You will also acquire a range of intellectual skills including critical, analytical and problem-solving skills relevant to financial law, business finance and investment decision-making.

Some of our previous graduates have progressed to postgraduate study at master’s level. Many have found employment and been successful in a variety of sectors and roles including corporate finance, equity research, fund management and management consultancy.

Entry requirements

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements. For general entrance requirements go to:
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

A second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a non-relevant discipline, or an equivalent standard in a professional qualification. Exceptionally, applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may be admitted if they can provide evidence of an ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

A level requirements

A good standard of English and Maths is required but specific A levels are not necessary.

Irish Leaving Certificate

A good standard of English and Maths is required but The Irish Leaving Certificate is not necessary.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Suitable choices of modules taken may lead to exemption from the nine fundamental examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; some of the operational and management level examinations of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, or the CA Proficiency 1 (CAP1) examinations of the Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Duration

The programme is delivered over one academic year (late September - late June). It is a full-time course which is delivered through lectures and seminars and it is expected that students will undertake independent study.

Careers or further progression

Career options

Successful students can progress to the MSc Advanced Accounting.

This qualification will lead to careers in accounting, with graduates having acquired a basic knowledge of the core areas of accounting, as well as exemptions from professional examinations.

Professional recognition

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) 

Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

Chartered Accountants Ireland 

Accredited by Chartered Accountants Ireland for the purpose of exemption from some professional exams.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) 

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

Further enquiries

Course Director - Mr Stephen McNamee
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6491
E: s.mcnamee@ulster.ac.uk

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017

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