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Accounting

This programme is an intensive fast-track conversion qualification for graduates with non-accounting degrees who wish to pursue a career in accounting. Students study a variety of modules including financial accounting, management accounting, law and finance.

The programme is accredited by Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

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

Attendance

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

Successful students can progress to the MSc Advanced Accounting or MSc Strategic Accounting or directly to an accounting training contract to become a professionally qualified accountant. The programme has excellent postgraduation employment rates and through the University's Employability and Careers Service we facilitate meetings with prospective employers during the programme.

Further enquiries

Contact
Admissions
Jenny Semple
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8397
E: je.semple@ulster.ac.uk

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

Subjects taught

Year one

Audit and Assurance

This module introduces the student to the conceptual and theoretical fundamentals of auditing combined with the practical application of auditing principles and the issues encountered in a financial reporting and audit environment. It identifies the skills that a professional auditor must have and how best to utilise those skills in today's challenging business environment.

Financial Accounting
Basic theoretical and conceptual framework including financial statements. The objectives of financial statements and users expectations. Double-entry book keeping and accounting procedures and systems. Preparation of financial statements for different types of enterprise; including from incomplete records.

Financial Reporting
Regulations and influences on financial reporting. Preparation of published financial statements; the interpretation of financial statements; Accounting for business combinations.

Management Accounting
To provide students with an opportunity to study for a first time the concepts and processes used to determine product and service costs and to apply these to a range of costing and accounting systems and how this contributes to the achievement of organisational objectives.

Management Accounting in Practice
Having completed this module the student will be able to: understand the role of the management accountant and how this contributes to the achievement of organisational objectives; understand the role of modern management accounting practices which enable organisations to develop and assess performance; and apply appropriate management decision tools to a specified range of scenarios.

Regulatory Framework of Accounting
The nature and purpose of accounting theory; the theory of measurement of capital and income; the role of accounting regulation including the development of both international and national accounting standards; the legal framework and the stock exchange.

Financial Management
This module looks at the role and importance of finance and financial management within the process of managerial decision making. It will enable students to understand the principles of financial management, investment appraisal and working capital control and to provide relevant information and advice to both organisations and individuals.

Modern Taxation
A knowledge of taxation is essential to students intending to pursue a career in accounting and is an essential part of most financial and economic decision making. This module provides a fundamental undertaking of the main aspects of the UK tax system covering personal, business taxation, corporation tax, inheritance tax and capital gains tax as well as an understanding of the administration of the self-assessment system.

Quantitative Methods and Economic Environment
This module develops students' quantitative skills and provides the building blocks for subsequent quantitative analysis in the economics component of the module. This module will provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts and applications of economics as they affect individuals, firms and governments, as well as the policy decisions taken in industry, commerce, and local government.

Law for Accountants
This module develops an understanding of the legal system and how it works. It gives a knowledge of and experience in applying the rules of contract, agency, employment and company law considered to be of importance to the accountant in private practice.

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 20 February 2020
Register at: ulster.ac.uk/pg-information-events

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