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Management Information & Managerial Accounting Systems

Overview
The MSc (Management Information and Managerial Accounting Systems) or MIMAS is a full-time degree running for 15 months from the date of first registration. It includes a six-month industrial internship. You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials in a variety of subjects relevant to both management accounting and Information Systems (IS).

The IS courses will give you an appreciation of how technology can be used to support the operations and transactions of modern organisations. The management accounting courses will provide you with a thorough understanding of management accounting concepts and techniques and how these can be used to support managerial decision-making.

MIMAS is a challenging postgraduate degree course. The employment record of the degree is excellent, with graduates from this course currently employed in a variety of positions, including: management consultant, project manager, business analyst, business intelligence analyst, management accountant and financial accountant.

Course Practicalities
This course consists of traditional classroom-based lectures in addition to a series of computer practical sessions. You will also gain experience of seminars, industrial site visits, guest lectures, student presentations to (and feedback from) leading industry experts etc.

On average, you can expect 25 contact hours per week (i.e. lectures/practical sessions) with the remainder of your time spent researching and completing projects and assignments.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 honours degree. You may also be admitted to the course on the basis of extensive practical or professional experience as considered appropriate by the Head of the Accounting, Finance and Information Systems Department and the School of Business.

Detailed Entry Requirements
This course is open to all graduates with at least a Second Class Honours degree, except graduates from degrees with high levels of software development and management accounting content (e.g. BSc Business Information Systems, BSc Accounting).
Candidates who do not meet or achieve the Second Class Honours Grade II standard may be admitted to the programme on the basis of significant practical or professional experience as deemed appropriate by the Head of Department and subject to the approval of the School of Business

It is important to apply early as we anticipate the course will be over-subscribed. If your application is successful at this stage you will receive an offer or (if you have not yet received your final exam results) a conditional offer. If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list. Students on this waiting list get priority over later applicants. If the course has not been filled in the first round, or by the first round waiting list, and your application is successful, you will receive an offer or a conditional offer. If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

15 Months full-time.

Number of credits

90 credits

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
You will acquire the skills to steer organisational performance and monitor financial health, analyse historic data to predict future trends, and budget and forecast. In parallel, you will learn to design and build information systems from a process, database and user interface perspective. You will be introduced to business intelligence and data analytics, and you will gain important communication skills.

MIMAS students become business analysts, accountants, auditors and information systems professionals.

Placement and Study Abroad Information.
There are national and international placement opportunities available. The MIMAS course is unique in having cultivated an international reputation for the calibre of our students, and we have strong relationships with placement companies and employers in Ireland, the UK and continental Europe. Across the Atlantic, students have been placed in organisations in New York and Seattle. Strong links are maintained with the financial services industry in Luxembourg. Post-graduation, a growing contingent of Chinese students have opened up the possibility of careers in China.

Further enquiries

Dr Peter Cleary
Co-Academic Director
E: p.cleary@ucc.ie
T: +353 (0)21 490 2967

Subjects taught

Students undertake taught modules to the value of 60 credits, undertake an applied research project to the value of 10 credits, complete a group based research project to the value of 10 credits and also complete a graduate industrial placement to the value of 10 credits. In the event of a placement not being secured an unplaced student will undertake project work of an equivalent credit value as specified by the Head of Department.

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part I
AC6002 Introduction to Accounting Information (5 credits)
AC6006 Introduction to Cost Management (5 credits)
AC6007 Cost Management Practices (5 credits)
AC6008 Performance Management & Control (5 credits)
AC6010 Design of Budgetary Control Systems (5 credits)
AC6011 Analysis of Accounting Information (5 credits)
IS6125 Database Analysis and Design (5 credits)
IS6126 Databases for Management Information Systems (5 credits)
IS6200 Introduction to Business Programming (5 credits)
IS6217 Programming for Business (5 credits)
IS6218 Understanding business processes (5 credits)
IS6219 Technologies and Systems Enabling Enterprise Reporting Solutions (5 credits)

Part II
AC6012 Industrial Internship (10 credits)
IS6215 Business Research and Communication Skills (10 credits)
IS6216 Applied Research Project (10 credits)

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar.

Comment

Unique Aspects of the Course.
This course is unique in being the only master’s level course in Ireland that focuses on both accounting and information systems. The course content is tailored to industry requirements, with frequent site visits, guest speakers and case studies. The graduate placement opportunities are unparalleled in Ireland in terms of the profile of the companies, the international scope, and the full-time positions open to students on completion. It is an invaluable launch-pad for careers in international business and entrepreneurship.

Starting Salaries
Starting salaries for post-graduates vary greatly according to the nature of the organisation, the location, and the sponsorship of formalised professional certification courses. For example, the large accounting organisations start graduates at salaries that may not be as competitive as those offered to students pursuing a profession in technology consulting. On the other hand, students following an accounting career path will be sponsored by their employers to progress through the professional accounting exams (ACCA, CIMA, etc.). Starting salaries for MIMAS graduates can be 30-40% higher in specific geographies and industries, such as the financial services sector in London.

Assessment method

A variety of assessment methods are used during this course. In addition to the traditional end-of-year written examinations, you will undertake a series of individual and group assignments and projects during the year in the areas of both management accounting and information systems.

In addition, an applied research project is undertaken in groups by all students during the second teaching term, culminating with a series of group presentations to leading industry experts who in turn provide invaluable feedback and advice to each student group.

The IS6215 Business Research and Communications Skills module (10 credits), which forms part of the course syllabus, is an invaluable tool for you in preparing for such presentations.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU fee is €10,500

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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