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Accounting

This one-year full-time course offers a postgraduate route to a career in professional accounting. It offers you the chance to complete much of the study and examination requirements involved in qualifying as an accountant. Upon successful completion of all requirements of the course, you will gain full exemption from all but the Final Admitting Examination (FAE) of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI).

The course offers more than exemptions. As well as intensive tuition in the core technical materials assessed in the professional examinations, you will gain exposure to the emerging contemporary issues in accounting and finance that will shape your working environment and the future economy. Personal competencies and skills in commercial judgment are also developed to give you a competitive edge as you embark on your career in accounting.

In addition M Acc graduates qualify for exemption from all papers in part 1 of the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification.

Part I consists of eleven taught modules (to the value of 60 credits). Part II consists of 30 credits devoted to the development of independent research skills relevant to the work of a modern professional accountant in practice, industry and financial services.

Lectures take place Monday-Thursday in Room 3.14, O'Rahilly Building, UCC. This dedicated room in the department is available to MAcc students for individual and group-work on Fridays and at weekends. Occasional seminars, site visits and other professional training activities also take place on some Fridays.

There is also a significant commitment in terms of assignments, case study preparation and individual study. The workload reflects the demands expected in the early stages of a professional career and students should plan their year on the basis that this is a full-time course.

There may be opportunities for students to act as undergraduate tutors.

The academics who teach on the course are all experienced professionals who have worked in a variety of major accounting firms, financial institutions and leading industrial companies both nationally and internationally. All hold accounting qualifications and/or have significant industry experience. Our academic staff are also actively engaged in professionally relevant research and publication.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you must have:

at least 2.1 in a degree with a significant accounting specialisation AND expect to qualify for exemption from the CA Proficiency 1 examination of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)

Applicants who do not meet the exemption requirement in full by the registration date may only be admitted in exceptional circumstances following approval by the Programme Board and the School of Business.

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 click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Duration

1 year full-time

Lectures take place Monday-Thursday in Room 3.14, O'Rahilly Building, UCC. This dedicated room in the department is available to MAcc students for individual and group-work on Fridays and at weekends. Occasional seminars, site visits and other professional training activities also take place on some Fridays.

There is also a significant commitment in terms of assignments, case study preparation and individual study. The workload reflects the demands expected in the early stages of a professional career and students should plan their year on the basis that this is a full-time course.

Careers or further progression

The course prepares you for employment as a trainee accountant and it has been designed with significant contributions from partners, directors and training managers in major accounting firms.

Each of the "Big 4" firms (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC) has indicated a willingness to support students who wish to complete the MAcc at UCC prior to undertaking professional training.

Skills and Careers Information
The accounting profession is the largest single employer of graduates in Ireland

An accounting qualification is a primary entry route to senior roles in general management

Opportunities in the financial services sector internationally have provided a demand for accountants qualifying in Ireland far in excess of the requirements of professional practice alone

Irish-qualified accountants are in demand to fill varied roles worldwide

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Mr John Doran
macc@ucc.ie
+ 353 21 490 2555 or +353 21 490 3783

Subjects taught

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part I
AC6200 Financial Reporting 2 (5 credits)
AC6206 Computer Applications for Accountants (5 credits)
AC6209 Financial Reporting 1 (10 credits)
AC6210 Management Accounting 1 (5 credits)
AC6211 Management Accounting 2 (5 credits)
AC6212 Corporate Finance 1 (5 credits)
AC6213 Corporate Finance 2 (5 credits)
AC6214 Auditing Principles and Methodologies (5 credits)
AC6215 Application of Auditing Principles (5 credits)
AC6216 Taxation 1 (5 credits)
AC6217 Taxation 2 (5 credits)

Part II
AC6207 Accounting Research, Analysis and Communication (15 credits)
AC6208 Accounting Research Project (15 credits)

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2016 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2015/2016.

See also General Regulations for the Degree of Master.

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting - NFQ Level 9, Major Award

Students who successfully achieve the pass standard in Part I may opt not to proceed to Part II and may opt instead to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.

Assessment method

Assessment for the taught modules is by a combination of end-of-year written exam and continuous assessment in the form of interim exams and projects. For a fuller description of these, please go to: Book of Modules .

AC6206 is project-based assessment only

AC6207 is assessed by an individual project and by a group financial statement research and analysis report

AC6208 is assessed by a group project

Application date

Closing dates

Closing Dates for Application

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below).

Some programmes have a specific closing date. Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below. However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018
Offers will be made by May 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018
Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

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

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 10th September 2018

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