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International Accounting Practice

Want to combine a postgraduate qualification in Accounting with professional exemptions, while preparing for a career in industry, practice, the not-for-profit or public sectors?

The MSc International Accounting Practice is designed to combine technical skills in accounting and business analysis, with the development of key competences in team work, business acumen, effective communication and critical thinking.

Building on the excellent reputation of our Department for producing high caliber accounting graduates, recognised by all of the major accounting practices and other industry partners, the MSc International Accounting Practice will provide students with the skills required to gain a significant number of exemptions from the main international accountancy bodies and invaluable work/research experience; all of which will create huge opportunities for subsequent employment – either internationally or nationally.

Course Practicalities
To successfully complete the MSc International Accounting Practice course, you complete an induction week, nine taught modules and 20 credits devoted to either placement or a research project.

Lectures are scheduled across two semesters. You should anticipate spending up to three hours preparing and studying outside of lecture time, for each hour of lectures. The course is challenging – but rewarding; requiring high levels of student engagement with the materials.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for consideration, you must have:
◾A 2H2 degree [NFQ Level 8] or equivalent OR
◾Expectation of graduating with a 2H2 degree [NFQ Level 8] in the year of entry.

All applicants much submit a personal statement (minimum of 200 words) to the satisfaction of the Programme Director.

All applicants whose first language is not English are required to sit either an IELTS test or a recognised equivalent test. The minimum requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5, with no individual section lower than 5.5.

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.


1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
Upon completion of the MSc International Accounting Practice, you can expect to have excellent career prospects in an accounting role, with a wide range of organisations, including accounting practice, industry, financial services, the not-for-profit and the public sectors.

Alignment to professional accounting syllabi provides you with exemptions which are recognised globally.

Further enquiries

(1) Dr. Margaret Healy, Department of Accounting,Finance & Information Systems,
O'Rahilly Building, UCC.
Telephone: +353 (0)21 4902966

(2) Dr. Peter Cleary, Department of Accounting,Finance & Information Systems, O'Rahilly Building, UCC.
Telephone: +353 (0)21 4902967

Subjects taught

The MSc International Accounting Practice is a 12 month programme designed for those preparing to work as accounting professionals, in Ireland and internationally. It is a comprehensive programme, requiring significant student participation and engagement.

Induction week

As well as giving you a chance to meet your class mates, the workshops introduce you to key concepts of accounting. You also focus on improving IT, communication and presentation skills.

Semester One (35 credits)

Modules focus on teaching key concepts and calculative techniques in accounting and finance, providing the in-depth knowledge and expertise needed to apply these to organisational decision-making.

Semester Two (35 credits)

Modules focus on analysis, application and critical thinking. As well as extending technical knowledge, case-based and group-based learning is used to engage with materials from a critical perspective.

Semester Three (20 credits)

Under the supervision of an academic mentor, you either carry out and document research and practice in an organisational context or undertake an accounting placement typically of practical significance to organisations.


Unique Aspects of the Course
This course is open to applicants of all disciplines. As well as offering academic qualifications, the course also offers academic credits towards preparing for professional examinations and explicitly developing skills for lifelong learning.

Assessment method

The course employs a variety of assessment mechanisms, blending formal examinations and continuous assessment. This includes:
◾Individual and group presentations
◾Case-study analysis
◾Formal, end-of-semester examinations
◾In class examinations
◾In class contribution

Feedback is both formative and summative, enabling you to reflect upon and improve your performance, as you progress through the course.

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

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU fee €10,500

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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