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.

The MSc International Accounting Practice is delivered by a combination of UCC academic staff and invited guest speakers.

The academics are experts in their field. Most hold PhDs and/or have significant industry or professional experience. A number also hold relevant professional accounting qualifications.

In addition, the academic staff members are research-active, engaged with a variety of research areas and publishing in national and international journals.

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.

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.

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.


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

Contact details for this course
Dr. Margaret Healy
+ 353 21 490 2966

Dr. Peter Cleary
+353 21 490 2967

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 and business mentor, you will apply accounting knowlege by undertaking an accounting placement of up to five months' duration.

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 2019 start dates will open on November 1st 2018.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means we offer places four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. We advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

For all completed applications received by January 11th 2019
Offers will be made:Offers will be made by January 25th 2019

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by March 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by May 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offer will be made by July 15th 2019

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

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 9 September 2019

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