International Accounting Practice

Course Outline


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.

The International FinTech sector continues to grow, and UCC is placed at the forefront of collaborative research in the sector. The MSc International Accounting Practice now allows students to choose elective modules in information systems and to gain an insight into technologies used in accounting firms worldwide.

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.

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.

Why Choose This 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.

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

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English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.


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

Subjects taught

Students take 90 credits. Part I consists of 70 credits. Part II consists of 20 credits.

Part I

• AC6400 Principles of Cost Management (10 credits)

• AC6401 Advanced Managerial Accounting, Governance and Control in Organisations (10 credits)

• AC6402 Financial Reporting for Business Entities (10 credits)

• AC6409 Auditing (5 credits)

• AC6412 Financial Management and Business Ethics (5 credits)

• AC6413 Corporate Finance (10 credits)

• AC6414 Consolidated Financial Statements (10 credits)


• AC6410 Taxation 1 (5 credits)

• AC6411 Taxation 2 (5 credits)


• IS6125 Database Analysis and Design (5 credits)

• IS6219 Enterprise Data Reporting and Visualisation (5 credits)

Part II

• AC6415 Research in Accounting Practices (20 credits) or

• AC6416 Placement (20 credits)


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.

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 academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made 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 closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:

For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020

Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020

Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020

Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020

Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

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

Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June

Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 31 August 2020

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