The Master of Accounting (MAcc) programme at UCD Smurfit School is the leading accounting specialist Masters programme in Ireland. Over the last 30 years the programme has consistently attracted high calibre graduates, providing them with broad-based knowledge and in-depth accounting skills.
This intensive course is aimed at top graduates with an educational background in business, accounting and finance and who are seeking a course that will develop in them the requisite technical, analytical and personal skills to succeed in the accounting profession.
What will I learn?
The overall target of the course is to instil a broad knowledge base in the many aspects of accounting, coupled with the specific skills that successful graduates will require in order to progress through professional training and gain rapid access to senior management positions in their future career.
1. A functional and technical level of competence above that demanded by the Chartered Accountants' professional syllabus, in the areas of financial accounting, management accounting, finance, auditing and taxation.
2. Development of a theoretical and conceptual understanding of accounting, enabling graduates to apply the necessary accounting skills and concepts to comprehend and solve accounting problems.
3. The ability to use the required IT tools, decision-making and evaluation processes and communication skills when reporting financial information to businesses and assessing the impact of eventual decisions.
How will I benefit?
Successful completion of the course provides graduates with a significant head-start in the accounting profession, due to the high level of academic rigour within the curriculum and the excellent reputation of the course in the eyes of recruiters.
A significant IT dimension to the curriculum encourages a full command of the tools required for the profession and nurtures a hands-on approach to learning within the classroom.
The acquisition of knowledge and skills that meet the requirements of professional accounting bodies for entry into their final examinations.
Access to a wide range of employment opportunities, namely within Accounting, Financial Services, Industry and Commerce, and Management Consultancy, and with employers such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Deloitte, and Ernst & Young. UCD master of accounting graduates such as Siobhán Talbot, Chief Executive of Glanbia, and Shaun Murphy, Managing Partner KPMG, occupy some of the top positions in the business and accounting professions.
A stepping stone in your accounting career the course is widely recognised for the quality of its graduates and the accelerated career trajectory that they take, both within Ireland and internationally.
Diversified teaching from leading experts via workshops, lectures, seminars and IT laboratories. Graduates will benefit from and apply cutting-edge knowledge delivered by expert lecturers and researchers, as well as accounting professionals and executives. Our lecturers include a former president of Chartered Accountants Ireland, as well as authors of accounting textbooks.
Recognition of outstanding achievement - the PricewaterhouseCoopers Des Hally Gold Medal is awarded to the top student on the course.
The best students -you will get to study with the best students. Our Master of Accounting course regularly attracts award winning students from the best universities.
Full time study - enables you to develop a real depth of knowledge without the pressure of trying to hold down a busy full time job.