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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.

Course features
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.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the Masters of Accounting programme are as follows:
A first class or second class honours grade 1 Business degree. An overall final average grade of 63% or GPA of 3.20/4.2 will be required (or equivalent). For students from the University of Limerick, a final QCA of 3.12 or higher is required.

To have achieved full exemptions from Chartered Accountants Ireland's (ICAI) CAP 1 Examinations. See for more details on these examinations. If you do not have full CAP 1 exemptions from your undergraduate degree you can complete your outstanding CAP 1 subjects as an external student with ICAI. See for more details. If you are unsure as to whether you will achieve full CAP 1 exemptions upon completion of your undergraduate degree then you should contact Chartered Accountants Ireland on

Students without full CAP 1 exemptions will not be admitted to the programme. All CAP 1 exemptions must be obtained before the start of term in September 2016.

Students who have completed their undergraduate degree outside of Ireland should contact the ICAI directly regarding their eligibility for CAP 1 exemptions on

English Language Requirements
Teaching in Irish Universities is normally through the medium

English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language an English language qualification is required for admission to all of our courses. The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an English speaking country.

An academic transcript is a document(s) provided by the academic institution where you undertake your studies. This is an official document which states all of the subjects you have undertaken during your studies and what grade you have achieved in each of those subjects, including your overall final grade if you have completed your qualification. Official or original academic transcripts are documents printed on the official headed paper of the institution where you studied and should be stamped by that institution. If this document is not in English you should arrange to have it translated.

Visa requirements
Some students might have to get a student visa in order to come and study in Ireland. Regardless, all non EU/EEA and non Swiss citizens have to register on arrival with the GNIB


12 months full-time

Careers or further progression

The Master of Accounting qualification from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School gives you the broad-based knowledge and in-depth accounting skills you need for the long-term development of your accountancy career.

• Trainee Accountant
• Accountant
• Audit Associate
• Auditor
• Tax Consultant
• Tax Assistant
• Trainee Auditor

Further enquiries

UCD Michael Smurfit
Graduate Business School,
Carysfort Avenue,
Co. Dublin, Ireland
Location and Directions
Phone: +353 1 7168934

Subjects taught

This rigorous course explores a wide range of theories and concepts and develops an array of technical skills in the areas fundamental to the accounting profession, as well as providing a vital stepping stone to graduates preparing for professional examinations. Knowledge acquisition is tested not only through examinations but also via case study and a dissertation option, whilst IT is used extensively throughout.

Core Modules
Financial Reporting

Advanced Financial Accounting

Finance and Financial Instruments

Auditing and Assurance 1

Auditing and Assurance 2

Taxation 1

Taxation 2

Management Accounting

Management Control Systems

Contemporary Issues in Accounting

Summer Term:
Corporate Governance and Ethics

Current Issues in Accounting Practice

Taxation Summer School

Course fee

Fees FT EU:

FT Non-EU:

Important Note: Tuition fees and other charges are subject to change each year.

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: September 2017

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