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Strategic Management Accounting

The MSc in Strategic Management Accounting is intended for high ability business graduates who want to achieve long-term career success, based on a strong foundation in accountancy and specialising in management accounting.

Co-designed with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), this intensive course targets high-level graduates with a solid background in management accounting, financial accounting and reporting, finance, taxation or law, seeking a long-term career with leadership-level responsibility in the corporate finance function, management consulting, accounting and controlling.

Course applications submitted before 5pm on May 31st will be considered for the CIMA Scholarship commencing September 2016. The scholarship covers full tuition fees up to €12,850.

What will I learn?
The course aims to develop in graduates the necessary skills and knowledge to analyse business strategy, generate the information required to support strategic decisions, and manage their successful implementation.

1. A functional and technical level of expertise that is demanded by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ professional syllabus.

2. Systematic and rigorous knowledge of management accounting within the context of strategic management and corporate finance.

3 . The personal and business skills desired by employers, including data analytics, professional report writing, presentation skills, and teamwork.

How will I benefit?
Successful completion of the course develops an extensive knowledge base in the areas of management accounting, management control and performance management, backed by a vital set of technical, analytical and personal skills.

• firm grasp of the tools and techniques for measuring and managing business performance, financial reporting and analysis, and risk management.

• the know-how required to not only understand business strategy but also plan and implement strategic decisions in the future.

• Direct relevance of the course content to corporate needs, providing a solid foundation for a successful career within the industry, in senior management and advisory positions.

Course features
A demanding level – the demands are higher than the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ professional syllabus, providing as one of a select few programmes worldwide TOPCIMA (T4 Part B) exam exemption and an invaluable management accounting specialisation upon successful completion.

A blended teaching approach – varied in-class methods (lectures, seminars, case studies, guest speakers from industry) provide a balance between theoretical learning and skill development, with top-class faculty and senior professionals ensuring the academic rigour and real-life relevance of the course content.

A mutual learning environment – small class sizes comprising graduates of diverse backgrounds, group work and case studies facilitate the study of issues of genuine market importance, with a clear emphasis upon team learning.

This multi-faceted, CIMA-accredited course is structured around 10 core modules and a dedicated professional skills module, covering a comprehensive range of specialist disciplines designed to deepen graduates’ understanding of the financial and strategic workings of businesses.

In the summer term, students can choose from some summer term modules, or a research project, or in a small number of cases, from a limited number of possible internships. With any possible internship opportunity, students may have to go through a competitive process for these, including potential interviews.

A CIMA strategic level final case study seminar at the end of the summer term allows students to kick-start their own preparation for this exam.

Entry requirements

A second class honours grade 1 Business degree (or equivalent). An overall Irish system final average grade of 62% or GPA of 3.15/4.2 is required (or equivalent).


Applicants are required to have a strong background in management accounting, financial accounting and reporting, finance, taxation or law and related subjects.
In general, applicants are required to have successfully completed 30 credits (e.g. 6 modules x 5 credits) in these subjects in their qualifying primary or postgraduate degree.

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.


1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

What can I do?
The MSc in Strategic Management Accounting provides access to a wide range of employment opportunities like the following variety of roles within an organisation:

Management Consultancy and Advisory positions
Management Accountant
Financial Controller
Financial Analyst
Business Analyst
Director of Finance
Governance and Compliance Manager

As the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants qualification is globally recognised, as a graduate of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School programme and on successful completion of the final CIMA examination, you will be able to work both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

The Admissions Office can be contacted at

Subjects taught

Core Modules:
Strategic Management
Organisational Behaviour
Performance Measurement and Management
Management Control Systems
Strategic Corporate Finance
International Financial Reporting and Analysis
Current Issues in Performance Measurement and Control
Corporate Governance and Ethics
Risk Management
Project Management

Summer Term
Corporate Governance & Ethics
Current Issues in Accounting Practice
Current Issues in Management Accounting

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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