The Master of Taxation aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in the knowledge and application of taxation theory, law and practice as applied to individuals and corporate entities both nationally and internationally. It also provides an opportunity for students to progress to study for the leading Irish professional tax qualification, AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA), and become a member of the Irish Tax Institute.

The practice of taxation, both domestically and globally, has grown significantly in complexity and importance over the last two decades, creating exciting and dynamic opportunities nationally and internationally for tax experts. The Master of Taxation was developed by the Department of Accounting and Finance in the Kemmy Business School in collaboration with the Irish Tax Institute, in response to the expressed needs of the tax profession. It offers students the opportunity to be educated in tax in a holistic, integrated and sustainable manner. Graduates from the programme will be entitled to exemptions from Part 1 (full) and Part 2 (partial) of the Irish Tax Institute professional exams, subject to minimum grade requirements.

Taxation is technical and interdisciplinary, taking in elements of law, economics, computational techniques, social sciences and critical theory. The Master of Taxation creates a distinctive opportunity for students to take their knowledge of taxation beyond the practice of compliance and planning to a deeper understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline.

Among the core aims of the programme are to equip students with the following:
•The sustainable tax technical skill required for personal and corporate tax compliance and consulting work;
•An understanding of the underlying theory behind the discipline, the techniques of taxation and their implications in a social context;
•An ability to appreciate the ethical aspects of personal and corporate tax planning and the protection of the national tax base;
•The tools necessary to research technical tax issues;
•The research skills necessary to formulate, conduct and report on an independent piece of academic research;
•Key personal and professional skills including decision-making, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and presentation skills.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:2 honours primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in a relevant discipline (for example, business/commerce or law) or the overseas equivalent as determined by the Programme Team in consultation with University of Limerick Graduate School Admissions. Where English is not the first language of candidates, certified demonstrable achievement in TOEFL English Competency Test will be required. In exceptional circumstances an applicant who cannot satisfy the undergraduate requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant professional experience. Candidates may be interviewed as part of the selection process to determine their suitability for the programme.

• Qualification transcripts and certificates
• English language qualification if English is not your first language
• Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
• A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
• Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
• TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
• IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
• English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
• GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
• University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
• GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


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Careers or further progression

This Masters programme will prepare graduates to pursue a variety of careers in the tax profession and progress to study for the professional qualification, AITI Tax Consultant, and/or to engage in further tax research.

Further enquiries

For academic queries contact the Course Director:

For general enquiries contact the Course Administrator:

Course Director: Kieran Gallery
Lecturer in Taxation
Department of Accounting and Finance
Kemmy Business School
University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland
Telephone: +353-61-213319

Programme Co-ordinator:
Kathy Ryan
Taught Postgraduate Programmes
Tel: +353-61-234389

Subjects taught

Programme Content

The Master of Taxation is a one-year, full-time programme which will be available from September 2012. The programme consists of ten taught modules, completed over two academic semesters and a research dissertation that will be completed during the summer semester.


A variety of educational approaches will be employed in the delivery of the programme including interactive lectures and tutorials, guided reading, small group team work, seminars and workshops, e-learning and action learning through case studies and guest speakers from industry. Approximately a quarter of the student workload will be taken up by formal contact hours. The remainder of the student workload should be divided between independent and private study and the preparation of projects and examinations.

Autumn Semester
TX6001 Personal Taxes
TX6012 Indirect Taxes
TX6021 Revenue Law
TX6041 Seminar Series 1
FI6111 Research Methods in Finance 1
CO6001 Professional Development 1
AC6061 Financial Analysis & Governance

Spring Semester
TX6002 Capital Taxes
TX6011 Business Taxes
TX6022 Principles of International Tax
TX6042 Seminar Series 2
FI6112 Research Methods in Finance 2
CO6002 Professional Development 2

Elective Module
(choose 1)
AC4906 Corporate Social Responsibility
EC6012 International Monetary Economics
MN6062 Project Management
PM6072 Leadership, Influence & Change
FI6091 Wealth & Portfolio Management


Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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