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Developed in collaboration with the Irish Tax Institute, this programme offers students the opportunity to be educated in tax in a holistic, integrated and sustainable manner in response to the expressed needs of the tax profession. Exemptions from Part 1 and Part 2 of the Irish Tax Institute professional exams subject to minimum grade requirements. Provides an opportunity to progress to study for the leading professional qualification, AITI Tax Consultant, and become a member of the Irish Tax Institute.

Overview
Taxation is technical and interdisciplinary, taking in elements of law, economics, computational techniques, social sciences and critical theory. The tax profession, both domestically and globally, has grown in complexity and importance over the last two decades, creating exciting and dynamic opportunities nationally and internationally for tax experts. This programme, offered by the Department of Accounting and Finance in the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, and developed in collaboration with the Irish Tax Institute, offers students the opportunity to be educated in tax in a holistic, integrated and sustainable manner in response to the expressed needs of the tax profession. Graduates from the programme will be entitled to exemptions from Part 1 and Part 2 of the Irish Tax Institute professional exams subject to minimum grade requirements. The programme 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. It also provides an opportunity for students to progress to study for the leading professional qualification, AITI Tax Consultant, and become a member of the Irish Tax Institute.

This programme 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. 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.

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

PROGRAMME DELIVERY
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.

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.

WHAT TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR APPLICATION:
• 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.

Duration

1 year full time

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
Email: kieran.gallery@ul.ie

Programme Co-ordinator:
Kathy Ryan
Taught Postgraduate Programmes
Tel: +353-61-234389
Email: kathy.ryan@ul.ie

Subjects taught

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

Summer
Dissertation

Application date

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062
email: international@ul.ie.

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Contacts
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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