What is the MB in Accounting?
The MB in Accounting is a challenging one-year taught programme aimed at preparing business graduates for entry into the accountancy profession. The programme is a fast track to a career in accountancy, earning generous exemptions from the professional institutes (for example Chartered Accountants Ireland offer successful graduates an exemption from the CAP 2 series of examinations).

On the programme, participants share experiences and knowledge to maximise learning. WIT prides itself on its staff/student interaction and the participatory and interactive learning model creates an exciting and stimulating environment. The intensive nature of the programme and its emphasis on teamwork means that one will learn not just with your class group or team, but from them as well.

Special Feature
The MB in Accounting programme at Waterford Institute of Technology provides an outstanding education in accountancy for graduates who wish to continue their studies to an advanced level. The programme is intensive, with a strong emphasis on self-directed learning. On the programme, participants share experiences and knowledge to maximise learning. WIT prides itself on its staff/student interaction; and the participatory and interactive learning creates an exciting and stimulating environment.
Mandatory modules concentrate on the core accounting disciplines: financial reporting, management accounting, taxation, finance and auditing.

These are supplemented by a number of elective modules which allow the perspective student to broaden their accounting knowledge into emerging and non-traditional areas. Elective modules include strategic information management, the reporting environment and strategy & business analysis.

Students are also required to complete a dissertation. There is considerable latitude in the choice of subject area, its scope and methodology. Research methods modules support the dissertation and tutors appointed to each individual student provide direction. The dissertation is due for presentation in mid-August.

Who is the MB in Accounting for?
If you have a degree in accounting (BSc Accounting or BA Accounting, for example) or a general business degree with an accounting major/specialisation and you would like to pursue a career in accounting, then this programme has been designed with you in mind.

Entry requirements

• A strong specialist accounting undergraduate degree (BSc Accounting, BA Accounting for example) or a general business undergraduate degree with an accounting major/specialism (BBS with Accounting, for example), normally a 2h1.

• In some instances graduates who have achieved a 2nd class honours grade 2 in the degrees listed above and who can demonstrate a high level of performance in the accounting related subjects may be offered a place.

• Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT's English Language Requirements for details.

In addition
• If you are taking the programme with the intention of gaining an exemption from CAP 2 (Chartered Accountants Ireland) then you will need to be exempt from all of CAP 1 upon joining the programme. If you do not have full exemptions from CAP 1, see the section on 'Exemptions'
• If you have not studied as an undergraduate in Ireland you will need to demonstrate that you have:
- Previously studied financial reporting using IFRS/IAS i.e. international accounting standards and regulations
- Previously studied taxation in a jurisdiction with a similar tax system to Ireland (the UK for example).


1 year Full-time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Traditionally, graduates of this programme continue with their final examinations with one of the professional institutes.

This is not surprising as it is one of the key objectives of the course. All of the big 4 firms (Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KMPG, Ernst & Young and Deloitte) have subsequently employed MBS in Accounting students for their graduate training programmes. Upon completion of the training contract students; are then found in a variety of roles ranging from practice to industry to the public sector.

Further enquiries

Course Leader(s)
Mr. John Casey
Lecturer in Accounting
Tel: +353-(0)51-302425

Prof. Denis Harrington
B.Comm (Hons), MBA, PhD, FRSA - Head of Department of Graduate Business
Tel: +353-(0)51-302427

Subjects taught

Semester 1
• Taxation
• Audit and The Professional Accountant
• Research Methods
• Seminar Series

Semester 2
• Advanced Financial Reporting
• Mgmt Accounting & Corporate Finance
• Qualitative Research Methods or Quantitative Research Methods

Semester 3
• Dissertation


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