Master of Accounting
J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics
The Master of Accounting (M.Acc.) at NUI Galway is an intensive year-long degree program for high calibre graduates in accounting who aspire to highly successful professional accounting careers.
The program combines the advanced study of accounting as a basis for a professional career with the development of the student’s academic and intellectual capabilities. A particular advantage of the program at NUI Galway is the small class size, which makes it possible to put particular emphasis on group work and on the development of communication skills.
The minimum entry requirement is a 2.1 honours primary degree with a significant specialisation in accounting. Successful applicants normally have full exemptions (or nearly full exemptions) from the CAP1 examinations of CAI on the basis of their qualifications at the time of entry to the M.Acc.
1 year, full-time
Next start date: September 2013
ECTS weighting: 90
Average intake: 30
Closing date: 8 March 2013
Students take the following modules on the M.Acc. program:
- Financial Accounting
- Management Accounting
- Management Information Systems or Strategic Management
- Skills for Accounting Research and Practice
- Accounting Research Project
Accreditations and exemptions:
The M.Acc. at NUI Galway has been specially designed to meet the needs of graduates who plan to progress to membership of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI). CAI grants full exemption from its CAP2 stage examinations to graduates of the M.Acc. program, provided that they have full exemption from its CAP1 stage examinations before taking the M.Acc.
Applications and selections
The program starts in early September each year. Applications are made online to the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) (www.pac.ie). The PAC application code is GYC00.
The closing date for applications for the cycle of the M.Acc. program commencing in September 2014 is 7th March 2014, but you should apply early which may result in an early offer.
The closing date for applications for the M.Acc. program commencing in September 2013 has already passed.
Who teaches this course?
The following staff from the Accountancy and Finance Discipline at NUI Galway are involved in teaching the M.Acc. program:
- Ms. Mary Barrett
- Professor Cristiano Busco
- Mr. Frank Conaty
- Mr. John Currie
- Dr. Emer Curtis
- Ms. Patricia Martyn
- Dr. Emer Mulligan
- Dr. Shammyla Naeem
- Dr. Geraldine Robbins
- Professor Breda Sweeney
In addition, staff from the Discipline of Management and the Discipline of Business Information Systems each contribute a module to the program.
Visiting lecturers from the accounting profession, industry, and academia also contribute to the program.
Requirements and assessment
Semester One exams are held in December and Semester Two exams are held in April/May. The Accounting Research Project is completed during the summer months.
Continuous assessment is a particular feature of the program. A range of assessment methods are integrated into the various modules. These include projects, reports, presentations, case studies, and debates.
Immediately after completing the program, most M.Acc. graduates begin training as chartered accountants with major accounting firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and others. During this training they complete the process of qualifying as Chartered Accountants and/or Chartered Tax Consultants and they go on to enjoy very successful careers in accounting practice, industry, taxation, or financial services.
M.Acc. graduates’ success in recent professional examinations
Our graduates consistently achieve very high places in the Final Admitting Examination of Chartered Accountants Ireland and in the final examination of the Irish Tax Institute (AITI). In the most recent (2012) professional exams, our graduates Aisling Curtin and Sarah Finnegan (both M.Acc. 2010) obtained second and third place respectively in CAI’s Final Admitting Examination and Nora Cosgrove (M.Acc. 2008) was placed second in the final examinations of the Irish Taxation Institute.
What employers say about the programme
"Since its inception, KPMG has sponsored students on the Master of Accounting programme in NUI Galway. We are delighted with the results. In its graduates, KPMG looks for rounded individuals with well-developed thinking and interpersonal skills. We really notice these skills in those who have completed the Master of Accounting in NUI Galway. It is the combined focus on technical skills development and personal development that we believe prepares students well for a career in business".
Colm Gorman, Head of HR, KPMG
Who’s suited to this course
The M.Acc. program could be for you if you hold (or expect to graduate shortly with) at least a 2.1 honours primary degree with a significant specialisation in accounting and expect to have full (or nearly full exemptions) from the CAP1 examinations of CAI. The majority of students on the program are sponsored by accounting firms who intended to employ them to train as chartered accountants upon graduation from the M.Acc.
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €7,095
- Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €13,250
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Master of Accounting 2008. Chartered Tax Adviser & Chartered Accountant KPMG.
"I would highly recommend doing the Master of Accounting degree at NUI Galway because it provides a fantastic stepping stone into a career as a chartered accountant. The M.Acc. year in NUI Galway was very rewarding and I know that the skills and contacts that I developed will work to my advantage throughout my career"