Master of Accounting

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law
J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics

Course overview

The Master of Accounting programme’s aim is to further develop your conceptual base and knowledge and skills as an honours accounting graduate seeking a career in this area. The programme combines the advanced study of accounting as a basis for a professional career with the development of your academic and intellectual capabilities. It emphasises group work and oral and written communication skills, and has been developed with reference to the Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) syllabus. Therefore, significant exemptions from the CAI examinations are available.



Key facts

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2.1 honours degree in Business or Commerce, with a significant specialisation in Accounting. Students are normally required to have full exemptions from CAI’s CAP1 examinations before embarking on the MAcc programme.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 35

Closing date: 6 March 2015, earlier application may result in an early offer. 
(accepting late applications.)

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The programme includes such modules as:
• Financial Accounting
• Management Accounting
• Taxation
• Auditing
• Finance
• Skills for Accounting Research and Practice
• Management Information Systems
• Strategic Management
• Accounting Research Project.

Further education


Graduates of the MAcc are granted full exemption from CAI’s CAP2 examinations, provided they have full exemption from CAI’s CAP1 examination before taking the MAcc.


Applications and selections

The programme starts in early September each year. Applications are made online to the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) ( The PAC application code is GYC00.


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: December.
Semester Two exams: April/May.

A range of assessment methods are integrated and assessed throughout the programme. These include projects, reports, presentations, case studies and debates.

Find out more

Programme director: John Currie 
T +353 91 493 884

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PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,095 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €6,871 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Past students

“A masters degree in Marketing at NUI Galway gave me an incredible advantage as I headed out into the competitive world of work.  I had confidence in the depth of my knowledge and its application in a way that reflects the excellent teaching.”


 John Concannon


Director of Marketing Development at Failte Ireland


“It was a challenging and insightful course which allowed me to further build on my analytical, research, decision-making and communication skills that I felt were necessary to perform effectively in a modern marketing working environment.”


Martina Moran


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