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Entry Requirements

An honours degree in accounting; or
An honours degree with a significant specialism in accounting; or
an honours award in the University’s Professional Diploma in Accounting.
Applicants must have completed a degree (or a combination of degree and examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland) that has exempted them from the ICAI’s Professional 1 and 2 examinations. Applications are welcome from final year undergraduates.

Applicants wishing to enquire about taking the Prof 2 papers of ICAI as external candidates should direct their enquiries to the ICAI at 87 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4.

Programme Overview
The M.B.S. in Accounting is the leading programme of its kind in Ireland, an innovative partnership of learning which is informed and shaped by the needs of the accounting
professional of tomorrow. The M.B.S. in Accounting encourages critical and creative thinking,teamwork and communication and develops a diverse range of professional attributes which equip graduates to excel in the accounting profession and adopt leadership positions in their
professional lives.

The ability to provide professional solutions based on a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the various elements of accounting and the ethical underpinnings
of the profession is increasingly important in the complex commercial environment where proposed actions have a wide range of implications for business. The M.B.S. in Accounting is specifically designed to develop leaders in accounting and business through the development
of a multi-disciplinary approach through modules such as IT in Accounting and Case Study.

These involve significant independent study and integrating the various modules on the M.B.S. To encourage participation and facilitate the highest standard of professional delivery, class size is restricted to a maximum of 40 students in any given year. This class size facilitates participative learning and teamworking in the class and friendships developed on the M.B.S.
in Accounting have proven to be long-lasting.

Additional Feature of the Programme
The Business & Social Environment Module is an integral part of the programme and provides a forum for leading speakers to impart their experiences and give a broader
perspective of the role of the accountant in society.
Past speakers include: Sheila O’Flanagan (novelist and Irish Times columnist), Peter McVerry SJ, The Arrupe Society, Tom O’Higgins, Chairman of CONCERN Worldwide, Joan Burton, Chartered Accountant and Minister for State
(1993-1997), Clare Daly, Local Councillor, Pat O’Brien, Tax Partner, KPMG.

Programme Structure

• Financial Accounting & Analysis
• Management Accounting
• Capital Taxation & Business Taxation
• Auditing & Professional Ethics and Assurance Services: Theory & Practice
• Financial Reporting Theory
• IT in Accounting
• Corporate and Investment Finance
• Case Study
• Research Methodology/Dissertation

The dissertation, for submission in August, is on a topic of the student’s choice and is supported by a module in research methodology and individual supervision by a member of the accounting faculty.

Career Prospects
Graduates of the M.B.S. in Accounting are exempt from the Professional 3 Examination of the ICAI. To qualify as chartered accountants, they must pass the Final Admitting Examination and serve a 3-year training contract. Graduates are typically employed by the leading international
accounting firms. Many of these firms sponsor students whom they have recruited on the programme.

“The course provided me with a superb training for my career in accounting and was a particularly good platform for the FAE. Although I found the course material very challenging the lecturers were excellent and very supportive. The group assignments heightened morale
among course participants and enhanced my personal and professional development”.
Alan Garry, MBS 2002 and 1st place in the FAE (2004).

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme visit the Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC) at to complete an online application.




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