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Accounting - Professional Diploma

Course Details

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 1 year

Award: Professional Diploma

Qualification: NFQ Level 8 Major Award

Faculty: Kemmy Business School

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Anne Tynan
Department of Accounting and Finance Kemmy Business School University of Limerick

Brief Description

The programme is a "conversion" programme of study designed to equip non-accounting graduates with a thorough grounding in accounting theory and practice.  The course provides the perfect foundation for a career as a professional accountant, with graduates from the programme securing exemptions from both Chartered Accountants Ireland and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), thus providing them with exceptional employment prospects.

How To Apply

Please complete the application form and make payable the €35 application fee (non-refundable) which can be found in the link below.

Application Form & Application Fee

Please send the completed application form to;

Undergraduate Admissions Office

University of Limerick

The programme is a "conversion" programme of study designed to equip non-accounting graduates with a thorough grounding in accounting theory and practice. The programme has been designed to:

  • Provide students with a high level of competence in the accounting discipline, thus allowing them the opportunity to progress to study for a professional accounting qualification
  • Allow students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the key areas of accounting, finance, taxation and business law
  • Develop students’ awareness of the ethical and social context in which accounting operates
  • Enable students' comprehension of accounting and financial issues for overall business management
  • Promote the development of self-managed learning skills including time management, prioritisation, critical thinking and reflection
Semester 1 Semester 2
  • Financial Management
  • Management and Cost Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Corporate Finance
  • Performance Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Company and Partnership Law

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules


Normally applicants will possess a minimum 2:2 honours primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in any field other than accounting related fields. In the case of international students, the overseas equivalent as determined by the Course Team in consultation with UL Graduate School Admissions will be acceptable. Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, the candidate should meet the University's English language requirements. 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.

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.

Course Fees 2019/20                                        
Full Time: 
EU €5,195  Non-EU: €5,195

(including UL Student Centre levy, €90)

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The Professional Diploma in Accounting will prepare graduates to pursue careers in accountancy firms, financial institutions, and manufacturing and service companies in Ireland and abroad. Graduates are exempt, in full, from the CAP1 examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland. A number of exemptions from the ACCA Fundamentals papers are also available.  The course provides the perfect foundation for a career as a professional accountant by focusing on the core areas of accounting knowledge that will prepare students to excel in the workplace and in their future professional exams