Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
1 Year
Masters (MSc)
NFQ Level 9 Major Award
Faculty: Kemmy Business School
Course Type: Taught
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr. Ruth Lynch
Address: Dept. Of Accounting & Finance Email:
Name: shauna oconnell

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Brief Description

The Master of Science in Accounting offers a postgraduate route to a career in professional accounting. This one-year full-time programme focuses on not only the content and skills required to continue with the professional accountancy exams, but also with the development of skills and knowledge in areas of increasing importance in the profession, such as an in-depth knowledge around issues of sustainability, and data analytics. Students who successfully complete the MSc in Accounting, will graduate with full exemptions from all but the Final Admitting Examination (FAE) of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), and exemption from Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)  Part 1 exams of the Irish Tax Institute 

The MSc in Accounting offered by the Kemmy Business School offers students core subjects required for the pursuit of a career in professional accounting in areas of taxation, auditing, management accounting, finance, and financial accounting. This programme also offers you the chance to be led by a teaching staff with pedagogical and scholarship expertise in core and contemporary areas of accountancy. The MSc in Accounting has been developed to equip students with expertise in areas of growing importance in the accountancy profession, namely sustainability and data analytics. Our optional innovation lab and simulation modules allow you to approach business problems in an applied, innovative and creative environment to reflect the skills and competencies required in real-word situations.

Why Should you Consider the MSc in Accounting in Kemmy Business School? 

Programme Learning Outcomes;

  • Graduates will demonstrate a systematic understanding of legislation and compliance obligations, within tax, accounting and audit domains. They will apply the fundamental concepts and practices of accounting, taxation and auditing in complex financial situations, to assess and deliver appropriate solutions to a range of connected and/or conflicting financial needs.
  • Graduates will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the role of the accountant in financial and business management decisions, and governance oversight and appreciate how these decisions impact on a varied range of stakeholders.
  • Graduates will develop critical thinking skills, allowing them to critically evaluate, analyse and communicate complex technical information across financial, taxation, and governance disciplines to a high professional standard.
  • Graduates will demonstrate confidence, interpersonal skills and professional competency in communicating with key stakeholders in a business context.
  • Graduates will recognise the importance of ethics and sustainability in their own contribution to business and society. They will be able to assess the societal impact of business decisions and how financial interests may impact, positively or adversely, on environment, society, and governance oversight.
  • Graduates will critically evaluate the professional context of accountancy in the governance and regulation of business, allowing for continuing critical self-reflection on the role of the accountant in the constantly changing legislative and regulatory environments (both domestic and global) in which the accountant operates.

The MSc in Accounting offers students the opportunity to earn a top ranked and internationally recognised qualification, delivered at a top 1% global business school.

Students will complete 5 core modules in the Autumn Semester (30 ECTS), and 5 core modules in the Spring Semester (30 ECTS). In the summer semester, students can elect to complete a research dissertation pathway, or a digital analytics pathway. 

•    AC6121 Corporate Sustainability  •    AC6112 Strategic Financial Performance and Management Accounting  OPTION 1
•    AC6033 Research Methods in Business
•    AC6043 Research Dissertation in Business
•    AC6131 Risk Modelling and Derivative Markets    •    AC6122 Advanced Financial Reporting II      
•    AC6141 Advanced Taxation I   •    AC6132 Advanced Taxation II      
•    AC6151 Auditing, Assurance and Governance    •    AC6152 Advanced Auditing and Assurance    OPTION 2
•    MI6103 Digital Futures Lab
•    MI6303 Business Analytics Simulation
•    AC6161 Advanced Financial Reporting I    •    AC6172 Data Science for Risk Management      

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) with a significant accounting specialisation, or an honours primary degree with a minimum of three years relevant work experience. Applicants must also expect to qualify for exemption from the CA Proficiency 1 examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI). You should apply directly to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland for your CAP1. Applicants who do not meet the exemption requirement or are in receipt of a partial CAP1 exemption by mid August may only be admitted in exceptional circumstances following approval from the Course Director and the Head of Department. All applicants must satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.


•    Qualification transcripts and certificates
•    A copy of your birth certificate (long document) or passport
•    If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice. 
•    If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
•    English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
•    English language competency certificate
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To ensure a speedy assessment of your application, please upload the above documents with your application form. Please title appropriately any documents you are uploading with the application form, for example "Supporting Statement", "Undergraduate Transcript", "Postgraduate Transcript", "English Language Certificate" etc.

EU - €9,750

Non- EU - €18,000

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email

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Graduates from the MSc in Accounting will have the in-depth skills and knowledge essential for the sustained growth of your professional journey in accountancy. This programme will provide an opportunity to springboard a successful career in accounting, auditing or taxation.