Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
1 Year
Professional Diploma
NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
Faculty: Kemmy Business School
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible, Online
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Tom Collins
Address: National Centre for Taxation
Kemmy Business School

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Brief Description

Next Intake: September 2024. 

This course qualifies for 50% funding on a limited number of places, under the HCI Fees Subsidy. Check fees section for details and eligibility.

Understanding domestic tax changes and evolving international tax legislation is essential with the increasing globalisation of business models. Tax administrations’ activity in this ever-changing landscape will require advanced skillsets to negotiate a growing level of complex legislation in this field. In addition, modern tax professionals increasingly need the practical skills to apply data analytics and to understand Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to support their organisations within the competitive international arena.

Whether you are currently working in taxation or would like to learn more about it, this programme will give you the edge when it comes to understanding tax legislation and how to apply this in complex international tax structures. Data analytics and Artificial Intelligence are now embedded across all business activities, and this programme will focus on how to use these technologies in the taxation, risk, ethics, and governance disciplines.

The programme is delivered fully online, with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous lectures. Synchronous lectures will also be recorded, allowing you the flexibility to learn in your own time.

This programme will enable you to understand and appreciate the structure and content of tax legislation. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how to interpret tax legislation.  You will also learn how arbitration works in the event of a dispute over the application of the law, and you will be equipped with negotiation skills to settle disputes effectively.
You will gain an understanding of the principles underpinning and the risks inherent in the application of domestic and international tax law to corporate entities, including the application of double taxation relief and other contemporary themes in international tax.  

You will learn to apply these principles, understand their economic and social impact, and be empowered to engage in detailed tax analysis to address relevant scenarios. 
The data analysis techniques will equip you to solve complex business problems in the tax domain, including forecasting the impact of business decisions on tax liability.

You will engage in contextual edge cases and formulate a context-specific application of the concepts of risk and governance concerning AI technologies.  You will be able to frame emerging AI innovation as different examples of technologies that are socially embedded, autonomous and which present numerous identifiable risks and governance challenges.

You will learn the skills to identify the social contexts in which taxes are imposed and their impact on stakeholders.  You will be able to analyse the ethical and moral issues underpinning your work and the business environment.

Autumn Semester

Spring Semester


Revenue Law and Negotiations          

You will gain an in-depth understanding of how to interpret tax legislation and its relationship with the Irish Constitution and EU law. The module will explain how arbitration works in a dispute over the application of the law and will equip you with the necessary negotiation skills to settle disputes.


Applied International Tax Law              

You will gain an understanding of the principles underpinning and the risks inherent in the application of domestic and international tax law to corporate entities.  This includes the application of double taxation relief and other contemporary themes in international tax such as BEPS 1.0 and 2.0 and transfer pricing.


Risk, Ethics, Governance and Artificial Intelligence

You will gain the knowledge and practical skills to empower you as an industry professional to understand better (a) the complex aspects of the logic of AI Commercialisation and business models and (b) the broader social and ethical relations of AI business models. The goal is to transform theoretical research into applied contexts where professionals can make more informed decisions regarding the ‘Risk, Ethics and Governance’ of AI.

Data Analytics for Tax

You will gain the knowledge and practical skills to apply data analytics and data visualisation techniques to problems situated in the discipline of tax. Through a mixture of theory and practice, it will develop your understanding of the importance of data to the modern tax professional.





This programme is designed for professionals at all levels, working in private practice as in-house tax experts or tax advisers, or for those in the public sector managing and overseeing the operation of the international tax system. This would include, but not be limited to, professionals with accounting, economics, law, engineering, public administration, and other academic backgrounds and professional qualifications apt for the programme.

Normally applicants will possess a minimum 2:2 honours primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland)  In the case of international students, the overseas equivalent as determined by the Course Team in consultation with UL Graduate School Admissions will meet this requirement. 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. 


  • 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 AND
  • English language competency certificate

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EU - €6,350

Non - EU - €9,250

HCI Fees Subsidy - Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can qualify for 50% funding subject to the availability of places. To clarify eligibility please go to Eligibility Criteria 

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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The Professional Diploma in Contemporary Taxation will prepare students for exciting tax career opportunities in the public and private sectors.