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Master of Arts in Accounting





1 Year


Business & Financial Services

Start Date


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Postgraduate Taught courses



Do you want to work in a well-paid and secure career that offers opportunities to work in different sectors across the world? This one-year full-time postgraduate course deepens students’ accounting knowledge and skills and offers an accelerated pathway to a career in professional accounting.

Graduates from the programme earn generous exemptions from the professional bodies:

  • ACCA - (Certified) –8 out of 9 possible exemptions
  • ACA - (Chartered) –Full CAP 2 exemptions
  • CIMA-Graduates qualify for the master’s gateway route    
  • CPA – Exemptions assessed on an individual basis

If you have a degree in accounting, or a general business degree with an accounting specialisation, and would like to pursue a career in accounting, then this programme has been designed with you in mind. The programme is intensive with a strong emphasis on self-directed learning.

What are the entry requirements?

Students are expected to have a minimum of a 2.2 Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) in Accounting or General Business with an Accounting specialisation. In line with institute policies, Non-EU nationals must provide evidence of ability to follow classes in English (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent). Applicants may be required to attend TUS for an interview. Zoom interviews may be arranged for international students.

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What modules will I study?

  • Semester 1

    Title: Auditing

    Credits: 10

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    This module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the audit process and its application within the context of the regulatory framework. This module will help prepare students for undertaking professional accounting exams.

    Title: Financial Reporting and Corporate Governance

    Credits: 10

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    This module covers financial reporting to an advanced level. The topics include the more advanced aspects of group accounting and advanced accounting standards such as retirement benefits, share based payment and financial instruments. Corporate governance is dealt with also.

    This module, passed at 50% or above, is expected to gain the student exemption from the Chartered Accountants Ireland CAP 2 Financial Accounting examination, provided all other modules in the programme are passed at 50% or more.

    Title: Financial Strategy

    Credits: 10

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    This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive appreciation of the theoretical framework and analytical techniques of financial strategy, and of the application of financial theory to strategic financial decision-making.

  • Semester 2

    Title: Accounting Research Project

    Credits: 30

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    This module aims to introduce students to the key concepts involved in business research while developing confidence and competence in the discipline. The student is encouraged to undertake research activities which will provide them with the opportunity to integrate course content from other modules on the programme, to pursue an area of interest in the accounting field and to explore contemporary accounting issues including sustainability, corporate responsibility and internationalisation.

    Through group and individual assignments the student will show ability to distinguish between key and peripheral issues and support opinions with strong arguments and well documented evidence. This module will develop the students' skills in the areas of designing and implementing primary and/or secondary research of relevance to the field of accounting and finance. By exposing students to contemporary research in the discipline, students will develop an ability to critically analyse this research and engage in informed debate on matters of relevance to the profession.

    Title: Integrated Case Studies

    Credits: 10

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    The module seeks to develop students’ critical and analytical skills applied to business scenarios. This will require the use of interpretative skills, exercise of judgement and the application of knowledge on an integrated basis.

    Title: Strategic Management Accounting

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to allow students to develop a systematic understanding of the current theoretical and empirical research in management accounting and cost management and to provide a critical awareness of how the role of the management accountant has advanced from technical accounting expert to participant in multifunctional strategically focused management teams.

    Title: Taxation

    Credits: 10

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    This module aims to ensure students can assess the impact of taxation on a range of business entities, apply judgement and techniques when offering tax planning advice and develop critical and analytical skills in this area of business management.

Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates typically progress into employment in the accounting field, or into full time study with external providers for the professional accountancy exams. Graduates may progress onto a Level 10 PhD programme.

What are the career prospects?

Professional accounting is a secure and well paid job that offers many career paths internationally. The programme has strong ties with accounting employers, with graduates gaining roles in accounting practices, industry, public service and financial services. Many students enrolled on the programme are recruited by accounting and business firms in advance of their graduation.

Many of our students are international students who completed their undergraduate degree in their home country.The majority of our international students in the past have worked in Ireland in accountancy related jobs following their graduation. Accounting is included in the Critical Skills Occupations List in Ireland.