UCC Postgraduate courses

Management Information & Managerial Accounting Systems

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Management Information & Managerial Accounting Systems

  • Code

    MSCMIM

  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    12 months full-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time

  • Qualifications

    MSc

  • EU Fees

    €10,630
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees

    €18,500

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15 June.

  • Start Date

    12 September 2022

Course Outline

Our MSc (Management Information & Managerial Accounting Systems) (MIMAS) is a full-time conversion programme running for 12 months from the date of first registration for the programme. Students take taught modules from September to May, followed by the completion of a group-based research project and culminating with a graduate placement commencing from June onwards.

MIMAS is a challenging postgraduate degree course. The employment record for our graduates is excellent and many are currently employed in a variety of positions, including management consultant, project manager, business analyst, business intelligence analyst, management accountant and financial accountant.

The programme includes a three-month industrial internship and you will also take modules in a variety of subjects relevant to both management accounting and Information Systems (IS).

The IS modules will give you an appreciation of how technology can be used to support the operations and transactions of modern organisations. The management accounting modules will provide you with a thorough understanding of management accounting concepts and techniques and how these can be used to support managerial decision-making.

Programme content

In total you will take 90 credits including taught modules to the value of 60 credits, and a placement module (AC6016) to the value of 30 credits. In the event of a placement not being secured an unplaced student will undertake a 30-credit Industry Report module (AC6017).

Part I 

  • AC6002 Accounting Information Fundamentals (5 credits)
  • AC6011 Analysis of Accounting Information (5 credits)
  • AC6412 Financial Management and Business Ethics (5 credits)
  • AC6419 Principles of Cost Management (5 credits)
  • AC6420 Advanced Managerial Accounting and Governance (5 credits)
  • AC6421 Performance Management, Risk and Control (5 credits)
  • IS6125 Database Analysis and Design (5 credits)
  • IS6126 Databases for Management Information Systems (5 credits)
  • IS6200 Introduction to Business Programming (5 credits)
  • IS6217 Programming for Business (5 credits)
  • IS6218 Understanding Business Processes (5 credits)
  • IS6219 Enterprise Data Reporting and Visualisation (5 credits)

Part II

  • AC6016 Placement (30 credits) or AC6017 Industry Report (30 credits)

See the Postgraduate College Calendar (MSc MIMAS) for more information.

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

This course consists of traditional classroom-based lectures in addition to a series of computer practical sessions. You will also gain experience of seminars, industrial site visits, guest lectures, student presentations to (and feedback from) leading industry experts etc. On average, you can expect 25 contact hours per week (i.e. lectures/practical sessions) with the remainder of your time spent researching and completing projects and assignments.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used during this course. In addition to the traditional end-of-year written examinations, you will undertake a series of individual and group assignments and projects during the year in the areas of both management accounting and information systems.

Who teaches this course?

This course is taught by a team of dedicated and experienced academics who all have relevant industrial experience, either in management accounting and/or information systems. The majority of the teaching team also have PhDs which facilitates them in guiding your research efforts.

Why Choose This Course

This course is unique in being the only master’s level course in Ireland that focuses on both accounting and information systems. The course content is tailored to industry requirements, with frequent site visits, guest speakers, and case studies. The graduate placement opportunities are unparalleled in Ireland in terms of the profile of the companies, the international scope, and the full-time positions open to students on completion. It is an invaluable launch pad for careers in international business and entrepreneurship.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

There are national and international placement opportunities available. The MIMAS course is unique in having cultivated an international reputation for the calibre of our students, and we have strong relationships with placement companies and employers in Ireland, the UK, and Europe. Across the Atlantic, students have been placed in organisations in New York and Seattle. Strong links are maintained with the financial services industry in Luxembourg. Post-graduation, a growing contingent of Chinese students has opened up the possibility of careers in China.

Skills and Careers Information

You will acquire the skills to steer organisational performance and monitor financial health, analyse historic data to predict future trends, and budget and forecast. In parallel, you will learn to design and build information systems from a process, database and user interface perspective. You will be introduced to business intelligence and data analytics, and you will gain important communication skills.

MIMAS students become business analysts, accountants, auditors and information systems professionals.

Requirements

The MSc Management Information and Managerial Accounting Systems (MIMAS) is a conversion programme designed for applicants who have not previously studied Accounting or Software Development. As such, the course is not suitable for graduates from degrees with high levels of software development and management accounting content (e.g. BSc Business Information Systems, BSc Accounting).

This course is open to graduates of all disciplines (but not for graduates from degrees with high levels of software development and management accounting, as stated above) with a minimum Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8). Applicants who do not meet the Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) standard may be admitted to the programme under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) on the basis of significant practical or professional experience as deemed appropriate by the Head of Department and subject to the approval of the School of Business.

It is important to apply early as this programme is often over-subscribed. If your application is successful at this stage you will receive an offer or (if you have not yet received your final exam results) a conditional offer.  If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list.  Students on this waiting list get priority over later applicants. If the course has not been filled in the first round, or by the first round waiting list, and your application is successful, you will receive an offer or a conditional offer. If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €10,630.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,500.

Deposits

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay?

You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Professional Master of Education (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 June.

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