Management Information and Managerial Accounting Systems MSc

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Course Code: CKL05 Full-time

Course Title: Management Information and Managerial Accounting Systems

College: Business and Law

Management Information and Managerial Accounting Systems

Duration: 15 months Full-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU fee is €10,500; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €18,000

Entry Requirements: Minimum 2.2 honours degree. You may also be admitted to the course on the basis of extensive practical or professional experience as considered appropriate by the Head of the Accounting, Finance and Information Systems Department and the School of Business.

Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/18

Next Intake: September 2018


The MSc (Management Information and Managerial Accounting Systems) or MIMAS is a full-time degree running for 15 months from the date of first registration. It includes a six-month industrial internship. You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials in a variety of subjects relevant to both management accounting and Information Systems (IS).

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

MIMAS is a challenging postgraduate degree course. The employment record of the degree is excellent, with graduates from this course currently employed in a variety of positions, including: management consultant, project manager, business analyst, business intelligence analyst, management accountant and financial accountant.

Course Details

Students undertake taught modules to the value of 60 credits, undertake an applied research project to the value of 10 credits, complete a group based research project to the value of 10 credits and also complete a graduate industrial placement to the value of 10 credits. In the event of a placement not being secured an unplaced student will undertake project work of an equivalent credit value as specified by the Head of Department.

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part I
AC6002 Introduction to Accounting Information (5 credits)
AC6006 Introduction to Cost Management (5 credits)
AC6007 Cost Management Practices (5 credits)
AC6008 Performance Management & Control (5 credits)
AC6010 Design of Budgetary Control Systems (5 credits)
AC6011 Analysis of Accounting Information (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 Technologies and Systems Enabling Enterprise Reporting Solutions (5 credits)

Part II
AC6012 Industrial Internship (10 credits)
Business Research and Communication Skills (10 credits)
IS6216 Applied Research Project (10 credits)

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Detailed Entry Requirements

This course is open to all graduates with at least a Second Class Honours degree, except graduates from degrees with high levels of software development and management accounting content (e.g. BSc Business Information Systems, BSc Accounting).
Candidates who do not meet or achieve the Second Class Honours Grade II standard may be admitted to the programme 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 we anticipate the course will be 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.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: SupplementaryFormCKL05 (159kB)

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

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.


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.

In addition, an applied research project is undertaken in groups by all students during the second teaching term, culminating with a series of group presentations to leading industry experts who in turn provide invaluable feedback and advice to each student group.

The IS6215 Business Research and Communications Skills module (10 credits), which forms part of the course syllabus, is an invaluable tool for you in preparing for such presentations.

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.

Further Contact Information

Yvonne O'Connor

Co-Academic Director


T: +353 (0)21 490 3344

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