About This Course
1 year Full-time
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Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply
Non-EU Closing Date
12 September 2022
This one-year full-time course offers a postgraduate route to a career in professional accounting. It offers you the chance to complete much of the study and examination requirements involved in qualifying as an accountant. Upon successful completion of all requirements of the course, you will gain full exemption from all but the Final Admitting Examination (FAE) of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI).
The course offers more than exemptions. As well as intensive tuition in the core technical materials assessed in the professional examinations, you will gain exposure to the emerging contemporary issues in accounting and finance that will shape your working environment and the future economy. Personal competencies and skills in commercial judgment are also developed to give you a competitive edge as you embark on your career in accounting. In addition, M Acc graduates qualify for exemption from all papers in part 1 of the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification.
Students take a total of 90 credits. Part I consists of taught modules to the value of 60 credits. Part II consists of 30 credits devoted to the development of independent research skills relevant to the work of a modern professional accountant in practice, industry and financial services.
- AC6200 Financial Reporting 2
- AC6206 Computer Applications for Accountants
- AC6210 Management Accounting 1
- AC6211 Management Accounting 2
- AC6212 Corporate Finance 1
- AC6213 Corporate Finance 2
- AC6214 Auditing Principles and Methodologies
- AC6215 Application of Auditing Principles
- AC6216 Taxation 1
- AC6217 Taxation 2
- AC6218 Presentation of Financial Statements
- AC6219 Application of IFRS Principles
- AC6207 Accounting Research, Analysis and Communication
- AC6208 Accounting Research Project
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting - NFQ Level 9, Major Award
Students who successfully achieve the pass standard in Part I may opt not to proceed to Part II and may opt instead to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.
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.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Lectures take place Monday-Thursday in Room 3.14, O’Rahilly Building, UCC. This dedicated room in the department is available to MAcc students for individual and group-work on Fridays and at weekends. Occasional seminars, site visits and other professional training activities also take place on some Fridays.
There is also a significant commitment in terms of assignments, case study preparation and individual study. The workload reflects the demands expected in the early stages of a professional career and students should plan their year on the basis that this is a full-time course.
There may be opportunities for students to act as undergraduate tutors.
The academics who teach on the course are all experienced professionals who have worked in a variety of major accounting firms, financial institutions and leading industrial companies both nationally and internationally. All hold accounting qualifications and/or have significant industry experience. Our academic staff are also actively engaged in professionally relevant research and publication.
Assessment for the taught modules is by a combination of end-of-year written exam and continuous assessment in the form of interim exams and projects. For a fuller description of these, please go to the Book of Modules.
- AC6206 is project-based assessment only
- AC6207 is assessed by an individual project and by a group financial statement research and analysis report
- AC6208 is assessed by a group project
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2016 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules. See also General Regulations for the Degree of Master.
Why Choose This Course
The course prepares you for employment as a trainee accountant and it has been designed with significant contributions from partners, directors and training managers in major accounting firms.
Each of the “Big 4” firms (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC) has indicated a willingness to support students who wish to complete the MAcc at UCC prior to undertaking professional training.
Skills and Careers Information
- The accounting profession is the largest single employer of graduates in Ireland
- An accounting qualification is a primary entry route to senior roles in general management
- Opportunities in the financial services sector internationally have provided a demand for accountants qualifying in Ireland far in excess of the requirements of professional practice alone
- Irish-qualified accountants are in demand to fill varied roles worldwide
To apply for this course you must have:
- at least a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8)
with a significant accounting specialisation AND expect to qualify for exemption from the CA Proficiency 1 examination of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
Applicants who do not meet the exemption requirement in full by the registration date may only be admitted in exceptional circumstances following approval by the Programme Board and the School of Business.
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.
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.
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.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at email@example.com.
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.
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.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following question:
- Please upload evidence of CAP1 exemptions already achieved and/or supporting documentation for any subject exemptions that are outstanding.
Deferrals are not permitted on this course.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 JuneApply Now