UCC Postgraduate courses

International Accounting Practice

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    International Accounting Practice

  • Code

    CKL43 Full-time

  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2021

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2021


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Start Date

    Not on offer 2021/2022

Course Outline

Want to combine a postgraduate qualification in Accounting with professional exemptions, while preparing for a career in industry, practice, the not-for-profit or public sectors? 

The MSc International Accounting Practice is designed to combine technical skills in accounting and business analysis, with the development of key competencies in teamwork, business acumen, effective communication and critical thinking. 

Building on the excellent reputation of our Department for producing high calibre accounting graduates, recognised by all of the major accounting practices and other industry partners, the MSc International Accounting Practice will provide students with the skills required to gain a significant number of exemptions from the main international accountancy bodies and coupled with invaluable work experience as part of the programme; will create huge opportunities for subsequent employment – either internationally or nationally.

The International FinTech sector continues to grow, and UCC is placed at the forefront of collaborative research in the sector.  The MSc International Accounting Practice now allows students to choose elective modules in information systems and to gain an insight into technologies used in accounting firms worldwide.

The MSc International Accounting Practice is a 12-month programme designed for those preparing to work as accounting professionals, in Ireland and internationally.  It is a comprehensive programme, requiring significant student participation and engagement.

Students take 90 credits. Part I consists of 70 credits. Part II consists of 20 credits. 


  • AC6400 Principles of Cost Management (10 credits) 
  • AC6401 Advanced Managerial Accounting, Governance and Control in Organisations (10 credits) 
  • AC6402 Financial Reporting for Business Entities (10 credits) 
  • AC6409 Auditing (5 credits)
  • AC6412 Financial Management and Business Ethics (5 credits)
  • AC6413 Corporate Finance (10 credits)
  • AC6414 Consolidated Financial Statements (10 credits) 


  • AC6410 Taxation 1 (5 credits)
  • AC6411 Taxation 2 (5 credits)


  • IS6125 Database Analysis and Design (5 credits)
  • IS6219 Enterprise Data Reporting and Visualisation (5 credits)


  • AC6415 Research in Accounting Practices (20 credits) or
  • AC6416 Placement (20 credits)


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

To successfully complete the MSc International Accounting Practice course, you complete an induction week, nine taught modules over two semesters and 20 credits devoted to an accounting placement or group report.

Lectures are scheduled across two semesters.  You should anticipate spending up to three hours preparing and studying outside of lecture time, for each hour of lectures.  The course is challenging – but rewarding; requiring high levels of student engagement with the materials.

The course employs a variety of assessment mechanisms, blending formal examinations and continuous assessment.  This includes:

  • Individual and group presentations
  • Case-study analysis
  • Formal, end-of-semester examinations
  • In class examinations
  • In class contribution

Feedback is both formative and summative, enabling you to reflect upon and improve your performance, as you progress through the course.

The MSc International Accounting Practice is delivered by a combination of UCC academic staff and invited guest speakers. 

The academics are experts in their field. Most hold PhDs and/or have significant industry or professional experience.  A number also hold relevant professional accounting qualifications. 

In addition, the academic staff members are research-active, engaged with a variety of research areas and publishing in national and international journals. 

Why Choose This Course

This course is open to applicants of all disciplines.

As well as offering academic qualifications, the course also offers academic credits towards preparing for professional examinations and explicitly developing skills for lifelong learning.

Skills and Careers Information

Upon completion of the MSc International Accounting Practice, you can expect to have excellent career prospects in an accounting role, with a wide range of organisations, including accounting practice, industry, financial services, the not-for-profit and the public sectors.

Alignment to professional accounting syllabi provides you with exemptions which are recognised globally.


To be eligible for consideration, you must have:

  • A 2H2 degree [NFQ Level 8] or equivalent OR
  • Expectation of graduating with a 2H2 degree [NFQ Level 8] in the year of entry.


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 €18,130.


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:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


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

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

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 Education - 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.

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