Master of Accounting
College of Business, Public Policy, & Law
J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics
The Master of Accounting programme’s aim is to further develop your conceptual base and knowledge and skills as an honours accounting graduate seeking a career in this area. The programme combines the advanced study of accounting as a basis for a professional career with the development of your academic and intellectual capabilities. It emphasises group work and oral and written communication skills, and has been developed with reference to the Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) syllabus. Therefore, significant exemptions from the CAI examinations are available.
The minimum entry requirement is a 2.1 honours degree in Business or Commerce, with a significant specialisation in Accounting. Students are normally required to have full exemptions from CAI’s CAP1 examinations before embarking on the MAcc programme.
1 year, full-time
Next start date: September 2015
ECTS weighting: 90
Average intake: 35
Closing date: 6 March 2015, earlier application may result in an early offer.
(accepting late applications.)
Graduates of the MAcc are granted full exemption from CAI’s CAP2 examinations, provided they have full exemption from CAI’s CAP1 examination before taking the MAcc.
Applications and selections
The programme starts in early September each year. Applications are made online to the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) (www.pac.ie). The PAC application code is GYC00.
Who teaches this course?
The following staff from the Accountancy and Finance Discipline at NUI Galway are involved in teaching the M.Acc. program:
- Ms. Mary Barrett
- Professor Cristiano Busco
- Mr. Frank Conaty
- Mr. John Currie
- Dr. Emer Curtis
- Ms. Patricia Martyn
- Dr. Emer Mulligan
- Dr. Shammyla Naeem
- Dr. Geraldine Robbins
- Professor Breda Sweeney
In addition, staff from the Discipline of Management and the Discipline of Business Information Systems each contribute a module to the program.
Visiting lecturers from the accounting profession, industry, and academia also contribute to the program.
Requirements and assessment
A wide range of career choices are open to graduates, in particular in the accounting and tax consultancy professions. Most participants on the programme are sponsored (and subsequently employed) by major accounting firms, such as KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, and Ernst & Young
M.Acc. graduates’ success in recent professional examinations
Our graduates consistently achieve very high places in the Final Admitting Examination of Chartered Accountants Ireland and in the final examination of the Irish Tax Institute (AITI). In the most recent (2012) professional exams, our graduates Aisling Curtin and Sarah Finnegan (both M.Acc. 2010) obtained second and third place respectively in CAI’s Final Admitting Examination and Nora Cosgrove (M.Acc. 2008) was placed second in the final examinations of the Irish Taxation Institute.
What employers say about the programme
"Since its inception, KPMG has sponsored students on the Master of Accounting programme in NUI Galway. We are delighted with the results. In its graduates, KPMG looks for rounded individuals with well-developed thinking and interpersonal skills. We really notice these skills in those who have completed the Master of Accounting in NUI Galway. It is the combined focus on technical skills development and personal development that we believe prepares students well for a career in business".
Colm Gorman, Head of HR, KPMG
Who’s suited to this course
The M.Acc. program could be for you if you hold (or expect to graduate shortly with) at least a 2.1 honours primary degree with a significant specialisation in accounting and expect to have full (or nearly full exemptions) from the CAP1 examinations of CAI. The majority of students on the program are sponsored by accounting firms who intended to employ them to train as chartered accountants upon graduation from the M.Acc.