Course Overview

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For early–mid career accountants

Pathway B Full-Time: February 2020 intake (1 Year February–August 2021)

Pathway B Part-Time: February 2020 intake (2 Years February–August 2021, 2022)

Our programme responds to the recent 22nd Annual Global CEO Survey compiled by PwC  which notes that ‘A lack of analytical talent is impeding data adequacy.’  The ICAS and FRC report on Auditor Skills in a Changing Business World (in 2016) also notes the importance of analytics skills for accountants and calls for educators to include practical courses on data interrogation and analytics. Our MSc in International Accounting and Analytics is the first programme of its kind in UK and Irish Universities to offer practical hands-on modules in SAP and audit analytics tools for accountants.

Advance your accounting career with the MSc in International Accounting and Analytics. Develop insights, and technical knowledge of tools and techniques for driving organisational performance, and understanding of corporate finance theory and practice. Participate in a SAP certified module through our strategic alliance with SAP. Gain an understanding of and expertise in accounting and business analytics through taught modules and our practitioner led Summer School.


This is an ideal master’s programme if you are already a qualified associate member with an IFAC member professional accountancy body (e.g. ICAI, ACCA, CPA Ireland, CIMA, Institute of Chartered Accountants India (ICA India), CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountants Australia), the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMA Pakistan), CIPFA or other body deemed equivalent by the Programme Director) and looking to build your professional qualifications. This unique programme offers, through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), exemption from 50% (45 credits) of the 90 credits for this taught master's course to fully exam-qualified  accountants who have been admitted to full associate membership of the recognised professional accountancy bodies above.

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Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Pathway B: for early-mid career accountants

Applicants are required to have completed all of the professional accounting examinations and to have been admitted as full members by a recognised professional accountancy body including the following: ACCA, CIPFA, CIMA, CPA, ICAEW, ICAI, ICAS or other IFAC member body assessed as equivalent by the academic programme director. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable.

Additional Requirements


Pathway B: Full-Time (Feb-Aug 1 Year)
Pathway B: Part-Time (Feb-Aug 2 Years)

Next start date

Pathway B: February 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

15 Pathway (B)

Closing Date

Please view the offer rounds website.

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Mode of study

ECTS weighting



Course code

Pathway B (full-time): 1MIA3, 1MIA2 (part-time)

Course Outline

 Module Details for Pathway B (Full-Time)

Module Details for Pathway B (Part-Time)

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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

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Recognising the importance of analytics skills for accountants, the recent ICAS and FRC report on Auditor skills in a changing business world (2016) called for educators to include practical courses on data interrogation and analytics. This MSc is the first programme of its kind in UK and Irish Universities to offer practical hands-on modules in SAP and audit analytics tools for accountants.

Our professional development programme which runs throughout the programme is designed to provide support for career development and offers a suite of career events, one-to-one career support and guest lectures from practice.

As a graduate of the MSc. in International Accounting and Analytics, you will have access to a wide range of employment opportunities in Accounting Practice, Industry, Management Consultancy and Financial Services.

You will have developed an understanding of cutting edge design and use of systems and processes to leverage best use of organisational data to facilitate performance management of business organisations. Coupled with your technical accounting skills you will be well positioned to work within the accounting function and management team to lead and manage organisations to achieve their strategic objectives.

Key features of the programme

The design and structure of this programme was motivated following consultation and advice from industry, professional bodies, accounting practitioners and regulators.  In addition to the core academic modules, students are exposed to a variety of learning technologies to develop their skills for practice and the global business environment. 

These include: SAP training and certification, exposure to practitioner partners in the form of recent adjunct professorial appointments, practitioner-led Analytics Summer School using cutting-edge tools, international academic-led Summer School addressing all aspects of organizational performance, and a suite of guest lectures. In addition, this programme relies on close relationships with the international professional accountancy bodies which ensures that students have access to e-platforms providing career advice and practitioner networks.  

Sample of Recent Input in 2018 of Contribution to Programme Learning Outcomes by:



Hands-on analytics skills training


Practitioner-focused skills workshops and lectures on developments in audit and accounting analytics


Site visit – life on the ground in global firm

Irish Stock Exchange

Lecture on developments in financial technologies


Seminar on Risk Management in Practice

 Professional Development Programme

Our 2017/18 graduates had all secured employment in professional capacities before completion of the programme. This was facilitated in part by our professional development programme which runs throughout this master’s programme and offers a suite of events designed to support your career development.  In addition you have full access to our Career Development Centre (include link here).

In 2018/19 in collaboration with our industry advisory group we developed a new module Analytical and Communication Skills Development to enhance students’ skill set.  This includes an even greater focus on analytics skills development through Excel for Analytics and Tableau for Analytics.  Both of these focus on manipulation of data sets to extract greater value from existing organizational data. Quality data visualisation is critical to enhancing visual communication which facilitates improved organizational strategy formulation leading to competitive advantage. This new module teaches students how to create various visualisations of data allowing trends and patterns to be revealed thus allowing organizations to extract greater value from their data.   Recognising the importance of good oral communication skills, this new module affords students additional opportunities to make individual and group presentations and prepares you to take your place as a professional in the corporate world.  

Industry collaboration

Our team of academics and practitioners provide in-depth practical and research grounded knowledge of key areas in today’s business environment. This final element of the programme provides an important capstone to the technical skills you will have developed.

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The MSc (International Accounting & Analytics) class are pictured with Laurence May (KPMG Director), Darina Barrett (KPMG Financial Services Partner)  and Professor Breeda Sweeney at a 30% Club event that took place on campus which was sponsored by KPMG.

J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics MSc International Accounting and Analytics Merit Scholarship

NUI Galway is offering two merit Scholarships for the MSc in International Accounting and Analytics commencing February 2021; one scholarship up to the value of 50% of the EU tuition fees and one scholarship up to the value of 50% of the non EU tuition fees.

For more information on the scholarship application process, please contact Please note that to be considered for this merit based scholarship, applicants must be accepted to their chosen programme, have achieved a H1 (or international equivalent) in their primary degree and must complete an online Scholarship Form. An individual student can only be in receipt of one Scholarship at any given time.

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,075 p.a. 2020/21 (1MIA3);

Fees: Tuition

€5,851 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Non EU

€11,240 (tuition €11,016 + student levy €224) 1MIA3 2020/21

Pathway B (part-time): EU p-t fee (1MIA2): €3,095 p.a. 2020/21

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What Our Students Say


Nitin Gupta |   Assistant Finance Controllers at Generator Hostels

The M.Sc. in International Accounting and Analytics at NUI Galway is an innovative programme that provided me with excellent understanding of both advanced accounting concepts and practical knowledge of analytical tools used in accounting and finance. The modules were very relevant and were delivered by Faculty who are top-notch academics and practitioners in their respective fields. The data analytics modules such as Big Data and SAP BW certification prepared me for the transformation that the accounting profession is witnessing right now. The small class environment provided for individual attention with various group activities making learning an enjoyable experience. The level of support from the Professors both in the class and outside was unparalleled. The core modules over semester one and two were supplemented by the Big Four practitioner led summer schools and guest lectures from industry providing us with the latest industry insights. Studying in the scenic campus bustling full of activity of a top ranked University combined with the vibrant and lively culture of Galway city has been one of the best experiences of my life.
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Sri Charan Nallabala |   Trainee Accountant at Arthur Bell Limited(Merged with Cohen)

The Programme is well designed to meet the changing business requirements and, to enhance the students functional as well as technical skills which are very necessary for this data age. Learning how to use data by applying various analytical tools is very crucial for an accountant to make effective decisions and to ensure transparent corporate reporting. SAP module helped me a lot to understand how business intelligence can help to resolve real-world reporting issues. This programme has equipped me with all the skills which are necessary and trained me to kick start my accounting career with one of the leading Hedge Fund Audit Firms.

Sonal Sail |   Accounts Assistant at Planet (formerly Fintrax group)

I believe that the Masters in International Accounting & Analytics is an ideal programme which places a strong emphasis on understanding current business needs whilst equipping us with analytical skills required for employment in business. The professors and the course director especially are very supportive and provide plenty of guidance throughout the course, about career paths. The KPMG Summer School offers an excellent platform to acquire hands on experience of accounting and analytical tools and techniques used in big 4 accounting firms. For me, this NUI Galway MSc programme is a stepping stone towards an exciting and successful career opportunity

Zhiwei Mao |   Deloitte, Dublin

Studying the MSc International Accounting and Analytics (Pathway A) in NUI Galway is the one of the wisest career decisions I’ve ever made. I have gained professional knowledge from both intensive accounting modules and the practical summer schools which involve cooperation with KPMG and leading international academics. Through learning about big data and taking a SAP module, I have gained insights into and critical skills for managing big data and data analytics. I have to say that the learning experience of the entire MSc International Accounting and Analytics programme in NUI Galway has played a significant role in landing job offers from the “Big Four” for me. I really enjoyed and am so grateful for my time studying here!

What Employers Say


Laurence May |   Principal, KPMG

We are in an age where more data is being created faster than ever before, with less than 1% of data ever being used or analysed. Therefore, the ability to analyse and use this data is a key challenge for all professions, including audit and accounting. The summer school is a mix of lectures and practical breakout sessions where participants will see how KPMG uses its Data & Analytics tools to harness the power of technology and bring greater vigour, precision and meaningful insights to the increasing age of data

Liz Hughes |   Head Association of Chartered Certified Accountants ACCA

The good news is that when you join the new MSc (International Accounting & Analytics) at NUIG you automatically become part of the ACCA Accelerate programme, ACCA’s early entry programme to becoming a chartered certified finance professional. Accelerate allows you to leap ahead on your journey to becoming qualified, and provides additional benefits such as discounted exemptions and access to ACCA’s professional network, supplying you with invaluable career advice and support before you even graduate.

Brian Healy |   Director, Traded Markets, Operations Irish Stock Market Plc

The well established and proven advantages which a strong finance function brings to a business will need to be reimagined and adapted to the requirements of big data, the burgeoning of digital channel transactions and the increased demand for real-time and predictive analytics. This must complement more traditional financial and management accounting reporting. The accountant of the future can play as vital a role in high performing business as he/she does today but that will involve a transformed relationship with analytics and key aspects of "Platform 4.0" such as adaptive technology and artificial intelligence.

Conall McGonagle |   COO & Managing Director at KBC Bank USA

There is constant growth in the supply of data. The job market demand, across many career roles, is for your ability to deliver better data insights. We need to speak the language of data analysis. We need to translate and simplify complex data into key message insights and to communicate these in a clear and visual manner. The MSc (International Accounting & Analytics) from NUI Galway is your opportunity to jump on a surfboard and to learn to read the key data waves from the big data ocean.

Conor Clifford |   Senior Director of Finance at Medtronic

"Analytics is the key skill that differentiates an accountant from a true business partner, and can ultimately define the career of an accountant as analytics brings more meaning, life and understanding into accounting information".

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