Course Overview

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.

 MAcc Group Walking Trip 2014/15

MAcc group walking trip 2014



Applications and Selections

The programme starts in early September each year. Applications are made online to the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) ( 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 MAcc program:

  • Ms. Mary Barrett
  • Mr. Frank Conaty
  • Mr. John Currie
  • Dr. Emer Curtis
  • Ms. Patricia Martyn
  • Dr. Emer Mulligan
  • 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

Semester One exams: December.
Semester Two exams: April/May.

A range of assessment methods are integrated and assessed throughout the programme. These include projects, reports, presentations, case studies and debates.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

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 the CAI’s CAP1 examinations before embarking on the MAcc programme.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

4 March 2016. An earlier application may result in an early offer.

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting




PAC code


Course Outline

The programme includes such modules as:
• Financial Accounting
• Management Accounting
• Taxation
• Auditing
• Finance
• Skills for Accounting Research and Practice
• Management Information Systems
• Strategic Management
• Accounting Research Project.

Further Education


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.


Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

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 

MAcc. 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 MAcc. 2010) obtained second and third place respectively in CAI’s Final Admitting Examination and Nora Cosgrove (MAcc 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 MAcc programme 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.

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,095 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€6,871 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Programme director: John Currie 
T +353 91 493 884